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Cats, Dogs, And Human Food

How Can Our Food Harm Our Pets? By Paul Counts   We’re all guilty of it, giving in to those big begging eyes pleading at us for a scrap from the table during dinner. Fido knows just how to get you to concede, and most of us justify that a little won’t hurt, or we don’t even think of the potential danger at all.
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Pit Bull Awareness Day – October 25th

Dogs that fall under the category of “pit bull” are perhaps the most vilified and misunderstood canines on the planet. Members of the general public continue to believe that pit bulls are dangerous, vicious dogs that cannot be trusted around people or even around other animals. In reality, most pit bulls are gentle, affectionate pets that are important members of their immediate family. Pit
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Wellness Exam

Wellness Exam More than likely you visit the doctor and/or dentist at least once a year. Are you doing the same for your pet? Because cats and dogs age quicker than us, taking them to the veterinary hospital once a year is like you going once in five to seven years! October is National Pet Wellness Month (NPWM); celebrate by committing to your furry
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Halloween Safety Pet Tips

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a downright nightmare. Forgo the stress and dangers this year by following these 10 easy tips. 1 Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms
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Choosing a Shelter Dog

Choosing a Shelter Dog  There’s one problem with adopting a dog from an animal shelter: The selection of available canine companions can overwhelm you! Man’s best friends come in all shapes, sizes, and, of course, personalities. The good news is that almost any shelter dog can make a wonderful, lifelong companion for you and your family. The bad news is that some of those
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UC Davis Veterinary Blood Bank Having Success

Have you ever wondered where blood comes from when dogs need it during surgery? Well, dogs can be blood donors just like us. In fact, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has a blood bank on the premises and is always looking for new donors. The blood bank opened as a service and implemented its community-based canine donor program in February 2008. The hospital’s blood
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Lyme Disease in Dogs

It is hard to get an early diagnosis of Lyme disease in your own dog. The first sign of Lyme disease in humans is a rash, well; animals do not develop this rash. Lyme disease is also not one of the first illnesses that the veterinarian looks for when you take your dog in for a visit. Many other common illnesses can produce some
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Top 10 Summer Tips for Your Pet

By Dr. Mark Perissinotto Summer is here and sadly this season has seen a large amount of flooding that has brought tragedy and loss for thousands of people around Australia who have been greatly affected by the natural disaster. Temperatures are however still high in these areas and for other parts of the country that have escaped the floods it’s important to remember that
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Pets & Cancer

Hearing that your pet has cancer is a devastating experience. You and your family need to be able to make informed decisions about what is best for your pet. It accounts for nearly 50 percent of pet deaths each year. Although cancer is the leading cause of death in older pets, it is also one of the most treatable compared with diseases like heart
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The Rein Coat®

A new, therapeutic calming coat for dogs and cats — that WORKS! It has often been said that necessity is the mother of invention.  And that is true for Paula Hege and her beloved English Mastiff, Rabb. Three years ago, Rabb was trapped in a thunderstorm.  So violent was the storm that the creek behind Paula’s home flooded.  The natural instinct of animals is to
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