Posts Tagged ‘diet’

The Danger of Chocolate To Pets

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For a human, a few too many Easter eggs can be seen as a bit indulgent and lead to an afternoon on the sofa in a self-inflicted chocolate coma. But for a dog it can be potentially life-threatening and, in the most extreme cases, result in death. Dog owners are warned to be on high alert this Easter and ensure the chocolate is hidden away to ensure dogs are not harmed as a result of chocolate poisoning. With more instances of discarded Easter Eggs or half-eaten Crème Eggs lying around at Easter than at other times of the year, it…

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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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Tips For New Puppy Owners

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Tips For New Puppy Owners: There is nothing quite like bringing your new puppy home for the first time. But before taking the big leap, take the time to make sure your household is ready. That means puppy proofing your home. You will need to purchase supplies ahead of time and read up on puppy behavior so you know what to expect. Furthermore, it is hugely important to prepare children for the new responsibilities that lie ahead and to teach them to handle your new puppy correctly. Here are a few tips to help integrate your new pet into the…

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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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Hot Spots In Dogs

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Hot spots, technically called acute moist dermatitis or canine pyoderma, usually appear as localized, moist reddish sores. Hot spots are the result of a bacterial infection. Something irritates your dog’s skin and the irritation becomes itchy, so your dog does the logical thing scratch, lick, or both. Eventually causing a red, ugly oozing sore. Risk What causes your dog to be itchy in the first place? Itchy skin can be caused by a variety of things, such as allergies to food or the surrounding environment and fleas. Factors such as mange, anal gland disease, poor grooming, tick or mosquito bites,…

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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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10 Household Plants That Are Dangerous To Your Pets

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10 Household Plants That Are Dangerous To Your Pets Here is a list of 10 common household plants that are toxic to your pets. Please stay informed so you are able to protect your pets from potential dangers! If your are concerned that your pet has ingested and type of poison substance please contact your Vet immediately! Asparagus Fern Asparagus fern (also called emerald feather, emerald fern, sprengeri fern, plumosa fern, and lace fern) is toxic to dogs and cats. The toxic agent in this plant is sapogenin—a steroid found in a variety of plants. If a dog or cat…

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Winter Hazards To Your Cats

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Outdoor cats depend on people for their warmth and survival during the winter months; special steps need to be taken to keep these cats safe. Holidays are a time for celebration but can pose multiple risks to cats. Lilies, chocolate, alcohol, ribbons, tinsel, and other common holiday items can all be dangerous to our feline companions. What You Need to Know Cats that spend time outdoors are exposed to various environmental and physical dangers. In the winter, cats are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia (low body temperature), just like humans. Cats should not be left outside for long periods…

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Xylitol Toxicity – How it affects your pets!

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Xylitol Toxicity – How It Affects Your Pets! Sugar substitutes are big business. Less sugar can mean weight loss, improved health, diabetic control, and even reduced tooth decay. The quest for products that can sweeten and cook like sugar is ongoing. Xylitol is common sugar substitute, especially when it comes to sugarless gum. Not only does xylitol offer sweetness without Calories, it also has antibacterial properties in the mouth so as to reduce periodontal disease and has been found to have far reaching health benefits in other areas of the body. Xylitol may help with osteoporosis, prevention of ear and…

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Understanding Your Pets Medications & Monitoring

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Whether your dog or cat is taking an antibiotic for a week or two to combat an infection or is on long-term medication for a chronic health condition, monitoring his medicine can help you catch any potential problems early. It can also help you ensure your pet is responding to treatment. It is very important to not only understand your pets medications but also monitor your pets medication intake and response. Understanding Medication Monitoring Keeping track of your pet’s medicine is an important way to make sure they on the way to better health. This process should begin with a…

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