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Saint Patrick's Day is known for the fun atmosphere and celebrations, but what might be fun for you may be scary for your pet. Before having your pet join in the festivities on March 17, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) wants you to take these safety tips into consideration. Fotolia 78348844 Subscription Monthly M

Pet Costumes
Before dressing your pet up for the holiday, WVMA Member, Dr. Ron Biese advises that it is important for the costume to fit your pet and for them to feel comfortable.

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April 23 is National Dog Biscuit Day and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Assocition (WVMA) wants help you and your canine  family members celebrate with this dog friend biscuit recipe.

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Need a New Year's resolution? How about making sure your pet is healthy by maintaining its ideal weight? It is just as important for your pet to be at an ideal weight as it is for you! Below are some questions you should consider when thinking about your pet's health.

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Is my pet overweight?
Dr. Ken Lambrecht, Medical Director at West Towne Veterinary Center, recommends using the 1 to 9 Purina Body Condition Score (BCS) approach to determine if your pet is overweight. This is accomplished by feeling the pet's ribs and trunk and lumbosacral area (around the hips). By feeling their ribs just behind the foreleg, you should be able to verify if your pet is overweight. It should feel the same as your fingers below your knuckles when you make a fist. If you cannot feel the ribs easily in this area, your pet may be overweight. Muscle condition should be scored at each veterinary visit as well and is especially important in older cats that tend to lose muscle mass.

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With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) wants to help keep yours pets safe. As you prepare for all the parties and festivities, please keep these tips from WVMA Member, Dr. Ann Sherwood Zieser in mind.

1. Leftovers

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April is National Heartworm Awareness Month and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association asks all dog and cat owners to visit their WVMA member veterinarian to have their pets tested and make sure they are protected.

"Heartworms can be life threatening for your pet," says WVMA Member, Dr. K.C. Brooks. "By meeting with your veterinarian and discussing the best preventative options, you can help to ensure they live a long and healthy life."Fotolia 61804072 Subscription Monthly M

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