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What’s the Right Way to Remove a Tick?

April 8, 2021

Only you know that special hollow, at the base of your dog’s neck, where you can scritch and send a hind paw banging on the floor, scratching at a phantom itch. But wait… what’s this? You part the hair. Eeewww, it’s a bloated tick. If it’s an adult deer tick, it can latch on with …

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Guide to Choosing the Right Pet Food

March 31, 2021

Choosing the right pet food isn’t easy. Simply walking into the pet food aisle can be daunting. So many choices you need to make, and so many options for each choice. All life stages dog food. Senior cat food. High-protein food. Flavor. Price point. Quantity. Ingredient. Nutrient. Protein source. What’s it all mean? Anyone who …

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Does Daylight Saving Time Impact Your Pet?

March 11, 2021

Does your cat have an uncanny way of nestling on your chest five minutes before the alarm goes off? Does your dog station itself by the food dish at precisely the time dinner’s usually served? Do they gather by the door around the time you typically arrive home from work? If it seems like your …

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How to Help a Poisoned Pet

March 4, 2021

Curious pets have a way of getting into things they shouldn’t. Maybe your dog nosed through the garbage can. Or your cat gnawed on a new houseplant. Or a pet pried open the bottle of human medications in your backpack. Dogs and cats are often inadvertently poisoned by ingesting toxins, but like people, they can …

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Can Your Kitten’s Food Impact Their Health as an Adult?

February 18, 2021

Those first few months of a kitten’s life are a critical developmental time. That’s when they sprout baby teeth, change eye color and develop the coordination to climb your drapes. During the primary socialization window, between 3 and 9 weeks of age, kittens learn to grow accustomed to new people, pets and places. Now, research …

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Are Small Dogs More Prone to Dental Disease?

February 4, 2021

Periodontal disease is the most common health condition in dogs. By two years of age, about 80 percent of dogs are estimated to have some form of it, and the risk for periodontal disease continues to grow with age. But evidence also shows that small and toy breed dogs are more likely to experience dental …

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Dogs at Work: Canine Blood Donors

November 19, 2020

You’ve heard of dogs saving lives thought heroic feats of in-the-moment action. But did you know pooches also pre-emptively save other dogs’ lives? It’s true. Canine blood donors often provide life-saving blood to dogs who are injured, seriously ill or in need of surgery. Never heard of pet blood donation? Most people haven’t. About 70 …

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Pet Diabetes Month: Monitoring Blood Glucose at Home

November 5, 2020

When you live with a diabetic pet, controlling blood sugar, or glucose, can be a bit of a balancing act. If the glucose dips too low, your pet may show signs of weakness, confusion, seizures and even loss of consciousness, requiring emergency veterinary care. When it’s too high, pets often drink and urinate more than …

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Pet Stung by a Bee? Here’s What to Do

October 15, 2020

Bees and wasps, it seems, are often more aggressive in the fall. And who can blame them? They’re busy preparing their hives for winter. Flowers and other food sources are harder to find. And hives are overcrowded. So they’re more likely to lose patience with a curious dog or cat, and slap prying noses with …

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