Posts Tagged ‘pill’

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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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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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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Ear Mites! What Are They?

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Ear Mites Even the mention of Ear mites is enough to make a person freak out a little. So, What are they? Ear mites are tiny mites, barely visible to the human eye, that live on the surface of ear canal skin in dogs and cats. They are barely visible to the human eye. An infestation produces a dry brownish ear wax, similar in appearance to coffee grounds. Ear mites are contagious and can travel from the ears of an infected dog to any other dogs in close contact. How will ear mites affect my dog? Dogs who are infected…

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How To Give Your Cat A Pill

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Knowing how to give a cat a pill is an important process to understand and master if you are a cat owner. Even a healthy cat may need to take medication at some point in his life, such as an antibiotic, vitamin or other oral medication. Cats can be fussy and non-cooperative when it comes to taking pills, but by following these steps and suggestions you can safely administer his mediation without harming the cat. How to Give a Cat a Pill Always follow your veterinarian’s cat dosage instructions for all medications. Place your cat on a flat, elevated surface,…

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