Pet-Proofing Your Home: Brutus’ Basics

Pets, especially puppies and kittens, are naturally inquisitive. While your pet’s curious antics may be endearing, they can also land them in the hospital. Our Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs team is here to help if your pet tangles with a pet hazard, but we would prefer they stay healthy and happy. Listen in as [...]

Heart Disease and Your Pet

The heart is the center of your pet’s circulatory system, with the sole purpose of delivering blood to every body part. Electrical impulses stimulate the heart to beat approximately 100,000 times per day, with valves that open and close with heartbeat contractions and move blood through the four heart chambers. The heart’s two right chambers [...]

Snow and Sun: How to Stay Active with Your Pet Year-Round

“Great, another blizzard is in the forecast. My dog and I have had enough of winter already,” you think to yourself. Disappointment sets in because the chilly temperatures and upcoming snowfall mean you won’t get to explore that new trail with your canine companion. Instead, you bundle up on the couch for another Netflix binge [...]

Managing Arthritis in Cats and Dogs

Arthritis, which is also known as degenerative joint disease, is particularly common in aging pets, although the condition also occurs in younger animals after an orthopedic injury. Arthritis begins when inflammation occurs in one or multiple joints, and over time, progresses to cartilage damage, decreased joint space, joint swelling, abnormal bone deposition, and pain. Owners [...]

Why is My Pet So Thirsty? Diabetes Mellitus in Pets 101

Meet Ralph, a long-haired kitty who is not all fur, despite what his owners think. This hefty cat weighs in at a whopping 18 pounds, but has been dropping weight in spite of his voracious appetite. He’s also been soaking his litter box with giant wet spots, and draining his water dish dry. Concerned about [...]

Top 10 Most Common Household Pet Toxins

Pets get themselves into all types of mischief and, since they investigate their surroundings with their nose and mouth, toxicity is common. As a pet owner, you must protect your curious companion from hazards, and you may be surprised to learn how many potential toxins are lurking around your home. Each year, the ASPCA Animal [...]

Senior Moments: Cognitive Dysfunction in Aging Pets

As your beloved pet begins to slow down, and show a little grey around her muzzle, you may notice different behaviors and personality changes. Cognitive dysfunction is a common problem of senior pets, affecting up to two-thirds of dogs in their golden years, but it is not a normal part of aging, and affected pets [...]

COVID-19 Update

Dear Valued Clients: To begin, I want to reassure everyone that at this time there is no evidence of COVID-19 spreading to our pets or having transmitted by our pets. We will be following the CDC and the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and if any changes occur, we will pass along that information. [...]

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