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Are Topical Flea Treatments Safe?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Are Topical Flea Treatments Safe?

Your cat darts across the carpet like it’s a bed of hot coals. Your dog has become a 24/7 scratching machine. You find red, itchy bite marks on your body when you wake up.Fleas can attach themselves to animals outdoors, move indoors with you, jump from one pet to another, spring from carpets or upholstered furniture, or hatch from dormant larvae in your home. They can live year-round indoors, and outdoors as well in warmer climates.

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Kitten Care

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Woman with KittenShe runs. She chases. She leaps. She pounces. When her little body has had enough, she suddenly sleeps. After all, this new member of your household is just a baby.

Taking care of a new kitten is a small challenge and a great joy. Kittens have rapidly changing bodies and inquisitive minds, and they’re learning how to interact with the world. The care you provide for your kitten will affect her for the rest of her life.

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Protecting Your Pet from Summer Heat

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Blazing Sun ImageHe’s panting excessively. He’s restless and agitated, or maybe lethargic. He salivates, vomits, staggers, and loses coordination. If you’re there to see it, you may observe that his eyes are glazed, and his gums and tongue are reddish or purple. In just a short time, he may lose consciousness.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are preventable when you know how to take care of animals in hot weather. If you see these symptoms, you need to act fast to save the animal’s life.

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Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Fido is eating less, he’s tired all the time, and he doesn’t have enough energy for exercise. He’s been having difficulty breathing. You hear abnormal sounds from his lungs, and he has a deep, soft cough. He may be losing weight and vomiting. Fluffy may also be having these problems — or you may see no signs of the condition that could kill her.

You know something is wrong, but what? And what can you do about it?

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When You’re Allergic to Animals

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Itchy, puffy, watery, red eyes. A stuffy or runny nose. Sneezing. A scratchy or sore throat. Itchy skin. Hives. Shortness of breath. Allergic reactions to family pets can develop in childhood or in adulthood, even after years of living with animals. Finding another home for pets is often not an acceptable option.

In a 1997 study, only 21 percent of adults with allergies to dogs or cats complied with their doctors’ advice to stop sharing living quarters with their pets. What can you do if you become allergic to Fluffy or Fido?

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How to Choose a Veterinarian

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Veterinarian with PuppyVeterinarians are not alike. Neither are veterinary clinics. Choose your pet’s veterinarian carefully, and when your pet needs veterinary care, everyone will be happier.

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Should You Have Your Dog Neutered?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Dog neutering is a routine veterinary operation, but the decision is not always routine. Some people are concerned that having their dog neutered reduces his quality of life. In reality, unless you’re a professional dog breeder, you’re giving your dog far more than you’re taking from him when you have him neutered.

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Dealing With Your Aging Cat or Dog

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

As cats and dogs get older, they’re prone to many of the same ailments that people may experience with aging. Unfortunately, instead of helping their companions grow old gracefully, some people replace their aging pets as they would an older car. Shelters are full of even healthy older animals that no one wants.

Animals have even more to give when they need you more. Learn how to manage their problems, and you’ll be rewarded as you help your cat or dog live a longer and more comfortable senior life.

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Homeopathy for Animals

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

medicine bottle, leaf, pillsFido’s arthritic legs sometimes collapsed under him. He was having difficulty walking up and down stairs, and he could lie on only one side.

His owner started him on a homeopathic remedy. Three days later, the leg trembling had stopped, and within a week, he could climb and descend stairs without pain. He no longer favored one side when he was lying down.

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To Declaw or Not Declaw Your Cat

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Does declawing harm cats? Is it really worse than spaying or neutering? Are there other successful methods to prevent cats from clawing furniture?

Yes, yes, and yes.

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