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August 2016

Grain-Free Pet Food: Is It Healthier?

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Grain-free pet foods have recently become increasingly popular, especially as more pet owners become aware of the fact that certain grains can potentially harm the health of their beloved animal companions.  However, the truth is that many grain-free diets were developed in response to human preference and demand, not in response to pet health and nutritional needs.  So is grain-free pet food actually healthier? About Grain-Free Pet Food Many pets do well on grain-free diets, probably because they are sensitive to the grains that are present in many common pet-food brands.  However, it is important not to overlook the fact that pet food must provide a pet with complete and balanced nutrition in order to be beneficial to them.  Each ingredient in a pet food provides pets with a specific type of nutrients, and together all the ingredients create a complete nutrient profile.  For this reason, it is slightly irrelevant…

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4 Signs of Feline Arthritis

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Just as is the case with humans, feline arthritis can be caused by injury, infection, autoimmune disorders or degenerative joint problems, and it can make it difficult and painful for your cat to move around.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to try and alleviate pain and discomfort so that your cat is able to experience a decent quality of life despite arthritis. Signs of Feline Arthritis and What to Do About Them Few cat owners recognize that feline arthritis is possible, and result in a big loss of muscle and functionality.  However, failing to treat this disease early on can result in far more extensive damages to your cat, so it is important to know and look for the signs: 1. Stiffness after exercise.  If your cat seems to be walking stiffly after playing or running around, they may be suffering from arthritis. 2. Limited movement.  If your cat is…

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Dental Cleaning: Does Your Pet Need It

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When you consider what it takes to maintain your pet’s health, do you consider the brand of food you feed them?  The exercise you help them achieve?  The vaccinations they receive?  How about their dental health?  There are many things we do to help our pet stay healthy, but the truth is that while our pet’s dental health is an incredibly important part of their overall health, we rarely consider what maintaining their dental health actually means. Understanding Your Pet’s Dental Health A full eighty-five percent of all pets acquire some sort of periodontal disease by the time they are three years old, a statistic that is only made more shocking when one realizes that this disease is completely preventable.  The disease begins when bacteria in the mouth combine with leftover food particles and form plaque on the surface of the teeth.  It only takes a few days for minerals…

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5 Pool Safety Tips for Pets

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During the hot summer months your pets may enjoy pool time just as much as you do–not only because it’s a great way to cool off but also because it gives them one more wonderful opportunity to spend time interacting with you.  However, despite the fact that most pets seem to automatically know how to swim and seem to enjoy the water, there are many who are not natural swimmers, and some that can even drown if left unsupervised.  This means that just as is the case with children, pools can be dangerous places for our pets, and we must take precautions. Pool Safety Tips for Your Pet 1. Teach your pet how to swim.  Even though many pets may automatically perform the “dog paddle” stroke when placed near or in water, they may not actually know how to swim well, especially if they are at all afraid of the water. …

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National Immunization Awareness Month: How Vaccines Promote Pet Wellness

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The purpose of National Immunization Awareness Month is to increase the general public’s understanding of immunization and its many benefits.  Pet owners are usually aware of the fact that their pet’s veterinarian recommends a certain vaccine schedule in order to help them keep their pet healthy, but they may not understand why. Understanding Vaccines Vaccines are essentially antigens that are designed to mimic specific, disease-causing organisms.  They don’t actually cause diseases to occur in the body, but they stimulate the immune system into responding to their presence.  This makes the immune system stronger so that if the pet is then exposed to the disease they were vaccinated against, it can successfully recognize and fight off the disease. Just as not all vaccines are necessary for all humans to receive, not all pet vaccines are necessary for all pets to receive.  The vaccination protocol that your veterinarian recommends for your pet…

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