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As we celebrate the holiday season, we’d like to make sure that our furry friends don’t get wrapped up in some of the decorations or festive treats that may be hazardous to their health. Be on the lookout for some of the dangers that may be lurking around the house during the holidays.
 
Resist the Fancy Feastings
As a part of our family, most of us try to share our holidays with our pets. But as difficult as it may be, try and resist the urge to indulge your pet in the rich foods of the season. Gastrointestinal upsets which can actually lead to more serious conditions such as pancreatitis are common complaints we see this time of year. Pets are not people and will do much better on a quality pet food diet!
 
Did you know that ingesting several ounces of chocolate can kill a small dog? Dark chocolate and baking chocolate are even more toxic. Make sure to keep all chocolate far out of reach of pets.
 
Deck the Halls
While decorative plants adorn many homes at this time of year, be aware that many ornamental plants of the season can be toxic to pets. Mistletoe, poinsettia, holly, and lilies are just a few. Symptoms can range from mild gastrointestinal upset, nausea and vomiting to kidney failure. When decorating with plants, remember to restrict animal access.
 
Oh Christmas Tree …
A veritable wonderland for animals, especially cats. But dangers abound! Water from your tree may contain fertilizers that can upset your pet’s stomach. Ribbons, tinsel, and string can easily become lodged in intestines and cause obstructions. Glass or other ornaments, if ingested, can cause internal lacerations. Close proximity to candles can singe hair quickly … or cause fires if accidently knocked over.
 
Dangers also lurk under the tree. Electric cords are potential electrocution risks. Small toys can cause obstructions and batteries contain corrosives that can cause ulcerations to the mouth, tongue and GI tract.
 
The Weather Outside is Frightful …
Adequate shelter from the elements should always be available for your outdoor pets. And don’t forget … water bowls left outside WILL freeze!
 
Outdoor cats will often seek the warmth from a car engine and climb right up under the hood. To avert any CATastrophes, bang on the hood or honk the car horn before starting your vehicle to warn any unsuspecting cat time to flee!
 
Winter Wonderland
Ice melting products, depending on the active ingredient, can be irritating to pet’s skin, pads and mouth. Restrict your pets’ access to areas where these products have been applied or make sure they wear their rubber booties too!
 
Antifreeze is sweet to the taste but did you know that one teaspoon can be lethal to a cat (4 teaspoons to a 10 pound dog!). Thoroughly clean up all spills and store antifreeze in tightly closed containers.
 
Not a Creature Was Stirring ….
Except for the mice! Ingested rat and mouse bait can cause serious clotting disorders. When using these products be sure to place them in areas totally inaccessible to pets. Always keep the product information should a problem arise. In an emergency, it is helpful to know which active ingredient was involved.
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The holiday season has arrived, but with all of the celebration comes possible health concerns for our furry friends. Emergency visits to the veterinarian increase during the holidays and are usually due to pets eating something they shouldn’t. Below are some general tips to enjoy the holidays with your pet this year:
 
Make no bones about it. Meat bones can easily splinter and cause serious damage to your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. Make sure you have properly disposed of all of the bones and that the garbage is kept out of reach from your curious companions.
 
Pets aren’t for stuffing. Too many fatty, seasoned, unfamiliar foods can lead to pancreatitis and gastroenteritis in your pet. Both of these medical conditions can be painful and even life-threatening. If you decide to give your pet a bite of turkey, make sure it is boneless, lean and well-cooked to avoid salmonella bacteria.
 
Avoid the sweets, stick with treats. Consider all of the desserts prepared during the holidays, many of which contain chocolate and other toxic ingredients to our pets. Keep your pet’s noses out of the batter and focused on a treat of their own such as a made-for-pet chew bone or a Kong toy.
 
Keep out of the kitchen. Even if your pet isn’t one to snoop through the trash, the tasty smells of freshly cooked food can be very tempting, so make sure the garbage and kitchen preparations are properly tied up and covered to avoid your pet reaching any dangerous items or making a mess of the festivities.
 
Eat, drink, and be merry. With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, make sure your pet has fresh water, food of their own and quiet time away from the excitement to ensure they aren’t overwhelmed by the festivities.
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Does My Senior Pet Need Bloodwork?

