Celebrating a Pet-Friendly Halloween

A cat with several pumpkinsFor many, Halloween is one of the most popular holidays to celebrate. Delicious treats, creative costumes, cool, crisp autumn evenings – what’s not to enjoy? It’s also a family-friendly holiday, which means thinking of fun – and safe – ways to include your pet in this year’s Howl-o-ween festivities. Continue…

Getting to Know Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic

A puppy walking on pavementAs the summer winds down and we begin to gear up for a busy autumn, we thought we would take a moment to highlight some of our offerings. You may be familiar with our practice at Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic, or maybe you’re seeking a clinic for your best friend. In either case, we’d like you to get to know us better!

The Family Doctor for Your Best Friend

When you think of your own family doctor, you might often think of qualities like trustworthiness, skill, and friendliness. As with your relationship with your physician, we also believe the relationship between pet owner, pet, and veterinary team should be rooted in trust, skill, and friendliness. Continue…

Travel vs. Boarding: How to Make the Right Choice for Your Pet

Young dog  looking out the car windowThe end of summer often signals the last chance for the family vacation. It’s a popular time of year to get in one more trip to country, a new city, or other destination. But, for those with pets, the question of boarding versus bringing your pet along can be a challenging one.

Since there are advantages and drawbacks to both choices, let’s explore some of the considerations that will help you make the best decision for your pet. Continue…

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Summer Pet Safety Checklist

A pair of puppies licking an ice cream coneFor many pet parents, celebrating summer without our four-legged friends is out of the question. However, dehydration, heatstroke, and a slew of other complications can quickly turn summer fun into a summer emergency for our pets if we aren’t careful.

Take a moment to bone up on summer pet safety, and what to do if things take an unexpected turn for the worse. Continue…

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Laminitis: The Disease Horse Owners Need to Know About

A woman leading a horse in a sunsetYou may remember a horse named Barbaro from a few years back. In 2006 this previously undefeated Thoroughbred racehorse impressively swept the Kentucky Derby. With much chatter about a Triple Crown contender, the nation’s heart broke as we watched him shatter his leg two weeks later in the Preakness. Continue…

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Creating A Pet-Safe Yard and Garden

A dog laying in a grassy fieldCreating A Pet-Safe Yard and Garden Mason county is a wonderful community and, in our collective hearts, we share a fondness for roadside markets boasting all manner locally grown goodies! This appreciation for planting food and flowers translates often translates into our own backyards. However, your pet can be inadvertently placed in harm’s way if certain safety precautions are not considered prior to planting. To best protect your four-legged friend this spring and summer, we have the following ideas for planting a pet-safe yard and garden. Continue…

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Preventing Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworms

A cat scratching itselfAlthough parasites are small, their impact to your pet’s health can be mighty. And, just as we are about to welcome in spring and all of its wonderful blooms and outdoor recreation opportunities, here they come! Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and all of the other parasites that like to spring into full force at the arrival of warmer weather are on their way.

While parasite prevention isn’t the most exciting thing you have going on this season, preventing fleas, ticks, and other parasites is paramount to protecting the health of your pet, and, in some cases, your family. Continue…

Quality Veterinary Care vs. the All-in-One Low Cost Clinic

Handshake between dog and veterinarian handEveryone loves a good bargain, and it’s easy to get caught up in the illusion that a “larger clinic must be a better clinic”. But, when it comes to your pet’s health, the temptation to seek low cost veterinary care or “all-in-one” mega clinics can sometimes jeopardize your pet’s quality of care. Quality veterinary care often costs a little more, but the thoroughness and excellence in service, as well as the personal attention you and your pet will receive, is a testament to why low price or slick marketing isn’t a substitute for quality.

Selecting a veterinarian is more than just a quick decision based on price or convenience. The veterinarian you choose will be a partner in your pet’s quality of life and longevity – a trusted source of pet care expertise and exemplary veterinary care. You should feel confident in your veterinarian, as well as the veterinary technicians and staff who will also get to know you and your pet. Continue…

A Welcome Addition: Pet Laser Therapy

A dog being given laser treatmentWhile laser therapy for pets may sound like something straight out of science fiction; it is, in fact, becoming a common and effective treatment for companion animals across the country. Dr. Yetter and the Prairie Ridge Animal Clinic staff are excited to introduce therapeutic laser services to our patients. And, while you may not think you are as excited as we are; it’s probably because you don’t know what pet laser therapy is and why it is so incredible. Continue…

A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

A dog licking its lips about a hamhockThanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays and we would like to take a moment to extend our gratitude to our community of pets and their owners. We are honored to serve you throughout the year and hope your family enjoys all the special moments unfolding this fall.

As we all prepare for the feast and busy holiday weekend ahead, we recommend taking a moment to assess the things that could stand in the way of your pet’s ongoing safety and happiness. You know your pet the best, and considering all of his or her needs will contribute to the overall success of your holiday.

Holiday pet safety is a top concern for pet owners and establishing a safe scene for your pet now will keep those little whiskers or wagging tails keep coming back for more. Continue…