Wags & Whiskers

What’s in your pet’s CBD Supplement?

September 29, 2021
Cannabinoid, Terpene, and Heavy Metal Analysis of OTC Pet CBD Supplements A Study at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and ElleVet Sciences analyzed 29 hemp/CBD products marketed for …

Home Cooked Diet Tips

July 7, 2021
Measure ingredients in grams AFTER cooking. Avoid using cups to measure because how finely chopped the ingredient is can drastically change how much fits into 1 cup. Using a …

Addressing Feline Aggression

March 16, 2021
Aggression is a common behavior problem in pet cats, but management strategies, supplements and medications, and simple behavior modification steps can help improve our chances of restoring successful relationships …

FAQ on Heartworm Disease

June 25, 2020
FAQ on Heartworm Disease & 10 Must-know Facts By: Bobby Walker, Pet Nurse How do animals contract heartworms? Heartworm larvae enter the animal’s body when a mosquito that is …

Community Cat Coalition Update

April 18, 2020
Meet patients #36, #37, #38 and #39 to get spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies through our Community Cat Coalition. They recovered well and have rejoined their feral cat colonies …

COVID-19 and your pets…

March 23, 2020
What does the finding of COVID-19 on a second dog mean for you and your pet? At this time, pets are not thought to be sources of infection to …

Response to COVID-19

March 16, 2020
Although COVID-19 (coronavirus) does not appear to be infecting dogs and cats at this time, we have a plan of precautions to safeguard your health: If you prefer to …

Teaching Your Dog Not To Jump

February 25, 2020
Join us for our new quarterly Dog Training Seminars with Paula. Our first seminar is “Teaching Your Dog Not To Jump”. The seminar will be held on Monday, March …

We’re Now Open on Fridays!

February 3, 2020
You asked, we listened! Starting this Friday, February 7th, 2020 we will be open on Fridays from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Text us or give us a call …

Happy Holidays!

December 9, 2019
We are so grateful for another year of being allowed to care for your beloved pets. We truly feel blessed to have such a wonderful “family” of co-workers, clients, …

Community Cat Coalition Update

August 26, 2019
Patients #21 and #22 have been neutered through our Community Cat Coalition project! Our local animal control brought in these unadoptable cats for surgery and vaccination, then they will release them …

George has been diagnosed with HCM!

August 7, 2019
Meet George, Angela’s handsome 3 year old Persian kitty.  Although George appears perfectly healthy at home, his recent Optimum Preventive Care Plan lab results found a very high proBNP …

Jamilia is a complicated girl!

August 7, 2019
Jamilia is a special patient of ours that’s been incredibly resilient through a rough year of medical issues. We diagnosed her with early congestive heart failure based on x-rays when …

Community Cat Coalition Update

July 24, 2019
Patient #20 through our Community Cat Coalition project is not tame but she sure is beautiful! Our local animal control trapped this feral girl, brought her in for her …

Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

June 19, 2019
Cushing’s Disease in Dogs Hyperadrenocorticism, or Cushing’s disease, is a common hormone disorder of older dogs. In most cases, it’s caused by a small, benign tumor of the pituitary …

Community Cat Coalition Update

June 17, 2019
This is Community Cat Coalition cat #16! This handsome, feral cat was trapped, neutered, vaccinated for rabies, and released back into his colony. Thank you again to all our …

Check out our Local Art Display!

April 1, 2019
Check out these awesome new additions to our gallery featuring local artists! These 4 are the work of Liz Long, who says she has enjoyed art all her life to …

Heart Disease in Dogs

February 16, 2019
Canine heart disease is actually quite common, with 10% of all dogs being affected, and up to 35% of dogs over 13 years of age. Most of these patients …

AAFP Updates Position on Cat Declaws

September 7, 2018
The American Association of Feline Practitioners has just revised its position statement on declawing to STRONGLY OPPOSE declawing (onychectomy) as an elective procedure. The position statement stresses the need …

Rabies in nearby Christian County

March 17, 2018
The Christian County Health Department reported a confirmed case of rabies in a skunk after it bit a dog near Clever, Missouri. Officials remind pet owners to make sure to keep …

February Donation Drive was a success!

