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September 2016

World Rabies Day: The Importance of Vaccinating Your Pet

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September 28, 2016 is World Rabies Day. Rabies is a viral disease in mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Once bitten, symptoms of rabies can include paralysis of the throat, jaw muscles, and hind legs, as well as foaming at the mouth, disorientation, and incoordination. It is important to take action immediately if you suspect your pet was bitten and is exhibiting any of these symptoms, as the disease will continue to attack the central nervous system, and if left untreated, can lead to sudden death. Bats, raccoons, and foxes are among the most common wild animals to transmit this disease. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning that can be transmitted to humans from animals as well. In the United States, reports of Rabies cases in humans remain low, with 34 total reported cases since 2003. Ten of these cases were attributed to travel outside…

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The Benefits of Pet Health Insurance

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Pet ownership has been known to produce many positive health effects for humans. Some possess the ability to help lower our blood pressure and de-stress while cuddling, while others get us up and moving with a walking buddy on a daily basis. The value that pets can bring to our lives both mentally and physically are immeasurable. While we spend plenty of time researching the highest quality ingredients in their food, selecting the most comfortable beds, and picking up the latest toys for our furry friend, it is still widely overlooked to provide a health insurance policy for our pets. In the event of a medical emergency, it is ideal to have a savings set aside to fund high veterinary bills, yet this is often not the case for many pet owners. Pet insurance provides a multitude of benefits to give peace of mind when in the face of decision…

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6 Safety Tips for Children Living With Dogs

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Dogs can be wonderful, devoted, loving companions to families of all sizes if they are treated with the care, concern and respect they deserve.  Even the friendliest dogs can decide that they’ve had enough maltreatment from children and they want to stand up for themselves.  This means that your loving family dog can suddenly and without warning turn on your children, causing them physical harm.  It also means that your children, who love their dog dearly but don’t really understand boundaries, can play too roughly and cause the dog physical harm.  Fortunately, these potentially disastrous occurrences can be entirely prevented through following some simple safety tips: 1. Never leave your dog and children unattended while they are together.  Are you absolutely positive that your children would never, ever do something unsafe while unsupervised?  How about your dog?  As risky as it may be to leave either unattended for too long, it…

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5 Ways to Celebrate Happy Cat Month

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While those of us who are honored to share our lives with feline companions may consider every month a perfect opportunity to celebrate our cats, the month of September is actually specifically devoted to them.  Established by the non-profit organization CATalyst Council, Happy Cat Month focuses on raising general public awareness of the fact that cats are far more than self-reliant, independent, aloof creatures that only require food, shelter and minimal care.  They are actually wonderfully loving and valuable companions that can improve the health and lives of their owners, and whose own health and well-being needs careful attention. Celebrating Happy Cat Month Since Happy Cat Month is all about recognizing the many needs of cats as well as the many benefits of cat ownership, it is only fitting to celebrate it by doing those things that will help to ensure your cat remains healthy and happy.  Following are five…

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