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  • Calcium is Not Always Good

    Does Your Pet Need a Calcium Pill? If your pet is eating a good quality, balanced diet, pets very rarely need a calcium supplement. If the food has been formulated according to Association of American Food Control Officials (AAFCO) standards, there should be an appropriate amount of calcium for

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  • At Risk for Rat Bite Fever?

    Know the Risks of Handling a Pet Rat If you or your family member are handling a rat and become scraped, scratched or exchange kisses with the long tailed rodent check in with your veterinarian. Medical treatment may be necessary if you become infected with rat bite fever. You may receive a

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  • Protect Your Pet from Painful Paw Pad Burns

    Have you ever tried to walk across the beach barefoot on a very hot day? After the first few steps, you probably set a new speed record as you sprinted to the water, or maybe you gave in and put on your sandals before taking another step. Your pet experiences the same reaction during summer walks on

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  • Xylitol Food Additive Harmful to Household Pets

    Xylitol Poisoning in Pets Xylitol is not safe for dogs or ferrets.  Cats are typically more sensitive than dogs so you'll want to safety-proof your home for your cats also.   The American Medical Veterinary Association advises that symptoms and signs may be present

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  • Secondhand Smoke Affects Pets Too

    The effects of secondhand smoke on people are well-documented. Exposure to tobacco smoke causes a variety of serious health problems, including stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not surprisingly, secondhand smoke also increases the risk

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  • The Truth behind K-9's and Chocolate

    Did you know? The National Animal Poison Control Center Hotline phone number is 1-800-548-2423. If less than two (2) hours has passed since your dog ate chocolate, we can induce vomiting to get the Theobromine containing chocolate out of their

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  • Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs

    Xylitol and Your Dog 1. Xylitol is becoming a more frequent cause of toxicity in dogs. 2.  It can cause severe symptoms, even death. 3.  It most commonly happens with dogs eating products made for people, including medications. 4.  If you choose to get medications from a human

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  • Pretty Poisonous Plants

    Tips for Avoiding Toxic Plants Many common plants can be toxic.Do research before choosing plants for your yard.Tell your florist to not use any type of lily in arrangements sent to friends or relatives if they have a cat.     If you think your cat or dog has

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  • Rabies- Not a Disease of the Past

    Did You Know? If a person or a pet is bitten by an unknown or unvaccinated animal (dog, cat, or wild animal), the local health department or your veterinarian should be consulted. The animal that bit should be apprehended, if possible, and your veterinarian

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  • Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

    3 Human Foods You Should Never Feed Your Pet  It's a rare pet parent who has never slipped a treat to a pet. After all, those pleading eyes are awfully hard to ignore when you are enjoying your favorite meal. Unfortunately, some foods that are perfectly healthy for humans can cause serious

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  • Marijuana Toxicity in Pets

    Marijuana Is Not a Treatment for Pets Some people ask about intentionally giving their pet marijuana for arthritis or other pain relief. Dr. Lori Green, a critical care veterinarian at the San Francisco SPCA Veterinary Hospital, discourages using marijuana as a treatment. Marijuana has

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  • Make Your House Pet Friendly

    Eliminate or Secure Items Harmful to Pets "We recommend that pet owners be aware of which items around their homes can be harmful to their pets," advises Carol McConnell, DVM.  Pet owners must not "assume that their pets will ignore that bottle of bleach in the laundry room.  Our data

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  • Hidden Dangers of Over-the-Counter Medications

    What to Do If You Mistakenly Gave Your Pet an NSAID Immediately contact your veterinarian for an emergency appointment. DO NOT WAIT for the next available appointment; this is an emergency. Be able to tell your veterinarian what medication(s) your pet ingested, how much your pet ingested,

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  • Keeping Pets Safe from Being Lost

    Did You Know? While some pet owners believe the best information to tattoo a pet with is their social security number, this information does not help the average person who finds a lost pet. The microchip is so small it is comparable to a grain of rice. Your pet will never feel

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  • Dangers of Rodent Bait

    Protecting Your Pets Since recent bans on anticoagulant rodenticides, other forms of rodent bait are becoming more popular.  These types of baits contain neurologic type poisons.  The most common neurologic poison is Bromethalin.  Bromethalin ingestion causes severe brain swelling, seizures

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  • Can PBDEs Harm Your Pet?

    Eliminate Toxic PBDEs An industrial chemical known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) used in home furnishings could be diminishing your pet's health.  This chemical is a flame retardant used by manufacturers to reduce the flammability of padded chairs, sofas, mattresses and other

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  • Vertigo or Old Dog Vestibular Syndrome

    Image of an old dog laying on the ground. Vertigo is a syndrome in the elderly dog, which can be very frightening to the owners. The dog is suddenly afflicted with a balance problem, usually staggering, but occasionally unable to stand, and more rarely actually rolling over and over. There is a tilting ...

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  • Ticks

    Image of ticks. Ticks are the small wingless external parasites, living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and occasionally reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that are often found in freshly mown grass, where they will rest themselves at the tip of a blade so as to ...

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  • Seizures

    Image of dog laying down on the floor. Seizures are common in dogs, but more unusual in cats. Seizures are just symptoms which can occur with many kinds of diseases. They can happen because of diseases outside the brain or inside the brain. Low blood sugar that can happen with an overdose of insulin ...

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  • Salmonella

    Image of salmonella. Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause disease in humans, dogs, cats, and other animals. It can cause a variety of symptoms, commonly vomiting and/or diarrhea, but also severe infections and septicemia. It can also cause abscesses, meningitis, bone infections, and abortion. Salmonella ...

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  • Roundworms

    Image of roundworms There are many types of roundworms, but some of the most common are intestinal parasites of dogs, cats, and raccoons. Puppies are frequently born with roundworms, and kittens can be infected via the mother's milk or feces. Adult roundworms are ivory colored, four to six inches long, ...

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  • Rabies

    Image of stethoscope and a sign that says rabies. Rabies is a fatal viral infection that is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. Skunks, bats, raccoons, and foxes are the primary carriers. Rabies is also fatal to humans, there has been only one case of a person surviving rabies when treatment ...

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  • Parasites

    Close up image of parasites. There are many types of parasites that are found in the GI tract of cats and dogs. Worms such as roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms are very common in almost all parts of the world. These parasites shed their infective eggs in the pet's stool and contaminate the environment; ...

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  • Luxating Patella

    Image of dog with hind leg shaved. Luxating patella is a condition where the kneecap (patella) moves out of its normal position. Luxating patella is one of the most common knee joint abnormalities of dogs, but it is only occasionally seen in cats. It may affect one or both of the knees. In some cases ...

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  • Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

    Image of dog jumping and catching a frisbee at the park. The rupture of the cruciate ligament is the most common knee injury in the dog. This injury has two common presentations. One is the young athletic dog playing roughly who acutely ruptures the ligament and is non-weight bearing on the affected ...

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  • Liver Shunt

    Image of dog laying down. A liver shunt is also named a PSS, portosystemic shunt, portacaval shunt or portosystemic vascular anomaly. This abnormality occurs when a pet's venous blood from the intestine bypasses the liver. In the normal pet, blood vessels pick up nutrients from ingested material in ...

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