Recipe #1 Brought to You By Your Animal Hospital Little Rock, AR

With the holidays here, don’t forget about a special treat for the furry members of the family! Here at your animal hospital Little Rock AR, we love when owners treat their pets with the best!

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Basic Dog Biscuits


  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
  • 1 tsp. salt (or less)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • Bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits

animal hospital little rock arDirections

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Dissolve bouillon in hot water
  3. Add remaining ingredients
  4. Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
  5. Roll dough until ½ inch thick
  6. Cut into slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes with)
  7. Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
  8. Cook for 30 minutes

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Veterinary Services at our Little Rock & Maumelle, Arkansas Clinics

All three of our clinics are committed to providing your beloved pet with a complete vet experience. Our goal is to work with you to assure your pet lives the longest healthiest life possible. One of the ways we achieved our success was through the many veterinary services we offer throughout our three clinics. From the check-up, to the diagnosis, to maybe even surgery; Little Rock Vets has all your pets’ needs covered!

If your pet is to become ill or injured, we are prepared to provide an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. We have a collection of advanced diagnostic equipment which includes an ultrasound and a fiberoptic scope. Both of these machines allow us to see inside your pet without performing invasive procedures.

If surgery does become necessary, your pet is in several sets of excellent hands. From the elective sterilization procedures, to very complex soft-tissue or orthopedic surgeries, your pet will be well cared for at each of the clinics.veterinary services

We Provide Many Veterinary Services For Your Pet:

  • Boarding & Grooming
  • Cryosurgery
  • Dentistry
  • Dietary Counseling
  • General Surgery
  • Laboratory Servicesveterinary services
  • Microchipping
  • Orthopedics
  • Parasite Prevention
  • Pet Loss / In Memorium
  • Radiology
  • Therapeutic Laser Treatment
  • Ultrasound
  • Wellness / Preventative Health Care

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We are a Trusted Veterinary Clinic of Little Rock, AR

We are a Trusted Veterinary Clinic

Little Rock Vets prides itself in being one of the most trusted veterinary clinics in Arkansas. Our certification with American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) gives us an edge, considering very few clinics are “long time members”

AAHA Certification

trusted veterinary clinicAll three clinics are long time members of the American Animal Hospital Association. This association develops a higher level of commitment to our patients through very rigorous standards with regular inspections. These inspections include our facilities, equipment, record-keeping, and patient care. Only the top 6% of veterinary practices achieve AAHA certification.


Our six doctors within the partnership have a total of over 135 years in practice. All our doctors are members of the Americatrusted veterinary clinicn Veterinary Medical Association, as well as state and local associations. They have all been active in veterinary organizations, civic groups, and their churches. To assure that they offer the latest in every phase of pet care, all doctors and staff participate regularly in continuing education. Although each has his or her own special interests, they are all experienced in medicine and surgery of companion animals. Our doctors and staff will treat your pet like one of our own.


Each hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital with medicine and surgery, boarding and grooming. We also carry quality pet foods and supplies. Behavior counseling is available to help both you and your pet develop a lifelong, loving relationship.

Reducing the Stress in Your Animal’s Life

In Part 3 of 3 of a blogging series regarding stress in animals, we will give you tips on reducing the amount of stress in your pet’s life. As a Veterinary practice, Treasure Hill Animal Pet Hospital – Little Rock, AR, we see animal stress multiple times a day. So we feel it is important to inform our clients on ways to identify stress in their animals. Today we will discuss how to reduce your animal’s stress. 

Reducing Stress in an Animal’s Life:

  1. Spend more time with them
    • Like humans, pets require physical and mental stimulation
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  2. Introduce them to the new home
    • Before moving into the new home, take your pets with you a couple times so that they can get used to the new environment.
    • During the moving process; we recommend using the “safe room” method with cats
      • dedicate one room where your cat can hang out while the moving process happens.
      • this method uses confinement as a key tool to decrease the stress levels in your cat
  3. Keep your animal healthy
    • Be sure to keep up on all of your pet’s vaccines.
    • Yearly vet check-ups are highly recommended!
    • Schedule One Today!

Thank You for reading our 3 part blogging series all about Stress in Animals!

CONTACT US today if you have any immediate concerns regarding your pet!

