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  • Pet-Friendly Exercises Offer Benefits for Both You and Your Pet

    Looking for a devoted workout partner? Consider exercising with your pet.

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  • Obesity and Diabetes in Pets

    Think diabetes only affect people? Overweight pets may be at risk too.

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  • National Heartworm Awareness Month Focuses Attention on a Potentially Deadly Disease

    Heartworm disease can have a devastating effect on your pet's health. National Heartworm Awareness Month, observed annually in April, reminds pet owners about the health dangers this preventable disease poses for pets. What Are Heartworms? Thin, white heartworms look like cooked pieces of spaghetti.

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  • Who's Healthier: Purebreds or Mixed Breeds?

    For years, pet owners have disagreed about whether purebred or mixed breed dogs are healthier. Until recently, there was no scientific data to back up their opinions, but UC Davis researchers recently helped answer the question with a landmark health study. The Arguments Pet owners who thought that

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  • Who's Healthier: Purebreds or Mixed Breeds?

    For years, pet owners have disagreed about whether purebred or mixed breed dogs are healthier. Until recently, there was no scientific data to back up their opinions, but UC Davis researchers recently helped answer the question with a landmark health study. The Arguments Pet owners who thought that

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  • Caring for Your Older Pet

    Many of the same problems that affect people as they age, such as arthritis and diabetes, can also affect your pet. Making a few changes to the way you care for your furry friend will help you ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy as the years go by. Look for Common Signs of Illness Changes

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  • The Myth of Natural

    Other Herbal Products and Their Possible Side Effects in Pets 1. Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca. This can cause vomiting and diarrhea, weakness, paralysis, aspiration pneumonia, and death when applied topically or ingested. 2. Guarana has more caffeine than coffee beans and can contain

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  • Ringworm in Cats and Dogs

    Does My Pet Have Ringworm? In animals, ringworm usually appears as a crusty or scaly patch on the skin with some hair loss. The affected areas may become red or irritated looking. Ringworm is sometimes itchy. Occasionally, ringworm will fluoresce under a black light. Unfortunately, a cat can

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  • Orthopedic Care for Dogs

    Weight Loss for Healthier Joints Is your dog carrying a few extra pounds? If so, then he might be facing joint pain down the road. Veterinarians warn that obesity can put extra stress on the weight-bearing joints, causing osteoarthritis or other degenerative joint diseases. Excess weight also

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  • Natural Stress Relief for Pets

    How Do I Treat My Pet’s Stress? Depending on the cause of your pet’s stress, your pet may benefit from working with an animal behaviorist – especially in severe cases. If behavior modification through counter conditioning or desensitization is not fully successful, your pet may need medication

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  • How to Take Care of Your Pet's Nails

    Should I Take My Pet to the Veterinarian? When to take your pet to your veterinarian: Broken toe nails. If your dog breaks or completely tears off a toenail he needs to see a veterinarian. Each nail encompasses a bone and when the nail tears off then that bone is exposed. This requires medical

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  • Does Your Young Dog or Puppy Have Pain or Lameness?

    Pain and Lameness in Puppies or Young Dogs Need Speedy Attention If your young dog or puppy experiences lameness, pain or discomfort in its legs or joints get prompt attention from your family's veterinarian. A fever may accompany the pain or lameness. Your puppy or young dog may seem lethargic

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  • How to Clean Your Pet's Teeth

    Chew Toys Chew toys can do more for your pet than satisfy playful tendencies or keep them from chewing your furniture. Some chew toys can actually help build and protect strong teeth. Gnawing on chew toys can eliminate some softer tartar and stimulate your pet’s gums. However, choosing the

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  • Bringing Dog Vision in Focus

    Veterinary ophthalmologists are often asked, "How well do animals see?" Visual function involves a combination of many factors, including: the field of view, depth perception, acuity, perception of motion, and color differentiation. All of these functions must then be integrated by the brain to produce

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  • 5 Ways to Protect Your Dog's Hearing

    Hearing Helpers Promote your dog's hearing by having his ears checked during regular visits to your family veterinarian to: Identify any current concerns Monitor hearing loss or improvement Recommend measures to improve hearing or delay loss of hearing Show you how to communicate with a

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  • How to Control Bad Breath in Pets: Tips & Tricks

    What’s the Best Way to Treat Bad Breath in Pets? 1. Brush your pet’s teeth daily. Brushing is the best way to keep your pet’s mouth free from bacterial buildup and help control bad breath. 2. Give your pet safe chew toys to gnaw on. The natural process of chewing will help clean your dog’s

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  • Winter Dangers for Pets

    Image of a dog sniffing plates of food left out on a table. Winter is a time of cold weather festivals, holiday parties, and changing weather. For pets and pet owners, this season can bring its own unique set of challenges and hazards. Keeping your pet safe during this time of year will require some ...

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  • Traveling with Pets

    Image of a seatbelt strap securing a pet carrier in a car. According to a survey of pet owners by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), more than 53% of dog and cats will travel with their owners. With the upcoming busy travel season, what are the best ways of traveling with your best friend? It ...

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  • Strange Things in Pets' Stomachs

    X-ray image of random items in a dog's stomach. Ask your family veterinarian to talk about what he or she has found inside the stomachs of dogs and you will be in for an afternoon of stories. For a variety of reasons, our canine pets seem to enjoy gobbling up the oddest things! Recently, a leading manufacturer ...

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  • Bred Specific Rescue Groups

    Image of two women petting a large dog in a kitchen. Many dog owners admire the unique looks and personalities of purebreds, but also worry about the fate of millions of pets euthanized each year. What many people don't realize is that there are specific breed rescue organizations for almost every breed ...

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  • Puppies and Kittens as Holiday Gifts?

    Image of puppies sitting in a room. Christmas time advertisements often picture a happy family with a bright eyed, ribbon adorned puppy licking the children's faces. But, is giving a pet as a gift likely to create a winter wonderland or a potential blue Christmas? It may be an honored and even adorable ...

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  • Pet-Friendly Exercises Offer Benefits for Both You and Your Pet

    Looking for a devoted workout partner? Consider exercising with your pet. ...

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  • Pet Proofing Your Home

    Image of a woman, her toddler daughter, and their dog. Your home is a haven and a place of safety for you and for your pet. But, inside every house are poisons, dangers, and hazards that can injure your dog or cat. Here are some helpful tips to help keep your pet safe and out of the emergency room! According ...

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  • Pet Internet Sources

    Image of woman on a laptop. We live in an age of almost instantaneous information. 24-hour news stations, talk radio, and the Internet have revolutionized the way we think and educate ourselves. It is easier than ever to research a topic and make decisions about almost any subject, even the medical ...

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  • People Food for Pets

    Image of dog sitting by a person's feet. On a low carb diet? Planning on sharing some of those low calorie dessert treats with your canine friends? STOP! That sugar-free snack you think is good for you and your dog could actually send you to the veterinarian The sugar substitute, Xylitol, has ...

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  • Online Pet Pharmacies - Saving Money or Risk to Your Pets?

    Image of hands holding a cat. Their ads promise to save you lots of money and even "a stressful trip to the veterinarian". You are encouraged by slick video and professional announcers to purchase flea medications, pain relief drugs and even heartworm prevention all from the comfort of your living room ...

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