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Fun Facts About Small Animals

  This week’s blog introduces children to some fun facts about small animals. Since spring and the Passover and Easter holidays are a time when many families gift children with small animals, we thought this was a good time to introduce information on small animal care and introduce our readers to our Pet Education Series – Just 4 Kids. Aquatic Turtle The shell of a ...
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EWW! Pet items are one of the germiest items in your home

Pet Bowls According to a study by the National Safety Federation (NSF), pet bowls are 4th on the list of items found to be the germiest in the home. “If you have a pet in your home, you probably need to know that pet dishes were found to be the fourth germiest place in the home.  To Clean: Pet dishes should be washed daily, either in a sanitizing dishwasher or scrub...
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​ Does your cat have allergies?

Like people, cats too can develop allergies.This occurs when their immune systems become sensitive to substances present in their surroundings.Feline allergies are generally divided into 3 main categories: flea allergy, environmental allergies (atopic dermatitis), and food allergy. Flea allergy and environmental allergies – the ones that cause “hay fever” symptoms in humans – are...
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Cool Facts About Dogs You Might Not Know

COOL FACT #1: Dogs can smell thousands of times better that humans Scientists say that dogs' sense of smell overpowers our own by orders of magnitude—it's 10,000 to 100,000 times as acute. "Let's suppose they're just 10,000 times better," says James Walker, former director of the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University who, with several colleagues, came up wi...
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6 Popular Myths About Pets - Fact or Fiction

Fact or Fiction #1 - Table scraps are good for dogs FICTION According to Dr. Shelby Neely, DVM, a Philadelphia-based veterinarian and the director of operations for the online vet service whiskerDocs. “Dogs are not humans and they have very specific diet requirements to keep them healthy, which are different from ours.” For instance, common “people” foods such as garlic, onions, grapes, po...
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Does Your Dog Have Allergies?

There are numerous reasons that cause a dog to itch leading to scratching and chewing at itself. The itch may be caused because fleas are biting at him, or because his skin is irritated and/or dry. Allergens can also cause itching in dogs, quite often the itching is caused by a combination of dry skin, fleas, allergens and irritation. In some cases, the symptoms involve the respi...
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PESKY MATS IN OUR PET’S FUR & HOW TO REMOVE THEM

  Mats commonly appear: Behind the ears Between the back legs Along the back of the haunches In the groin area Underneath the front legs Under the collar   The importance of regular brushing Brushing your pet regularly has many health benefits: You learn what conditions on your pet’s body are normal and can readily spot an abnormality such as a lu...
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What's The Difference Between Heart Failure and Heart Disease?

What is Heart Disease? Heart disease in dogs and cats can take many different forms. Refer to our recent blog posts. Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs and Signs of Heart Disease in Cats Heart disease can be the result of aging changes within the heart which cause the structures of the heart (such as the heart valves) to become malformed. It can originate in...
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10 Signs of Heart Disease in Cats

10 Signs of Heart Disease in Cats Last week we presented information on recognizing the signs of Heart Disease in Dogs. Heart disease in cats presents itself in much the same way as in dogs, with a few exceptions. The biggest difference is that cats tend to mask their signs better than dogs, and therefore go longer without detection. Since early detection is key, be on the look-out for...
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