Posts Tagged ‘food’

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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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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Winter Hazards To Your Dogs

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  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. What You Need to Know 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 Winter” approaches. Indoor Winter Hazards…

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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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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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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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