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The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Cat

What is the best thing you can do for your cat?  Is it brushing his teeth?  Keeping her inside?  Letting him go outside?  Brushing him every day?  Training her to tolerate baths?  No, if I could give one recommendation to cat owners, it would be to feed your cat canned food from an early age.  Why, you ask?  Isn’t it bad for their teeth? 
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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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When Puppy Stops Eating

Dog kibble in a white food dish abruptly flashes like a snapshot in my mind. I’m working out at the gym one afternoon when I see this image and I dismiss it once, twice but the third time I understood. This was my first experience with a puppy initiating intuitive communication. Haley is a Boxer  just under a year old who was adopted by
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Benefits of Spaying & Neutering Pets

Most of us know the obvious reasons for spaying and neutering our pets unwanted litters, which ultimately end up increasing the amount of dogs and cats in our local shelters. This in turn increases the euthanasia rate.  In September 2013, the SPCA of Solano County opened a state- of- the- art low cost spay and neuter clinic with a grant from PetSmart Charities.  The
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Is your cat at risk for FeLV?

Feline leukemia is a cancerous disease caused by feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Infection with FeLV is a major cause of illness and death in domestic cats. It is estimated that 2-3% of healthy cats are infected with FeLV. The number is significantly higher in the stray cat population, reaching as high as 11%. FeLV is a type of virus called a retrovirus. That puts
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Poison Prevention

As in years past, a week in March has been set aside as Poison Prevention Week. This is a good time to review what potential poisons we may have in our homes, garages, and outdoors, and make sure they are safely out of reach of children and pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to
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Is your dog obese?

If so, that can be a tough pill to swallow for many owners.  According to some estimates, 40-50% of our companion animals are overweight or obese.  How can you tell if your pet falls into this category?  Check out the Body Condition Score chart by Purina.  If your dog looks like numbers 6-9, then he or she is likely too heavy.  Why is obesity
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Choosing Winter Wear For Short Hair Dogs

Keeping your dog happy and healthy is at the top of your list of priorities, especially when your dog has short hair. Buying winter wear for short haired dogs is generally recommended to keep your dog warm during the colder months. Many dogs enjoy the winter and enjoy a romp in the snow. This is why it’s so important to pick the right winter
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