Causes of Stress in Pets

In Part 2 of 3 of a blogging series regarding stress in animals, we will give you information on the most common cause of stress in animals. As a Veterinary practice, Maumelle Animal Pet Clinic – Maumelle, AR we see animal stress multiple times a day. So we feel it is important to inform our clients on ways to identify stress in their animals. Today we will discuss reasons why pets become stressed. 

Why Has My Animal Become Stressed?:

  1. Boredom
    • Like humans, pets require physical and mental stimulation
      • Set aside a time every day that is dedicated towards playtime for you and your pet
      • Be sure to take your dog out for daily walks to burn off some of their energy
  2. Changes in Environment / Daily Life
    • Moving into a new house
    • Going to the Vet for a check-up
    • Change in the daily routine
      • especially during the holidays, back-to-school time and even after a vacation
    • Perhaps a new fury (or non fury) friend has joined the family
  3. Physical Health
    • Many times parasites lead to increased stress on your animals
    • Physical Trauma tends to lead to stress in your animal
    • Illness
      • once an animal gets ill, their schedule gets changed a bit which as we all know leads to stress

Be sure to check out the next blog post for solutions to decrease the amount of stress your pet has!


CONTACT US today if you have any immediate concerns regarding your pet!

How to Tell if Your Pet is Stressed

In Part 1 of 3 of a blogging series regarding stress in animals, we will give you tips on how to tell whether or not your pet is stressed. As a Veterinary practice, Bellevue Animal Pet Clinic -Little Rock, AR, we see animal stress multiple times a day. So we feel it is important to inform our clients on ways to identify stress in their animals. Today we will discuss the most common indicators of stress in animals.

Some of the Most Common Indicators of Stress in Animals Include:

  1. Changes in digestive patterns
    • diarrhea
    • constipation
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  2. Change in sleep pattern
    • Most of the time we see an increase in sleep as a stress indicator
  3. Change in eating habits
    • Usually a decrease in appetite is an indicator for stress in the animal
  4. Isolation from people and other pets
  5. Aggression towards people or other pets
  6. Irregular urinating patterns
    • For cats that would mean urinating outside the litter box
    • For dogs this may mean urinating in inappropriate places
    • For all animals it may mean not urinating as much or urinating too much
  7. Excessive licking or scratching

Be sure to check out the next blog post for the top causes of stress in animals.

CONTACT US today if you have any immediate concerns regarding your pet!

Veterinarian Clinic of Little Rock, Arkansas

We can’t believe how fast time has gone; Little Rock, AR has been home to Little Rock Veterinary Clinics for over 30 years now! Not a day goeslittle rock, ak by that we don’t appreciate all the beautiful city of Little Rock, AR has to offer. The weather, the people and the overall atmosphere are what have kept us here. Not many businesses last as long as we have; but we couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of Little Rock and its people (and pets).

Little Rock Vets has been around for a while, but the city of Little Rock has been around even longer! It became a permanent settlement in the Spring of 1820 with the first building being described as a “cabin” which was built on the bank of  the river near La Petite Roche. Today Little Rock is home to almost 200,000 residents.

Some people may wonder if we get bored of Little Rock. The answer to that question is: of course NOT! Little Rock, Arkansas has so much to offer:

  • Arkansas Art Center
    • “At the Arkansas Arts Center you will findlittle rock, ak inspiring exhibitions and works of art that you won’t find anywhere else. We invite you to experience first-hand the wonderful artwork in our galleries.”
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
    • “The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc. exists to connect, enrich, inspire and advance Arkansas through the power of music. Incorporated in 1966, the ASO now performs over 60 concerts per season, which includes the Masterworks and Pops Concerts.”
  • Little Rock Zoo
    • “The Little Rock Zoo has long been one of Arkansas’s great treasures. It all began modestly in 1926, with just two animals — an abandoned timber wolf and a circus-trained brown bear. Today, the Zoo has grown to include nearly 700 animals representing 200+ species, many on the endangered list. The Zoo itself, has become one of the state’s greatest educational and conservation resources.”
  • River Lights in the Rock
    • “Three bridges spanning the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rlittle rock, akock were illuminated in December 2013, thanks to a gift from Entergy Arkansas and the Entergy Charitable Foundation.”


  • River Market District
    • “For some, the River Market district is the lifeblood of Little Rock’s downtown scene. For others, it’s a place to do business, a place to grab a marvelous meal, meet up with friends or catch some great Arkansas live music. No matter who you are, the River Market district is a good time.”
  • Wild River Country
    • “We have fun and exciting attractions in the great outdoors. The 26-acre park offers a sun-filled day of non-stop fun with thirteen attractions, party decks, three pavilions and a volley ball court.”

