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  • Your Cat’s Body Language

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    If you own a cat, you know that they can sometimes be a bit aloof. One of the best ways to tell what your cat might be thinking or feeling is by studying their body language. While it’s not an exact science, there are a few traits common across most cats that are good indicators of your feline friend’s mood. Learn more below: The Tail Experts agree: your cat’s tail is one of the best … Read More »

  • Tips for Choosing Dog Toys

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    Does your canine buddy sometimes run up to you holding his favorite toy? Fido has a pretty adorable way of asking you to play with him! Playing is actually great for your pet. It keeps him active, offers him beneficial mental stimulation, and lets him spend time with his favorite human: you. However, doggy toys are not one-size-fits-all. A vet offers some tips on choosing your pup’s playthings below. Age One thing you’ll need to … Read More »

  • External Parasites That Harm Cats

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    If you own a cat, proper parasite control is important not only for your feline friend’s health, but for your family’s—some of these pests can be transmitted from cats to humans! External parasites live on your cat’s body and feed off of blood or tissue. Below, learn more about external pests and how to keep your cat safe from harm. Fleas Fleas are tiny brown-colored parasites that cause skin irritation, allergies, and even more serious … Read More »

  • Meet the AKC’s Newest Breed: The Azawakh

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    The ‘puparazzi’ are all buzzing about the latest dog news: the AKC has just welcomed another new breed into their ranks. The Azawakh (pronounced Oz-a-wok) was formally inducted on January 1, 2019. This brings the total number of AKC-recognized breeds to 193, including the 2018 inductees: the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vandeen. In this article, a local vet discusses the Azawakh. History The Azawakh is actually an ancient breed, having originated in … Read More »

  • Caring For Your Pet as They Age

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    While the exact age that your pet is considered “old” can vary depending on species, size, and breed, one thing is for sure: our animal companions need our love and care as they get older! As your pet enters their senior years, there are several things you can do to make sure that they stay happy and healthy. Frequent Veterinary Visits One of the best ways to make sure your senior pet stays in good … Read More »

  • Cinco De Meow

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    Did you know there’s a cute kitty holiday coming up? You may know of May 5th as Cinco de Mayo. The official holiday commemorates Mexico’s victory over Napoleon during the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. However, for our feline friends, it’s now also Cinco de Meow! Every year, we’re seeing more and more animal shelters and charities celebrate the day by offering adoption events. It’s always a good time to … Read More »

  • Announcing Our New Partnership With Trupanion Pet Insurance

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    Here at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic, we’ve got some big news that has the ‘puparazzi’ jumping for joy. We’re thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Trupanion Pet Insurance! This will help facilitate great veterinary care for many of our furry patients. Pet insurance can make a huge difference, especially in emergencies. It could even save your dog or cat’s life! A Rapid City, SD vet discusses pet insurance below. Why Pet Insurance? We … Read More »

  • Key Vaccinations for Dogs

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    One very important part of dog ownership is making sure your dog stays up to date on his vaccinations. This is actually required by law in many places, and with good reason. Vaccinations help build your pup’s immune system, protecting him from dangerous and deadly diseases. They also help curb the spread of infectious disease. Because some diseases—such as rabies—can be transmitted to people, human safety is also a factor. In this article, a vet … Read More »

  • The Building Blocks of Your Pet’s Nutrition

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    Proper nutrition is a must for any healthy pet. Modern pet foods are specially formulated to give great nutrition to your companion, and there are plenty of options out there. In the end, though, your pet’s nutrition comes down to the basic building blocks—you’ll find that the nutrients that your pet needs are many of the same ones that you do! Let’s take a closer look at the building blocks of your pet’s nutrition. Protein … Read More »

  • Cats With Curls

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    Have you ever seen a curly-haired cat? While most of our feline pals have straight fur, there are some curly kitties out there. A local vet discusses cats with curls below. Selkirk Rex Did you happen to notice the buzz last year when a special kitty—an orange cat with curls—caught the internet’s heart? This furball’s story dates back to 1987, when a kitty named Miss DePesto, was born in a Montana shelter. Though her siblings … Read More »