March 1, 2018
That’s quite the haul! Thank you 🙏 to everyone that brought in donations for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society pets and thrift shop in Downtown Reeds Spring during our February donation drive! …

4th Annual Santa Photos Fundraiser

November 30, 2017
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our 4th annual Pet Photos with Santa fundraiser for Tri-Lakes Humane Society! And special thank yous to our staff for …


October 26, 2017
Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss our 4th Annual PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA event benefiting Tri-Lakes Humane Society on Saturday, November 25th from 10am to 1pm at the Animal …

Is your dog or cat bored to death?

October 12, 2017
Use these 9 quick and easy pet enrichment tips from DVM360 to put the “play” back in “playtime” 1. Spread the love with the right resources. Every house should …


October 12, 2017
In order to prevent unwanted litters and to help curb the severe stray and unwanted cat population in our area, the Animal Care Clinic joins in with several national …

Central Veterinary Conference

August 29, 2017
The Animal Care Clinic gang had a great time in Kansas City this weekend attending lectures and networking with colleagues at the annual Central Veterinary Conference! We learned all …

Feline Environmental Stimulation

June 28, 2017
Summertime in the great outdoors can be so environmentally stimulating for cats.There are so many birds, squirrels, lizards and other critters to watch or catch. So many bugs to …

Monarch Butterfly Waystation

June 20, 2017
Please check out our new Monarch Way Station, part of the Mayor’s Milkweed for Monarchs effort in Branson! Why help butterflies? Every year, Monarchs have flown over Branson in …

Grain-Free Diets

June 20, 2017
When I walk into an exam room and start collecting the history of the patient, one of the top questions I ask is what diet they are being fed. …


February 24, 2017
“Dog Flu” (Canine Influenza)–what you should know:  History: An H3N8 flu virus was first found in racing greyhounds at a racetrack in Florida in 2004. More recently, an outbreak …

5 Signs Never to Ignore in Pets

February 26, 2016
A sick or injured pet will often show warning signs that something is not right. As pet guardians, it’s important to trust your instincts when noticing these sometimes subtle …

World Spay Day

February 25, 2016
Many serious health risks can be minimized or prevented altogether with spaying and neutering.In honor of World Spay Day, please take a moment to learn more about the benefits. …

Meet Maisha the African Grey!

December 8, 2015
Patient of the Day, Maisha, made sure to make her rounds for snuggle time after her examination and lab sample collection today. Maisha is a Congo African Grey that …

Does your cat have insurance?

August 12, 2015
A recent analysis of medical claims by Veterinary Pet Insurance finds that bladder and urinary tract infections are the most common medical conditions for cats. Dr. Carol McConnell, Chief …

Recall for Salmonella

July 23, 2015
RECALL for SALMONELLA: The Natural Dog Company, Inc. of Windsor, Colorado, is recalling its 12oz bags of 12″ Tremenda Sticks pet chews.

Petting Zones

July 17, 2015
How should you pet your cat? It’s a question that’s stumped pet owners for centuries, but science now has an answer. Here’s what a team of researchers from the …

Early Detection for Kidney Disease!

July 3, 2015
A life-changing new kidney disease marker, SDMA, is now included at our reference lab that catches chronic kidney disease months or even YEARS earlier than the currently available tests! …

Hero Cat

July 2, 2015
Award honors cat that stopped dog attack on 6-year-old: For the first time, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Los Angeles awarded its Hero Dog award to …

Update on the lawsuit against Blue Buffalo

May 9, 2015
Updates on the lawsuit against Blue Buffalo: ST. LOUIS, May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Purina issued the following response to Blue Buffalo’s admission in court yesterday that a “substantial” …

Updates on the Chicago Dog Flu Outbreak

April 24, 2015
Updates on the Chicago outbreak of an Asian strain of Canine Influenza (“Dog Flu”): http://vetmed.illinois.edu/veterinary-respiratory-expert-e…/ The canine influenza virus does not infect people. The majority of dogs who become …

Rabies – is your family protected?

