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Helping a Family Member or Friend Grieving the Loss of a Pet

Today’s blog is dedicated to “Jesse James” Watenpaugh, beloved pet of the Watenpaugh family and a frequent visitor to New Mexican Kennels. “Run free dear friend chasing your favorite ball across the Rainbow Bridge.” How can you comfort a friend grieving the loss of a beloved pet? Use these guidelines to help you help them deal with the heartbreak at the loss of their pet. HELPFUL...
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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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Be SAFE Around Strange Dogs

Part 2 in our series for kids on being SAFE around dogs   Information in this series provided by Good Dog in a box. Visit their online shop for books, games, training programs, and more for kids and adults. MAKE DOG BITE PREVENTION FUN Talk about dog safety in your home Dog bites are scary, but dog bite prevention doesn’t have to be. It’s important to have a conversation w...
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Be SAFE Around Dogs You Know

  We’re so happy to bring you this week’s BLOG courtesy of our new friends at Good Dog in a box. They have a wonderful array of free information on keeping kids of all ages safe around dogs as well as a COOL online store. We’re not stopping here. COMING YOUR WAY NEXT WEEK: Be SAFE around strange dogs. Now, let’s get started! EVEN FAMILY DOGS CAN BITE Don’t let your child become a st...
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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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Is a Halloween Costume Right For Your Pet?

  Consider this information when deciding to outfit your favorite pooch or kitty in a Halloween costume this year: A costume should not constrict an animal's movement or hearing. It should not impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Try costumes on a pet before the big event. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him g...
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Holiday Pet Food Safety

Holiday foods that are safe for dogs and cats to eat and those that are harmful to them. YES – Turkey. It’s a great lean protein to share with your pet. REMOVE any skin, fat and bones and stick to white meat. NO– Mushrooms, onions, garlic, leeks, or scallions. Mushrooms are dangerous! If a dog or cat ingests mushrooms, side effects can be quite severe. They may include vomiting, ...
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An Oncologist Discusses Cancer Treatment for Pets

Dr. Sarah Gillings, DVM, DACVIM Dr. Gillings is a Board Certified Oncologist and partner at Summit Veterinary Referral Center in Tacoma, WA. Treatment of cancer may involve one or more types of approaches. The links shown at the end of this article will tell you more about each. Surgery: When your pet’s tumor is restricted to one site or region of the body, surgery is frequently the tre...
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