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Do Senior Pets Still Need Vaccinations?

older dog vet blogAs a loving pet parent, you probably already know the importance of regular veterinary visits, especially as your pet gets older. Regular veterinary exams can help catch serious diseases early on and will ensure your furry companion is as comfortable as possible when it comes to common old age ailments like arthritis. But the question still remains…

Do pets need vaccinations during their golden years?

The answer, of course, depends on the individual animal and veterinarian recommendations. Vaccination is a powerful preventative tool, and can be especially important for older pets because the immune system tends to weaken with age, making infections harder to fight off. [click to continue…]

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10 Possible Reasons for Your Pet’s Itchy Skin

itchy puppy grass blogIf you’ve ever experienced a rash or another itchy skin condition, you know it can be downright uncomfortable. So, the next time you notice your dog or cat scratching, biting, or rubbing his skin against the furniture or another surface, don’t brush this behavior off as nothing. Itchy skin can result from a variety of medical conditions, from minor to serious,  and should be discussed with your pet’s veterinarian. Depending on the cause, relief can sometimes be achieved by simply switching your pet’s food or sticking to a monthly flea and tick control program.

Below are ten reasons that pets experience itchy skin:

1. Environmental Allergies: Also known as atopic dermatitis, environmental allergies can trigger excessive scratching, licking, chewing or rubbing. [click to continue…]

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organic dog food blogWhen it comes to pet food, many pet parents are trying to make the healthiest choice possible for their four-legged companions, but understanding the wording on pet food labels can be tricky. Two commonly confused words that often appear on labels are natural and organic. While both adjectives are potentially positive when it comes to your pet food choice, it’s important to understand what you’re paying for. [click to continue…]

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4 Signs That You’re Not Ready for a Dog

not ready for dog blogMaybe you know someone who’s considering adopting a dog or you’re a proud fish owner looking to make the leap to a canine companion. Since dogs require care for the entirety of their lives (upward of 15+ years), potential pet parents shouldn’t take the decision to bring home a dog lightly. Making a responsible, carefully considered decision before bringing home a new pet is a much better option than the animal ending up in a shelter later in life.

Below are four signs you may not be ready for a dog:

1. You’re not home enough: Not everyone’s lifestyle is conducive to dog ownership. [click to continue…]

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Why Sticks are Dangerous for Dogs

puppy stick grass blogDoes your dog love to fetch or chew on sticks? These activities may be common and seem totally harmless, but in actuality, playing with sticks poses some major risks for canines. Below are five possible injuries that can occur, ranging from minor to life threatening:

1. Splinters: Although not a serious injury, splinters in the tongue or under the gumline aren’t a whole lot of fun for dogs.

2. Tooth damage: When fragments break off of a stick, they can become lodged between the teeth, which can result in tooth damage (not to mention pain). [click to continue…]

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The Most Overlooked Aches and Pains in Dogs

yellow lab blogAs people, we’re pretty lucky. We can communicate when something is hurting us or we’re feeling a little under the weather. Dogs, however, can’t express their pain so easily. Your sweet pooch doesn’t have to be yelping in pain to be experiencing discomfort. Below are four painful conditions that are often overlooked by dog owners:

1. Otitis: When simple ear infections are allowed to brew for too long, the deeper ear structure can become infected too, which can cause severe pain. [click to continue…]

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7 Ways Being Overweight can Harm Your Cat

fat cat blogBy some estimates, almost 50% of cats in the United States are either overweight or obese. A few extra pounds might seem adorable on your sweet kitty, but the truth is that being overweight carries serious health consequences for felines. Below are seven health risks overweight cats face:

1. High blood pressure: Just like people, overweight cats are more likely to develop hypertension than their healthy weight counterparts. [click to continue…]

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Protect Your Pet from These 3 Easter Dangers

unhappy puppy bunny ears blogMany families will soon be enjoying Easter egg hunts and celebrations. While these festivities can be a lot of fun, it’s important to protect pets from the following Easter hazards:

1. Easter lilies: These springtime flowers may be beautiful, but they’re also highly toxic to cats. All parts of the plant (including the petals, leaves, stem, and pollen) pose a danger to felines and can cause kidney failure. [click to continue…]

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How to Protect Pets from Rattlesnake Bites

pit bull hike blogIn the United States, approximately 15,000 dogs and cats are bitten by venomous snakes each year. Rattlesnakes account for many of these cases, so it’s important for pet parents to be educated about prevention and emergency treatment.

Rattlesnakes come out of hibernation during the spring, when the temperatures start to warm up, and are active in many parts of the country well into the fall. [click to continue…]

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5 Tips for Controlling Your Cat Allergies

cat owner allergies blogMany people with cat allergies are able to live comfortably with a feline companion in the house. The first step in controlling allergy symptoms is to speak with an allergist, who may recommend medication, environmental changes, dietary changes, or allergy shots. But there are also some steps you can take at home on your own to combat the sniffles:

1. Move the litter box: Litter boxes are full of allergy inducers including dander, dust and litter. [click to continue…]

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