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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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Dehydration in Pets: Is Your Furry Friend Drinking Enough Water?

pet dehydrationYou know that feeling… Parched throat, dry skin, and incredible thirst that hits you during warm, dry days (or even dry winter days!). Although we know we’re supposed to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day, most of us don’t consume that much in lieu of tasty coffee beverages and fizzy drinks.

Likewise, our pets can succumb to dehydration when they’re not getting their daily intake of water. Whether it’s because Mittens is extremely fussy (only distilled water for her, thank you!) or your super active dog isn’t drinking enough to combat the heat and moisture loss, dehydration in pets is common.

If you think your pet isn’t drinking enough water, keep reading to learn more about how you can encourage healthy hydration.

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The Foundation of Lifelong Health: Why Pet Nutrition Matters

Since childhood, most of us recognize the food pyramid and understand the important role diet plays in overall health. For our furry friends, this is equally true. Pet nutrition is not only crucial to daily wellbeing, it’s also useful in managing and preventing certain health conditions.

Nutrition is more than just throwing some random kibble in your pet’s bowl. There is a rhyme and reason behind nutritional guidelines for cats and dogs that include age, health, size, and species. To provide your pet with the best possible dietary choices, check out some of our information about pet nutrition guidelines.

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More Than Buds and Blooms: Spring Pet Safety Tips Yield Sweet Results

pet groomingIt’s time to get motivated! Spring has officially sprung, and the honey-do lists are filling up fast. There’s so much to do, and when the weather is accommodating, there’s no stopping us from cleaning, gardening, and building. In the midst of all these activities, spring pet safety can take a back seat – but not if we can help it!

More time spent outside is always a good thing for pets. Increased exercise plus environmental enrichment almost always equals a happier animal – but there are certain risks involved in outdoor access.

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