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  • Protect Your Pets with These Water Safety Tips

    There's nothing better than cooling off in a pool, lake or the ocean on a hot day, particularly if you wear a fur coat year-round. Unfortunately, our pets aren't aware of the dangers that water can pose. A few precautions can help you ensure that your pet enjoys the water safely this summer. Can Your

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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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  • Understanding Canine Compulsive Disorder

    Veterinary Intervention for CCD Many common symptoms and behaviors can mimic canine compulsive disorder. Your dog's compulsive licking and biting, for instance, may simply be a response to irritation from a skin allergy, parasites or bacterial infection. Neurological or vision problems

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  • Seasonal Allergies Can Make Your Pet Miserable

    Winter is quickly becoming a distant memory as the days warm up and plants and trees come into bloom. Unfortunately, the change in seasons can cause unpleasant symptoms for pets that suffer from seasonal allergies. Because dogs and cats do not experience the same allergy symptoms as people, you might

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  • Keep Your Pets Safe During Fireworks Season

    Fireworks are the perfect ending to any summer celebration, but while you are oohing and aahing as the night sky lights up, your dog or cat may be cowering in fear. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your furry friend safe, calm and happy during a fireworks show. Why Are Fireworks So

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  • Types of Diabetes in Dogs

    Polydipsia Especially as dogs reach middle and older ages, veterinarians watch for polydipsia, or the excessive consumption of water. There are many causes of polydipsia besides diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus. Kidney disease and Cushing's are also common reasons. Liver disease,

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  • What is an Emergency?

    Signs That Usually Do Not Need ER Care Symptoms that should be seen by a doctor, but not necessarily in an emergency setting include: Itchiness is a common problem, but does not usually need immediate care.  The pet should be seen soon though

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  • The Incredible Sense of Smell in the Dog

    There are many ways in which people and dogs are similar, but an area in which dogs are much superior is in their olfactory ability, or their sense of smell. Dogs can smell 100,000 times better than humans. In tests, dogs have been able to detect a chemical in a solution diluted to 1 to 2 parts

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  • Gastroenteritis in Pets

    Lengthy bouts of vomiting and diarrhea can be a sign that your pet has gastroenteritis, a common condition that occurs when the lining of the stomach and intestines becomes irritated. Since frequent diarrhea and vomiting can lead to dehydration, a visit to the veterinarian is a good idea if you notice

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  • The Canine Genome and DNA Testing

    Have you ever looked at your adopted dog with its short legs, shaggy hair and brown spot encircling one eye, and wondered what dog breeds are in there? Now that science has decoded the DNA of dogs, science can tell us many things. Harvard and MIT programs unraveled the canine DNA sequence in 2006,

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  • Why the Controversy About Pet Vaccinations?

    Ask Your Vet About Vaccinations An educated pet owner is a good pet owner. Learn about the various types of vaccinations and discuss them with your veterinarian. Tell the doctor how much time your pet spends outside, whether you travel anywhere together, and about

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  • Two Common Diseases of Geriatric Cats

    Hypertension Cats can get high blood pressure, in fact, hypertension is almost always due to kidney disease or hyperthyroidism in the feline. The veterinarian or a staff member will measure the blood pressure with a cuff placed around a leg, then attached to a manometer similar to how it

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  • What Is a Spay?

    Questions to Ask Regarding a Surgery 1. Will the doctor do a physical exam the day of the surgery? 2. Will a technician be monitoring anesthesia for the entire period, including recovery? 3. Will electronic monitors for heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation

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  • Vomiting Versus Regurgitation

    What Is That? It is important to differentiate between vomiting and regurgitation.   Vomiting is a dynamic process, with the dog actively using its stomach muscles. The material produced by vomiting will look digested. Regurgitation is a passive process, the dog appears to just

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  • Trimming Your Cat's Claws

    Did you know? When cats are de-clawed, they are sent home from the veterinarian's office with special litter that won't get caught in the holes created by the de-clawing. There are an estimated 90 million cats kept as pets in the United States. A cat with both front and

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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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