Guinea Pig Care

Looking for a pet that’s gentle and lovable but doesn’t require the run of the house? Then you may want to consider a guinea pig. Guinea pigs are one of several small, domesticated mammal species commonly known as “pocket pets.”

While we’re not sure how they got their name, guinea pigs have been bred for more than 400 years. They descend from wild porcupine-like rodents of South America and are called “cavies” (a shortened form of their Latin name) by many breeders and owners. A guinea pig’s claim to fame is that it is the only domestic rodent with no tail.

With good care, guinea pigs live up to 12 years, with about six or eight years being the average. By learning all you can about your new pet; providing him with a clean home, a nutritious diet, and expert veterinary care; and giving him lots of love and affection, you can help Piggy enjoy a healthy, happy life.



Choosing a guinea pig

Before welcoming Piggy into your home, it’s a good idea to read up on guinea pigs and their care. Also, find a veterinarian in your area who is comfortable treating guinea pigs; not all of them are.

Your new guinea pig should be at least six weeks old before bringing him home. Guinea pigs can already breed at this age, so be sure not to keep a male and female in the same cage unless at least one is neutered. (Check with your veterinarian for more information about getting your pet spayed or neutered.)

Guinea pigs come in a variety of colors and coats from which you can choose. They may be a solid color, or a combination of two or three colors. Their coat may be short, long, silky or whorled. There are even hairless guinea pigs! If you choose a long-haired guinea pig, be prepared to help him groom himself by combing him once every two or three weeks.

Guinea pigs should have regular veterinary exams. At your first visit, have your veterinarian show you how to clip Piggy’s nails, which will need to be done every two weeks or so. He or she may also suggest having your pet’s teeth trimmed regularly, as well.

The most common health problem seen in guinea pigs are colds that result from drafts, dampness or temperature fluctuations. While we don’t think of colds as being too serious, Piggy’s cold can quickly develop into pneumonia, so it’s important to have him examined by your veterinarian as soon as you notice signs of illness. Also, if your pet stops eating, have him seen immediately by the veterinarian, as this can be life-threatening.



Guinea pigs rarely bite or scratch, but they can be messy-scattering food, water and bedding all over their cages. Their vocabulary includes about nine sounds, from whistling to purring to squealing. They are most active at dusk and dawn, but easily adjust to the routine of your household. Guinea pigs can be fun to watch. They like to explore new settings, but if scared, they’ll either freeze or scatter in different directions.



Guinea pigs are social animals and can live with others of their kind in the same cage, but be sure that enough space is provided for each animal. Partitioning the cage is suggested to provide each animal with separate sleeping quarters. Male guinea pigs should not be housed with young ones. If you notice any signs of aggressiveness between guinea pigs living in the same cage, separate them at once. Some guinea pigs will engage in “barbering,” or chewing on each other’s hair. This is not usually an aggressive act, but rather may be due to boredom, excitement, a hereditary behavior or perhaps a dietary deficiency. If the barbering becomes stressful or harmful to one or more of the guinea pigs, however, you should provide them each with their own home.

Piggy’s cage should be at least 18 inches high, 24 inches wide and three to six feet long with a solid floor (wire floors are irritating and can lead to foot or limb problems). Be sure to place the cage in an area free from drafts, chills, extreme heat and sudden temperature changes. Also, keep your new friend in a quiet area with few disturbances. The cage may or may not have a roof to it; if not, be sure that the walls are high enough to prevent escape, and that no predators (mainly other household pets) can reach into it. The lower three inches of the walls should be solid-this prevents bedding and food from being scattered outside, yet still allows the guinea pig to see what’s happening around him.

The cage should be easy to take apart and clean. Make sure it’s well-ventilated (no glass aquariums!), with no sharp edges or corrosion and no small openings that can trap Piggy’s feet or limbs. The cage should also offer your pet a place to hide (see below for objects that you can put inside to make life more interesting for him).

You’ll also need to provide at least two inches of bedding for your new friend. Shredded newspaper works well. Whatever type of bedding you use, it must be nontoxic, nonabrasive and inedible, as well as dust free and absorbent. Also, make sure no sharp objects are mixed in it. The bedding should be easy to form into nests and tunnels, as well, since guinea pigs like to nap and hide in these. Sawdust should never be used, and while cedar chips are a popular bedding choice, they do tend to make your guinea pig’s coat a bit reddish in color.

