Posts Tagged ‘elimination’

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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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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Holiday Travel With Your Pets

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The holidays are one of the peak seasons for travel, and many people choose to take the family pets along with them. Whether you are off on a vacation or visiting family, having your best friend along can make the trip more enjoyable. Be sure to consider your pet’s identification before you leave. Pet ID tags with your Home and Cell Phone number are very important while on the road. You should also consider the added safety of a pet microchip. If your pet is separated from you, a shelter or a veterinarian can scan your pet for a microchip…

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Seasonal Risks To Your Pets

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The Fall season brings the potential for new toxins for your pets to encounter. Here is a  review some of the seasonal risks you need to be aware of in order to keep your pet safe. Rodenticides As the weather cools down, vegetation dies off, and crops are harvested, mice and rats will often come inside structures looking for food and warmth. This in turn leads most homeowners to look for ways to remove these unwelcome visitors! If you need to use a rodenticide, use it with extreme care and keep it as far away from your pets as possible….

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Canine Influenza (H3N8)

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Canine Influenzia (H3N8) In the last weeks of September 2005 and continuing into October, numerous warnings to dog owners about a new lethal canine disease swept the Internet. Some of these warnings contained legitimate information while others contained half-truths or information that is simply wrong. We would like to take this time to sort out the facts from the theories from the misinformation. Here is what we hope is a helpful FAQ regarding this relatively new virus that has come to be considered part of the kennel cough complex. What is Canine Influenza?

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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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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