Archives: Dog Care

  • 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 »

  • All About Antibiotics for Pets

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    Human patients commonly use antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. Did you know that antibiotics are also very commonly prescribed to pets? They’re essential for helping pets with infections make full recoveries! Here’s everything you need to know about antibiotics for pets: What Do Antibiotics Treat? Antibiotics kill bacteria—not viruses—in or on the body. Antibiotics will never be prescribed to fight viral infections directly, although antibiotics could be used to treat a pet suffering from a … Read More »

  • Teaching Your Puppy His Name

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    If you’ve recently adopted a puppy or plan on getting one soon, one of the first orders of business will be teaching young Fido his name. It’s the foundation of your relationship and the starting point for all other training. Use the following tips to successfully teach your puppy his name: Choosing a Name First, set yourself up for success by choosing a great name for your pup. Try to pick a name with two … Read More »

  • 5 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

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    Has your dog or cat been fixed yet? If not, we strongly recommend that you see to this right away. Although spay/neuter surgery should ideally be performed before your pet reaches sexual maturity, it can safely be done on adult pets as well. Making sure your furry pal has been spayed or neutered is very important! Read on as a local veterinarian lists some reasons to get your four-legged buddy fixed. Better Behavior Good petiquette … Read More »

  • 6 Ways to Keep Fido Warm This Winter

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    Are you enjoying winter? Or are you counting down the days until spring? Just like people, some dogs do better with the cold than others. If you have a snow dog, such as a husky, your canine buddy may be delighted to run and play in the snow. Pooches with thinner coats, however, may spend most of the winter curled up in their beds. Read on as a vet lists some ways to keep your … Read More »

  • Common Wintertime Pet Toxins

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    Now that winter is upon us, it’s time to think about what substances can harm your pet during the colder months. There are several wintertime toxins that can prove harmful for your animal companion! Let’s take a look at some of the most common so that you can keep your pet safe. Antifreeze Antifreeze is used in car engines to keep them running properly. Unfortunately, many types of antifreeze contain ethylene glycol, a toxic alcoholic … Read More »

  • Winter Paw Care for Dogs

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    Dogs can do some pretty cute tricks with their paws. Fido can learn charming tricks like Shake, Cover Your Eyes, or Gimme Five, to name just a few. Those furry feet also help your cute pet run after his favorite toys, or jump to greet you at the door. Winter can be pretty rough on your dog’s feet, though, so you’ll want to take some steps to protect them when it’s cold out. Read on … Read More »

  • Tips on Traveling By Air With Your Pet

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    Traveling with a pet can be tricky. It’s all the more complicated if you’re traveling by air! You may have even heard horror stories of pets getting put on the wrong plane, or being injured or worse during flights. If you decide to transport your companion via an airline, there are a few tips to follow to make sure things go as smoothly as possible. Learn more below: Visit the Vet Before you even book … Read More »