Here’s a quick explanation on why it’s good to get annual blood tests for your senior (7+ yrs) pet: 

If done consistently, annual blood tests can help a veterinarian track and evaluate the overall condition of a pet’s vital organs and health.  In addition, blood tests can help a veterinarian detect early signs of many serious health conditions such as: kidney disease, diabetes, hypo- and hyperthyroidism, and liver disease.

Senior profiles are more comprehensive and will provide a more thorough evaluation of your pet’s current health.  These panels can also provide a good look into the body’s response to medications and anesthesia.  There are different types of blood tests that can be done, all performing different functions.  A CBC, complete blood cell count, looks for adequate red and white blood cell numbers and checks their present condition.  The chemistry profile looks at various organ enzymes, glucose, proteins, electrolytes, and cholesterol.  Finally, senior panels also look at thyroid function, making sure it is not over or under active.  In addition, your veterinarian may need to check your pet’s urine for signs of disease.

Routine blood work is useful in many applications: to establish a baseline on a healthy pet to compare to later, to help diagnose a pet that is “just not right”, and in geriatric pets.  Speak to your veterinarian today to see if a senior blood panel is right for your furry friend.
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Do You Understand Your Pet’s Nutritional Needs?

Although your pet may love to eat just about anything you give to them, it’s important to understand that their nutritional needs are different from ours.

The average human needs to consume 2000-2500 calories per day. A small, low-activity dog or average sized cat needs only 200-350 calories per day, while a 70-90 pound dog should consume 1000-2000 calories per day.

Unfortunately, many of our pets eat much more than that on a daily basis. It’s no wonder over a quarter of all cats and dogs are overweight.

Next time you’re about to give your furry friend a handful of human food, consider these guidelines.

1. Dogs should consume a minimum of 18% of their daily calories from protein and 10-15% from fat. 
2. Cats need a minimum of 35-40% of their daily calories from protein and 30% from fat.
3. There is no minimum amount of calories your dog or cat must consume from carbohydrates.
4. Just like humans, dogs and cats are made up of 60-70% water, so it’s vital that they stay hydrated throughout the day. 
5. If you can’t feel your dog or cat's ribs without pressing, chances are they’re overweight. Make an effort to exercise with your pet this summer.

Do you have any additional nutrition tips for pet owners? Let us know in the comments below.
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April Showers Bring May Flowers...and Pet Anxiety?

Storm phobias are a common behavioral problem many pet owners face. Thankfully, there are a couple of solutions that can provide your pet the relief they desire. 

1. Just get through it  - If storms are rare or predictable in your area, or if your pet’s storm anxiety is only minor, try this simple solution.

Place a small crate or cage in a secluded area of your house and drape a rug or heavy blanket over the enclosure to insulate it from the sound and block out any light. Train your pet to use the enclosure as a safe place during storms by guiding them to it with chew treats or toys. Soon your pet will likely start making their way to the safety of the cage every time a storm arises.

If additional support is needed, ask your veterinarian about using benzodiazepines, which can be administered to your pet in anticipation of the storm and help keep them calm.

2. Behavioral Training - Although retraining your pet’s emotional response to thunderstorms can take time, it may be best option. 

Start by playing the sounds of thunderstorms (these can be found on YouTube) over a speaker at a low volume. While the sounds play, sit with your pet offering them their favorite treats as they sit calmly through the noise. Over time, increase the volume until your pet is completely desensitized to the sound.

If you’ve found other solutions to your pet’s storm phobia, let us know in the comments below!
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Keep Your Pet Healthy & Happy This Year
 
With the new year in full swing, it’s time to reexamine how you take care of your pet.  Here are some New Year’s resolutions to follow that will keep your pet healthy and happy in 2015.
 
