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16 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe This Halloween

7 Halloween Pet Safety Tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum); Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treat...
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Taking Pet Loss Seriously

How to handle grief after the loss of a pet Author: Maryle Malloy “Grief is grief – whether it’s pain over losing a beloved animal or beloved human, said Sarina Manifold, a licensed clinical social worker, and certified grief recovery specialist. Pet owners are often surprised at how deeply sad they are when a pet dies.” Losing a beloved pet for most of us is a devastating experience. The ...
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Problems Facing Older Pets

First let’s identify what constitutes “older,” or in veterinary terms, “geriatric.” for our pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association classifies cats and small dogs as geriatric at 7 years of age. Because larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans, they consider them geriatric at 6 years of age. As pet owners, most of us have seen dog and cat years compared to human yea...
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How to Involve Children in Pet Care

Many children are born into families that already include a pet, which means they become integrated into pet care early on. Here are some ways children can help, based on their age: Toddler and preschoolers Children this age can help adults with some basic pet chores such as pet grooming and putting new bedding in cages. However, children under age 6 should always be supervised with p...
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Something to Chew On - Pet Dental Facts

  Dog Dental Facts Puppies have 28 temporary teeth that erupt at about three to four weeks of age. They have 42 permanent teeth that begin to emerge at about four months. Symptoms of gum disease in dogs include yellow and brown build-up of tartar along the gum line, inflamed gums and persistent bad breath. Broken teeth are a common problem, especially among outdoor dogs. According ...
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Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Last week we provided tips for choosing the appropriate costume for your pet. This week, we’ve got some safety tips to help your pet not only cope with the Holiday, but enjoy the experience as well. There are many Halloween pet safety hazards related to this October holiday - some are well-known (the dangers of chocolate), and some aren’t, (xylitol toxicity). Learn what to b...
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Heartworm Disease in Pets

Heartworm disease in pets is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets, in the United States, as well as in many other parts of the world. The disease is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets. Once in evidence, the heartworms cause severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the bod...
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EWW! Pet items are one of the germiest items in your home

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 scrubbed by han...
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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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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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