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Ask the Vet: Why is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Ask The Vet, Dogs | 0 comments

Ask the Vet: Why is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?

  How can something so good be so bad? Dogs probably love chocolate as much as their people do but unfortunately can have some serious consequences. The holidays have passed and there may still be lots of chocolate around the house. We will review why chocolate is bad for dogs and what to do if your pet gets into it.   Why is it toxic?   Chocolate comes from cacao beans which contain both caffeine and theobromine. Caffeine is also present in coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc. Humans consume these products on a daily basis and...

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How Aging Affects Your Dog

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Dogs | 0 comments

How Aging Affects Your Dog

  Dogs are members of your family — the loyalist of friends and always there for you. As is the case with humans, it can be hard to see them grow older. Nevertheless, knowing the most common signs of aging in dogs can better help you assist them as they grow into their older years.   Metabolic and appetite changes   Older dogs don’t need as many calories as young pups. This is why it’s common for vets to recommend reducing older dogs’ food intake; otherwise, obesity may become a problem. Metabolic changes also prompt...

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Pet and Animal Movies Coming in 2019

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Cats, Dogs, Fun Stuff | 0 comments

Pet and Animal Movies Coming in 2019

  Does your family love pet and animal movies? Here’s a list of what to look forward to in 2019:   A Dog’s Way Home   Separated from her owner, a dog sets off on a 400-mile journey to get back to the safety and security of the place she calls home. Along the way, she meets a series of new friends and manages to bring a little bit of comfort and joy to their lives.   Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Barry Watson Director: Charles Martin Smith Scheduled Release: January 11       The...

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Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Improve Your Next Vet Visit

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Cats, Dogs | 0 comments

Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Improve Your Next Vet Visit

  Ever needed to describe symptoms about your pet, but you just can’t find the words? Because our pets don’t have the language to explain how they’re feeling, it’s up to us to do the explaining for them. But this can be tough. Fortunately, we’ve all got something in our pockets or purses that can help: Smartphone cameras. Here’s how to use them to improve your next vet visit:   1. Take pictures of rashes, cuts, abrasions, and other physical symptoms.   Often, between the time you notice physical symptoms in your...

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Ask the Vet: How Cold is Too Cold for my Outside Cat?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Ask The Vet, Cats | 0 comments

Ask the Vet: How Cold is Too Cold for my Outside Cat?

  Even when the temperature drops to a frigidly cold level, it’s not uncommon for outdoor cats not to come when they’re called indoors. They may be fine and happy out there —but what if they’re not? How cold is too cold for your outside cat?   Safe Temperatures for Outdoors Cats   For the most part, cats are adequately adapted for relatively cold temperatures. But there is a limit, and in general, it’s anywhere below freezing. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, try to make sure your cat comes...

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4 Fun Ways to Include Your Pet in Holiday Festivities

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in Cats, Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on 4 Fun Ways to Include Your Pet in Holiday Festivities

4 Fun Ways to Include Your Pet in Holiday Festivities

  The holidays don’t just have to be for humans! Here are 4 ways to include your pets in the merriment this holiday season!   1. Say “cheese” (and “woof”!) together   Or meow! A great way to include your pets in the holidays is to snap a family photo with them. Whether it’s a picture you’ll be putting on a greeting card or just a memento of the season, you’ll be glad that you included your furry friends as well.   2. Let your pets indulge their “sweet tooth” too   Of course, we all know that dogs,...

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Tips for Walking Your Dog

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

Tips for Walking Your Dog

  Nearly all dogs love going for walks. To the park, on a trail, by the river, to the post office (or just to the mail box) — it doesn’t really matter where. Dogs just love walks. Let’s go over several of the most important reasons you should be walking your dog daily, plus some added tips for better walks.   Why Should You Walk Your Dog?   Dogs derive four main benefits from being walked regularly. First, walks provide much-needed exercise for your dog, especially if you live in an apartment or a home without a fenced...

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Ask the Vet: Why Do Dogs Hate to Have Their Nails Trimmed?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Ask The Vet, Dogs | 0 comments

Ask the Vet: Why Do Dogs Hate to Have Their Nails Trimmed?

  Today, domesticated dogs need their nails trimmed by humans — and it’s not generally a pleasant experience for either party.   So why do dogs hate it so much?   Unfortunately, it can be extremely painful for a dog to have their nails cut when things go wrong. And despite the best efforts of humans to get it right, it’s quite easy to “get it wrong” — or in other words, to cut the quick.   What’s the “quick”?   In every one of a dog’s nails, there is a nerve, which is analogous to the pink nail...

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Ask the Vet: Why is My Dog So Itchy?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Ask The Vet, Dogs | Comments Off on Ask the Vet: Why is My Dog So Itchy?

Ask the Vet: Why is My Dog So Itchy?

  Dogs can be “itchy” for any number of reasons — some of which are extremely benign and shouldn’t worry you. Still, your dog’s itching may seem like more than just getting at a scratch, and it’s important to take these concerns seriously. Below, we’ll outline some of the top reasons dogs itch themselves — plus, what to do about it:   Anxiety or Boredom   Itching for dogs can be like nail biting for humans. When a dog is stressed, they may compulsively itch their entire body or one concentrated...

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How Aging Affects Your Cat

Posted by on Oct 26, 2018 in Cats | 0 comments

How Aging Affects Your Cat

  Eventually, all pets show signs of aging, which can be difficult for pet owners who aren’t sure how to react if they notice symptoms. Often in dogs, the signs of aging are noticeable and pronounced. With cats, however, while the effects are there, you may not notice them. For this reason, it’s crucial to be aware of the most underdiagnosed conditions in aging cats. Let’s get started.   Know Your Cat: Commonly Underdiagnosed Conditions in Aging Felines   Arthritis   Like humans, arthritis is a common ailment of...

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