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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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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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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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Grape & Raisin Toxicity In Dogs

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Grape and Raisin Toxicity in Dogs Grapes and their dried counterparts, raisins, may seem harmless, but not to dogs. Even small amounts of grapes or raisins can prove fatally toxic for a dog. The problem is that not all raisin and grapes will exert similar results. Moreover, not all dogs will react to the toxic principles of raisin and grapes. What to Watch For: Dogs of any age, breed, or gender may be affected. One of the most serious complications of grape/raisin toxicity is acute (sudden) kidney failure with lack of urine production (anuria). Vomiting and/or diarrhea often occurs within…

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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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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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How To Say Goodbye – Written By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth

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Witten By Dr. Patty Ainsworth Part 2 of 2      After much heartache, you and your family have made the decision to euthanize your pet. What next?  In the time prior to euthanasia you may want to spoil your pet a little. This is the one time when all those forbidden foods (chocolate, bacon, etc.) can no longer do any lasting harm.  Time outside sitting in the sun, a last walk or some gentle grooming are all other ways to enjoy time together before you say goodbye.      I always tell people it is difficult to plan a euthanasia well…

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Raising a Puppy

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Who can fathom the mind of a puppy? Squirrels drive them crazy, garbage is their favorite snack, and immediately after chewing your one-of-a-kind, handmade leather jacket into confetti, they can give you a look of such innocent love and adoration that you forget all about it. This kind of behavior can baffle and frustrate even the most conscientious of dog owners, and rightfully so. When you bring a puppy home, she becomes part of your family; you need to be able to trust her with your home, your belongings, and even your children. That’s why controlling your puppy’s behavior is…

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