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It’s official, puppy fever has taken over your household and you’ve decided to add a four-legged family member. But before you rush out to find the closest puppy, there are many things you need to take into consideration.

“When the time is right to get a puppy you first need to see if you have the room, time and finances for the type of dog you want,” says WVMA Member, Dr. Richard Weaver. “Do you live in a small apartment? Do you have a yard for a bigger dog? Do you have the time to enjoy a high energy dog? Do you want a dog that is good with kids? Do you want a long hair or short hair dog? Do you mind a dog that sheds?”puppies

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Fluffy bunnies and fuzzy chicks might seem like a wonderful addition to the Easter holiday, but remember these quaint, cute and cuddly creatures grow up, and grow up fast.

Many Easter pets are abandoned, taken to a shelter or released into the wild because the "novelty" feeling faded or they required more care than anticipated. The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association encourages potential owners to do their homework before purchasing Easter pets.

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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

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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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February 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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