Annual Exams aren’t just for Humans Your pet may not show obvious signs of a health problem, so it’s always best to take your pet in for an annual check-up.  Heart problems, arthritis and toothaches are just a few of the problems your pet can develop with no noticeable signs or symptoms.  Get regular exams to reduce their risk.  _It’s the most important way to keep your pet healthy in 2015._
Spay and Neuter Your Pets Millions of pets end up in U.S. shelters each year.  Make sure you don’t add to that number by spaying and neutering your pets.  These procedures can be done as early as six to eight weeks old.  Not only will you be helping maintain the pet population, but you’ll also reduce your pet's risk of certain cancers and decrease the chances they get lost by curtailing their eagerness to roam.
No More Parasites Fleas are a pain; they can cause irritated skin, hot spots, infection and even hair loss.  Fleas also like to invite their friends to the party, introducing other parasites to your cat or dog.  Worse yet, if only one of those fleas get swallowed, it can end in tapeworms.  Don’t give parasites a fighting chance, use year-round prevention with flea and intestinal parasite control as well as heartworm prevention.
Rid the Excess Pounds  Obesity is a big problem for pets. Just like people, obesity puts your pet at a higher risk for developing serious health problems such as diabetes, cancer or arthritis.  Keep your pet fit this year by not overfeeding them. No matter how cute they look when they beg.  
Have Fun  Pets just want to have fun!  Pets need mental stimulation to thrive, just like people.  Take your dog on a walk or give your cat something to chase around.  Keeping your pets at play strengthens not only their muscles, but also their bond with you!
 
What pet care tips do you have for keeping your pet healthy and happy this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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While the holiday season brings happiness and cheer, we want to help you avoid possible health concerns for your furry friends. Emergency visits to the veterinarian increase during the holidays, often as a result of getting into something they should not. Below are some general tips to enjoy the festivities with your pet this year:

* Properly dispose of bones. Meat bones can easily splinter and cause serious damage to your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. Make sure you have properly disposed of all of the bones and that the garbage is kept out of reach from your curious companions.
* Pets aren’t for stuffing. Too many fatty, seasoned, unfamiliar foods can lead to pancreatitis and gastroenteritis in your pet. These medical conditions can be painful and even life-threatening. If you decide to give your pet a bite of holiday goodies, make sure it is boneless, lean and well-cooked to avoid salmonella bacteria.
* Avoid the sweets, stick with treats. Many desserts prepared during the holidays, contain chocolate and other toxic ingredients to our pets. Give your pets a treat of their own such as a made-for-pet chew bone or a Kong toy.
* Keep out of the kitchen. Be sure to not leave your pet unattended in the kitchen while you are cooking. The yummy smells can be very tempting to your furry friend.
* Eat, drink, and be merry. The holiday season is a fun and busy time of year for us.

Do not forget that your pets need some extra love and care too. Make sure your pet has plenty of food and water during your festivities.
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Pet Safety This Halloween
 
Halloween ushers in its own brand of awesomeness in the form of pumpkins, candy, and costumes. Spider webs and creepy decorations set the stage for ghost stories and trick-or-treating. But holiday fun for humans can translate into hazards for pets. Halloween is the busiest time of year for the Pet Poison Helpline because companion animals often accidentally ingest Halloween candy or décor. Check out the following tips to help keep your furry friends safe and happy this Halloween season:
 
Keep your animals inside around Halloween and away from the front door during trick-or-treating. Animals can become excited or threatened by visitors, so keep them in a separate and enclosed room where they can remain calm—this also eliminates the risk that they will escape. Don’t leave dogs in the yard because they can escape or be subjected to torment by passersby. As an added precaution, make sure that your animal companions wear identification at all times. And if you’re going trick-or-treating, don’t take your animals with you.
Although all cats should be indoor cats, this is even more important during the month of October—especially if you have a black cat. Black cats are often associated with dark forces and are an easy target for Halloween pranksters who commit violent acts against unsuspecting kitties.
Decorations pose a threat to dogs, cats, and other animals. Keep your animal companions away from jack-o-lanterns, candles, balloons, or other decorations that they could ingest, become tangled in, or be injured by.
One of the biggest hazards to four-legged friends during Halloween is candy. Keep candy in secure containers and in an area that your animal companions cannot gain access to. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, and sugary candy can lead to pancreatitis. Raisins, certain nuts, and xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in some gums and candies) can also be poisonous to furry friends. Plus, animals don’t remove the wrappers from candy and may try to eat discarded wrappers—ingesting these wrappers can cause choking or life-threatening bowel obstruction.
If you think your animal companion has ingested something, symptoms to watch for include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, not defecating or straining to defecate, agitation, increased thirst, an elevated heart rate, and in severe cases, seizures. Contact us or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately.
Do not hesitate to contact us or the 24-hour Pet Poison Helpline immediately at 1-800-213-6680 if you suspect that your animal companion has ingested something or might be injured.
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Don’t Lose Your Pet This Summer

