Claire Primo, Veterinary Nurse for BHV

What Foods Can Dogs Eat?

“What foods can dogs eat?” is a common question among dog parents. The desire to share food with your pup is natural. Food is love after all. It can be confusing to know what’s appropriate to feed your dog and what may be toxic. In this article, I am going to share foods to avoid …

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Cat Hairballs

There is nothing worse than stepping on a hairball with your bare foot. If you are regularly cleaning up these gross wads of hair, you will probably do anything to make them stop. Cat hairballs are never normal and usually indicate something is wrong.  In this article, I am going to go over common causes …

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cat is not eating

Cats can stop eating for a variety of different reasons, but one thing is always true: it’s stressful when your cat is not eating! In this article, I’m going to discuss the most common reasons cats refuse meals, steps to help jumpstart their appetite, and when not eating becomes an emergency.  Why did my cat …

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noise phobia in dogs

It’s the time of year where holiday fireworks and crackling thunderstorms leave dogs who suffer from noise phobia terrified, and their pup parents stressed to the max. The fear of loud noises, or noise phobia in dogs is extremely common. They hear sounds four times farther away and at nearly twice the frequency, so what’s …

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travel with your cat

Let’s just get right down to it: travel with your cat can be stressful.  Cats are extremely territorial animals, so any change in their environment can feel overwhelming and threatening. This includes changing/moving homes, change in people or animals within their environment, switching or moving furniture, and you guessed it, travel.  The thing is, travel …

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We’ve all seen a YouTube video (or two) of kitties using human toilets to do their business. While it’s so impressive, I still use the old-school litter box approach for now! But even that isn’t flaw-proof, and a cat regularly (or even periodically) urinating outside of their litter box can result in huge relationship strains …

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Nail Trims for Your Dog

Dog nail trims can feel really stressful, especially when it’s your dog. As a veterinary nurse, I provide this service to pet parents on a regular basis, but I still have moments where I put off performing them on my own dogs because I feel nervous.  The thing is, with the proper tools and understanding, …

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If your cat is struggling with diarrhea, you’re not alone. There are so many reasons for diarrhea in cats, and so many reasons to want it to stop. In this article, I’m going to discuss 3 steps to finding a solution to your cat’s diarrhea. But first, let’s go over 3 common reasons that cat’s …

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Understanding the basics of how to assess pet vital signs at home is an important skill for every pet parent. Vital signs are measurements of your pet’s most important body functions (like temperature, for example). Knowing what’s normal and what’s not will allow you to respond fast while providing your veterinary team with the information …

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pet immune function

With the COVID-19 pandemic among us, people (including myself!) are becoming hyper focused on ways to boost immune function in order to keep themselves well. A healthy immune system stands a better chance at warding off nasty infections and other disease processes. As we review our own wellness plan, improving pet immune function feels more …

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CBD has been receiving a lot of press in the veterinary world, and for good reason. With studies emerging on CBD use for dogs with seizures and arthritis, CBD for pets is at an all-time high.  The problem is, the CBD industry is a hot mess. It’s highly unregulated and not all products are created …

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Myth: Cats are small dogs.Truth: Cats are a unique and beautiful species, and deserve to be treated as such! We have approached feeding our cats as if they were simply smaller versions of their canine counterparts for way too long! With more information on feline diet than ever before, we finally have the knowledge to advocate for …

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Our pets are family, and we want to feed them the best diet possible. The reality is that high quality diets can be expensive. In this article, I am going to give you some tips to save money on pet food while still feeding your dog or cat a healthy diet. 1. Subscription plans and …

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Raw diets for dogs have so many benefits including better digestion and improved gut bacteria (1). However, feeding raw can be costly. There are SO many raw foods on the market, and it can be confusing to figure out how much it will cost each month.  In this article, I am going to break down …

How Much Does It Cost to Feed My Dog a Raw Diet? Read More »

As a long time veterinary nurse, I have medicated a lot of cats.  A seasoned nurse makes administering medications look like a breeze. The truth is, knowing the right technique is huge! In this blog, I want to dish out all my juicy secrets on how to medicate your kitty in ninja-like fashion.  First, let’s …

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