Archive for June, 2012

4th Of July Safety For Your Pets!

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The 4th of July is a time of celebration. It’s all about food, family, fun and fireworks. However, it could be a dangerous and frightening time for your dog. Learn how to keep your dog safe during the Fourth of July holiday festivities. Fireworks and dogs simply do not mix. Many owners underestimate their dogs when it comes to fireworks. The truth is, even the bravest dogs can become terrified by their sound. The most important thing you can do for your dog is to keep them away from fireworks displays. If you plan to go see fireworks, do your…

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Spaying/Neutering – Why This Procedure Is So Important!

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Many folks hesitate to spay or neuter their pet, fearing that it’s painful and wondering what the actual benefits are. What is it? Spaying is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs of female dogs and neutering is the surgical removal of a male dog’s testicles. Both operations are performed while the dog is under anesthesia. These procedures will require that you bring the dog back in a week to ten days for a appointment with a technician for a suture site check or suture removal. Your veterinarian will be glad to answer any questions you may have about spay…

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Finding A Lost Pet

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Finding a Lost Pet It’s every pet parent’s nightmare: Your beloved dog or cat has gotten loose, and you don’t know where he or she is. Don’t panic—there are many steps you can take to locate your little one. Swift action, coupled with major neighborhood networking, will increase the odds of having your furry friend back in your arms! The key is to get the information out to as many people and places as you can, so enlist the help of friends and make sure to involve your entire family in the search effort. IDs, Please It’s a good idea…

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Ticks

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Ticks   Ectoparasites are organisms that live on the outside of an animal. Ticks are fairly common ectoparasites of dogs (and cats). How often you see ticks on your dog and how severe a tick assault will be depends on the region of the country in which you live, the time of year (tick activity varies in warm and cool weather), the habits of your dog, and how and when you use tick control products. Some ticks can infest dogs that spend most of their time indoors, and even dogs that only spend brief periods of time outside can have…

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Air Travel Tips For Your Pets

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Air Travel Tips Top 10 Tips for Safe Air Travel with Your Pet Traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and the four-legged members of your family. But with thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone. If your animal is small enough to fit under your seat and you can bring him or her in the cabin with you. Larger animals will need to travel in the cargo area of the plane. Here are ten tips for safe air travel with your pet: Make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a checkup, and…

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Hot Weather & Summer Time Tips For Your Pet

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Hot Weather & Summer Time Tips For Your Pets   We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger! Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat, and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly. Take these simple precautions to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately. Visit the Vet A visit to the veterinarian for a spring…

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Scabies – Sarcoptic Manage

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Scabies Sarcoptic mange, also called scabies, in dogs is caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite, a highly contagious skin parasite. The mites burrow into the skin and cause severe itching, which can result in the formation of scabs and hair loss. It is a nonseasonal parasite that can be found in dogs of all ages and breeds. How will sarcoptic mange/scabies affect my dog? Scabies causes severe itching, so dogs that experience prolonged scratching and hair loss are suspect. Symptoms are most often seen on the ear flaps, elbows, hocks, abdomen, and chest of infested dogs. Scabies is difficult to…

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Preventing Parasites In Your Pet

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Parasites in dogs include fleas, worms, ticks and heartworms. While parasitic infestation is common, you can reduce the incidence of infestation by taking steps to protect your dog. Here are some ways that you can reduce and prevent parasites in dogs. 1. Practice Flea Control Flea control is difficult. You not only have to keep fleas off your dog, but also out of your house and lawn. Start by controlling the fleas on your dog. The best way to control fleas on your dog is to use a monthly topical flea preventative like Frontline or Advantage. Not only are these…

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Ear Mites! What Are They?

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Ear Mites Even the mention of Ear mites is enough to make a person freak out a little. So, What are they? Ear mites are tiny mites, barely visible to the human eye, that live on the surface of ear canal skin in dogs and cats. They are barely visible to the human eye. An infestation produces a dry brownish ear wax, similar in appearance to coffee grounds. Ear mites are contagious and can travel from the ears of an infected dog to any other dogs in close contact. How will ear mites affect my dog? Dogs who are infected…

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