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  • Canine Hip Dysplasia: Causes & Treatment

    “My dog has hip dysplasia;  what should I do?” If your dog has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, talk to your veterinarian about the different treatment options that are available. •    If your young dog qualifies for a TPO, early surgical

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  • De-Skunking Your Dog

    De-Skunk Your House Now that you have gotten the smell off of your dog, you will need to get the smell out of your house. The same solution that is described above works both for dogs and for items around your house such as carpets, couches, etc. However, the peroxide in the solution can

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  • Acute Kidney Injury in Dogs

    Kidney Disease & Your Dog Kidney disease can be very serious.Infections, toxins, drugs, and even some foods can cause renal damage.Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and a poor appetite.Treatment requires IV fluid therapy. Other medications depend upon the cause.

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  • Canine Environmental Enrichment

    Stimulation Is Important for Cats Too  Just like their canine counterparts, cats need stimulation. Boredom in cats can prevent itself as inter-cat aggression, over eating, anxiety or over-grooming as seen similarly in dogs, but environment enrichment can help here too. Since cats are

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  • Acupuncture as Pain Management for Pets

    Is My Pet a Candidate for Acupuncture Treatment? If your pet is struggling with chronic pain or another health problem and traditional veterinary intervention has proven to be ineffective, then your pet may be a good candidate for acupuncture. Veterinary acupuncture may be beneficial

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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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  • Does Your Family Have a Dog Theft Prevention Strategy?

    Finding Lost Pets Losing a pet can be a heartbreaking experience that devastates entire families.  Keep medical history and information about medical conditions with you at all times, always have current photos of your pet and be able to describe coat color/markings.

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  • A Tired Dog is a Happy Dog

    Which Breed is for You? Along with the sound advice of your veterinarian, the Pet Selector can help you find a breed of dog or cat that is the right fit for you and your home. The Pet Selector is an interactive quiz that will ask you questions like: "How

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  • Assistance Dogs Offer Many Benefits

    3 Ways Pets Enhance Your Life  Do you wish there was a simple way to reduce stress, enjoy better health and meet new people? Living with a pet can help you accomplish all of those goals. Pets enrich our lives in the following ways. Less Stress Pets are great natural stress reducers.

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  • Can Pets Sense Pregnancy?

    Your pets probably don't understand that in nine months a new baby will be joining your family, but dogs and cats do detect differences in mood, posture, behavior, and body chemistry that clue them that an enormous change is happening. Your dog or cat will pick up other signs, too: Our four legged

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  • Creating A Pet Friendly Yard

    Yard Plants Can Be Toxic "A few usual plants you might never think to suspect are baby's breath (for dogs and cats), elephant ears (for dogs and cats), and grapefruit (toxic to dogs, cats and horses)," says Caitlin Williams in Pets and Backyard Poisons. Jenna Trethewey, a care

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  • Anesthesia Free Dentistry

    Dental X-Rays It is not possible to do a complete oral exam let alone a thorough cleaning without anesthesia. Each surface of each tooth and all areas of the gums need to be examined. Dental x-rays are needed to find the majority of problems, and anesthesia

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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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  • Does Your Bird Need a Blankie?

    The answer to that is …it depends on the situation. Some birds prefer to remain uncovered during bedtime; where as other birds cannot sleep without their "security blankets". On average, birds need about 12 hours of good, quality sleep each night to remain in peak condition. Much like

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  • A Great Tool for Pet Owners

    Apps for Smart Phones Of the 1.3 million apps available, at least a few are related to pets!   One is the Whistle Activity Monitor which is a device that attaches to a dog's collar, and has an app to monitor the dog's daily activity. It also can chart food and medications, and can be

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  • Canine Lyme Disease

    Does My Dog Have Lyme Disease? Since the symptoms of canine Lyme disease are very similar to other health conditions, and also because not all positive dogs have an active infection, it can be difficult for pet owners – as well as veterinarians – to determine the true Lyme status. In

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