Shields Up! Defend Your Pet Against Vector-Borne Diseases

The enemy is approaching by wing and on foot, and your beloved pet is locked in their sights. Summer is here, and so are mosquitoes and ticks, bringing disease and illness. With big guns like heartworm and Lyme disease increasing in frequency every year, putting your pet in a bunker doesn’t seem safe enough—surely a [...]

Rules of the Box: 7 Ways to Keep Your Cat Inside the Litter Box

If your cat refuses to use their litter box, you may be at your wit’s end with their stubborn behavior. However, your cat is simply trying to communicate that something is amiss, whether it’s litter box hygiene, placement, or even litter type. Other times, your cat may be suffering from a serious medical issue that [...]

Take a “Shot” at our Pet Vaccination Quiz

September 28, 2020, 5:55 a.m. Dear Diary, My eccentric owner woke me up this morning by singing “Happy Rabies Day to you” to the tune of “Happy Birthday,” in honor of today being World Rabies Day. She then informed me that this particular day is focused on raising awareness about rabies prevention. Yawn. Rabies smabies. [...]

The Low Down on Leptospirosis in Dogs

You may not think twice when you see your dog swimming in a pond, or lapping up water from a stream, but both of these actions could put them—and you—at risk for contracting leptospirosis, a disease caused by the spiral-shaped bacterium, Leptospira. This disease can affect most mammals, but is more commonly seen in cattle, [...]

Fireworks Don’t Have to Be Frightful for your Furry Friend

Noise aversion (i.e., a fear of loud noises, such as fireworks or storms) affects approximately one third of pets. Since July Fourth is often accompanied by fireworks, these celebrations provoke anxiety in noise averse pets, and their loving owners. However, our Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs team has an arsenal of tools to help you [...]

5 Pet Safety Tips for the Dog Days of Summer

As the temperature climbs, and the dog days of summer approach, keep these five tips in mind to ensure your furry friends are cool, comfortable, and safe. #1: Don’t leave your dog in the car Letting your dog ride along while you run errands is tempting, but the car can quickly become a hot death [...]

How to Care for Pets with Disabilities

Caring for a pet with a disability is no easy task. Whether you’ve welcomed a disabled pet into your home, knowing the underlying condition, or something happened later to a beloved companion, a disability can be well-managed to grant your pet a wonderful quality of life. The best part of having a disabled pet is [...]

Do’s and Don’ts of Interactions Between Kids and Pets

It’s often thought that a pet and a child are a match made in heaven, and buddies for life. While pets and children truly can form deep, lasting bonds, occasionally a child fails to heed a pet’s warning signal to back off, which can lead to a bite. Young children are most at risk for [...]

Answers to Your Questions About COVID-19 and Pets

With a global pandemic shutting down schools, inducing fear, and causing food shortages, you naturally have questions about whether this novel virus can affect your furry family member. With opinions and reports at every turn, including social media, knowing where to look for accurate information can be difficult. To help you separate fact from fiction, [...]

The Veterinarians of Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs

While we’re sure you already know how amazing our veterinarians are with your pets, you may not know much about the person behind the white coat and stethoscope. Besides their obvious love for animals, what makes them tick? Dig a little deeper into discovering our veterinarians’ likes, dislikes, families, and hidden talents.  Dr. Melissa Harrer [...]

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