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10 HOUSEHOLD PLANTS THAT ARE DANGEROUS TO DOGS AND CATS Over 700 indoor/outdoor plants contain toxic substances that may harm dogs and cats. If these plants are ingested, signs of poisoning can be mild to severe, sometimes even causing death. Most houseplants have multiple names, so it is important to confirm that the houseplants you […]

Consider this Before Declawing your Cat…

Declawing is a major surgery known as onychectomy, performed under anesthesia, that removes the tip of each digit (from the first knuckle out) of the cat’s forepaws. There is a slight chance of death in the surgery, and a declawed cat may have an increased risk of infection and life-long discomfort in its paws. This […]

Obesity in pets a growing concern

Obesity in pets is common nowadays causing real problems. The obesity in pets is due to either over feeding or not providing any exercise to the pets or not providing the right diet. Obesity in pets is also attributed to the modern lifestyles of people, who leave their pets alone in their house, eating for […]

Caring for Dogs with Allergies

Some dog breeds are more susceptible to allergies than others. This may be because of small nasal passages, allergic reactions to flea bites, irritable stomachs that make digesting food difficult, or they may be allergic to their own hair and dander. Dogs that have allergies include the following breeds: Bishon frise, terrier, retrievers, beagles, setters, […]

A Guide to Canine Hip Dysplasia

Canine hip dysplasia is a painful disease that can lead to debilitating arthritis. It affects the “ball and socket” joint of the hip. Canine hip dysplasia is a hereditary problem that can be influenced by lifestyle factors. Certain breeds are predisposed. Hip dysplasia can sometimes be treated medically, but surgery is often required. Early recognition […]

Treating Heartworm disease in pets

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that damages the heart, lungs, and related blood vessels. Dogs and cats are at risk for becoming infected with heartworms. Heartworm disease in dogs is treatable, but in some cases, treatment can be costly and complicated. There are no approved products for heartworm treatment in cats. […]

Trimming your Dog’s Nails

Nail trimming should be a calm, stress-free experience for you and your dog. If your dog experiences pain from nail trimming, you will probably have trouble trimming his or her nails in the future, so make sure that you clip just the tip of each nail. Contact your veterinarian if you are unsure of how […]

Pet Owners Guide to Flea Control

 Adult fleas are only part of the problem. Immature fleas (eggs and larvae) contribute to flea infestation, too. Your pet does not have to go outside to get fleas. Your veterinarian is a reliable source of information on safe and effective flea control products for your pet and home. What Are Fleas?Fleas are blood-feeding parasites […]

A Dogs Golden Years

With appropriate care most dogs live complete and happy lives. Unfortunately, an adored pet never seems to live long enough. Each breed has different life spans. While taking care of your aging dog you need to adapt his environment for his comfort. As dogs get older, they develop aches, joint pain, generalized weakness and an […]

Chocolate and your Dog, what you need to know.

CHOCOLATE TOXICOSIS Toxicosis is disease due to poisoning. Chocolate toxicosis is a common problem in dogs, but less common in cats. Depending on how much chocolate is ingested, the signs can range from a simple stomach upset to life-threatening problems. The toxic ingredients in chocolate include caffeine and a chemical called theobromine. Dark chocolate and baking […]