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Signs of Heart Disease in Pets - No. 4 in Series - Health Issues Affecting Senior Pets

#4 in our Series on Health Issues Affecting Senior Pets. Today’s article applies not only to our senior pets but to all cats and dogs, hence we’ve removed the word Senior Pets from the title. Look for our eBook in February which will include all four articles: Behavior Changes in Senior Pets, Failing Vision in Senior Pets, Hearing Loss in Senior Pets, and this article, Signs ...
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Behavior Changes in Older Dogs - No. 1 in Series - Health Issues Affecting Senior Pets

  The famous American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “All diseases run into one — old age.” This statement applies to pets as well as people. It’s important for pet owners to understand that our pets age faster than we do. Although there is no perfectly accurate human-to-dog or human-to-cat age comparison, it’s often startling for us t...
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Dealing with Your Dog's Digestive Dilemmas

We suspect that most of you are intimately familiar with the digestive system, that amazing mechanism that takes in food, pulverizes it, transforms it into nutrients and uses it to fuel the body. The dog’s digestive tract is not so different from ours in that respect; it converts food into all the nutritional building blocks a dog needs to grow and develop. If you’ve ever experience...
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Common Health Problems Affecting Small Breed Dogs

  Patellar Luxation Patellar luxation, commonly known as dislocated kneecap occurs with such frequency in small and miniature dog breeds that it ranks as the #1 health problem according to most pet healthcare experts. This problem is usually a congenital defect but can also result in a blunt trauma injury. Veterinarians grade this condition on a scale of 1-4 wi...
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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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DON’T BUG ME! DOGS AND CATS MOST COMMON BUG BITES

The 7 most common bug bites, their symptoms, and how to protect your pet. Our beloved companions will most likely suffer from a bug bite once or more in their life. How much damage bites cause depends on the severity of the bite and/or the number of bites your pet receives. According to Patrick Mahaney, VMD, insects can transmit life-threatening bacteria, parasites, or viruses so it'...
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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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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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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

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 the following signs. You can also...
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