April 23, 2015
A skunk killed by a dog near Austin, TX tested positive for rabies. Thankfully, the dog had been vaccinated against rabies. Read more: http://www.kxxv.com/…/skunk-killed-by-dog-in-lampasas-tests… Talk to your veterinarian about …

Say ahhhh!

April 10, 2015
“Say Ahhh!” Part of a thorough parrot exam is checking inside the beak for signs of discharge (which could indicate a respiratory tract infection) and lack of the normal …

Top 5 Easter Toxins to Avoid

April 5, 2015
Top 5 Easter Toxins to avoid: 1. Chocolate 2. Lilies 3. Easter Grass 4. Table Food 5. Herbicides To learn more about each of these Easter toxins, follow the …

Spring is here, and so are snakes!

February 20, 2015
We’re seeing our first snake bites of the season! Are you prepared for spring in the Ozarks? If you frequently hike or otherwise enjoy the great outdoors with your …

All dogs go to Heaven

December 16, 2014
Pope Francis confirmed during his weekly address in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square that canines, along with “all of God’s creatures,” can make it to heaven. The leader of …

Holiday Diets

December 14, 2014
It’s best to keep your cat or dog on their regular diet during the holidays. Some popular holiday foods are especially dangerous to your pet. If you want to …

9 Winter Safety Tips

December 3, 2014
While unexpected illnesses and injuries can happen at any time during the year, some are more prevalent seasonally. Keep reading to learn about a few potential pet problems to …

Maude the Wonder Dog!

September 25, 2014
Miss Maude came in for her routine follow-up lab work to monitor how well she’s tolerating her chemotherapy drugs. Her chest x-rays and physical exam show her cancer spread …

Cats on leash?

September 19, 2014
How to spend time outdoors safely as a cat: leashed and supervised. This is such a great way to increase quality of life without risking getting into cat fights, …

How to Safely Sleep With Your Pet

September 1, 2014
This week newspapers and television news have splashed an alarming headline for those pet owners who love to share their bed with their pet. The headlines warn that sleeping …

Handsome Cooper

August 22, 2014
forgot all about his first puppy vaccination with the help of some yummy treats! This smart little man is already potty trained, and he’s only 7 weeks old. Way …

Question of the day:

August 17, 2014
Should I get pet insurance for my dog? YES, pet insurance is a great idea, especially for certain breeds that are prone to expensive health issues. Pet insurance can …

We love our little visitors this week!

August 16, 2014
These 5 little boys came over from Tri-Lakes Humane Society for their neuters, and they are headed back to the shelter this afternoon where they’ll be available for adoption. …


August 15, 2014
Microchips greatly increase the chances that you’ll get your pet back if he/she is lost or stolen…but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate. Take advantage …

Patient of the Day!

August 14, 2014
Sweet little Emma Hinz is today’s Patient of the Day! Here she is relaxing before her annual dental prophylaxis. Emma was very shy when adopted last year from a …

Tough little Speranza…

August 13, 2014
got to go home to A Parrot’s Perch Rescue yesterday after spending a couple of weeks with us for daily physical therapy and a course of therapeutic laser sessions. …

Ebola is a zoonotic disease…

August 8, 2014
and the CDC has great information about the disease and the ongoing outbreak, as well as the precautions taken to protect our population. http://go.usa.gov/NXVT

A Tale of Two Training Methods:

August 6, 2014
A new study comparing training pet dogs with positive reinforcement (ie. treat rewards for good behaviors) versus negative reinforcement (ie. removing a negative consequence when the good behavior is …

How do you feel about declaws?

August 4, 2014
The American Veterinary Medical Association amended its declaw policy to define procedure as a major surgery—an ‘amputation.’ Policy encourages veterinarians to perform declaws as option of last resort. bit.ly/1rRTxUd


July 28, 2014
Cynder was our beautiful patient of the day! She visited us today for belly rubs and a few treats, and we also even snuck in her semi-annual senior examination.

We love happy endings!

