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  • Pet Hearing Loss

    Pet Hearing Loss Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners. What Causes Hearing Loss in Pets? Some pets are born deaf or hard of hearing, while others

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  • Living with a Handicapped Pet

    Strokes, vision problems, arthritis and other conditions don't just affect people. Pets also develop serious health problems that change their lives. Fortunately, you can help your handicapped pet enjoy a comfortable, happy life by making a few modifications to your home. Make Your Home Accessible Many

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  • Managing Pet Allergies in Kids

    Are you concerned that your child's allergies may mean that you will have to give up your pet? Although rehoming a pet may be necessary if allergies are severe, most children can live with pets if you are willing to make a few changes. The Problem About three in 10 people who have allergies are allergic

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  • Ready for a Rabbit? Think Again!

    Creating the Best Match Between Your New Bunny and Your Family Adding a cotton-tailed pet to your family? Make the match between your family and your new bunny the best possible. Always avoid animal pet store purchases. Check animal shelters in your area you first start your search. Continue

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  • Pigs as Family Pets

    Planning for Pigs as Pets Bringing a pig into your home as a pet takes planning and easy preparation to make the pig's transition successful. Remember to take the following steps before you bring your new pet home. Create a sleeping area for your pig that is safe and worry-free for you. Check

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  • Ferrets Can Be Furry Family Too

    Fragile Ferrets Entertain Families and Friends Your new family pet will provide you with entertainment and laughs as he or she climbs and crawls through tubes, hoses, boxes, clothing and pipes. Keeping your ferret safe and secure in your home is easy with a bit of advanced planning. Create or

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  • Family Friends Aren't Always Furry - Think of Feathery Friends!

    Transitioning a Bird into Your Home When including a bird of any size and species in your household, take time before the transition to prepare. Use these tips to welcome your new bird and create a happy experience for your family. Choose housing with bars or slats that are only half the width

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  • Ten Tips to Keep Kids and Pets Safe

    Parasitology and Your Veterinarian Veterinarians are well trained in parasitology and infectious disease.  Most people do not know that veterinarians, as a part of their training, study public health issues.   Zoonoses are those diseases that can be transmitted

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  • Take Preventative Measures When Sleeping With Pets

    Share Sleeping Space With Pets - Not Disease! Use easy to remember prevention methods to keep your sleeping area pest and parasite free when you share it with your pets.  All family members can be affected by bacteria or parasites, so prevention is critical - and

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  • What You Need to Know About Rabies

    What to Do If You Think You Might Have Rabies  If you think you may have been infected with rabies, take the following steps: Wash the wound with anti-bacterial soap and rinse it thoroughly. Washing will help remove some of the saliva; although you cannot rely on washing alone

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  • Pets With Benefits

    The Best Pets for the Job  Whether you prefer small animals over large animals or reptiles over rodents, any and all forms of pet ownership can be beneficial for your overall health. Here are just a few of the many animals who can keep you happy, healthy and stress-free. Dogs Research

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  • Pets Can Teach Children How to Nurture and Care

    Children Develop Caregiving Skills with Pets Children in homes with pets have great opportunities to develop critical caregiving abilities and social skills.  When children are encouraged to participate in caring for family pets at age appropriate levels they can

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  • New Pets Help Families in a Changing World

    Preventing Illness Your veterinarian will save you money and heartache by providing advice about vaccines and preventive care. Although internet sites and forums might seem like great places for education, many sites provide poor advice and even wrong information.

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  • New Pet? 7 Questions to Ask Your Family Veterinarian

    Questions Will Guide the Focus of Your Visit with the Vet As a new pet owner you'll want to get to know your new veterinarian quickly and easily.  Most importantly, you'll want your veterinarian to get to know your new pet. Include questions on your

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  • Preparing Your Pet for the Arrival of a New baby

    Helping your pet adjust to the arrival of a new baby is much like preparing a young child for a new sibling. An infant brings many changes to a household, however, you can help your pet adjust to the big changes with minimal time and effort by making gradual adjustments to your lifestyle before the baby

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  • Multiple Pets Benefit Families

    More Than One Pet Can Be Good For Whole Family A family that has more than one pet in their home could be providing more good for the family - and the pet - than they realize.  Multiple pet families may have multiple dogs, cats, rodents or a mix of several

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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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