Archives: General Health

  • Cats and Toxoplasmosis

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    Have you ever heard that handling litterboxes is dangerous for pregnant women? It’s true that everyone, especially pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, should take precautions against toxoplasmosis, which can be transmitted by cats. A local vet discusses toxoplasmosis below. What Is Toxoplasmosis? First, it’s important to understand that not all cats have toxoplasmosis. Cats can contract it by eating rodents, birds, or other small animals infected by the parasite Toxoplasma. The parasite … Read More »

  • Choosing a Pet Sitter

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    Are you considering hiring a pet sitter to look after your animal companion while you’re away from home? There are many great reasons to hire a sitter—your pet will be able to remain in comfortable, familiar surrounds until you’re back home, and a sitter can even take care of grooming appointments or veterinary visits while you’re away. Since you’re giving a sitter access to not only your pet, but your home as well, it’s important … Read More »

  • Summertime Pet Care Tips

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    As the weather heats up, many of us will cool off on hot days by going for a swim or, perhaps, enjoying a cold treat. Pets can also get miserably hot on sweltering days! Read on for some great summer pet care tips from a local vet. Water First things first: make sure that your furry buddy always has plenty of fresh, clean water. We also recommend washing your pet’s bowl every day, to make … Read More »

  • 5 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

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    There are many human foods that aren’t good for our canine companions—it’s likely that you already have some in your kitchen! The trick is preventing the problem ahead of time so that your pet doesn’t ingest anything harmful. Here are five foods you should never feed your dog: Garlic and Onions Garlic and onions, as well as similar foods like chives, scallions, shallots, and leeks, aren’t safe for dogs. These sorts of foods can damage … Read More »

  • Keeping Pets Safe in the Snow

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    Plenty of pets love frolicking in the snow. Keep in mind, though, that our animal companions and the fluffy white stuff don’t always mix! Read on to find out how to keep your pet safe the next time it snows. Indoor Time One of the simplest ways to keep your pet healthy and happy when there’s snow on the ground is to keep outdoor time very limited. This way, you don’t run the risk of … Read More »

  • Maintaining Your Pet’s Wellness

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    What do veterinarians and veterinary professionals mean when they use the term “wellness?” In essence, wellness means maintaining your pet’s health over time, rather than dealing with a problem after it has already manifested. This approach to your pet’s health is not only more cost-effective, it’s much simpler and less stress-inducing. Learn about the specifics of maintaining your pet’s wellness below: Veterinary Visits A major part of maintaining wellness is bringing your pet to see … Read More »

  • World Rabies Day

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    September 28 is World Rabies Day. Although rabies is not as widespread as it used to be, it’s still as deadly as ever. In fact, many people don’t realize just how dangerous this disease is. Rabies has a staggering 99.95% mortality rate, which makes it the deadliest disease in the world. Read on as a local vet discusses rabies. Rabies Basics Rabies, as you may know, can affect both people and pets. The disease is … Read More »

  • Pet Food Safety Tips

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    Does your furry friend come running when it’s time for dinner? If there’s one thing our four-legged buddies have in common, it’s an appreciation for good food. Making sure that your beloved pet is eating a nourishing, nutritious diet is very important. Read on as a local vet offers some great pet food safety tips. Choosing The Right Brand Reading pet food labels can be both tricky and frustrating. With so many different brands to … Read More »

  • Probiotics for Pets

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    You’ve heard of antibiotics—these medicines destroy or stop the growth of harmful microorganisms in both human and animal patients. You may not be familiar with probiotics, though! Although probiotics have been commonplace in human medicine for a while now, the use of probiotics for our furry friends is still a relatively new pursuit. Read on to find out more. What Exactly Are Probiotics? A probiotic is a beneficial microbe—a bacteria or yeast—that lives in a … Read More »

  • Helping Your Dog Get Through Mosquito Season

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    Hot weather tends to bring with it a few pet hazards, one of which is outdoor pests. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance to us humans—they can bite our canine companions as well! Read on to find out more about the dangers these pests pose and how to keep your four-legged friend safe from harm. Mosquito Bites A dog’s coat of fur does offer some protection against mosquito bites, but mosquitoes can still bite … Read More »

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