Archives: General Health

  • 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 »

  • Winter Hazards for Dogs

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    Do you love winter? Or do you cringe at the first sign of snow? Just like us, some dogs are more comfortable in cold weather, while others prefer warmer climates. Whether your pup loves to romp in the snow, or prefers snoozing near the heater when it’s cold out, you’ll still need to be aware of some specific dangers that can threaten our canine friends in winter. Here are a few examples: Cold Feet Snow, … Read More »

  • Holiday Plant Hazards

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    The holidays are full of food, fun, and family. They also present a few hazards for our animal companions! Read on to find out more about keeping your pet safe from plant hazards during the holiday season. The Tree If you’ve set up a holiday tree in your home this year, it’s important to be aware of a few potential dangers. Not only can the ornaments and lights adorning your tree prove hazardous if a … Read More »

  • Warning Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats

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    Many of us look forward to summer and all the fun activities it offers, such as swimming, grilling, and camping. Kitties certainly enjoy napping in sunbeams, but summer’s heat can be very dangerous for our feline friends. Cats don’t have many options when it comes to cooling themselves off. They can only sweat through their paw pads, and panting isn’t as effective for them as it is for dogs. Heat exhaustion, and eventually heat stroke, … Read More »

  • Car Safety for Puppies

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    Have you recently added a puppy to your household? Congratulations! Little Fido has lots to learn in his first year, as he figures out the do’s and don’ts of being a dog. One thing he’ll need to get used to is riding in cars. Whether you plan to take your canine pal out and about with you frequently, or only for occasional veterinary appointments or dog park excursions, you’ll need to keep your furry friend … Read More »

  • Teach Your Dog to Behave in the Garden

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    Gardening is one of your great passions. You enjoy cultivating the soil, planting your vegetable seedlings, and tending them until it’s harvest time. Perhaps you’re a devoted flower gardener, tweaking your foliage and blooms until they develop striking shapes and colors. Because your golden retriever Bailey enjoys the great outdoors, maybe he’d like to share your satisfying hobby. Perhaps surprisingly, training your canine companion to behave in the garden will help strengthen your dog-owner bond. … Read More »

  • Minimize Your Cat’s Flying Dander

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    Your sweet little cat Misty is a dander distribution machine. Although this charming four-year-old girl has many endearing qualities, she regularly sheds impressive quantities of dander. These very small particles aren’t visible, and frequently become airborne before landing throughout your house. Your furniture, carpet, curtains, and clothes might be coated with dander bits. Roughly 10 percent of people experience some degree of irritation from dander; and some victims can suffer extreme allergic reactions. Your veterinarian … Read More »

  • Help Your Senior Dog Cope with the Cold-Weather Months

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    Your Labrador retriever Sammy has always been a canine cold weather fan. When the fall days became brisk, and the nights grew almost frigid, he still clamored to get outside for potty walks. Even during the icy winters, your energetic pooch took every opportunity to romp in the great outdoors. After he turned nine, however, Sammy gradually became more reluctant to leave your home’s toasty warmth. Now when you coax him outside, he quickly completes … Read More »

  • Great New Apps for Cat Lovers

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    Do you have a cat and a smartphone? Chances are, if you’re reading this, you probably do! We’ve seen some amazing technological advances in recent years, and it doesn’t look like this trend will be slowing down anytime soon. While taking care of your furball is still, for the most part, fairly low tech, you might be surprised to find how many great apps there are for our feline friends and their admirers. Here are … Read More »

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