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Flea Allergy in Cats

What are allergies and how do they affect cats? One of the most common medical conditions affecting cats is allergy. An allergy occurs when the cat’s immune system “overreacts” to foreign substances called allergens or antigens. Allergens and antigens are … Continue reading

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What to do About Hot Spots in Dogs

The low-down on those itchy, inflamed  and painful (ouch!) areas on your dog’s  skin that he just won’t leave alone. Most dog owners are familiar with “hot spots” – unfortunately, their dogs are too. A hot spot is  an area … Continue reading

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Help Your Companion Keep His Cool in Spite of Summer’s Heat!

A primer on helping your dog survive the dog days of summer: Protecting your pets from summer heat Many folks look forward to some fun in these lazy and hazy summer days, but pet owners need to know that summer … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Pet Calm and Happy on 4th of July

As we prepare for barbecues and fireworks this Fourth of July, it’s important to remember that the loud noise of fireworks can be very stressful and disturbing to your pets. Here are some tips to help keep you pet calm … Continue reading

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“Is my dog playing … or fighting?”

How to tell the difference between normal play and inappropriate aggression in dogs. Safe, healthy play doesn’t just provide dogs with a good  source of exercise. It can also aid in social development  while building behavioral flexibility and helping the … Continue reading

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Nutritional Requirements of Large and Giant Breed Puppies

Not all puppy foods are alike. Not all pups are alike. Feeding the right diet to the right puppy is very important, especially when it comes to large or giant breed pups. Fact: There is no universal dog food. Proper … Continue reading

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Canine Influenza Outbreak in Florida

This week the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) announced that dozens of cases of canine influenza have been diagnosed in Florida. The State Veterinarian’s Office has confirmed this The University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine reported that they have … Continue reading

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FDA issues warning about thyroid hormones in pet food and treats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising veterinarians, pet owners and the pet food industry to be aware that pet food and treats made with livestock gullets have the potential to contain thyroid tissue and hormones, according to … Continue reading

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5 Strange Facts About Parasites

Indoor cats can get worms Did you know? Fifteen percent of plant potting soil contains hookworm or roundworm eggs, or both, according to a study in the Veterinary Record (Feb. 18, 2006). Cats can also get tapeworms from eating infected … Continue reading

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Puppies Respond Positively to “Dog Talk”

Using the high-pitched “dog voice” toward pets works better for puppies than adult dogs. Researchers decided to look into this pet-directed speech, which is similar to the tone of voice used for human babies “known to engage infants’ attention and … Continue reading

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