How To Keep Your Horse Warm In Winter

Learning how to keep your horse warm in winter is one of the ways you can keep your horse healthy all year long. Severe cold and weather can affect your horse but they tend to be cold hardy and able to adapt well with a little effort on your part.  Here is an overview of winter horse care: Stables and Shelter Your horse will grow a winter coat to help keep him warm in the winter. Having a stable or shelter is a good idea…

How To Teach Your Dog to Use The Doggy Door

How to teach your dog to use the doggy door may be simpler than you think. If you have an older dog, they can learn new tricks and if you have a puppy, they can learn too. Here are a few ideas about the convenience of using a doggy door and how my niece taught her dog. Doggy Doors are Convenient! We have lived in our house for about three years. In the past, we have almost always had a doggy door for our dachshunds…

Merry Christmas From Your Veterinary Clinic in Lexington

Merry Christmas from Your Veterinary Clinic in Lexington! The doctors and the Staff at Locust Trace Veterinary Clinic are so grateful to be a part of your family by caring for your beloved pets! Winter Break The Locust Trace Agriscience Center School is out on winter school break from December 22 through January 2nd. The students will be enjoying time away from classes with their families and friends. This is a great time to bring your pets to the animal clinic for annual checkups. New…

Holiday Hazards For Dogs

There are many holiday hazards for dogs. Wintertime and the holiday season, mean more company and more exciting things for your dog to get into. Here are a few tips to keep your puppy safe this season. Kitchen Hazards From tin foil, turkey bones to raw cookie dough, there are many enticing treats and smells in the kitchen this time of year. Many of these items can cause severe digestive problems if swallowed. Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate are some of the worse things for…

Getting A Pet For Christmas

Getting a pet for Christmas is one of the most memorable gifts you will ever enjoy. Pets quickly become members of the family and spending time with your new friend adds excitement to the holidays. Here are a few tips to make sure your new pet adjusts to its new home. Too Much Excitement Can Be Trouble Your pet may enjoy being held and played with most of the day, but be mindful when they need a break. Some animals are nocturnal or crepuscular and…

Cats and Christmas Trees

Cats and Christmas trees don’t always mix well. It is important if you have a cat in the house that you create a safe environment to keep your cat and your Christmas tree in one piece. Cats are particularly curious, love to climb and play with dangly things and some cats like to eat plants. Are Christmas Trees Toxic? Some plants like mistletoe, poinsettias and holly are toxic to pets. Pine fir can be mildly toxic causing stomach and mouth problems. How toxic they are…

Oral Health For Pets

Oral health for pets includes regular care and occasional cleanings. Just like people, animal’s health requires basic oral care. Having too much tartar build up can cause gingivitis and other health conditions. Bacteria from the gums can lead to bacteria getting into the bloodstream and damaging organs. Here are a few things you can do: Know Your Pet and Do Self Exams If you have a small pet, you need to pay attention to their teeth just like you would a dog or cat. Some…

Helping Your Pet Cope With Visitors

Helping your pet cope with visitors is one of the main reasons why you should socialize your pet while they are young. This is not always an option if you get your pet when it’s older or have no way to socialize your pet. If you notice a sudden change in your pet’s behavior, you should seek medical attention. Your veterinarian may be able to find a cause for your pet’s behavior.   If your pet is normally shy, here are a few things you can…

Making Plans For Holiday Boarding

The holiday season is fast approaching. Making plans for your family pet is important when you are thinking about holiday traveling. Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what to do with your pet. Here are a few things to consider for holiday boarding. Make a Reservation As you are making plans to leave for the holidays, you can also make a reservation for your pet to be boarded. Pets need to have certain vaccinations before they can stay in most facilities. Be sure…

Today is National Cat Day

Pet Adoption is considered a great way to bring a pet into your home. In honor of National Cat Day that is celebrated today and every October 29th, we dedicate this blog to the number of shelter pets, including cats that need homes. Pets In Shelters You can find just about any type pet you may be interested in at a pet shelter. You would be surprised at how many unwanted pets there are. Recent statistics suggest there are 6-8 million dogs and cats entering…