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  • Pet Insurance Explained

    Did You Know? Many employers are starting to offer pet insurance as an employee benefit. Ask your employer for more information. Some companies will even pay for part of the monthly premium. It is easier to insure a pet when they are younger

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  • Managing Your Pet's Diabetes

    Pets Can Be Diagnosed With Diabetes Just Like Humans "Although any breed of dog may get diabetes, several studies indicate that some breeds tend to be diagnosed with diabetes more often, which may point to a genetic predisposition of the disease," advises the Defeat Diabetes Foundation

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  • New Uses for Animal DNA

    Using DNA to Fight Dog Fighting Another goal of the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab is to help eliminate dog fighting. It has come together with the ASPCA, a Missouri humane society, and the Louisiana SPCA, to form the Canine CODIS (Combined DNA Index System).  This is the first ever database

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  • Managing Feline Asthma

    Professional Feline Asthma Care No treatment of feline asthma is complete without your veterinarian's involvement. If you suspect your cat may be suffering from asthma, taking them in for a checkup is essential. Your veterinarian can run tests to determine if your cat suffers from

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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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  • Keep Cats Moving and Grooving

    Cat Play Benefits Health How to Play With Your Cat:  Maximize Your Bond While Improving His Health and Well-Being, suggests specific reasons for cat play, including: Practice hunting skills Maintain healthy weight

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  • Lyme Disease & Your Pets

    Did You Know? Lyme disease was first discovered in the town of Lyme, Connecticut, hence its name. One of the best ways to dispose of ticks is to take an old medication container (the kind you get from the pharmacy) and put a little rubbing alcohol inside. Add the tick to the bottle

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  • Home Dental Care

    Dental Care at Home Step 1: Bring your pet in for a dental exam. Don't wait for his annual checkup if you suspect a problem. Step 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Brushing your pet's teeth daily is very important. We also recommend using a specially formulated dental rinse, and dental

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  • Is Your Pet In Pain?

    Pet Expressions of Pain Know your pet's usual activities and energy levels.  Be alert to changes in behavior or habits indicating that pain is present.  Veterinarian James Clarkson suggests watching for the following to help identify pet pain. Start with

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  • Lumps and Bumps: Routine Visits Pay Off

    Talk to Your Veterinarian Have you been maintaining your pet's preventive care visits? If your pet has not been receiving annual examinations, now is the time to do so,  to ensure optimal health for your pet. While many lumps and bumps are benign, some can present serious health implications

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  • Is My Dog Sick?

    Is Your Dog Sick? If your dog exhibits the following symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately: • In distress with Vomiting or diarrhea • Swollen abdomen • Labored breathing • Collapse, loss of consciousness or seizures • Bleeding • Symptoms of acute pain, such as crying out,

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  • Get Down With Your Dog

    Did you know? Most people who practice yoga refer to the poses and terms in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is known as a classical language once used in India. Here are some of the most common terms: Doga: Yoga for dogs Dogi: A dog who practices yoga.

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  • Holiday Hazards for Pets

    My Pet Ate It, Now What? Prompt veterinary care can help reduce the risk for serious illness or lessen the chances for complications from injury associated with holiday hazards. A veterinarian can perform testing to determine whether a pet has suffered serious damage from chewing on

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  • Litter Box Problems

    Smorgasbord of Cat Litter Cats' preferences for the type of litter vary greatly from cat to cat. Some are not picky and will use anything you put in the box. Some are so particular they won't use the box at all if it is the wrong litter. Depth of the litter is also a factor in pleasing

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  • Is a Feral Cat Right for You?

    Did you know…? There are an estimated 65 million feral cats in the U.S. today, although some estimates are as high as 100 million. A breeding pair of feral cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can exponentially produce 420,000 offspring

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  • Feeling Apprehensive About Pet Treatment Involving Anesthesia?

    You Can Prepare for Surgical Procedures that Require Anesthesia If your pet has a planned surgical procedure coming up, you can take simple steps to ensure a good result. Ask your pet's vet about the benefits of using an anesthesia

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