To keep your pet’s home clean and safe, change the bedding daily. Once a week, thoroughly wash and disinfect his cage with a solution of one ounce of bleach mixed in a liter or quart of water. Be sure the cage is rinsed well and completely dry before adding fresh bedding and putting Piggy back inside. Rinse feeders and waterers every day, too. And keep your friend’s home dry, as dampness can cause illness.



In addition to spending quality time with Piggy, help keep him entertained by giving him objects to play on. Try adding one or more of the following to his cage:running wheels, escape tunnels (PVC pipe-wide enough so that Piggy can’t get stuck in it, of course-makes a good tunnel), ladders or plywood boxes (to climb on). On mild days, you can supervise him in a safe, outdoor pen (with shade always available), and you can make an indoor playpen, as well, to provide him with more room to roam. Your friend would also enjoy exploring a closed room now and then, under your watchful eyes, of course.



Guinea pigs are strict herbivores. They should be fed a complete, pelleted diet made especially for guinea pigs that contains at least 16% crude protein. The pellets should not be fed more than 90 days after their milling (check the bag or box for the milling date). Also provide small amounts of grass hay, and supplement Piggy’s diet with a source of active ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), such as a handful of cabbage or half a handful of kale (washed and fresh) or a quarter of an orange. Because guinea pigs can’t produce their own Vitamin C, you should add a Vitamin C supplement to their water as well – a teaspoon of Vitamin C liquid to 12 ounces of water. The water will need to be replaced daily, however, as the Vitamin C will lose its potency rather quickly.

In addition to the above, the following fruits and vegetables-fresh, washed, and with seeds or pits removed-can be fed as treats:

-pea pods

Also, dandelions, grass and wild clover can be picked from your yard (but only if you’re sure they’re free from pesticides and herbicides) and offered to Piggy, along with oats or graham crackers. But no more than 10 percent of your guinea pig’s diet should be made up of foods other than the pellets. And to be sure he doesn’t have a bad reaction to a new food, offer only one new food to Piggy at a time.

Don’t feed powdered food; it just gets wasted, and the dust from it can gather around Piggy’s mouth and in his nose and cause health problems. No table scraps or other animals’ food, either! These, too, can cause health problems resulting from an unbalanced diet.

To prevent obesity and nephrosis (a disease of the kidneys) in older animals, decrease the amount of pelleted food offered and supplement with more hay. In these aging pets, hay can constitute up to 25% of their diet.

Food and fresh water should always be available. Mount feeders and waterers to the cage walls to avoid spills, and only use water bottles with metal sipper tubes, as Piggy will just chew up plastic tubes.

Guinea pigs commonly ingest their own feces, so although you may be disgusted to see such behavior, don’t be alarmed! This is normal and provides them with proteins and vitamins.



To keep your guinea pig as healthy as can be, take time every day to examine him for lumps, cuts, fleas, ticks or lice. If Piggy displays a hunched or huddled posture, he could be injured or sick. Guinea pigs are prone to abscesses under their chins, too, where their lymph nodes are. Other common signs of illness include diarrhea, weight loss or excessive weight gain, inactivity, not going to the bathroom, nasal or eye discharge, hair loss, incoordination, or limping. If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment with your veterinarian right away to get your friend back on the road to good health.

When handling your guinea pig, be sure to pick him up carefully to avoid injury or discomfort. Use one hand to support him under the chest, and the other hand to support him under the hindquarters. Never grab him over his back, as doing so can inhibit his breathing. And, of course, such a small pet can be easily injured if dropped, so be careful!


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Ferret Care

Popular because of their small size, their playfulness, and their friendly disposition, ferrets can be great companions. They do however require a lot of care and supervised attention.

Members of the Mustelidae family, ferrets are related to minks, polecats, weasels, and otters. It is believed that ferrets were domesticated 2,000 years ago in Europe when they were used for hunting small game or controlling rodents. Domestic ferrets should not be confused with the North American black-footed ferret, which is an endangered species.


How to choose a ferret

Ferrets are very dependent upon their human companions for survival. Because ferrets require continuous care and supervision, potential owners should evaluate their ability to commit. The commitment is long term since the lifespan of ferrets is six to 10 years.

