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UNDERSTANDING CANINE & FELINE DISTEMPER

Distemper is a disease that affects both dogs and cats, but oddly, they are not related to one another. Our vets tell us to vaccinate our pets to prevent distemper, but do we really know what this disease is all about? Should it concern you? Read on!Canine DistemperCanine distemper is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that can [...]

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IS YOUR DOG LICKING OR KISSING?

Is that face slurping your dog gives you an expression of his love or something else? There are many possible explanations for this behavior, and they appear to vary for different dogs and under various circumstances.Biological Reasons for Dog LickingDogs lick for many reasons, some of which are purely biological. When a female dog has a litter, she licks them [...]

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WHAT IS YOUR CAT SAYING?

Cats make a variety of vocal sounds to convey their needs and reactions to things happening around them. Do you understand what your cat is trying to tell you? Here are some common noises with the meanings they often suggest. Chirp – A chirp is likely a high-pitched, short sound that communicates a surprised greeting. Your [...]

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL DOG DAY WITH A DOG-FRIENDLY DAY TRIP

While pet parents show their love every day, August 26th marks National Dog Day! Established in 2004, this annual event is a time to show our pooches some extra attention, as well as thank the hard-working service dogs, police and military dogs for their dedicated service. It’s also a day to showcase the many dogs in shelters who would [...]

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THE ABCs OF DOGGIE URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

Does your dog seem to be urinating more often or showing signs of pain while urinating? He could be showing signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI). There are many causes of UTIs in dogs, and some pooches are prone to recurring infections. Learning how to recognize the signs of a budding UTI can help you seek treatment earlier [...]

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WHY ALL THE BARKING?

Barking is a natural, normal dog behavior, but some dogs seem to bark at everything and anything … or sometimes at nothing at all. If you have one of these dogs, it can lead to problems with your neighbors and a stressed-out home environment. How do you work to modify your dog’s barking behavior? The first step is understanding [...]

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DOES YOUR CAT STARE AT THE WALL?

Cats behavior can be unpredictable or even bizarre at times. One moment they can be snuggly companions and the next they can act like supernatural characters. We are used to their predictable ways of amusing themselves by stalking, chasing, pouncing or batting things across the floor. Other actions seem to have no explanation at all, such as running [...]

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PESKY PARASITES THAT CAN AFFECT DOGS & CATS

It’s hard to imagine that mammals, as complex as we are, can be taken seriously ill by one-celled organisms called protozoans. You might remember studying them from biology class in junior high. These organisms are the most basic form of life, and while many are harmless, a few can invade our pets and cause a [...]

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DOES YOUR PET SUFFER FROM ANXIETY?

We live in a high-paced world with stressful jobs, technology providing information overload and lifestyles that never seem to slow down. Humans are well aware of the effects of stress and anxiety: nervous behavior, loss of sleep, appetite changes, headaches, depression and digestive problems to name a few. But do our pets also suffer from anxiety? Absolutely!Dogs and cats [...]

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PROTECTING YOUR PETS IN CASE OF FIRE

As we approach National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15, it is a good time to take stock of how well prepared you would be in case of fire. Each year approximately half a million pets are affected by fires in their homes, and about a thousand of those fires are accidentally caused by a dog or cat. [...]

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