How to Safely Remove a Tick, And 4 Ways Not To

It is important to remove a tick the right way to prevent tick-borne illness in pets

If you live in the mid-Atlantic region, you know that it’s always tick season. In the autumn, many of our clients and their pets are still happily taking advantage of the crisp days by spending time outdoors. We know that ticks are something to prevent, but have you ever had to safely remove a tick? If not, we have some tips and tricks for you to make this process relatively easy.

The Problem With Ticks

There are four tick species in our area that humans and dogs encounter: the Lone Star tick, the brown dog tick, the American dog tick, and the deer tick. Most of us know that tick bites are painful and uncomfortable. Did you know that they are also dangerous?

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What’s the 3rd Week in October For? Celebrating Vet Techs, Of Course!

Vet techs are the backbone of pet health

When you visit your doctor’s office, there is always a nurse that takes your blood pressure, weight, temperature, and so forth before the exam begins. In our profession, instead of nursing professionals, veterinarians need vet techs (veterinary technicians) or LVTs (licensed veterinary technicians). And when we say that we need them, we really, really need them! In fact, they are so important to hospital functionality, an entire week in October is set aside to celebrate their hard work, raise them up, and provide additional tools to help them succeed.

But what do vet techs do, exactly?

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Do You Have a Happy Cat? Five Signs the Answer May Be No

A happy cat will show their feline affection. Cats are pretty self sufficient. They are also good at covering up when they are not happy or experiencing stress. Many cat owners feel that things are hunky-dory in the kitty happiness department. After all, they have a warm place to snuggle, a bowl of food, and a clean litter box. What’s to be sad about?

Many cats are not as content with life as their owners may believe. In honor of Happy Cat Month, Godspeed Animal Care wants to share with you a few ways to assess if have a happy cat (or if you have some work to do). Continue…

Pet Dental Treats: Do They Really Work?

dental chewsIf you pursue the aisles of your local pet supply store, the number of dental care products available for pets is simply staggering. Dental diets, chews, rinses, and treats abound. With most pets having some degree of dental disease before 3 years of age, the need is there. But do they really work?

Understanding and choosing pet dental treats can be a difficult task to undertake. Thankfully, your friends at Godspeed Animal Care are here to help you.

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Easier Than Pie? Getting a Handle on New Pet Vaccinations

new pet vaccinationsThe joy of bringing home a little bundle of furry energy can be quickly overshadowed by the list of things you have to do to provide for them – but it’s all worth it. Your new pet depends on you for everything, but perhaps the most important part of your job is to protect them from disease. Sure, the list of new pet vaccinations can be daunting, but we’re here to help you decode these dangerous diseases and encourage their prevention.

Need vs. Optional

Some new pet vaccinations are more appropriate for pets who will be visiting public places or areas frequented by other animals. However, even strictly indoor pets should receive the bare minimum of new pet vaccinations to protect them from potential exposure to disease.

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Diabetes in Pets

diabetes in petsDiabetes is a huge problem, both in humans and our pet population. This all-too-common disease can have serious health consequences if uncontrolled. Godspeed Animal Care thinks it’s important for animal lovers everywhere to have a good understanding of diabetes in pets and what they can do to prevent it.

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A Cut Above: What Makes Private Veterinary Practice Special?

private veterinary practiceAt Godspeed Animal Hospital, we believe that there is something special about a private veterinary practice. As with most local businesses, a private veterinary practice is rooted in the community in which it operates. We are your neighbors, friends, and fellow PTA members, and have been for years. We invest our resources into neighborhood little league teams, local non-profits, and our community as a whole.

However, as you may know, we have seen a rise in corporate veterinary practices in the Williamsburg area in the past few years. As a result, we find ourselves fielding more and more questions about what sets our private veterinary practice apart from our corporate counterparts. Because of this, we would like to share with you what we think makes a private veterinary practice special – for both you, and for your pets.

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Home Alone: How Do You Know if You Have a Lonely Pet?

lonely petIt’s easy to become consumed with fear or doubt when it comes to how your pet spends his or her time when you’re at work or school. To be sure, many animals relish the chance to spend as much time as possible with the people they love best. If it’s been a full summer, your pet may feel a bit lonely. With our guide to keeping a lonely pet fulfilled and content, you won’t have to worry when the fall calendar starts to fill up.

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Life With a Service Dog

Humans have lived in harmony with canine companions for millennia, and the relationship continues to be mutually beneficial. From ancient Chinese scrolls depicting dogs and people working together to Roman frescoes showing a blind man being led by a dog, there’s clear evidence that supports this special dynamic.

Dogs have also been employed in the military looking for wounded soldiers or carrying messages to the front lines. These days, a service dog can help an individual in a variety of meaningful ways, and Godspeed Animal Care is proud to share them with you.

Seeing Eye, Hearing Ear

In 18th century France, canines were commonly engaged as assistants to the blind. Here in the U.S., the first guide dog school opened in 1929 called The Seeing Eye. Over the following years, formal training methods began to evolve in order to develop the concept of service dogs. While seeing eye dogs continued to help blind people with daily tasks and activities, service dogs were being trained to help deaf individuals as well.

Bonnie Bergin

The idea of the service dog was pioneered by Bonnie Bergin. Through her work with canine training and development, she helped to elevate the status of the service dog. Her work allowed a certain recognition of the bond between a service dog and their human partner, which created a wider acceptance in our culture.

High Standards

The roles of service dogs continued to grow in the 1980’s and 1990’s, as they became extremely useful to individuals on the Autism spectrum and veterans suffering from PTSD. With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it not only became unlawful to discriminate against disabled people, but necessary requirements for service dogs were also enforced.

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Causes & Inherent Dangers Of Bad Dog Breath

When a puppy mouth-breathes all over your face, the result is a special combo of adorable and unsettling. That adorable quality, however, quickly fades when your dog reaches a point (usually around the age of three) when bacteria, plaque, and tarter all combine to usher in the beginning of periodontal (gum) disease. The first sign of this condition is – you guessed it – dog breath. The good news? It’s entirely preventable!

Warning! Stinky Breath Alert

Off-putting dog breath is not just proof that dogs will be dogs. Ranging from slightly sweet to rank and sour, dog breath serves as a red flag that something is not right inside the mouth.

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