Ferrets may not be the best pet for families with small children. Although ferrets are very social animals, they may bite or nip if mishandled. Never leave a ferret and a small child alone together. Ferrets generally get along with dogs and cats if they are introduced carefully, but they should not interact with birds, rodents, or small reptiles.

When selecting a ferret from a shelter, a pet store or a breeder, choose one that is bright-eyed and alert. The presence of crusty eyes or nasal discharge that is full of mucus indicate illness. If you handle a sick ferret, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly so as not to infect yourself or the next batch of animals.

Whether you select a male ferret, known as a hob, or a female, known as a jill, you should get a spayed/neutered ferret. Breeding is not recommended. Most ferrets from farms or pet stores will already be altered. If not, it is best to have the ferret altered at the age of six months. Neutering is a must for jills because they can develop aplastic anemia when in heat if they aren’t breed. The result could be death. Altering a ferret may actually improve its disposition since it will not be as aggressive or territorial.



Ferrets, like dogs and cats, are susceptible to rabies and should be vaccinated. They should also be vaccinated for canine distemper virus which can be fatal. Consult your veterinarian for recommended schedules. Ferrets are not immune to health problems, and should receive regular preventative health care through regular check-ups.



Ferrets are carnivores and therefore require a high meat protein diet. Quality cat or kitten foods may be used or specialty ferret foods are recommended. Water is needed at all times, and is best served in a bottle since ferrets may enjoy playing with water in a bowl. Food should be available at all times. Fruits and vegetables may be used as treats on occasion.



Bathing is recommended once or twice a month and can be used to relieve itching due to dry skin or fleas. Never dip a ferret into water. Bath water should be warm but not uncomfortable to human hands. There are several ferret shampoos on the market. Begin behind the neck and lather up onto the top of the head and under the chin. Be careful not to get water in the ferret’s eyes or nose. Shampoo the ears massaging the suds in before moving on to the rest of the body. General ear cleaning to remove wax build-up may need to be done weekly or monthly with an ear wash depending on the ferret. It is also important to check for ear mites on a regular basis. Symptoms include a coffee-grind type of discharge and as well as scratching at the ears and head. After rinsing, rub the ferret dry with a towel. A cream rinse or conditioner can also be used. Blow drying is not necessary since ferrets will dry on their own within ten minutes.

Nail trimming is recommended at least every other week. If left unattended, a ferret’s nails will splinter, get caught in bedding, in carpet, or on cage wire and be pulled out. Nail clippers or cat claw trimmers will work fine. Trim nails to within an eighth or sixteenth of an inch of the quick, the pink part of the nail. A drop of Linatone, a vitamin supplement, may be used as a treat to hold a ferret still while trimming.

Ferrets should also have dental care. Have a vet check for possible cavities, excessive plaque or tartar build-up.Home cleaning can be done with a cloth and baking soda. Do not use human toothpaste. Your veterinarian can supply you with finger brushes and flavored, digestible pastes that may make brushing an easier task.



Ferrets require a lot of freedom and exercise, but should be caged when not directly supervised. A clean cage will help make maintenance of your ferret easier. Wire cages are best and should be a minimum of two ft. x two ft. x 14 inches for one ferret provided the ferret has plenty of play time outside the cage. For multiple ferrets or if playtime is limited, a larger cage is better. Spacing on the bars must be such that the ferret can’t escape. A blanket or towel will serve as a comfortable place for your ferret to curl up and sleep while a litter pan placed in one corner will serve as a relief area. The cage may be kept indoors or outdoors. If kept outside, shade should be provided to avoid heat exhaustion. Supplemental heat is needed if temperatures fall below the freezing point. Inside the house ferrets should be caged when not directly supervised. Owners should “ferret proof” at least one room in the house for play time. Eliminate loose boards, open drains or air ducts or other holes that ferrets will investigate.



Ferrets will jump, run around, slide, do somersaults and play games. They are very curious and like to investigate just about everything. The best toys for ferrets are those made of hard plastic. Don’t give them anything that can be pulled apart when chewed. Ferrets may nip or grab onto people with their teeth during play. A loud, firm “NO” is the best disciplinary action. You may also try making a noise maker out of an aluminum can and coins. The rattling noise is disturbing and, combined with the “NO” can be used to correct negative behavior.


This information was compiled by AAHA from materials supplied by the Shelters That Adopt and Rescue Ferrets, The Humane Society of the United States, Ferret Adoption, Information and Rescue, the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Merry Crimi, an AAHA member veterinarian.