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July 2016

5 Tips to Help Overweight Pets Get to a Healthy Weight

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Pet owners may gush over their “adorably tubby” pet, but overweight pets are at an increased risk for developing arthritis, diabetes, kidney and heart disease, high blood pressure and many forms of cancer.  According to recent veterinary surveys, more than half of our nation’s dogs and cats–almost eighty million pets–are overweight.  So while we may think that our oversized pets are sort of cute, we would do well to help them achieve and maintain healthy weights. Tips for Helping Overweight Pets 1. Measure meals and remove excess food.  One of the best ways to help your pet maintain a healthy weight is to ensure that you are feeding them the recommended amount of food, and that you remove any excess food your pet leaves behind. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention points out that a mere ten extra kibbles of food each day can add up to one extra pound of…

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7 Fire Safety & Prevention Tips for Pets

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While most pet owners recognize the potential harm that a home fire can cause their pet, few pet owners consider that their pet can actually cause a devastating home fire to occur.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly half a million pets are affected by home fires every year, and nearly one thousand of these fires are accidentally started by pets. And while these beloved animals can then be trapped in a burning home from which they cannot escape, there is also the extensive damage to the home to consider.  It is therefore important to understand how one can prevent against home fires and keep their pet and themselves safe. Fire Safety & Prevention Tips 1. Never leave open flames unattended.  All pets are curious creatures, and will inevitably want to investigate cooking appliances, candles or even fireplace fires.  It is important to never leave them on unattended, and…

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Pet Checkups: How Often Should You See a Vet

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More than an opportunity to have your pet checked for injury or illness, regular checkups can save you lots of time, money and worry in the long run, as your vet can often spot potential problems before they become major issues.  They can also advise you on important diet and exercise points as your pet ages. Taking Your Pet to the Vet The ideal frequency of your pet’s vet checkups is largely dependent upon their age and overall health.  Kittens and puppies up to one year of age will visit the vet more frequently in order to establish a foundation for good health.  They need to receive vaccinations every three to four weeks until they are sixteen weeks old.  This includes vaccinations against rabies, distemper-parvo, kennel cough, influenza and Lyme disease for dogs.  Cats need to be tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus, and receive vaccinations against these…

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Signs and Symptoms of Heart Murmurs in Dogs

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Just as is the case with humans, taking certain preventative actions can help to protect and improve your dog’s health.  This does not mean that you need to be concerned about every little thing that could happen, but rather be aware of some of the more dangerous conditions that can adversely affect your dog’s health, such as heart murmurs. Understanding Heart Murmurs Heart murmurs are abnormal heart sounds that are usually detected when listening to the dog’s heart using a stethoscope.  They can be caused by turbulent blood flow in the heart, which causes a sort of “whooshing” sound that can be quiet, moderate or loud.  The loudness of a dog’s heart murmur definitely indicates the amount of turbulent blood flow they have in their heart, but it does not always correlate with the severity of any possible disease.  Many heart murmurs can be harmless, but others can be a…

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