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8 Great Tips for Hiking With Your Pet

Hiking with your pet is a great opportunity for pet health, pet exercise, and to combat pet obesitySpring has finally sprung, and it’s that time of year in the PNW when we have a small window between rainy seasons (yeah, right!). Nonetheless, most outdoor enthusiasts don’t mind a little inclement weather and are gearing up for some hiking fun this season.

Since hiking safety means a lot of awareness and little bit of preparation, hiking with your pet naturally requires an added level of safety and legwork. To help make the most out of the great outdoors with your furry loved one, the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic has a few tips to make sure every trek is an awesome one. Continue…

Pigeon Pose, Downward Dog Cobra Pose: The Trend in Pet Yoga

Pet YogaYoga is all the rage among the hip and healthy among us, and for good reason. It’s a great way to keep in shape, decrease stress, improve posture and core strength, and gain a sense of peace in a hectic world. From hot yoga to traditional hatha, there are many options for most anyone to choose from, including animal lovers!

Yoga with pets has taken the yoga world by storm after rolling out the first doga (dog yoga) sessions in Barcelona in 1958. Since then, almost every animal imaginable has been invited onto the mat. Pet yoga is definitely a thing, and the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is equally enthusiastic about delving into its many benefits!

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Too Much of a Good Thing: Hormone and Immune-Mediated Skin Problems in Pets

skin problems in petsAnyone with a basic understanding of physiology knows that the immune and endocrine (hormone) systems are essential for normal body function. These two systems are carefully regulated by the body, and if not regulated properly, skin or internal disease can develop and  lead to trouble.

At the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic, hormone and immune-mediated skin problems in pets make up a reasonable part of our practice. Luckily, if these issues plague your pet, we know just what to do.

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Expiration Dates on Veterinary Drugs: Do They Matter?

If your January purge includes decluttering your medicine cabinet, you might find yourself wondering how important those dates stamped on various pharmaceuticals really are. You have half a tube of ointment from that one time Fluffy had an ear infection, a few pills rattling around from when she was so itchy last summer, and almost a full bottle of some type of pain pill from the time she sprained a paw.

Should you keep these things, and for how long?

Don’t worry, Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic has the scoop on expiration dates on veterinary drugs, so that you can stay on task with your decluttering resolutions.

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Happy New Year! Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic’s Top 5 Blogs Of 2017

summer pet safetyAs we reflect on another year here at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic, we find that we are overflowing with gratitude for our wonderful patients and their families. We are steadfast in our goal to continue to provide exceptional care for your pets, along with relevant and up-to-date pet care information for you.

Speaking of information, we are thrilled that so many of you are reading our educational blogs! With that in mind, we are pleased to present the top 5 most popular blog articles of 2017!

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Brrrrrring on Winter! Winter Pet Safety Tips

winter pet safetyIn Lynnwood, our little slice of heaven, we are lucky to have mild winters. Since we usually don’t get much snow, it may be easy to overlook winter pet safety. However, it is still good to think about how to best keep our pets safe in cold, wet weather.

Read on for some tips to keep your pet friends safe, comfortable, and happy during the coldest months of the year.

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Be Prepared: Building A Pet First Aid Kit

pet first aid kitNo one expects an injury to occur, but most of us have first-aid supplies handy just in case. Band-Aids, gauze, and an antimicrobial spray or cream are standard in most medicine cabinets, especially when your home includes children.

Accidents can happen to dogs and cats as well. Whether at home or away, maintaining a pet first-aid kit is an essential part of your pet care kit. Putting together the necessary supplies, and learning how to use them, can make a huge difference in your pet’s overall safety, and may even save a life.
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We Love Black Cats! Let’s Keep Them Safe This Halloween

black catsThey’re shiny, silky, and irresistibly charming, but longstanding, harebrained prejudices widely precede black cats. That lustrous black coat doesn’t charm everyone; instead, some people are driven by unfair superstitions to harm or kidnap these special felines. When we all take into consideration how vulnerable black cats are to Halloween pranksters, we can take better care to protect them.

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Hot and Smoky: Summer Pet Safety Tips You Can Count On

summer pet safetyWe think of summer as the season to enjoy the great outdoors, but due to wildfires here in Washington and British Columbia, many plans have been dashed. Snohomish County has recently qualified our air as “unhealthy.” This certainly affects all of us, and pets are no exception. Indeed, many animals are even more vulnerable to the smoke. Beyond limiting exercise and outdoor play, what are some other tips for summer pet safety we can all get on board with?

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The Cutest Gift: Why Cats Love Boxes

cats and boxesThe old adage “Think outside the box” does not apply to cats. Anyone who has shared a living space with a feline knows how much cats love boxes. The sight of an oversized cat stuffed into a tiny cardboard box may make the average human feel claustrophobic, but for the cat it’s perfectly heavenly, and here’s why…

Hiding and Hunting

Wild cats can be observed hiding in the grass, brush, or in rocky outcroppings while stalking prey or resting. Your housecat is not as far removed from his or her larger cousins as you may think! That old Zappos box you left lying on the living room rug may be just the thing Fluffy needs to get in touch with her predatory roots.

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