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  • Canine Enrichment
    During your everyday routine, do you ever wonder if you're doing enough to contribute to your pet’s quality of life? Mental stimulation can be one of the best, most under-utilized Read more
  • Ear Cleaning – routine cleaning can prevent issues
    Veterinarians see a lot of patients with ear infections. In fact, it's probably the second most common reason for a visit. With ear problems prompting so many trips to the Read more
  • Desensitization – learning to move past the fear…
    Desensitization, or counter conditioning, is a process that helps dogs overcome their fears and anxieties. With proper desensitization, the object or situation loses its power. This process takes time and Read more
  • How to avoid the shake, rattle and roll of bath time!
    Without a doubt, everyone has had that bath time experience where they end up soaked and covered in more suds than the pet! No need to re-live any nightmares, follow Read more
  • Cat Psychology 101
    There is a maxim in veterinary medicine, “cats are not small dogs” and every day I find that to be true as a general practitioner at SWVH.  Being a veterinarian Read more
  • Backyard Chickens
    With the current state of the world a lot of people have been considering taking the jump into backyard chicken keeping.  As the current owner of 9 chickens I can Read more
  • COVID-19 in Pets
    Wow, what a year 2020 has been! Thank you to everyone for being so flexible and gracious with our altered curb side protocol to help keep you and our staff Read more
  • February is National Pet Dental Health Month
    Dental health is very important for the overall health and well being of our furry friends.   The best care starts at home with routine maintenance like brushing and oral Read more
  • Diabetes Mellitus
    Happy New Year Everyone! Dr. Christina Martini here. Anyone else still recovering from the Holiday sugar coma? This month I want to talk to you about a common and important health Read more
  • Holiday Hazards
    Holiday Hazards Read more
  • Coping with the loss of a pet
    Saying goodbye to a beloved furry friend is the hardest part of being a pet owner. In today’s society most people consider pets to be a part of the family. Read more
  • Obesity: The fight against longevity
    Hello, Dr Schroeder here for this month’s blog post.  One of the most common requests I get from pet owners is how to make their pets live forever.  While forever Read more
  • Toenail Trimming: The Do’s and Don’ts
    We understand that trimming your pet’s nails can be an intimidating task. Just like anything else, it takes some practice and perseverance. After some time and experience, you can become Read more
  • Future Veterinarians: 4-H Clubs
    Hello, Dr. Rasmusson here from Southwest Veterinary Hospital.  I often get ask by school-age children, “How can I learn more about being a veterinarian?”  I highly recommend becoming a member Read more
  • Summer Dangers: Heat Stroke
    With this recent heat wave I thought July would be a good time to talk about heat stroke in pets. The following is a true story: It was a hot summer day last Read more
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    HOMEMADE TREATS: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies Read more

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    Thinking of getting a sugar glider? These tiny marsupials are energetic and friendly, making them popular choices as pets. Though they weigh less than a half-pound, they're more closely related to kangaroos than they are flying squirrels. If you think a sugar glider would make an ideal pet for your family, ...

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