July 25, 2014
Dog emerges from Tahoe forest after 2 years, is reunited with family   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dog-missing-two-years-reunited-20140619-story.html

Patient Of the Day

July 24, 2014
Sandy Czerniak was today’s Patient of the Day! Sandy visited us for her semi-annual examination, and she was a terrific patient. Sandy has been trying out a new supplement …

Distemper, parvo, rabies…

July 11, 2014
they’re all out there, they’re deadly, and they’re preventable. Talk to your veterinarian about a vaccination program that’s appropriate for your pet to protect them from these deadly diseases. …

Dangerous Myth:

July 9, 2014
“My dog has a fractured tooth, but it doesn’t seem to bother him. He is still eating and drinking normally.” Most pets continue to eat and drink despite having …

6 Ways to Appreciate Your Pet

June 23, 2014
1. Get Snuggly – The most obvious and by far the easiest way to show your companion animal how much you love her is with petting and cuddles. 2. …

Hookworms in Pets

June 17, 2014
Hookworm photo gallery courtesy of Clinician’s Brief. Hookworms are common intestinal parasites of both dogs and cats. Symptoms vary from severe anemia to mild diarrhea, but diagnosis is made …

Today is Pet Fire Safety Day!

June 15, 2014
Develop a plan to keep your family, including pets, safe in the event of a fire. The American Red Cross has some good resources on their site that can …

Laser therapy sessions with Misha!

May 21, 2014
Scout LOVES his laser therapy sessions with Misha (and treats for being such a good boy!). We’re all about multi-modal arthritis management here at Animal Care Clinic!

Intestinal parasites…

May 20, 2014
Intestinal parasites don’t discriminate between well-cared-for and neglected pets (or even human children in the case of some parasites like roundworms!!). That’s why we follow the Companion Animal Parasite …

10 Dog Breeds Prone to Obesity

May 18, 2014
— is your pup on this list? What measures are you taking to keep her slim and healthy? http://www.pawnation.com/2014/04/16/10-dog-breeds-that-are-prone-to-obesity/?ncid=edlinkuspaw00000005

Stress-Free Visits

May 15, 2014
Because our constant goal is for our patients to leave our care in better condition than before, not only physically but also emotionally, the Animal Care Clinic team is …


May 13, 2014
Hope has declared herself our official research assistant. Looks like she’s currently studying up on serum fructosamine testing for diabetic patients

Purina vs. Blue Buffalo

May 10, 2014
What do you think about the Purina vs. Blue Buffalo lawsuit and allegations made by Purina and the Better Business Bureau about Blue Buffalo not being honest about their …

Dental photos of the week!

May 8, 2014
This canine patient had several problems in her mouth causing pain and stinky breath. Unfortunately, periodontal disease — infections/disease of the gums — had progressed to the point that …


May 6, 2014
who Misha found raiding the canine cookie jar in one of the exam rooms!!

Happy Ferret Day!

May 5, 2014
For many people, owning a ferret can bring hours of entertainment and lots of belly laughs. But there are a number of things you should know about these pocket-sized …


May 4, 2014
Maude is celebrating finishing her first week of chemotherapy with a hike in the woods! #dogsaretough #beatingcancer

Did you know…

May 3, 2014
Intermittent vomiting can be a common symptom of heartworm disease in cats? Cats need heartworm prevention, too!


April 28, 2014
Peanut found some time to catch up on her journal reading today. She still hasn’t decided if Clinician’s Brief or JAVMA is more fun for shredding.

Update on Media Rumors Regarding Trifexis

April 22, 2014
from the American Veterinary Medical Association November 15, 2013 “…A summary of the pathology/necropsy reports from an independent pathologist has determined that the cause of deaths were unrelated to …

Suni update

April 10, 2014
Our conure patient who managed to fracture off her beak, nostrils, and part of her skull, is still doing great back at the rescue headquarters. She’s figured out how …

Suni, the wonderbird!

March 26, 2014
Suni is a 7 year old Sun Conure who was recently surrendered to A Parrot’s Perch Rescue. He was found yesterday morning in his cage with his upper beak …

Horrifying hip x-ray

March 25, 2014
We are so thankful to live in an era when veterinary medicine has progressed to the point that the older dog with the horrifying hip x-ray below is able …

“Who’s walking whom?”

