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February 2017

How to Identify Dangerous Ingredients in Pet Treats

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One of the many joys of pet ownership is being able to spoil your pet with treats every now and again. Of course, we also care deeply about our pets and would never want to give them anything that could potentially harm their health. So how do we know if their treats are actually healthy? Identifying Dangerous Ingredients Just as you check the ingredient lists of the foods you eat, you should check the ingredient lists of your pet’s treats. Ingredients are listed by weight order, so the first few ingredients on the list should definitely be high-quality–as fresh, pure and minimally processed as possible. You should recognize every ingredient on the label and know exactly where it came from–chicken fat obviously comes from chickens, whereas animal fat is of indeterminate origin. You also want to look for whole food ingredients, as they are less processed and contain more nutrients…

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Guide to Preventing Heart Disease in Your Dog

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Sharing your life with a dog means that you are also willing and able to take full responsibility for ensuring the fulfillment of their every need. Since dogs are unable to easily communicate with their owners, owners must fully understand these needs. Even the most well-intentioned owners may err in failing to provide full, necessary care to their dog, usually only realizing their error after their dog receives a non-optimal health diagnosis. Considering that heart disease in dogs can cause extensive problems to a dog’s health and happiness, but that many forms of heart disease are entirely preventable if the dog leads a healthy lifestyle, it is important for owners to understand their role in preventing this disease. Preventing Heart Disease Effectively preventing heart disease begins with understanding the main types and their causes, as well as what one can do about it. Congenital heart disease occurs when a dog…

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5 Responsibilities That Come With Being a Pet Owner

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As pet owners, we consider our pets to be important members of our family and we try to do everything possible to keep them healthy and happy. We recognize that pet ownership is both a privilege and a responsibility, and we cannot simply tend to our pets when it’s convenient for us. We recognize that our pets need love, care, and devotion in order to survive well, and we are willing to provide these things to them, especially since they so willingly provide us with unconditional love in return. But what exactly does being a responsible pet owner mean? In honor of Responsible Pet Owner month, we have outlined five key responsibilities that come with being a pet owner: Make every effort to incorporate your pet into your family. Domesticated pets, and especially dogs, need human companionship in order to live happy, fulfilling lives. Many of our pets are traditionally…

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National Pet Dental Health Month: Why Professional Teeth Cleanings Are Important

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Your pet is a very important part of your family, and as such you want to ensure that they always received the absolute best care. This certainly includes food, water, and regular physical check-ups, but it also must include professional teeth cleanings. The Importance of Professional Teeth Cleanings Perhaps you make the effort to clean your pet’s teeth on a regular basis, in which case you may wonder why you would still need to bother with professional teeth cleanings. No matter how diligent we are about keeping our pet’s teeth clean and healthy, we simply lack the tools and know-how necessary to clean them on the deep level that is necessary to remove plaque and tartar, which can build up and cause extensive health issues. Furthermore, professional teeth cleanings can provide the veterinarian with the opportunity to assess your pet’s oral health. Pets who suffer from untreated dental disease are…

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