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Top Ten Less-Known Pet Toxins

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 component is delicious and healthy, most pasta sauces
How do I Brush My Cat’s Teeth

How do I Brush My Cat’s Teeth?

Dental disease is one of the most common health issues that veterinarians diagnose in cats. It can be present in every breed of cat and can be diagnosed at any age, although it becomes more prominent as cats get older.  Read more about senior cat care from a Hello Ralphie vet. Tarter and plaque naturally build on the outer surface of a cat’s teeth, which can result in malodorous breath (halitosis), tooth decay, and infections underneath the gums. These issues can cause your cat a significant amount of discomfort and pain and prevent them from eating their food. When the
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Pet Dental Care

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 plaque. Over time, plaque becomes hard calculus on
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Pet Heartworm Prevention

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 getting heartworms.  How Do Pets Get
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New Puppy Tips

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 a New Puppy First thing to
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A Vet’s Guide to Holiday Pet Safety

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 large enough quantity and needs emergency
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How to Care for a Senior Pet

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. By Dr. Leslie Brooks 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 Pets Ideas
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Senior Dog Care

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 What Age is a Dog Considered
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Senior Cat Care

These days, our cats are living longer, healthier, happier lives than in the past. With the advancement of pet healthcare and cats living with us as family members, many of our cats can live into ripe old age.  Some senior cat 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 cat parents to make life a little more comfortable for our senior cats. When is a Cat Considered a Senior? When a
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Do Rats Make Good Pets?

By Dr. Hannon Rats can make great pets! Rats are easy to care for, have very little odor, and they rarely bite. They are affectionate and intelligent animals that often will bond quickly with their owners and easily learn new tricks. Read Dr. Hannon’s biography at Meet Our Vets Best Type of Domestic Pet Rat The species of rat available in the pet and laboratory trade is Rattus norvegicus domesticus, domesticated from the Norway rat. Rats are characterized by their long bodies, short fur, small eyes and ears, and long hairless tails. Their eyesight is poor, so they often rely on their whiskers