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Best Puppy Life Coach Tips

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Congratulations on your new puppy! Don’t know how to train your puppy? If you have puppy training questions or don’t know where to start your puppy’s training, think about your new role as being your Puppy’s Life Coach instead! Why Get Advice About Puppy Training? Life coaching may be a fancy term for self-improvement for people, but we can take those principles and apply that to puppy training to create balanced, well-socialized dogs. Take Time to Train Your Puppy Know the life coach term, “Take time to work on you?” It’s the
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Top Ten Less-Known Pet Toxins

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Less-Known Dog Toxins and Cat Toxins March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month and the Hello Ralphie team would like to highlight some pet toxins to keep your pets safe! While some pet toxins such as chocolate are well known and others like bleach and household cleaners are obvious, other pet toxins are less well known.  We are highlighting five dog toxins and five cat toxins that may be less well known to our pet parents. Hello Ralphie offers immediate sessions with expert veterinarians Five Less-Known Dog Toxins Pasta Sauce While the tomato
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Understanding Dog Anxiety

Written by Dr. Ericka Carroll, VMD Anxious Dogs: Bellowing Blues and Doggie Downers Just like us, our canine pals can also suffer from relentless worrying, indescribable fears, and sometimes just feel down on life. Left unaddressed, these concerns can lead to physical health problems and emotional unwellness. Luckily, there are things we can do to help lift Fido’s spirits and get his tail wagging. What are the signs of dog anxiety? What are the types and causes of dog anxiety? What can be done to treat dogs with anxiety? Board-certified dog veterinarian Dr. Ericka Carroll digs into this with us.
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Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the Hello Ralphie team is here to remind you that not all matches were made by cupid! While you are enjoying your holiday goodies this year embraced with the warm cuddles of your favorite furr-entine, here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure a paws-itive celebration. Three tips for Valentine’s Day pet safety: Need to see a vet? Try a Hello Ralphie virtual veterinarian appointment Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tip #1 Why is chocolate bad for dogs? Although good for our heart and soul,
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Pet Dental Care Tips

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian We all know how to brush our teeth! But do our pets brush their teeth? Of course not! So, when was the last time your dog or cat brought up pet dental care or brushed their own teeth? If you’ve ever missed a morning of brushing your teeth, then you know that fuzzy, grimy feeling you get – that’s plaque build-up on your teeth. Unless you are regularly brushing your cat or dog’s teeth, feeding a dental diet, giving dental treats, or using a water dental additive, your pet’s teeth also accumulate
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Pet Heartworm Prevention

Written by Dr. Tracy Williams, DVM What are heartworms? How do you prevent your pet from getting heartworms? Dr. Williams, a Hello Ralphie veterinarian, walks pet parents through what heartworms are and pet heartworm prevention tips. What are Heartworms? Heartworms are parasites that take up residence in the heart and lung tissue of your pet. Veterinarians know of heartworm infections in dogs, cats, and even in ferrets. This is very scary disease and can cause irreversible damage to the heart and lungs of a pet, but the good news there are a lot of ways to prevent your pet from
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New Puppy Tips

Written by Dr. Tracy Williams, DVM Are you thinking of adding a new puppy to the family? It could be as simple as a trip to a local animal shelter to adopt a new puppy or maybe you have had your eye on a certain breed for a while and think now is the time. Whatever the case, we are here to give you some new puppy tips!  Read more about Dr. Williams on Meet the Vets Here are a few new puppy tips to consider to set you and your new puppy up for success: What to Expect with
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A Vet’s Guide to Holiday Pet Safety

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM We all know the holiday season will not look the same for most of us, but we will likely still be decorating and making favorite holiday foods. Listed below are holiday safety risks for pets and holiday pet safety tips to minimize them during these festive times. If there is suspicious or concern that a pet may have consumed something toxic, please call the pet poison helpline at 855-764-7661 or the ASPCA poison control at 888-426-4435. These lines are available 24/7 to help pet parents assess if a pet has ingested a toxin in a
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How to Care for a Senior Pet

Written by Dr. Leslie Brooks, DVM These days, our pets are living longer, healthier, happier lives than in the past. With the advancement of pet healthcare and our pets living with us as family members, many of our pets can live into ripe old age. Helpful senior pet care tips below. While this is wonderful for the human-animal bond, it also means we need to be aware of normal aging changes and actions we can take as pet parents to make life a little more comfortable for our senior pets. Veterinary Care Ideas for Senior Pets Common Health Conditions for Senior
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Senior Dog Care

Written by Dr. Leslie Brooks, DVM These days, our dogs are living longer, healthier, happier lives than in the past. With the advancement of pet healthcare and our dogs living with us as family members, many of our pups can live into ripe old age. Some helpful senior dog care tips below. Learn more about Dr. Brooks at Meet Our Vets While this is wonderful for the human-animal bond, it also means we need to be aware of normal aging changes and actions we can take as dog parents to make life a little more comfortable for our senior dogs. At