Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

During the warm summer months, pet parents face the hard decision of how they will protect their animals from fleas and ticks. There are many products that kill and/or prevent these parasites; however, it is important to understand how these products work and decide which one will best suit your…
Buy local When at all possible, buy your products from local shops. Shopping at your neighborhood store saves fuel and therefore emits less carbon into our environment. Avoid buying online as more fuel is used to get your package to your doorstep. You can further reduce your pet’s carbon pawprints…
Unfortunately, because our pets cannot verbally communicate, they often suffer to the extreme before someone notices they have a problem. One of the most commonly overlooked afflictions is otitis, inflammation of the ear. While you might start whining to a friend when you have an earache, your pet may simply…
Basically, there are two types of vitamins: the whole food type, which are found in the fresh foods we eat, and the synthetic type, which are manufactured in a laboratory and found in the processed foods we eat. When you purchase synthetic vitamins, you are relying on luck as to…
A dog or cat can be born with kidney or liver disease, or develop it later in life. Disorders of these organs are all too common. Prevention and successful management is best accomplished with a little knowledge of when and how to test for dysfunction. By the time abnormalities show…
The notion that one type of dog or cat food is all your pet needs for a lifetime is thankfully fading into the past. We are learning that just like humans need a wide variety of foods in our diets to maintain health, so do our pets. Feeding a variety…
Letting your dog outside Every year thousands of accidents occur when a dog is let out to go potty in winter and forgotten for a few minutes too long. We all say it could never happen to us, but the truth is that when we get busy cooking, get into…
Playing with your cat is not just for fun and games — it relieves boredom and stress, and can even control behavior problems. Cats that do not use their minds and bodies become fat, bored and eventually dysfunctional. A wide variety of behavior problems, such as aggression, destructiveness, self-mutilation, inappropriate…
During the busy holiday season, there are so many things to remember; and many times ensuring the house is safe for your family pet can fall to the wayside. Simple things like a change in schedule, decorations or even a Christmas tree can cause dangers for your pets. Did you…
The word “natural” conjures up feelings of goodness and wholesomeness. The packaging of these products may be appealing with pictures of fresh food and happy pets, but what does “natural” mean when used on the label of your dog or cat’s food? Do the natural ingredients mean the food is…
Just like humans, pets can experience an array of emotions. We can easily see when our pets feel joy and happiness, and can all too easily tell when they’re unhappy. Another common emotion that pets experience is anxiety, especially when away from their owners or when trying new experiences. Anything…
Being owned by a dog has many perks, but the best one is that we commit ourselves to an active lifestyle. Daily walks with your dog not only enhance the physical and mental health of your canine BFF, but also of yours! Exercise is as important for your dog as…
According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut (cocos nucifera) oil has been used in humans to treat everything from abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections,…
Whenever I reach for the syringe filled with the pentobarbital to perform a euthanasia, I am flooded with memories. Euthanasia is the most difficult task I have to perform as a veterinarian. I do believe that all pets go to heaven. After all, it wouldn’t be heaven without our pets!…
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