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March 2017

Tips for Loving and Caring for a Disabled Pet

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Whatever the reason for the disability, most pet owners readily agree that confronting a disability in their beloved pet can be incredibly heartbreaking. However, the truth is that pet owners are usually more aware of and affected by their pet’s disability than their pet is, and with the right care, their pet can still live a very happy, active and fulfilling life. The fact that they are disabled doesn’t mean that we don’t still love them, and while we may have to adjust to different standards of care we can continue to benefit from our deep bond with our pet. Loving and Caring for a Disabled Pet When considering how best to love and care for your disabled pet, there are some very important things to bear in mind: Your pet doesn’t know he’s disabled. Your pet doesn’t feel sorry for himself. Your pet is very accepting of whatever life…

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Cuts and Scrapes in Pets: Signs You Need to See a Vet

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As much as pet owners hate to see their pets suffer from any sort of injury, it is even worse when they can’t determine the extent of the injury or what needs to be done to handle it. Taking your pet to the veterinarian for a minor cut or scrape that could be healed at home with minimal treatment can be equally as frustrating as failing to take your pet to the veterinarian for what appears to be a minor cut or scrape but is actually a more serious injury that needs deeper treatment or even surgery. So how can you tell which is which? When to Take Your Pet to the Vet Lacerations occur when sharp objects like glass, blades, metal edges or claws cut the skin. Depending on the object responsible for the laceration, these cuts can be shallow or deep and have either clean or jagged edges….

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Signs Your Cat May be Having Urinary Tract Problems

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It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether your beloved kitty is suffering from any sort of health problems, primarily because they are unable to communicate about any of the symptoms they are experiencing. Unfortunately, these health problems can be quite uncomfortable or even painful, and may sometimes lead to severe and even life-threatening health issues if left untreated. This is why regular veterinary physical exams are so important, and why an owner who recognizes that something just seems a little “off” about their cat should take action to determine whether their cat may be suffering a health issue–like a urinary tract problem. Understanding Feline Urinary Tract Problems Urinary tract problems are, unfortunately, somewhat common among domestic cats, especially when they are middle-aged, overweight, have limited or no outdoor access, and eat a dry food diet. A cat that has a urinary tract problem is not usually able to empty…

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5 Common Genetic Disorders that Affect Dogs

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It is an unfortunate fact that many dogs are affected by genetic disorders that can impact their overall health and lifestyle to varying degrees. However, this does not mean that one cannot enjoy a long and fruitful relationship with a dog who is prone to or suffering from one of these disorders. In fact, knowing the most common genetic disorders can allow one to take precautions that may help minimize the extent to which their dog may be affected. Common Genetic Disorders in Dogs Some purebred dogs tend to suffer from certain genetic diseases due to their basic genetic makeup, whereas some dog breeds just tend to be healthier and suffer fewer medical problems than others. However, this does not mean that all purebred dogs are automatically doomed to a life filled with medical problems and all mixed breed dogs are automatically immune to all medical problems. When considering the…

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