Holiday Pet Safety

INGESTED POISONS: Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Many species love to chew. That spray bottle, aerosol can or other container under your cabinet can be deadly if an animal punctures it and ingests the liquid inside. Some cats spend time pouncing on the greenery – but as few as two petals or leaves from “true” lilies (Easter Lily, Tiger Lily, Day Lily […]

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In addition to what goes into our pets’ mouths, dogs and cats can be poisoned by toxins that are absorbed, inhaled or injected into their bodies.  Knowing what, where (which body part) and how much Fido or Fluffy got into determines your course of action.   Paws and snouts are primary areas of contact, but […]

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INHALED POISONS: Dogs, Cats & Birds

Imagine you and your dog step out the front door to get the mail.  Depending on the time of day, you might notice the scent of your neighbor’s stew wafting across the breeze.  As you reach the street, if a car recently passed, exhaust may be present while finally, if you have a scented rose […]

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The Importance of Spaying & Neutering

FACTS* In the vicinity of 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, roughly 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.  Estimates show that the number of dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters annually has declined from 7.2 million in 2011.  The biggest decline was in dogs (3.9 […]

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HYPOTHERMIA (aka Frostbite)

Near Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a pooch named Beau went out his doggie door during a blizzard to answer nature’s call.  The eight-year-old 13 lbs. pooch did not quickly return, and to his owner’s dismay, found him outside looking like a white statue.  According to Beau’s Veterinarian, Dr. Carol Osborne, “We quickly wrapped him in blankets […]

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Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…Unless You Are a Dog, Cat or Ferret! The pathetic begging began and “the look” melted Milly’s heart as she savored her Valentine Chocolates with her Sheltie Duchess looking on.  For this loving pet mom, resisting those big brown puppy dog eyes and telling her furry angel, “No,” grew […]

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You Want Me To Brush My Doggie’s Teeth?! YUP, and Your Cat’s Too!

February is National Pet Dental Month, but it is a cause you should embrace 365 days a year!  According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 98% of dogs & cats with bad breath suffer from gum disease, and 80% of them develop it before they are three-years-old.  Dental problems are painful and can […]

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Six Components of Your Pet’s Health & Safety Team (aka their body guards, entourage, people)

Through research and conversation with other pet parents and professionals, you must assemble a team to care for your pet. These caregivers, also known as your pet’s ‘second best friends’ (you are #1 after all), should include your Veterinarian, Emergency Center Personnel, Obedience Trainer, Groomer and Professional Pet Sitter. Depending on your lifestyle or pet’s […]

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Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family & Lifestyle

Pets that end up in shelters aren’t broken!  People who don’t take time to care, train and nurture the animal are most often to blame.  Sometimes the problem starts even earlier when an adopter chooses on an impulse and doesn’t take the time to research various species & breeds as well as assess his or […]

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Head-to-Tail Check-Up

Getting acquainted with a pet’s body and habits can help you detect problems early. A weekly Head-to-Tail Check-up is easy to learn and can help you bond with your canine, feline or any best friend or client. Really Get to Know the Animals in Your Care  In the wild, it is in an animal’s best […]

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Checking Your Pet’s Vitals

Learning to check your dog or cat’s vitals can help assess his degree of pain, injury or illness, even help you catch a problem early and prompt you to get necessary veterinary help! Learn what is normal for your pet by checking vitals on 3-5 random days this month.  Then record the average or median […]

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5 Super-Easy Steps to Finding a Trusted Online Pet Pharmacy

Making sure your pet is healthy and happy requires a great deal of effort and careful time management. In a bid to save money and effort, a lot of pet parents turns to online pet pharmacies to replenish their stock of supplements and prescription pet medication. The quick online payment and free doorstep delivery provide […]

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