Archive for December, 2011

Holiday Safety Tips

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Holiday Safety Tips Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations: O Christmas Tree – Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant…

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Canine Bloat – Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)

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What is Canine Bloat? Bloat refers to the bloating of the stomach. Essentially it is a build up of gas in the stomach which is unable to be released. Bloat with Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) occurs when the stomach fills with gas and twists 180 to 360 degrees on its axis between the esophagus and duodenum or the entrance and exit parts of the stomach. Bloat is a very serious problem in large breed dogs. When combined with the complications of GDV, bloat is a leading cause of death of dogs, second only to cancer. The exact cause of bloat is…

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Vaccinations – Allergic Reactions

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Vaccinations – Allergic Reactions With vaccination commonly recommended annually, most pet owners are accustomed to taking their pets to the vet for “yearly shots.” It seems such a commonplace part of routine pet care that many people do not think about what is actually occurring within their pet’s body. In fact, immunization represents stimulation of the immune system, an inherently inflammatory process. It is typical for some joint or muscle soreness to occur after vaccination, for lethargy to be observed, or for a mild fever to be present for a day or two. These reactions are not serious and generally…

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The Needs Of Your Older Dog

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Depending on the size and breed of your pet you may have noticed it is a bit slower when chasing a ball, struggles a bit more getting up the first thing in the morning or loses its breath a bit quicker. The aging process wears down your pet in much the same way it does us, but on a much faster pace. While most human beings live to be 70+ a dog, depending on many factors, often lives for 10+ years or less. Many dogs begin showing health/age related problems at different ages. This is related in a large way…

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Canine Ear Care – Preventing Ear Infections!

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Importance of Regular Home Dog Ear Care Routine home dog ear care is very important to the health of your dog. Performed between your regular checkups with the veterinarian, it will help keep your dog’s ears healthy and pain free. If you see signs of trouble you may be able to head them off before they require an extra visit to the vet. Excessive wax, foul odor, redness, constant scratching, excessive matting of hair in the external ear, rubbing the ears against other objects, head shaking, and disorientation can all be signs of ear problems. Inspect Your Dog’s Ears Regularly…

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Heartworm Prevention

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Prevention is your dog’s best bet against heartworm disease. It’s hard to fathom how worms can live inside your dog’s beating heart, but they can, and if your pet gets infected they could severely damage his heart and lungs. Heartworms spread by traveling inside mosquitoes as larvae. When infected mosquitoes bite your dog, the heartworm larvae transfer to your pet and work their way to his heart. Once there, the worms grow, feeding off the lining of the heart and plugging essential blood vessels. Because mosquitoes spread them, heartworms are found throughout the world. In the United States, the incidence…

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Cats: Not Using The Litter Box

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Unfortunately, cats don’t always connect with the litter box. Even cats that know the drill will sometimes choose another spot at home. “House-soiling” can become a concern for even the best cat owners. It can be a sign of a serious health issue or simply the result of changes around the house. Pay close attention for clues to put an early end to a nasty problem for both you and the pet you love. Signs of a problem: A pattern of urinating and/or defecating outside the litter box Urine spraying – evidence of urine marks around doorways, windows or new…

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Cat Scratch Fever?

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Cat scratch fever, or cat scratch disease (CSD) as it’s officially known, is passed on most commonly through kittens. Although 40 percent of cats are thought to be carriers of the disease, there is no need to start wearing a contamination suit or shoulder-high protective gloves when going near a cat. Chances of contracting CSD are small, with an estimated 2.5 people out of 100,000 getting infected. Those most likely to contract CSD are children under the age of 10.  Severe infections are extremely rare, and only those with poor immune systems are at a greater risk for complications. CSD…

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How & When To Induce Vomiting In Your Cat

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Knowing how to induce vomiting in cats can save your cat’s life if he eats something toxic. You should be aware that inducing vomiting in cats can be dangerous and should only be done under a veterinarian’s advice. Before you induce vomiting in your cat, speak to your vet and tell him specifically what toxic substances you have seen your cat ingest. Only your vet can tell you if inducing vomiting is a good idea. When to Induce Vomiting in Your Cat You should only think of inducing vomiting in your cat if you have seen him ingest the toxic…

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Household Toxins & Keeping Your Pet Safe!

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As dog owners, we must be alert to items that are toxic to our animal friends. Regular household items that may not harm us may cause our pets illness and even death. The Human Society and the ASPCA both have comprehensive websites with articles about household toxins. All over-the-counter and prescription medications, including vitamins, should be kept well out of reach. Even a very small dose can be lethal. Household cleaners should be stored in cabinets with closed doors. Cleaners containing pine or citrus oils are toxic. Plant food, fertilizers and other garden products are also lethal. Although every winter…

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