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Feeding bones are an expensive gamble
Posted Friday, July 17, at 11:16 AM
No matter if it's a brand new puppy or a senior citizen dog, pet owners love to spoil their canine friends with bones. Especially with barbeque season here. After all, what's more natural than a dog with a bone? But veterinarians warn that feeding bones is a gamble that could end up creating a very expensive veterinary bill!...

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Fourth of July safety tips
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:37 AM

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family, including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:...

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How to Help your Pet Cope with Summer Heat?
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:37 AM

Summer time! Finally, your chance to relax and unwind! With your sunblock, sunglasses, and a good book, you plan to enjoy the day at the pool! Suddenly, you remember your dog is in the yard unsupervised. Surely he will be okay for a couple hours. Or will he?...

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How summertime temperatures can soar in your car and harm your pet
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:35 AM

All across North America, summertime temperatures can exceed 80, 90 or even 100 degrees in some areas. While these sunny days may be great for sunbathers and swimmers, the heat can prove deadly for our pets, especially when left inside cars. A "quick" trip to the store often results in owners finding pets suffering from heatstroke and near death. How can you prevent such a tragedy?...

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All About Hairballs
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:28 AM

Does your favorite feline leave you hairballs as gifts? If so, you're not alone. Although we love cats for being meticulous groomers, it's safe to say we don't like finding hairy presents around the house. Let's explore what causes hairballs and how to prevent them...

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Why Does Your Dog Kick After Pooping?
Posted Wednesday, April 8, at 10:47 AM

This is a question many clients ask me. I found this great article on ehow by Betty Lewis. When you pick up after your pup, you may get hit by a projectile of flying grass or a clod of dirt as he enthusiastically scratches the ground after he poops. It's annoying, particularly if he's kicking around in your garden or leaving pits in your lawn, however it's natural behavior for him. Scratching the ground after defecating is your dog's way of saying "I was here."...

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Parvo is on the Prowl
Posted Wednesday, March 25, at 12:27 PM

With the arrival of spring comes the increased incidence of dogs infected with parvo virus. It can be prevented with routine vaccination. Below are important points about Parvo: Canine Parvovirus is a serious, often deadly disease of dogs. Parvo causes severe vomiting and diarrhea and can be especially devastating to puppies...

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Anesthesia and Your pet
Posted Wednesday, March 11, at 8:38 AM

Everyday veterinarians hear questions and concerns from owners regarding anesthesia. Usually it's a caring animal lover worrying about the risks when their dog "goes under" and needing reassurance that they will be safe from side effects. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about anesthesia out there, and today I want to clear up a few...

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Probiotics and Prebiotics for Dogs: 5 Reasons Veterinarians Recommend Them
Posted Tuesday, March 3, at 1:57 PM

Probiotics and prebiotics for dogs have received a lot of commercial time and you commonly see those words on dog food bags. What are probiotics and prebiotics? Does your dog need them? The most common reason probiotics and prebiotics are recommended is for regulation of the intestinal tract. ...

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Laundry Detergent Pods Cause Harm in Pets Too
Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 9:51 AM

We all love laundry pods because of their ease of use. Pets love them too. Dogs think they are brightly colored chew toys and cats like to bat them around like a hockey puck. Most soaps and detergents contain chemicals called ionic and anionic surfactants. ...

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How to Help Keep your Pet's Breath Fresh and Teeth Clean!
Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 9:50 AM

National Pet Dental Month has been all about preventative dental care for your pet. After your pet has had their dental cleaning how do you as a pet owner continue the care at home? Brushing is the ideal way to keep your pet's mouth clean. There are tips to brushing your pet's teeth. ...

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Periodontal Disease
Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 1:25 PM

Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. ...

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What's Wrong With My Cat's Mouth?
Posted Thursday, January 22, at 11:12 AM

Many cat owners look at the grace, athleticism and beauty of their pets and think that they have the "perfect" animal. Unfortunately, many of these same cats will have a very "imperfect" mouth, due to a serious and very painful condition that causes teeth to resorb, dissolve and even break! Here's what we know about Tooth Resorption in cats...

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Winter Pet Tips
Posted Tuesday, January 13, at 10:11 AM

Brrrr--it's cold outside! With our temperatures getting ready to drop for old man winter this week, the following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips. 1. 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...

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HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 10:01 AM

When decorating for the season, consider your pets. Holiday decorations such as snow globes or bubble lights may contain poisonous chemicals. If your pet chews on them the liquid inside could be could be dangerous to their health. Methylene chloride, the chemical in bubble lights, can result in depression, aspiration pneumonia and irritation to the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract...

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Duck Hunting safety for your Retriever
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 10:01 AM

A well-trained retriever is a great partner for a duck-hunting companion. It is one of the best conservation tools you can take into the field. They can get all those cripples and find birds you never would. A duck dog will break through brush and go into freezing water without batting an eye. ...

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Antifreeze Toxicity In Our Pets
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 10:00 AM

Antifreeze Toxicity In Our Pets Antifreeze is a chemical that, when added to water, reduces the freezing point. Most commonly, people add antifreeze to their car's engine to prevent damage during cold weather. A large percentage of antifreeze products contain ethylene glycol. This substance is extremely hazardous, especially when ingested by dogs, cats and children. It also has a sweet flavor, increasing the chance that a pet will drink it...

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Winter Pet Tips
Posted Wednesday, November 19, at 2:04 PM

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...

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Spay Neuter Myths Debunked From the Humane Society of America!
Posted Wednesday, November 19, at 1:59 PM

The most important thing to know about spaying and neutering is that it saves lives. In every community in every U.S. state, there are animals sitting in animal shelters waiting for homes. Only about half of those dogs and cats will ever get one. The other half will be euthanized...

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Halloween Safety Tips: No Scaredy Cats This Halloween
Posted Wednesday, October 29, at 11:53 AM

Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents Attention, animal lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November 1. ...

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