March 15, 2014
Do you ever receive the “Who’s walking whom?” question while your pup pulls you around the block? This article is extremely helpful on this topic, as it walks you …

Alternate Dog Treats

March 14, 2014
With recalled jerky treats returning to store shelves, we wanted to share some healthy alternatives that you may already have on hand. Check out this list of fruits and …

Peanut and Dr. Alison present:

March 8, 2014
Fun Fact Friday! Just like humans, parrots tend to prefer using one foot and eye to check things out and pick them up. Approximately 47% of parrots are “left-handed”, …

Breaking News:

March 7, 2014
The Chicago City Council just enacted the ordinance to ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores unless they come from shelters or rescue groups, following …

How to remove a tick from your pet

March 6, 2014
Step-by-Step Tick Removal Instructions from the ASPCA Step 1—Prepare its Final Resting Place… Throwing a tick in the trash or flushing it down the toilet will not kill it. …


March 5, 2014
Ehrlichia, the infection nearly 20% of dogs in Taney County tested positive for in 2013, is spread by ticks! Other tick-borne diseases we’ve seen in this area include: Lyme …

Help, my dog bites!

February 25, 2014
This is one of our favorite articles on the topic of canine aggression. “Generally fearful dogs start off by trying to stay away from the things that scare them. …

Fun Fact Friday

February 22, 2014
Amanda and Daisy present Fun Fact Friday: Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions and most of them are made with the ears.

My cat has what?!

February 17, 2014
Everything you need to know about feline herpes virus. http://www.aahanet.org/blog/petsmatter/post/2014/02/06/973259/Feline-herpes-virus-My-cat-has-what.aspx

Video: Puppy socialization

February 12, 2014
We all appreciate the joy and companionship that a well-behaved dog brings to our lives. What we don’t always appreciate is that there are many different factors that can …

“Do dental chews really work?”

February 7, 2014
While nothing compares to the effectiveness of daily tooth brushing, some dental treats have been clinically proven to help reduce tartar and gingivitis. That being said, please keep in …

Cold Weather Tips from the ASPCA

February 6, 2014
Brrrr—it’s cold outside! The following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips. 1.Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be …

“How do I brush my dog’s teeth?”

February 4, 2014
Toothbrushing should be a bonding experience that is constantly reinforced with praise and rewards. Be very patient — teaching your dog to accept toothbrushing may take weeks. Make toothbrushing …


January 30, 2014
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged …

Today at Animal Care Clinic…

January 24, 2014
 Hope helped Summer answer calls and work on files, we worked up a kitty with the litter box blues, a 3rd black kitty got discharged after being hospitalized for …

January is Adopt a Rescue Bird Month

January 23, 2014
Have any of you adopted a parrot? As most of you know, our clinic is involved with A Parrot’s Perch Rescue (www.aparrotsperch.org), providing medical care and also volunteering as …

What’s your favorite, purebreds or mixed breeds?

January 17, 2014
Good news for all the mutts out there — Westminster just added a mixed-breed friendly agility event to their 138 year old dog show! http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/westminster-dog-show-adds-event-mixed-breeds-21547820

Caution: Get your tissues ready

January 11, 2014
After two decades, two former circus elephants, Jenny and Shirley, are reunited at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. The reunion is a bittersweet moment for everyone involved. Watch to …

FitBit for Dogs…

January 11, 2014
We’re already thinking of endless uses for this cool new gadget that can monitor your pup’s activity level, respiratory rate, heart rate, and calorie output! Would you ever spend …

Hope’s Amputation Procedure

December 25, 2013
This photo series was taken by one of our high school job shadowers, and we thought some of you might find them interesting as well. THESE PHOTOS ARE GRAPHIC. …

For all the Peanut fans out there:

December 17, 2013
Peanut figured out how to unlatch her cage door last week. Now she’s working on speed! https://www.facebook.com/ajax/entstream/embed?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Fv%3D760275130667919%26set%3Dvb.124944810867624%26type%3D1&source=6

