Archive | February 2012

Price Increase…

Arrrghh!!!

Some may have noticed our recent price increases.  Sixteen of our suppliers have increased prices by 4% to 14% on items such as drugs and food.  In order to cover our overhead expenses, we also increased prices.  We are sensitive to the impact price has on our clients. It is important to us that we have such nice clinics and provide the best for your pets. We recognize that this change affects you.

Continuing to provide you with the best…

This is our wonderful Judy and the dapper "Duke."

Community Veterinary Clinic

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Pet Dental Care

Plaque or tartar development is the most common cause of dental disorders in pets.  Periodontal disease has been estimated to affect 90%  of dogs and cats over 2 years of age, and it essentially starts with accumulation of dental plaque.  The infection in your pet’s mouth will spread to the vital organs (kidneys, liver, and heart).  Routine dental care is the most efficient way to prevent accumulation of plaque. Routine dental care includes appropriate diet, dental chews, home care, and teeth cleanings with fluoride treatments. Our doctors effectively manage your pet’s dental health, prescribe antibiotics when needed for infection, use a high-tech ultrasonic scaler for routine teeth cleanings, and perform extractions during oral surgery.  At each visit to Community Veterinary Clinic, the doctor performs a dental screening and will recommend the best time for a professional dental cleaning.

Take a look as Dr. Current performs a teeth cleaning…

First, a super sonic scaler is used to remove dental plaque.

The doctor polishes each tooth, finishing with a flouride treatment.

Ask about our free dental screenings to see if your pet is in need of a teeth cleaning. 

A lifetime of good health starts today!

Training Trends

Training trends

In recent years, the field of dog training has shifted from an emphasis on “alpha” domination and punishment, to a focus on positive leadership and reward-based instruction, supported by the latest scientific knowledge. These methods promote the human-animal bond and are more effective, more fun for both owner and animal, and safer than training styles that use intimidation techniques to manage behavior.

Excellent titles on positive dog training include Jean Donaldson’s The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs, 2d ed., Patricia McConnell’s The Other End of the Leash, and Pat Miller’s The Power of Positive Dog Training , 2d ed. While these books will appeal to sophisticated readers, without well-marked headings and extensive illustrations, they are not practical for the average dog owner.

Celebrity doesn’t mean better

Although library patrons demand the latest titles by the hot trainer of the moment, collection development librarians should purchase selectively. Cesar Milan, star of the National Geographic television series The Dog Whisperer and author of Cesar’s Way, has negatively impacted the field of dog training and confused the public. Milan overemphasizes pack behavior and dominance, disregards the role of anxiety, fails to consider medical or neurological causes for behavior problems, and demonstrates risky management techniques.

In contrast, British trainer Victoria Stilwell (It’s Me or the Dog: How To Have the Perfect Pet) uses a positive-based approach, stressing the importance of understanding canine communication signals and providing clear instructions for teaching basic commands.

Training at Community Veterinary Clinic…

Sara, a Registered Veterinary Techinician and Pet Behavioral Specialist at Community Veterinary Clinic, advises training with an emphasis on positive reinforcement.  She holds obedience classes throughout the year and performs behavioral consults in our Sidney location.

Be sure to reserve your spot in our spring obedience class!  It is sure to provide loads of knowledge and fun!