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As you navigate the slippery sidewalks outside this winter, members of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA), want you to be aware of the dangers associated with commonly used sidewalk salt.dog in snow

"Sidewalk salt/deicers can often be a hazard to dogs for several reasons. The most commonly used deicer is rock salt, Sodium Chloride, because it is inexpensive and effective at melting ice on sidewalks," says WVMA Member, Dr. Kevin Landorf. "It is dangerous to dogs because it is irritating to their paws, and toxic if ingested."

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Sit, stay, and lay down. These common commands may seem pretty simple to teach your new puppy, but with the help of a professional dog trainer, you can take your pet's skills to the next level.

Dog training"Owners will learn the critical part about living with a dog: how to read a dog's body language," says Dr. Karen Selbert member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA).

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Bringing a new four legged family member into your home can be one of the greatest joys in a person's life, but member veterinarians of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) want prospective dog owners to know what they are getting into before bringing the new member home.

Homework dog"Many people buy puppies quickly, but soon find out it wasn't what they were expecting," says Dr. Yvonne Bellay, WVMA member veterinarian and the animal welfare programs manager and epidemiologist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

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Twice daily teeth brushing has become a part of the daily routine for many people, but what you may not realize is that your pet needs regular dental attention too.

"Daily teeth brushing is still the gold standard of dental home care that owners can easily provide for their pets," Dr. Dale Kressin, WVMA member and owner of Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists, LLC.

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With the invention of kitty litter in 1947, cats began to make the transition from outdoor pest control to indoor family members, chasing fake mice instead of real ones. As cats started to have a bigger role in the lives of their humans, members of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) began learning and developing more methods to provide the best care possible for your feline friend.

"Prior to cats becoming indoor pets, they were receiving little to no veterinary care, and sick cats were often treated with home remedies or by donation funded organizations that had no veterinary training," says Dr. Ann Sosalla, WVMA member and veterinarian at Antigo Veterinary Clinic.

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