Pet Photos with Santa Fundraiser

December 14, 2013
Our first ever Pet Photos with Santa Fundraiser event benefiting Tri-Lakes Humane Society turned out well despite an inclement winter weather delay. Thanks to everyone who attended, we raised …

Like a kid again

December 13, 2013
Last month, one of our senior patients, a 15 year old dachshund, came in for his routine semi-annual visit. His annual heartworm/tick disease test found him to be positive …

Today at the Animal Care Clinic

December 11, 2013
Today at Animal Care Clinic: Our high school volunteers helped set up decorations for tomorrow’s photo shoot; Hope, our homeless cat, was happy to assist. Peanut, our Umbrella Cockatoo …

Hope’s Eye Removal Surgery (Enucleation)

December 7, 2013
Hope’s Eye Removal Surgery (Enucleation) 12/4/13 Enucleation procedure on the stray cat recently named Hope. Warning: graphic surgical photos are included in the link below. album.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.754101161285316.1073741833.124944810867624&type=1&l=97d6380aa6

“The Fat Dog Diet”

November 20, 2013
This is fun AND good for your pooch! There is a new free iPhone app called “The Fat Dog Diet”, that was developed by a veterinarian to help guide …

Lyme Disease

November 13, 2013
We diagnosed our first case in years of canine Lyme disease today off his annual heartworm/tick disease screening test during his routine semi-annual exam. While we see lots of …

Pet Photos with Santa

November 9, 2013
Santa will be stopping by for a special photo shoot with pets on Saturday, December 7th, from 2-5 pm at the Animal Care Clinic. All friendly pets welcome, but …

Cats Who Play Rough

October 23, 2013
All kittens and young cats need to play. Play is normal behavior that provides young animals with opportunities to develop their physical coordination and problem-solving skills. It also gives …

Penny Waiting

July 25, 2013
Penny was offended that she didn’t get to go to the final bank meeting with the doctors! She forgave them though and helped celebrate Dr. Parnell being officially retired …

Interesting New Dog Hybrids

July 17, 2013
Some interesting new dog hybrids: 1. Deerhound + Terrier = Derriere, a dog that’s true to the end 2. Spitz + Chow Chow = Spitz-Chow, a dog that throws …

What’s in your pet’s CBD Supplement?

Cannabinoid, Terpene, and Heavy Metal Analysis of OTC Pet CBD Supplements A Study at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine...
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What’s in your pet’s CBD Supplement?

Home Cooked Diet Tips

Measure ingredients in grams AFTER cooking. Avoid using cups to measure because how finely chopped the ingredient is can drastically...
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Home Cooked Diet Tips

Addressing Feline Aggression

Aggression is a common behavior problem in pet cats, but management strategies, supplements and medications, and simple behavior modification steps...
Read More
Addressing Feline Aggression

Vaccine titers – what do they mean? When can we use them?

In lieu of boostering certain vaccinations based on a schedule of known protection, we can also check “titer” levels, to...
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Vaccine titers – what do they mean? When can we use them?

FAQ on Heartworm Disease

FAQ on Heartworm Disease & 10 Must-know Facts By: Bobby Walker, Pet Nurse How do animals contract heartworms? Heartworm larvae...
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LiveClear Reduces Allergens in a Cat’s Coat

Attention clients with cat allergies: Purina Pro Plan has just launched a new diet, LiveClear, after more than a decade...
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Community Cat Coalition Update

Meet patients #36, #37, #38 and #39 to get spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies through our Community Cat Coalition. They...
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Community Cat Coalition Update

Happy Easter from Scooter & Jack!

Thanks to their awesome mom for sharing these pictures with us!
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Happy Easter from Scooter & Jack!

COVID-19 and Pets: Updates (April 6, 2020)

The coronavirus causing COVID-19 in humans has been reportedly found in two dogs and two cats that were living with...
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COVID-19 and Pets: Updates (April 6, 2020)

COVID-19 and your pets…

What does the finding of COVID-19 on a second dog mean for you and your pet? At this time, pets...
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COVID-19 and your pets…

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