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Donate to a Canine Health Charity this holiday season!

November 27, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 2:55 pm
Pet talk
By Dr. Norette L. Underwood
Donate to a Canine Health Charity this holiday season!
This holiday season why not spread some cheer and love and donate to a canine health nonprofit. These are generally tax deductible.
Several great organizations are:
AKC Canine Health foundation.
This is the largest nonprofit funder of health research focused soley on dogs. Its mission is the One Health Initiative,a movement that links human, animal and environmental health and fosters global collaboration among all health care professionals. Last year they funded nearly 2 million dollars in new grants around the world. These included studies focused on lymphoma, epilepsy and tick-borne diseases. Visit
Arthur L and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation.
Arthur Johnson had a deep passion for German Shepherd Dogs and loved seeing them put to use to help people. In 1990 he started a foundation in honor of his wife, Elaine. They began making grants to assist other organizations in providing Guide dogs. Vist
National Canine Cancer Foundation.
This foundation funds research for cures, better treatments and cost effective diagnostic methods for different canine cancers. The foundations’ website suggests a great idea in giving is to honor a beloved dog, veterinarian or special occassion by making a donation in their behalf. Visit
American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
It has funded more than $10 million in grants. All in pursiut to fulfill its mission of advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.
The Grey Muzzle Foundation.
This organization funds shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries and other nonprofits across the U.S. to improve the lives of at risk senior dogs. Since 2008 they have funded more than $1 million in grants. Visit
Morris Animal Foundation.
They have invested $44 million in 951 canine studies since 1950. The foundation keeps a focus on animals through lifting up critical scientific research that helps save lives.
If the person that has everything is on your Christmas list maybe a donation in their honor is the purrfect gift.
If you have questions about organizations that benefit animals please contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood at

Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

November 20, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 5:42 pm

Pet Talk

By dr. Norette L. Underwood

 turkeyday pet talk

Fall: Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Keeping Thanksgiving Happy: 10 Pet Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful and meaningful holiday. Families and friends excitedly gather to show their gratitude for all they are so fortunate to have. Ovens are working overtime and delicious holiday aromas fill the air.

During this happy time of family, food and giving, people tend to become overly generous with their pets. This means that dogs and cats will get a lot of table food scraps. Sometimes, however, too many treats can lead to injury or illness for our pets.

North Shore Animal League America would like to offer some important tips to help keep your pets safe this holiday – and to keep the “Happy” in Thanksgiving!


  1. Fatty Foods: Too many fatty, rich, or unfamiliar foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis; two medical conditions that can be very painful and even life-threatening.
  2. Diet and Exercise: Maintain your pet’s regular meal and exercise schedule and avoid too many holiday leftovers. A disruption in his dietary routine can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and/or vomiting.
  3. Bones: Make no bones about it. Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pets’ insides. Save the bones for the broth – not your dog.
  4. Onions:  Onions and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
  5. Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.
  6. Chocolate: Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat; so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach.
  7. Food Wrappings: Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage.
  8. Fresh Water: Make sure your pet always has fresh water. When there are more people in the house, there’s more chance to bump into the water bowl leaving your pet dry.
  9. Quiet Time: Make sure your pet has a quiet retreat should the holiday festivities be too much for him. Watch his behavior to make sure he is not stressed.
  10. Garbage: Keep an eye on the garbage and keep it securely fastened! If your dog gets into it, he may think he’s hit the jackpot, but all he’ll be winning is health problems from something as simple as gastric disturbance, vomiting and diarrhea to the worst-case scenario – death.  These tips were from the North Shore League for Animal Rescue Group.


Please be careful with your pets during this holiday season. If you have questions about your pet contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile Service at

Winter Pet Tips

November 13, 2017 | Filed under: Uncategorized — Trumann Staff @ 8:00 pm

Pet Talk

Winter Pet Tips

By Dr. Norette L. Underwood


Brrrr—it’s cold outside!  With our temperatures getting ready to drop for old man winter, the following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.


  • Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.
  • During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. Bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give any cat a chance to escape.
  • Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags and are micro-chipped.
  • Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Consider getting a short-coated dog a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
  • Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.
  • Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, in tip-top shape.
  • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centermore information.

Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect. If you have questions about winter weather and your pet, contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile Service at