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Ear Infections

Like some people, some dogs and cats have recurring ear infections. Many factors are involved, ear infectionsbut the best way to prevent them in these pets is weekly ear cleaning. When they occur, see your vet! Ear infections are painful, and usually need antibiotics to resolve. Ears are part of skin, and can be an indicator of allergy problems.

Share Food With a Pet

A  question we often get is, “Can I share food with a pet”? Our answer is yes and no. Good nutrition is the sharing food with a petbest tool we have to keep our pets healthy. Quality dog or cat food is the best way to achieve that. However, it is usually OK to add fresh fruits and vegetables, and the occasional pieces of lean meats – not fatty scraps or our junk food. If we really shouldn’t eat it, neither should our pets. Read the rest of this entry »

Bored Cats

bored catsDo you have bored cats? How many of us play with our cats? Too few. Cats want things to do, but refuse to admit it to us humans.
With a little creativity, you can keep your cat stimulated and interested, even in a small apartment and on a limited budget. And the good news is that enrichment research has shown that toys that are removed and then returned after several weeks regain much of their novelty; extend your enrichment budget by rotating your cat’s toys regularly. Cats love fishing pole toys, small balls, and laser pointers. Give your cat perches around the house to watch out the window. Give your cat a task to earn a treat.

Do Dogs Have Separation Anxiety?

separation-anxietyYes, some dogs do experience separation anxiety. Some dogs just don’t like to be left alone. While most dogs will happily sleep away this time, some dogs are nervous, may urinate in the house, or may even get quite destructive. We have seen dogs that will even eat through the walls in the house!

Chocolate and Pets

chocolate and petsIt’s Christmas, and chocolate is popular. While we love it, the combination of chocolate and pets can be deadly. The smaller the pet, the smaller the amount needed for problems. Organ damage, seizures, and death can all result. Different types of chocolate have different levels of theobromine and caffeine. Zero chocolate is the safe amount to share. Read the rest of this entry »

Human Medications and Pets in Pain

Never give human medications to pets in pain! Please don’t ever give a dog Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin. human medications These can cause stomach upset, intestinal bleeding, and kidney or liver failure. Even one dose can do severe damage. They can also prevent us from immediately giving certain other medicines to your pet.

About one-quarter of all phone calls to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) are about human medications. Your pet can easily ingest dropped pills or may be given harmful human medications by an unknowing owner, resulting in illness, or even death, of your pet. Read the rest of this entry »

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