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  • Fitting Fiber into Fido's Food Bowl

    Supporting Your Pet's Good Digestion? Pets need fiber in their food bowls to support and help with proper digestion. Soluble fiber can help your pet feel full without taking in unnecessary extra calories and suffering from weight gain. Fiber that is "soluble" is contained in foods such as beans,

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  • A Guide to Pet Nutrition

    Did You Know? Foods to avoid giving your pet include: •Apricots •Broccoli •"By-products" or "meal" •Chocolate •Corn •Grapes •Peaches •Potato peelings (or green potatoes) •Raisins •Tea & Coffee (water is best) •Tobacco products •Tomato leaves and stems •Yeast products

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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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  • Online Games & Quizzes

    In this version of badminton, your tail is the racquet. Make the dolphin do flips and tricks. Play Zipper's Kennel Chaos game! Can you help get water in Zipper's dish? Use your frog tongue to catch delicious bugs. Create your very own prize-winning pooch! Speed down the ice while

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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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  • Giardia: A Parasite of Many Species

    What About the Pool? 1. Giardia can live for up to an hour even in a well-maintained pool, and much longer, potentially forever, in a poorly maintained pool. 2. Keep your pool in the best condition by checking the pH and chlorine levels regularly. You can obtain test strips at a home improvement

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  • Fleas, the Frustrating Pest

    Adult Flea Treatments -Frontline for dogs and cats -Advantage for dogs and cats -Revolution for cats -Comfortis for dogs -Capstar for dogs and cats Examples of drugs for treating flea eggs and larvae: -Methoprene -Lufenuron -Pyriproxifen Outdoor treatment: -Bayer Advanced Garden Multi Insect

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  • Flea Preventative Medications: Oral vs. Topical

    Flea Prevention and Your Veterinarian Make sure to ask your veterinarian’s advice on which flea treatment products he or she recommends, and in what quantities. The chance of an adverse reaction to a flea treatment may depend in part on the pet’s size and weight. Veterinary research has noted

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