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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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The One Candidate Everyone Can Agree On: A Dog

September 17, 2020

With the presidential race now running full throttle, it’s understandable that you may pine for a kinder, gentler political campaign. One in which there’s no mudslinging, no partisan squabbling and no overblown claims requiring fact-checking. That’s why we’re happy to share this special edition of Dogs at Work featuring pet politicians who have held political …

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Blood Tests: A Window into Your Cat’s Health

September 10, 2020

Cats are often the stoic sort, preferring to hide their aches and pains behind a cool veneer of aloofness. Their blood, on the other hand, is truthful and forthright — exposing details about your cat’s secret health life that it, no doubt, would prefer to keep to itself. Since cats can’t tell us what’s wrong, …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Pet Pain Relief

September 3, 2020

Maybe your pup roughhoused at the dog park and is now favoring a leg. Or your cat drops food from her mouth as if it’s painful to chew. What’s the harm in exploring your medicine cabinet for a little pain relief? After all, over-the-counter pain medications such as aspirin are relatively harmless for people, so …

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