Ghouls, jack-o-lanterns, and the tricks and treats of Halloween are fun for  adults and children alike. At this time of year, anticipation runs high as we approach this most beloved holiday. We spend hours planning our costume, making Halloween treats, and setting up our yard as a scary scene – but have you thought about…

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It seems impossible to avoid all situations that result in fear, stress or confusion, but we do our best for our pets, right? Some pet owners know from experience that the sound of the blender or vacuum cleaner upsets their dog, or that they cannot walk anywhere near a construction site. Other owners are just…

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In honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week in April, we’d like to call attention to the serious nature of dog bites in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Of those, nearly 1 in 5 will need professional medical attention.  …

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To fully experience their surrounding environments, pets rely heavily on their sense of smell and taste. This leads to a greater understanding of the world around them, but unfortunately, this tactic can also land them in hot water. Pet poison prevention is a priority all year long, but with an entire week devoted to raising…

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With the ever changing landscape regarding marijuana, it is hard to keep up on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to this now legal to use substance in the state of Vermont. Many Vermonters are taking advantage of the new laws that went into effect this year in our state. This means that pot…

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While we provide general care for our pets year-round, it’s important to pay special attention to seasonal issues. The associated risks of extreme weather are always significant, but issues that appear in January don’t necessarily turn up in July. As a result, let’s discuss the in’s and out’s of summer pet care! Getting Ahead Preventive…

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Modern pet owners have their hands full in making sure their pets are happy and healthy. Regular wellness exams, good nutrition, daily exercise, and plenty of snuggle time are all essentials when it comes to life with pets. Parasite prevention often takes a back seat, especially in the winter months, but this comes at a…

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Since its establishment by congress in 1961, the third week in March has been designated as National Poison Prevention Week. The event was originally intended to educate the public on the dangers of accidental poisonings in children, but your friends at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center would like to take this opportunity to discuss…

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It might start with a little extra begging between meals or cute, treat-worthy antics. Sometimes, pets are allowed to free-feed, a practice that inhibits portion and calorie control. Other times, owners feel guilty for leaving their pet alone and decide to treat them. Since pets don’t typically feed or exercise themselves, the root of pet…

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Some pet owners glide from season to season seemingly unbothered by our climate’s requirements. However, in a place that commonly experiences single digits and sizable snowstorms, we know that cold weather pet care must remain a priority all season long. We’re not saying you and your pet can’t enjoy the winter, but with a little…

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