Pet Health Insurance

Pet Health Insurance

Pet Health Insurance “Protect your pet.  And yourself.”  That is the slogan of Trupanion, and here at Marion Animal Hospital we support and recommend that motto.  What is Trupanion?  It’s a great pet insurance company used by many of our clients, and their pets. Why should you have pet insurance?  Unexpected accidents and illnesses happen but it’s good to know that a company like Trupanion covers 90% of the actual costs of veterinary care if

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The Problem: Helping Wild Animals

The Problem: Helping Wild Animals

The arrival of spring and summer means the arrival of newborn and just-hatched wildlife. These youngsters soon venture into the world on shaky legs or fragile wings and are discovered by people living and working nearby. Every year, the lives of many young wild creatures are upset by people who mean only to help. These people take baby wildlife from the wild in a mistaken attempt to save them. In fact, these would-be rescuers are

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Heartworm Disease

Heartworm Disease

HEARTWORM DISEASE         Heartworm is a preventable and serious disease that is costly and difficult to cure. Unfortunately, many dog owners choose not use a monthly preventative. The only way for a dog to become infected is by the bite of a mosquito. All 50 states have reported Heartworm disease and the numbers are on the rise. It is not only spreading rapidly throughout the United States, but also in areas where

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Dog Urine Damage to Yards

Dog Urine Damage to Yards

Written by Texas Farm Radio Lawn damage from dog urine. Many of you may have dogs and also want a well manicured lawn.  Although many people believe dog urine and feces is a lawn fertilizer, this is not always the case. Urine and feces in small amounts can cause a green up or fertilizer effect. However, dog urine in large amounts can cause dead brown patches surrounded by a green outside ring called lawn burn.

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Fisher Cats

Fisher Cats

Written by Tabetha A Fisher CatFisher Cats are very secretive animals and are rarely seen, but can be found throughout Massachusetts including most recently – Cape Cod. These predators prey on small mammals and poultry, including domestic cats, rabbits and chickens. They can be seen all year round and hunt day or night. For safety reasons, you domestic cats should be kept indoors. All outside animals should have secure pens or cages. Do not leave

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Coyotes!

Written by Dr. Rachel Francis Coyotes have adapted to rural and suburban encroachment of their habitat, so most people in the United States live near these wild dogs. Coyotes are extremely beneficial for vermin control near our towns and cities, and effectively keep rats and other small animal populations in check. They weigh approximately 40lbs. Often confused for the Red and Grey foxes, Coyotes are the size of border collies, and German Shepherd Dog like

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Disaster Planning for Pets

Disaster Planning for Pets

Pet Disaster Preparedness Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and even man-made disasters have brought home to us all in recent years that a crisis can happen at any time, in any community. See: https://wareham-ma.villagesoup.com/news/story/home-damaged-animals-rescued-in-pine-street-fire/5820 pet disaster preparedness Just as you can’t leave preparing for your human family members to chance, you need a plan to ensure the safety of your pets. Here are some steps to get you started: Make a plan. Prepare for all

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Pets & Car Sickness

Pets & Car Sickness

A simple car ride with your pet can turn miserable if he suffers from motion sickness. Motion sickness can manifest itself as vocalization drooling, vomitting, and defecation. According to Dr. Andress and Gate City Animal Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. (Veterinary Economics, November 2009) here are a few simple steps you an take to settle your pets’ stomach. Simply withholding food before traveling can eliminate many of the problems, or speak to your veterinarian about anti-motion

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Flying With Your Pet

Flying With Your Pet

Written by Dr. Nicole Cummings A recent study shows that it may be more dangerous for certain breeds of dogs to fly than others. Since May 2005, 122 dog deaths have been reported by US airlines, and 1/2 of these have been brachycephalic breeds (breeds with pushed in faces) such as English Bulldogs, Pugs, French Bulldogs, and American Staffordshire Terriers. In a press release the Deptartment of Transportation advised owners of brachycephalic breeds to consult

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South Coast Today: Some animals more at risk from EEE than others

South Coast Today: Some animals more at risk from EEE than others

Written by ANIKA CLARK Stories of eastern equine encephalitis striking horses and humans aren’t uncommon in Southeastern Massachusetts. But the viral wrath that left a Rhode Island man still in critical condition Tuesday isn’t limited to those with heels and hooves. “Anything that’s not native to the East Coast of the United States probably would be sensitive to it,” said Wayne Andrews, superintendent for the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project. “It’s probably been a major

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Dr. Nicole Cummings Interviewed in Pet Gazette

Dr. Nicole Cummings Interviewed in Pet Gazette

Written by Dr. Nicole Cummings Want to know more about me, your new Marion Animal Hospital blog host? Check out my “Spotlight on Veterinarians” interview for The Pet Gazette! Find it online at: https://www.petgazette.net/, or stop by our hospital and pick up a copy. Spotlight on Veterinarians: Dr. Nicole Cummings by: Danielle Hennessey, Pet Gazette PG: Why did you decide to become a veterinarian? NC: For as long as I can remember I have wanted

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Cat Behavior From Wild Ancestors

Cat Behavior From Wild Ancestors

Written by Dr. Nicole Cummings Ever wonder how your docile furry feline could be related to the vicious cats in the wild? A recent genetic analysis done by Carlos Driscoll of the National Cancer Institute in Maryland claims to trace the transformation back to a single wild ancestor about 10,000 years ago, and who still lives in the remote deserts of Israel and Saudi Arabia! Check it out the original article: https://www.livescience.com/animals/070628_cat_family.html Check out also

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Pet Euthanasia At Home

Pet Euthanasia At Home

Written by Dr. Nicole Cummings The Marion Animal Hospital is now offering at home euthanasia’s to our clients. I believe, that for many families, it is important to say goodbye to their beloved pets at home, and in a familiar environment. For some pets, a trip to the vet’s office is stressful, or in some cases impossible if the animal is large and debilitated.  The staff at the Marion Animal Hospital knows that this is

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Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease

Written by Nicole Cummings, DVM With summer in full swing, I thought Lyme disease would be a great first blog topic. Here at the Marion Animal Hospital, we have seen our fair share of Lyme positive dogs, and even cats! Lyme disease is transmitted through by the Ixodes tick (commonly referred to as the Deer tick). The name deer tick is a misnomer, as this tick is most often in our yard and near our

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House Train in 9 Easy Steps

House Train in 9 Easy Steps

by Dr. Rachel Francis Recognize your dog’s signals, solve housetraining problems, and reward appropriate behaviour in 9 steps. NUMBER ONE! PREVENT inappropriate elimination by CONFINING your dog. Allowing your untrained dog to wander all over the house without supervision is asking for an accident. The goal of confinement is to prevent accidents from happening. Keep your dog in a confined area (CRATES ARE BEST) or on a leash when you cannot observe her constantly. #2.

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