Summer is your pet’s favorite time of the year. The grass is green, the water is cool and there is more daylight to enjoy the outdoors. In rural areas it’s easy let your pet roam free without a care, but how do you ensure they always end up back in your arms? Here are a few good ways to help make sure you never lose your furry friend.

1. Pet Tags: The simplest way ensure your pet doesn’t stay lost for long is to add a small tag to their collar that includes the pet’s name and your phone number. If the constant jingling of a tag drives you or your pet crazy, simply have the contact information embroidered directly onto their collar.
2. Microchips: A more advanced solution to pet tags, a microchip about the size of a grain of rice can be embedded under the skin. Animal shelters that scan for these chips successfully deliver pets with microchips back to their families at a 75% rate.
3. GPS Tracking: The latest and greatest in pet reunification. Track your pet from an app on your mobile device to be ever-connected with your animal. As a bonus, you can even use the device as an activity monitor to learn how much exercise your pet is getting. These apps do however come with a monthly fee to maintain location service.

How do you keep your pet from getting lost? Let us know in the comments below.
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Top Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet.

1. It helps control the pet population. Current estimates show there are 45 times more cats and 15 times more dogs than humans on this planet. Many countries are forced to euthanize or disregard the suffering of these animals within their societies due to the overpopulation.

2. Sterilizing your pet will help them live longer, healthier lives. The average dog will live up to three years longer if sterilized and altered cats can live up to five years longer than their unaltered counterparts. This is because sterilized animals have a much smaller risk of developing a variety of different tumors and cancers.

3. A sterilized pet is a safer pet. Having your pet spayed or neutered decreases their likelihood to roam, therefore reducing the chances of them contracting diseases or getting hurt while roaming. Nearly 85% of dogs hit by cars are not sterilized. 

Still not convinced? Consider these additional benefits. Spayed pets have no heat cycles, and therefore won’t be bothered by males as much. Neutering your pet reduces the risk of spraying and marking and also decreases aggressive behavior. 

Can you think of any other benefits of spaying or neutering your pet? Let us know in the comments below!
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Five Ways Your Pet is Keeping You Healthy

Have you thanked your pet lately? You should. Your pet works hard each day to ensure that you’re physically and mentally strong. Here are some ways the pet in your life is keeping you well.
 
1.     They get you outside Your pet wants to play outside and they want you to come with. By spending time outdoors, you expose yourself to the calming effects of nature as well as fresh air and the Vitamin D supplied by the sun. Make an effort to get outside with your pet more often this Spring.
2.     They reduce your stress Petting your furry friend releases a hormone called oxytocin which is known for regulating stress and anxiety. Next time you’re feeling stressed, give your pet some love. It’s a win-win. They get attention, and you feel more relaxed.
3.     They reduce isolation Pets can help fill the void of living alone. When no one else is around, a pet will always listen and rarely interrupt. Furthermore, pets are great social icebreakers. Whether playing around in a park or taking a stroll through your neighborhood, a pet is always eager to introduce you to the next person they see.
4.     They make you smile Your pet has a personality of its own and isn’t shy about it. When your pet’s funny antics cause a chuckle, it raises serotonin and dopamine levels, which make you feel calm and joyful.
5.     They keep you moving Playing with your pet keeps you active. On average, pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol than non-pet owners. So, next time your pet wants to play, realize they won’t be the only one to receive a benefit.

Can you think of any other ways that your pet is keeping you healthy? Let us know in the comments below!
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Be sure to consider these things before adding a new pet to your family and home:

- Know Your Family - You want to find a new cat or dog that fits your family’s lifestyle and personality.
- Beware of “Free” Pets - Take time to explore the pets at your local animal shelter that are looking for a new home.
- Pet-Proofing Your Home - Make sure you have a safe and spacious environment for your new loved one.
- First Check-up -  Vaccinations, baseline testing, and a clean bill of health are some things you want to start your pet off with.

