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  • Celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week!
    Join Us In Celebrating Patton Veterinary Hospital's Awesome Technicians!                October 11-17 is National Veterinary Technician Week.  We take this week to celebrate all of our hard working veterinary nurses.  They Read more
  • Mushroom Toxicity in Dogs
    Fatal Fungus             Just last week I saw a story online that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson lost one of his French Bulldogs to liver failure after the dog had eaten a Read more
  • A Blocked Cat is a Life Threatening Situation
    When Your Cat Can’t Pee                Male cats can sometimes develop a life-threatening problem called urethral obstruction, more commonly known as a “blocked cat.”  What exactly does this mean?   Some cats Read more
  • Help! My Pet is Having a Seizure!
    What causes seizures and what can you do if your pet has seizures                A seizure can be a very scary thing to witness.  Many dogs and cats have seizures, though Read more
  • Tips for Easier Nail Trims
    Tips to Avoid the Drama When Trimming Nails                Most dogs hate having their nails trimmed—mine included.  Frankie and Marty turn into writhing, kicking balls of muscle using all of their Read more
  • Visiting Glacier National Park
    My Glacier Vacation: Wildfires and Natural Wonders                When we landed at the airport in Kalispell, Montana last Saturday, the air was thick with smoke from the many wildfires in Montana Read more
  • Urinary Incontinence in Dogs
    Help!  My Dog Is Peeing on the Floor!             Pets having accidents in the house is a source of frustration for both pet owners and veterinarians alike.  No one likes to Read more
  • The Plague!
    Bubonic Plague Still Exists Globally and is Found in the United States             Mentioning bubonic plague conjures up thoughts of mass deaths in Europe in the Middle Ages (or maybe Monty Read more
  • Patton Veterinary Hospital Aims for Less Scary Visits for Your Pet
    Fear-Free Visits to the Vet We know many pets do not enjoy visiting our veterinary office.  Some are already shy or not well socialized, some have a bad experience at their Read more
  • Helping Your Pet Cope With Travel Anxiety
    What to do when your pet hates to ride in the car                Summer travel is in full swing, and I have been fielding a lot of questions lately about what Read more
  • Should I Declaw My Cat?
                                                 Declawing Cats and Alternatives to Feline Declaw                Whether or not to declaw a cat has long been a subject of controversy.  How do you decide if it is the Read more
  • Sibling Rivalry
    Why it Might Not Be a Good Idea to Own Two Dogs From the Same Litter                Your family decides to get a new puppy.  You go to a rescue or Read more
  • Pets Help Children With Autism
    Autistic Children Show Improved Social Skills When Interacting With Animals             We all know that pets can lower stress and have a positive impact on mental health as evidenced by programs Read more
  • How to Find a Reputable Breeder
    Who should you trust--your breeder or your veterinarian? How about both!         You’ve done your research and find a breeder from whom to purchase your dream dog or Read more
  • The Incredible Horseshoe Crab
    Horseshoe Crab Blood Used to Identify Bacterial Contaminants in Drugs                It’s officially summer and, for many of us, that means a trip to the beach.  Since we are so close Read more
  • Permission to Grieve
    Coping With the Loss of a Pet   By now, most of you have read Shawn Downs’ loving tribute on our Facebook page to Patton Veterinary Hospital’s long-time resident cat, Midnight. Read more


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