Posts by Bonnie Ruszczyk

Decoration Dangers for Pets

Christmas trees and pets do not always mix. While older pets may be accustomed to the tradition of setting up a tree and adorning it with lights and other shiny things, many young pets may find this to be a very stimulating experience. Cats have been known to climb into Christmas trees, and dogs can…

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Employee Spotlight: Shannon!

This month’s employee spotlight features Shannon Whelpton. Shannon is a vet assistant with Total Veterinary Clinic in Cicero, New York where she serves the patients of the hospital with enthusiasm and compassion. Shannon thrives on educating pet parents on how to provide the best care for their pets. She also loves assisting with surgery, from…

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Tips for Traveling and Boarding Pets

For many people, the holiday season can mean several hours spent in the car or the sky as you travel to distant relatives. While the celebrating is usually worth the time spent in transit, it is important to question if you should subject your pets to the stress of long car/plane rides. We normally recommend…

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5 Reasons to Celebrate Mutts

There are some national events so important that they deserve not one, but TWO days of recognition. National Mutt Day is on both July 31st and December 2nd every year to celebrate the amazing personalities of mixed-breed canines the world over who make our homes better. Sadly, though, they comprise over 80 percent of pets…

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Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Holiday Season

With the holiday season fast approaching, the temperature is beginning to cool, smiles are spreading across everyone’s faces, and the air is infused with a sense of cheerfulness. Like any other time of the year, however, the holidays can potentially endanger the wellbeing of beloved pets. Follow these tips to ensure that your pet enjoys…

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Could Your Pet Have Diabetes?

Did you know that pets can have diabetes just like their human counterparts? It’s true! November is recognized as Pet Diabetes Month to help raise awareness around the growing number of pets that develop diabetes and how they can be cared for. Both cats and dogs can develop diabetes just like people. And once they…

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Employee Spotlight: Cherie!

Please meet Cherie Grant, a veterinary assistant with Total Veterinary Care at our Kennesaw, Georgia clinic. In her role, Cherie assists with visits and procedures and provides general support to pet parents. In prior roles, she has worked as a lab tech in urinalysis and hematology, cross-trained in chemistry and serology, and was an animal…

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Let’s Celebrate National Cat Day!

Break out the balls of yarn – it’s time to celebrate National Cat Day! Each year, feline aficionados everywhere take a day, October 29, to recognize how amazing our kitty pals are and the joy they bring to our lives. (But let’s be real, National Cat Day is pretty much every day thanks to the…

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The Truth About Chocolate

Halloween is one of the scariest, yet also sweetest, times of the year—quite literally, considering there is an abundance of chocolate and other delicious confectionaries stocked in grocery stores. While enjoying a pile of chocolate goodness from Halloween parties can be fun for us humans, it may not have quite the same effect on your…

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