Learn more about adding a new pet to your family on our blog - http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/do-you-have-room-in-your-heart-for-another-pet/
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420 N Jefferson St Ossian, IN 46777
420 North Jefferson StreetUSIndianaOssian46777
(260) 622-8065honeggervet.com
Veterinarian, Animal HospitalToday 8AM–12PM
Saturday 8AM–12PMSunday ClosedMonday 8AM–5:30PMTuesday 8AM–5:30PMWednesday 8AM–5:30PMThursday 8AM–5:30PMFriday 8AM–5:30PM
The Honegger Animal Clinic in Ossian, Indiana is provides a highly motivated and competent team of veterinarians and staff committed to providing clients with high quality, comprehensive and sensitive veterinary medical care. Our primary purpose is to serve and educate clients who treat their pets as members of their family and want the best veterinary healthcare for them. We continually strive for "excellence" in management, veterinary medicine and service.
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"They have paw plans available to make it affordable to take care of your pets!"
"We are very happy with Honegger animal clinic, especially Dr. Reynolds!"
"Stella (our 7 year old Yorkie/Jack Russell) loves it there too!"
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Peggy Brostoski
a month ago
Dr. Jill is the most fantastic Vet we have ever had for a very long time. She does not refer to our animals as pets, but as "The Kids". Yes we are empty nester's and our 8 kitties and 3 doggies are our kids. We started at Honegger's almost 30 years ago and went in circles with other Clinic's, but we found out where Dr. Jill was and we are back home again. Thank You Ever So Much For The Wonderful Care and Compassion You and Your Staff Have Given Our Kids.
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Alyssa Sponseller
4 months ago
They always do so well with my dog, Taylor. The staff is great. Whenever I need to get Taylor in, I can normally do so within a week. I'd highly recommend them!
Lydia Bates
a month ago
This clinic has always been helpful when i've had questions and reliable when I need to get my pet in quickly
Response from the owner - a month ago
We appreciate your feedback, Lydia. We hope to provide your pet with the best possible veterinary care by answering all of your questions. Thank you for trusting us with the care of your pup and hope you are doing well.
Nicole Pett
7 months ago
In the past three years they have worked with us in caring for Roacoe, our 120 pound boxer with severe alergies. Love this place and would recommend it to all pet owners.
Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Thank you for your kind review of our clinic, Nicole! We are honored to be entrusted with your beloved pup’s care and consider you both a part of the HAC family. On behalf of the veterinarians and staff, thank you for recommending us to your friends and family.
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Sue Ann Fields
a month ago
We are very happy with Honegger animal clinic, especially Dr. Reynolds! We take our 3 beagles -She is always caring and takes time to explain what she is doing and we never feel rushed. Thank you !
Suzie Hower - Garrett
6 months ago
I have been going to Honegger's since it opened. I wouldn't take my pets any where else. I tried a different vet when we lived in Bluffton years ago and was not impressed and came running back here ever since. They have cared for 4 dogs, 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, 2 birds and too many cats to count. My Shiz Tzu Leah has been a complicated case with many allergies and heart issues and all three doctors have seen her. They are all very caring and thoughtful. Don't hesitate to try them for your own pets.
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Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Hi Suzie! Thank you for taking the time to share your kind review. As pet lovers and owners ourselves, we strive to treat your pets as we would our very own. The doctors and staff love having you as a part of the Honegger Animal Clinic family!
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Suzie Freck
6 months ago
So glad we found this amazing vet office. Our bulldog 1 year old Mack has scene all three vets there and they are all wonderful about list in to our concerns. Stella (our 7 year old Yorkie/Jack Russell) loves it there too! I'd highly recommend them to any pet owner. They have paw plans available to make it affordable to take care of your pets!
Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Thank you for your kind words, Suzie. As pet lovers and owners ourselves, we wish to provide you and your furry friends with the best possible care at an affordable price. Thank you for trusting us with the care of Mack and Stella and we hope to see you again soon!
Chris Kinsey
a month ago
Love how friendly they are and how well they take care of my lab.