Separation Anxiety

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Annie lives with separation anxiety

There are many types of fears and anxieties that your pet may experience in their lifetime. One type of anxiety is separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is the fear of being alone. This can cause your dog to show undesirable behaviors while you are away and cause them personal stress. Behavioral problems associated with separation anxiety can include, but are not limited to: excessive barking, whining, destruction, digging, pacing, accidents in the house, drooling or hyperactivity. These behaviors could be a reaction to the stress of being alone and the uncertainty of your return. A pet can develop this type of anxiety at any point in their life. Possible causes could be a change in routine, major life event (new baby, death of family member, etc.), traumatic event or an underlying medical condition. When dealing with true separation anxiety it involves many factors and patience. It is important to remember that no two dogs or cats are the same. What works for one pet may not work for another pet. Continue reading

What’s the Deal with Pet Insurance?


It’s a fact of life that accidents, injuries, and illnesses will occur, and often at the worst possible times. The basic idea behind pet insurance (and all insurance, really) is that you’ll pay a fixed amount of money steadily over time to avoid having to pay a whole lot later on.  When a patient presents to us sick or injured, we would like to be able to focus on all the things necessary to make them well again.  Unfortunately, too often the decisions that are made are based on finances, and understandably so, especially during challenging economic times.  Wouldn’t it be great if we never even had to think about the cost, and could do everything possible to ensure a successful outcome?  That’s the flexibility that pet insurance provides. Continue reading

The Costs and Benefits of Food Allergy Diets

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Allergies are one of the most common complaints that we get from pet owners. Allergies are not only uncomfortable for the pet but also very frustrating for the owners. There are different types of allergies: environmental, flea and food. If you would like to do allergy testing on your pet then we can recommend a veterinary dermatologist. If you have a pet with allergies you may make frequent visits to your veterinarian with skin lesions, itchy ears, itchy feet, and anal gland issues. These pets often require an array of routine treatments and medications. In this article we would like to focus on food allergies. If your pet itches year round and cannot find relief, you may want to discuss food allergies with your veterinarian. Continue reading

Make Vet Visits Happier Starting At Home

We learned that Sofie does best with: Thundershirt, Calming Cap, non-slip mat and Peanut Butter!

We learned that Sofie does best with: Thundershirt, Calming Cap, non-slip mat and Peanut Butter!

At Stow Kent Animal Hospital, Portage Animal Clinic and Stow Falls Pet Clinic we strive to make visits to the veterinary hospital less stressful for pets and their family. We utilize many tools at the hospital to make these visits more pleasant for our patients. Some of the products that we have implemented include: pheromones, food, music, non slip mats, towels, Thundershirts and Calming Caps. There are things that owners can implement at home prior to coming to the vet to help contribute to happy vet visits. Continue reading

Beware: Easter Dangers

easter post Whenever I’m on call on Easter weekend, I keep my toxic doses of chocolate and calculator close at hand. Most people know that many dogs like to sneakily indulge in this guilty pleasure just like humans.  Chocolates can cause mild symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea all the way up to heart problems and death depending on what kind of chocolate is consumed and how much. Wrapped candies present the additional hazard of creating a potential foreign body risk to the dog who consumed them. Continue reading

Pet Dental Cleanings: What Really Happens

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A dental procedure has more benefit than just cosmetic appeal.  Periodontal disease is a progressive disease of the supporting tissue surrounding teeth and the main cause of early tooth loss.   The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can also travel in the bloodstream to infect the heart, kidneys, and liver.  Often times we recommend dental cleanings for our patients and owners often times do not understand all that a dental entails. We would like to walk you through the steps of a dental procedure from beginning to end so that you understand what to expect when you bring your pet in for this procedure.  Before we can perform a dental on your pet we first need to see your pet and perform an exam of the mouth and teeth. Your pet’s dental disease will be judged on a scale from zero-four, zero being no dental disease and four being severe dental disease. Good dental health is important to the overall well-being of your pet. Continue reading