Posts Tagged ‘old’

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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Swimming Pool Safety Tips For Your Pet!

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Swimming Dog? Year-Round Swimming Pool Safety Tips A lap or two around the pool is not only a great way for your dog to cool down, but is also great for burning off that excess energy. However, just like we teach our kids to swim, we may have to give our favorite pooch a lesson or two. In the winter, there are other safety measures that we must take to ensure our pup’s safety. Here’s a few swimming pool safety tips that will keep your dog healthy and happy all year long: 1. Don’t assume that your dog can swim….

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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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Finding A Lost Pet

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Finding a Lost Pet It’s every pet parent’s nightmare: Your beloved dog or cat has gotten loose, and you don’t know where he or she is. Don’t panic—there are many steps you can take to locate your little one. Swift action, coupled with major neighborhood networking, will increase the odds of having your furry friend back in your arms! The key is to get the information out to as many people and places as you can, so enlist the help of friends and make sure to involve your entire family in the search effort. IDs, Please It’s a good idea…

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Hot Weather & Summer Time Tips For Your Pet

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Hot Weather & Summer Time Tips For Your Pets   We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger! Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat, and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly. Take these simple precautions to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately. Visit the Vet A visit to the veterinarian for a spring…

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Scabies – Sarcoptic Manage

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Scabies Sarcoptic mange, also called scabies, in dogs is caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite, a highly contagious skin parasite. The mites burrow into the skin and cause severe itching, which can result in the formation of scabs and hair loss. It is a nonseasonal parasite that can be found in dogs of all ages and breeds. How will sarcoptic mange/scabies affect my dog? Scabies causes severe itching, so dogs that experience prolonged scratching and hair loss are suspect. Symptoms are most often seen on the ear flaps, elbows, hocks, abdomen, and chest of infested dogs. Scabies is difficult to…

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Choosing A New Pet – Written By. Dr. Patricia Ainsworth

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Choosing a New Pet – By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth              Regardless whether you are a current, previous or first-time pet owner, a little advance planning can make the entire experience more rewarding.  Since Falls Road Veterinary Hospital sees only dogs and cats, I’ll confine my discussion to these species.  I love to get calls from prospective pet owners before the decision is made.  I’d rather set the record straight in advance than deal with “buyer’s remorse” if the choice is ill-conceived.              One of the most important considerations in pet selection is your own resources of time, space and money. …

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Kennel Cough

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KENNEL COUGH (INFECTIOUS TRACHEOBRONCHITIS) WHAT IS IT? “Kennel cough” is an infectious bronchitis characterized by a harsh, hacking cough which most people describe as sounding like “something stuck in my dog’s throat.” It is analogous to a chest cold for humans and is only a serious condition in special circumstances (see below); in general, it resolves on its own. A dog with Kennel Cough generally feels active and maintains a normal appetite despite frequent fits of coughing. There is usually no fever or listlessness, just lots of coughing. NOT SURE WHAT A COUGHING DOG SOUNDS LIKE? Dogs can make an…

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The Needs Of Your Older Dog

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Depending on the size and breed of your pet you may have noticed it is a bit slower when chasing a ball, struggles a bit more getting up the first thing in the morning or loses its breath a bit quicker. The aging process wears down your pet in much the same way it does us, but on a much faster pace. While most human beings live to be 70+ a dog, depending on many factors, often lives for 10+ years or less. Many dogs begin showing health/age related problems at different ages. This is related in a large way…

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