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What to Do About Slipped Disks in Dogs

April 11, 2019

If only dogs could rub their lower backs with their paws and groan. Then you might be able to spot a spinal issue earlier. But all too often, you might not realize there’s a problem until your dog has trouble using one or more legs. What, exactly, is a slipped disk? Disks are buoyant structures …

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How to Build a Pet First Aid Kit

April 4, 2019

Accidents happen. Maybe your pet snoops in your purse and chews open a bottle of ibuprofen. Or your dog gets nipped by another at the dog park. Whether your pet’s just not acting like itself or it’s a medical emergency, you should always call your veterinarian before treating the problem yourself. However, it’s a good …

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The Virtual Vet: Consulting with Dr. Google

January 17, 2019

More than 75 percent of pet owners surf the internet for pet health answers before they make a veterinary appointment. Not a surprise, given that 80 percent of people search the web for information on their own health, according to a recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. It’s understandable. Who wouldn’t …

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Winter Cat Safety: Keeping Your Tabby Toasty

January 3, 2019

Pet cats have the right idea about winter. You’ll never find them shoveling or scraping ice off a windshield. They’re more likely to be inside, basking in a sliver of sunshine. Or curled under your down comforter. Which raises the question: What else can you do to make your kitty feel cozy during the cold …

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The 2019 Resolutions Your Pets Wish You’d Make

December 20, 2018

Sure, you can resolve to eat less pasta and stop checking your cell phone every 5 minutes. But do you really have that much self-restraint? Instead of getting that gym membership, why not resolve to make some positive changes in your pet’s life? If you’re not sure what pet resolutions to make, your dog and …

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