Posts Tagged ‘diet’

Halloween Tips For A Safe Holiday With Your Pets

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Halloween Tips For A Safe Holiday With Your Pets: Halloween is a fun time of the year, and it’s natural to want to try to involve your family pet in all the activity. It’s important to keep in mind that not all Halloween activities are fun or safe for pets. A few simple precautions can keep your celebrations fun for everyone in the familyincluding your pets. ID Your Pet Constantly opening and closing doors to hand out candyto trick-or-treaters is a risk. A stressed pet could easily bolt through an open door. For that reason, make sure your pet is wearing his or her…

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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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Stealing Behavior In Pets

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Stealing: Is Your Dog a Thief? Actions you take when your dog runs off with something of yours can create grave behavior problems in the dog or improve the dog’s training and your relationship. For either result you’ll put in the same amount of time. Knowing what to do lets you shape the outcome. Why Do Dogs Carry Things Off? A dog’s reasons for carrying something are fairly simple, but not always obvious to humans. Dogs have no way of knowing the value things have for us. Money means nothing to a dog. Wild dogs often need to carry food…

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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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Top Ten Strange And Interesting Cases

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Top Ten Strange And Interesting Cases: On most days here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital we see typical cases for dogs and cats. Routine exams, Vaccines, Ear infections, Skin issues, Vomiting and Diarrhea, Dentals, Spay and Neuter Surgery are the most routine cases seen on a daily basis. Every once in a while we are called to action on a case that is somewhat strange and interesting! Here is a top ten list of some those cases: #10 – Westie ate a diamond ring! The ring was left on a nite stand before it went missing. X-rays confirmed ingestion of…

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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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Canned Cat Food Vs. Dry Cat Food? By Dr. Bidget Fagan

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Canned Cat Food Vs. Dry Cat Food Most people would be surprised to hear that canned food is actually better for your cat than dry kibble. There are three main reasons for this:   1. Canned food usually has higher quality proteins. Dry kibble is usually high in plant based protein versus canned food which is usually high in animal based protein. Cats are obligate carnivores which means they were made by nature to eat a meat based diet. They lack certain enzymes required to efficiently process plant based proteins. Proteins from animal sources contain a complete amino acid profile…

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