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Warm weather is here and it's the perfect time for you to get active with your dog! But before you hit the pavement, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) has some tips to ensure you're taking the proper steps with your sidekick.

"Before you start exercising with your dog, consider their ability to go on runs or longer walks," says
WVMA Member, Dr. Kimberly Kratt. "Just as a person does, dogs need to build up endurance to be able to enjoy a run." Fotolia 96317013 Subscription Monthly M

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Spring is finally making its entrance people are spending more time outside with their pets. It is often during this time of the year that pet parents start thinking about tick preventive options, but the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) wants pet owners to know that only providing tick prevention during the warmer months is not enough.

"Is there a season of the year where you don't need to worry about ticks? The answer is no," says WMA Member, Dr. Ed Loebach. "Your dog may not need tick control every day, but they need it every month."  tick

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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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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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Phone: (608) 257-3665
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Email: wvma@wvma.org

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