Posts Tagged ‘old’

Preanesthetic Blood Testing Before Surgery

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Preanesthetic Testing – Blood work before surgery can save your pet’s life Regular checkups and blood work for your pet is important. Whether your dog or cat is old or young, healthy or sick, fat or skinny, small or tall, regular checkups and blood work allow your veterinarian to do a thorough job to keep your pet healthy. When your veterinarian is able to establish a baseline laboratory values for your pet, what’s normal in your pet when he or she is healthy, it’s easier for your veterinarian to give your pet needed care. With a thorough medical history, your…

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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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Microchipping Your Pet

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Microchipping Your Pet And Why It Is So Important! Why Microchip? It is highly recommended that your has identification on if you don’t plan to let him or her go outside. Even indoor pets can get out by accident. Many lost pets are never returned to their owners because they have no identification. Collars and tags are popular and effective methods of identification, but they can come off. Microchips, which are implanted just under the pet’s skin, are one way to permanently identify pets. What Is a Microchip? A microchip is a tiny electronic device that is about the size…

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Fire Safety For You & Your Pets

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We never expect a fire to affect our lives, to take our homes, or endanger our lives. But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared in the event that it does. When fires occur many families are left without homes, dogs are left without families, or worse, in the heat of the moment beloved family pets are perishing. A little preparation goes a long way. Knowing in advance what to do if tragedy strikes can not only mean the difference between your own life and death, but that of your dog as well. 1. Practice! It might seem a little…

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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? Let’s start with what an influenza…

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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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Snake Bite Safety And Prevention For Your Pet

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Snake Bite Safety And Prevention For Your Pet  If you frequently hike or otherwise enjoy the great outdoors with your pet, please take care to prevent painful encounters with snakes. Bites occur most often in between March and October when snakes are most active. A snake bite is always considered an emergency! A venomous snake bite can be fatal if not treated immediately, and even a bite from a nonvenomous snake can be dangerous for your pets. Avoid chance encounters with snakes: Keep your yard tidy by clearing away undergrowth, toys and tools that make great hiding places for snakes. Keep walkways…

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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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