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April 2016

Dangers of Heartworm and Keeping Your Pet Protected

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Enjoying a close, loving relationship with your pet begins with understanding their basic needs and desires in order for them to live a healthy, happy life. Providing them with proper diet and exercise may be at the forefront of this understanding, but close behind is knowing what can make them ill and how they can be effectively protected. This includes understanding the dangers of heartworm. About Heartworm Heartworms are foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of dogs, cats, ferrets, wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and occasionally even humans. They are transmitted from one animal to another through the bite of infected mosquitoes, and typically spend their adult lives in the right side of the heart, as well as in the blood vessels that connect the heart to the lungs, where they cause severe lung disease, heart failure and organ damage. They obstruct chambers in the…

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Shopping With Your Pooch: 5 Dog-Friendly Stores in Somerset and Johnstown

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Considering that your dog is an important member of your family, it is completely understandable that you want to spend as much time with him as possible. This means that you probably take every possible opportunity to keep your pet with you–even on shopping trips. Unfortunately, if your dog is not a service dog, he will not be allowed into every store that you are allowed into. However, there are many stores that welcome owner-accompanied dogs, including several right in the Somerset and Johnstown areas. Dog-Friendly Stores Some national chains are dog-friendly in general, but allow local managers to decide whether their specific location will allow non-service dogs in the store. Because of this, it is always wise to call the store ahead of time. Some dog-friendly chains include: ● Marshalls / TJ Maxx / Home Goods–some of these stores may require dogs to ride in carts, while others will…

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Spring Plants in Somerset County that are Dangerous for Your Pets

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Considering how intelligent animals seem to be as regards to recognizing some general dangers, many pet owners may erroneously believe that their pets will know which plants in their environment may be toxic or dangerous. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true because a pet’s curiosity can be more pressing than their sense of danger. Add to this the fact that many pet owners are unaware of plant toxicity levels in the Spring plants around them, and some veterinarians brace themselves for an inevitable inundation of emergency calls about ill pets during the Spring season. Dangerous Spring Plants The ASPCA has a complete list of all plants that are toxic to household pets. Some of the more common toxic plants one may find in Somerset County include: ● Lilies. While non-toxic to dogs, lilies are incredibly toxic to cats. Eating just a few leaves can cause fatal kidney failure, often indicated…

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How to Deal With Your Pet’s Seasonal Allergies

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Spring brings with it wonderful weather, beautiful flowers, baby animals and…seasonal allergies. Just as many humans suffer from itchy, scratchy throats, runny noses and weepy eyes, pets too can suffer from the effects of seasonal allergies. Like their human counterparts, pets’ immune systems run into allergens or antigens that it dislikes, like mold, mildew, pollen and dust mites, and reacts in ways that are unpleasant for the pet. Fortunately, there are things pet owners can do to help their furry companions cope with these environmental irritants. Recognizing a Pet’s Allergies Pets in general can respond to seasonal allergies in ways that are different from humans, and specific pets can respond in specific ways. Usually, pet allergies result in skin inflammation or irritation, more commonly referred to as allergic dermatitis. The pet will respond to this condition by scratching himself excessively, or even by chewing or biting at certain parts of…

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