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6 Tips to Stop Your Pet’s Begging

November 24, 2020

Big holiday dinners have enough stress without your pet staging theatrics under the table. You know the schtick: the forlorn, puppy-dog eyes. The whimper. The fidgety tap-dance with the front paws. A pool of drool on the floor for good measure. The barking. And when all else fails, the futile attempt to paw a bowl …

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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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Black Cats: Gods, Charms and Superstitions

October 29, 2020

This Halloween promises to be more auspicious than most. Not only will a full moon fall on this date, an event that typically only occurs every 19 years, but it will be a blue moon, or the second full moon of the month. This ghostly glow is the perfect backdrop to discuss the ultimate symbol …

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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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World Rabies Day: 10 Things You Need to Know

September 24, 2020

For dogs and cats, infection with the rabies virus is inevitably fatal. But the good news is, it’s entirely preventable with regular rabies vaccinations. Protecting your pet’s health is an important way to safeguard your family, since infected animals can spread the virus to people, too. As part of World Rabies Day on September 28, …

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