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Why Do Some Cats Like Catnip & Some Do Not?

There are few things more adorable than a cat going crazy for catnip! Available as a plant, dried, in toys, or even as a spray, catnip is a fun way to encourage playful behavior in your cat. It can even be used to direct your cat to play in a certain area or scratch a particular post to keep your furniture safe from scratch marks. The introduction of catnip can elicit a variety of joyful responses, called the “catnip effect”, including:  Rolling over and rubbing the body over the catnip or toy Aggressive sniffing of the catnip Chewing or licking…

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Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

Does your dog eat grass whenever they are outside? Perhaps you have heard that dogs eat grass when they have an upset stomach, and it has you worried. While an upset stomach may be the problem, it is not the only reason that a dog will nibble grass and other plants.  Here are some reasons your dog may be eating grass, and what you may be able to do about it: Instinct Unlike their ancestors, domesticated dogs have nutritionally rich foods packaged and sold in bulk so there is no need to hunt. However, they retain the natural instinct to…

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5 Tips for Keeping Pets Safe This Halloween

The weather is getting colder, the leaves are starting to change, and it is looking a whole lot like everyone’s favorite spooky time of year – Halloween. While Halloween is a fun holiday for humans, it can be a frightening, stressful time for your pets. All the costumes, doorbells ringing, and decorations can pose dangers to your furry friends. To keep everyone safe this Halloween, here are 5 tips for protecting your pets:   Avoid Costumes You may think it is so adorable to see your cat or dog in that little costume you found at the store, but dressing…

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5 Major Signs of Arthritis in Dogs

  Arthritis is a very painful and frustrating disease for your pet. Unfortunately, it is also fairly common in dogs. While older dogs are the most likely to get arthritis, it is possible to develop in dogs of any age. Due to their own natural instincts, however, many pets will not show obvious signs of pain, making this discovery tricky for their owners. That being said, there are a few symptoms to watch out for. If your dog starts displaying any of these 5 symptoms, it would be a good time to take him in for tests.   Limping or…

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Preventing Canine Heartworm Disease

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Many of us are already aware that mosquitoes have the potential to spread diseases in humans. West Nile Virus has received significant attention, and mosquitoes may also carry Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Fortunately, none of these conditions affect dogs very often. Still, dogs are not completely immune to mosquito-borne disease. Heartworm, a very serious condition, is of foremost concern. What is Heartworm? Heartworm disease is as scary as it sounds. It is a severe and potentially fatal disease caused by parasitic worms that like to live in the heart and the arteries of the lungs of many types of mammals. Heartworms…

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Winter Hazards To Your Dogs

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Winter Hazards To Your Dogs – What You Need to Know Winter can be hazardous for dogs and it is important to be aware of the dangers to keep your pet healthy. There are indoor and outdoor winter threats to dogs, especially around the holiday season. As the temperatures outside start to get lower and you prepare for colder weather, it is important to also prepare your dog for the winter. Whether your dog lives indoors or outdoors, there are dangers in colder conditions. Your dog’s health, food, and environment all need to be taken into consideration when “Old Man…

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Holiday Hazards To Your Pets

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Holidays may be festive, but for most of us they are far from peaceful!  Left unattended, pets can get into mischief and serious trouble, so don’t forget to be prepared to protect your pets from these holiday hazards. Dangerous Foods Most people know about chocolate’s potential to be poisonous, but also make sure to keep pets away from sugar-free candy and gum (which may contain xylitol), raisins and macadamia nuts (often found in trail mixes, cookies, and candy), grapes, bread dough, coffee, and alcohol. “Other” Foods Remember to ask well meaning friends and relatives to avoid giving table food to…

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10 Steps To Help Create A Pet Safe Christmas Tree

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10 Steps To Help Create A Pet Safe Christmas Tree Millions of families will have Christmas trees in their homes. Glittering towers of beauty that can pose a threat to your pets. Before you put the tree up, take a few moments to go over some safety precautions. 1. Choose the Right Spot! Pick an area where the tree can be enjoyed by the family but also where it is not in the way of activity where it can be easily knocked over. An area by the wall or in a corner is ideal and out of the traffic flow…

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Preanesthetic Blood Testing Before Surgery

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Preanesthetic Testing – Blood work before surgery can save your pet’s life Regular checkups and blood work for your pet is important. Whether your dog or cat is old or young, healthy or sick, fat or skinny, small or tall, regular checkups and blood work allow your veterinarian to do a thorough job to keep your pet healthy. When your veterinarian is able to establish a baseline laboratory values for your pet, what’s normal in your pet when he or she is healthy, it’s easier for your veterinarian to give your pet needed care. With a thorough medical history, your…

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Holiday Hazards To Pets

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Holiday Hazards To Pets Holidays may be festive, but for most of us they are far from peaceful!  Left unattended, pets can get into mischief and serious trouble, so don’t forget to be prepared to protect your pets from these holiday hazards. Dangerous Foods Most people know about chocolate’s potential to be poisonous, but also make sure to keep pets away from sugar-free candy and gum (which may contain xylitol), raisins and macadamia nuts (often found in trail mixes, cookies, and candy), grapes, bread dough, coffee, and alcohol. “Other” Foods Remember to ask well meaning friends and relatives to avoid…

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