Thanksgiving Pet Safety Do’s and Don’ts

The leaves are changing, the football game is on the television, and the feast is on the table. Thanksgiving brings friends and family together, but the festivities can harm your pet. Our Burlington Veterinary Center team shares do’s and don’ts to help you safeguard your pet during the holiday. DO distinguish your pet Strangers milling [...]

Pet Obesity—An Urgent Health Threat

An estimated 55.8% of dogs and 59.5% of cats are overweight, but 80% of pet owners think their pet is normal weight. Pet obesity has been normalized in the United States, and many pet owners are unaware that their pet’s weight is unhealthy, although extra pounds can cause significant health issues for pets. Pets at [...]

5 Tips to Encourage Your Cat’s Natural Instincts

Although our cats are domesticated pets, they still have a wild side. Similar to dogs, cats have natural, instinctive behaviors they need to perform to remain happy and healthy—dogs need to dig and sniff, and cats need to scratch and stalk. By helping your house cat exercise their behavioral instincts, you enable them to get [...]

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Arthritis

Pets are commonly affected by degenerative joint disease (DJD), the most common type of arthritis, which can significantly decrease their quality of life. Our Burlington Veterinary Center team wants to help by providing information about arthritis and explaining management strategies that can decrease your pet’s pain, and increase their mobility. Arthritis causes in pets In [...]

5 Preventable Pet Emergencies

Pets are curious about the world and explore their environment with their noses and mouths. You may be familiar with the phrase, “curiosity killed the cat,” but dogs and cats are equally skilled at getting into things that could land them in the emergency room. Other common emergencies may occur when pets aren’t adequately supervised, [...]

Pet Travel Do’s and Don’ts

Summer travel season is here, and If you’re planning a trip with your pet, you’ve probably already started making mental lists of all the things you need to do to prepare. Our team at Burlington Veterinary Center knows how stressful it can be to plan for a trip—especially one that includes a four-legged family member—and [...]

Investigating the Itchy Pet

Allergies in pets typically manifest as itchy skin, and common culprits include fleas, environmental allergens, and food. If your pet is itchy, the constant scratching can result in open wounds and secondary skin infections, and management can be problematic. Our team at Burlington Veterinary Center wants to explain how allergies can affect your pet, and [...]

How to be Prepared if Your Pet Has a Seizure

Witnessing your pet having a seizure is scary, especially if you are seeing the event for the first time. Pets have seizures because of abnormal brain activity, which may be caused by any number of conditions (e.g., electrolyte problems, metabolic abnormalities, structural brain disease or tumors, toxin exposure, or most commonly—epilepsy—which is recurrent seizure activity [...]

Welcome Home—5 Steps to Successful Pet Adoption

Adopting a new pet is an exciting but serious decision that should come only after careful consideration and the acknowledgement that pets are a lifelong commitment. When pet adoption is unplanned, impulsive, or rushed, pets needlessly suffer. Between 7% to 20% of adopted dogs and cats are returned to the shelter less than six months [...]

Problem Solver—Addressing Common Pet Behavior Issues

When we dream about sharing our lives with pets, we envision peaceful evenings snuggled on the couch or leisurely strolls in the park. However, reality may be less than idyllic, such as when you catch a whiff of cat urine while relaxing on the couch, or when you feel like an Iditorad sled being dragged [...]

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