Anesthesia and your Pet

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If your pet is going under anesthesia for a veterinary procedure, you might be concerned and wondering how to prepare. Pre-procedure, a thorough physical examination and medical history will be conducted. This could help detect any abnormalities in the heart and lungs which would change how anesthesia affects your pet. In general, older animals have […] Read more »

Popular Cat Names

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You might be thinking about what to name your new cat, or you may be wondering how your cat’s name measures up. Here’s a list of some of the most popular cat names in America, currently: Bella Oreo Lily Mittens Molly Toby Oliver Leo Tigger Pepsi What is your cat’s name and how did you […] Read more »

Dog Sounds – Barks, Howls, Growls

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Dogs have a wide range of vocalizations designed to communicate with the creatures around them. Humans can often misinterpret these sounds, so it’s important for dog owners to have a good idea of the intentions behind your dog’s bark or whine. Barking is generally the most common canine vocalization. Barking is common at the approach […] Read more »

Arthritis in Dogs

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Arthritis is defined as painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. There are two major categories of arthritis in dogs. The first, called developmental, is due to a joint not developing correctly, leading to problems such as hip and should dysplasia. The second, degenerative, involves joints and ligaments deteriorating over time. Therefore, a dog with […] Read more »

How Much Sleep Does Your Pet Need?

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March 2-8, 2015 is Sleep Week. You hopefully get your 8 hours a night, but how much sleep does your pet need? Cats sleep an average of 15 hours a day. Cats are most active at night, so they will likely sleep during the day and become active around twilight. Why so much sleep? Cats […] Read more »

Signs of Depression in Your Dog

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You know your dog better than anyone. Therefore, if there is a sudden change in your dog’s typical behavior, you should be the first to notice it. Things like inactivity, listlessness, overeating, under-eating, urination or defecation indoors, restlessness and withdrawal should be things that pique your concern quickly. Before diagnosing your dog with depression, make […] Read more »

Rabies Prevention

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Rabies is a serious infection affecting the central nervous system, or the brain and spinal cord. It is crucial to understand the symptoms, transmission, and prevention of rabies to protect yourself and your pets. Rabies is caused by a virus that is spread usually through bite wounds, scratches, or tissue from an infected animal, and […] Read more »

Fruits, Veggies and Fido

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Some of us are really good about not feeding Fido from the table, but those soul searching eyes get the best of us sometimes. The good news is that there are quite a few items that you can share with your dog that may actually be good for them (in moderation, of course): 1. Cantaloupe […] Read more »

Spay and Neuter Awareness Month

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February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month. Though February 2015 is quickly coming to an end, spay and neuter awareness is crucial any time of the year. Spaying a female animal, removing the ovaries and uterus, and neutering a male, removing the testicles, are veterinary procedures done under general anesthesia  According to the ASPCA, the […] Read more »

Quelling Vet Visit Anxiety

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Does your dog get incredibly anxious when (s)he has to go to the vet? Like some people, many pets get a certain “white coat” anxiety, even for routine exams. Some pet owners turn to prescriptive sedatives for this situation. However, sedatives can sometimes cause side effects such as vomiting or an animal too sleepy to […] Read more »