Posts Tagged ‘aging’

The Real Value Of Your Pet’s Annual Exam

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The Real Value of Your Pet’s Annual Exam By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth If you are like many people, you equate your pet’s annual examination with his vaccinations. Indeed, in many cases one visit can serve both functions. Certainly regular vaccinations, heartworm and fecal tests are an important part of maintaining a healthy pet. However, the real value is found in the examination and health history performed by your veterinarian. One way to maximize the value of this visit is to come prepared with a list of questions or observations about your pet. If you have a problem or concern, I…

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How To Make Moving To A New Home Less Stressful For Your Pet

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How To Make Moving To A New Home Less Stressful For Your Pet Moving to a new home is an exciting, but stressful, time for everyone, including the family pet. Most pets are reasonably adaptable, and your pet will be happy as long as they remain with their family, and their basic needs are met. Here is some basic advice to help you prepare for and ease your pets transition to your new home. Before moving day •Know the rules. Investigate your new community’s rules on pet vaccinations, license requirements and leash laws. Some states and communities restrict the number of dogs/cats…

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Why Pets Are Good For Your Health – Mind & Body!

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Pets are Good Medicine for the Body and Mind Dog and cat owners have long known that a family pet can make life happier. Now, medical science is finding that pet owners also lead longer, healthier lives. A growing body of published scientific research shows that having an animal companion, cats and dogs in particular, improves both our emotional and physical well-being. These studies have connected pet ownership with favorable health effects ranging from lower blood pressure to reduced anxiety levels. Good for the body! Some studies show that owning a pet can have very real physical benefits for their…

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The Long Term Effects Of Obesity On Your Pet

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Did you know you may be literally killing your pet with kindness? Those daily treats you give your pet may give the illusion that all is well, but the reality is that the extra treats and the resulting extra weight are causing lasting damage to your pet’s internal organs, bones, and joints. According to veterinarians across the U.S., more obese pets than ever are showing up in their clinics and the trend does not appear to be slowing. Excess weight can take as much of a toll on an animal’s body as it does on a human’s body. While some…

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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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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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How To Say Goodbye – Written By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth

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Witten By Dr. Patty Ainsworth Part 2 of 2      After much heartache, you and your family have made the decision to euthanize your pet. What next?  In the time prior to euthanasia you may want to spoil your pet a little. This is the one time when all those forbidden foods (chocolate, bacon, etc.) can no longer do any lasting harm.  Time outside sitting in the sun, a last walk or some gentle grooming are all other ways to enjoy time together before you say goodbye.      I always tell people it is difficult to plan a euthanasia well…

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When To Say Goodbye – Written By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth

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When To Say Goodbye – Written By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth Part 1 of 2          Sooner or later, this is a subject that arises between most pet owners and their vets. After eighteen years in practice, I’ve had the euthanasia discussion countless times. While I can’t guarantee you will agree with my opinion, I hope by addressing this issue here to provide some guidance and comfort during a difficult time.           You might hope that your pet will simply pass away in his sleep. While this does happen occasionally, more often an animal experiences a slow decline, perhaps suffering along the way. …

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