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May 2017

pet eye health

Pet Eye Health: Knowing the Signs of Vision Loss

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Taking excellent care of our pets includes not only providing them with their basic needs but also recognizing when something is wrong and taking action to resolve it. This is best accomplished by being aware of various physical signs that may seem subtle, but that indicate the existence of a health condition which makes your pet uncomfortable in some way. One such health condition is vision loss. Vision Loss in Pets Vision loss in pets can occur no matter their age, and it can cause discomfort, stress, and other issues for the pet. When it occurs in younger pets, vision loss is usually the result of some sort of infection or hereditary disease. When it occurs in older pets, vision loss is usually just a natural degeneration. Either way, it is important to understand when it is occurring so that you can take action to halt it if possible, or…

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socializing your dog

Socializing Your Dog: 5 Places to Avoid

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Many experts recommend that you start socializing puppies between three and twenty weeks of age when they are most eager to learn, but the truth is that every dog benefits enormously from continuous socialization throughout their entire life. This socialization helps them to feel comfortable in a wide variety of situations and environments, with a wide variety of people, so that they are less likely to misbehave out of fear or anxiety. That said, there are some basic pet socializing tips one should be mindful of, especially as regards the specific situations or environments they need to avoid. Places to Avoid When Socializing Your Dog An important part of knowing how to properly socialize your dog is knowing not only where to take them but also where not to take them. It is true that our dogs love spending time with us just as much as we love spending time…

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pet skin cancer

Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Recognizing the Signs of Skin Cancer in Pets

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Pet owners understand that along with all the wonderful things that pets can add to our lives, there are certain things that we prefer not to think about or deal with, such as our pet’s potential for illness or injury. It’s not unreasonable to assume that all pet owners wish it were possible for their pets to experience only the absolute best health and happiness all the time, and they work hard to help their pets achieve and maintain this preferred condition. However, the truth is that no matter how hard we may try to prevent it, our pets sometimes suffer from poor health conditions, just as we do. And while we may feel that we are prepared to battle the occasional ear infection or digestive issue, we become very concerned when we hear our pet is suffering from a major illness like skin cancer. Sometimes we are most afraid…

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pet anxiety

Guide to Managing Your Pet’s Anxiety

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Though they don’t have nearly the same amount of responsibility as their owners, pets can often suffer from anxiety just like humans do. This may not seem like a major issue to contend with–at least until one considers that a pet’s anxiety can adversely affect their relationship with their owners and also lead to troubling behaviors like vocalizing, marking, and home destruction. Fortunately, there are ways to work with your pet in order to reduce their anxiety. Tips for Pet Anxiety Pet anxiety is defined as a pet’s feeling of nervousness, uneasiness or apprehension. While any of these feelings are perfectly normal and acceptable in certain situations, constant anxiety, severe anxiety or anxiety that arises at inappropriate times can be a major issue that should not be ignored. When addressing your pet’s anxiety issues, it is important to recognize two things: 1) your pet’s anxiety is associated with certain triggers…

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Be Kind To Animals Week

Be Kind to Animals Week: The Importance of Showing Compassion Toward Pets

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Be Kind to Animals Week, which is observed during the first full week of May every year, was first established in 1915 as a way for individuals to help create a better a world for animals. Our pets are wonderful at being kind, selfless and loving companions to us, so it is our responsibility to return the favor by showing them compassion. Why Show Compassion Toward Pets Pets depend entirely upon their owners for their every need and desire, and this goes far beyond just food and shelter. Pets are calmest when they form some degree of dependent relationship with another (in this case, their owners) because they understand that at the very least this relationship will provide them with the comfort and support they need. Since pets have no voice of their own to speak out about what worries or troubles them, they can experience a feeling of insecurity…

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