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September 2017

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5 Ways to Prevent Your Pet From Contracting Rabies

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When it comes to pet health conditions, few are as dangerous as rabies. This viral disease is often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, wherein their infected saliva or blood is transmitted into the new animal’s bloodstream through the wound. While rabies can be effectively prevented against and can often be resolved if caught at immediate onset, it is completely fatal once symptoms have developed. It is therefore appropriate that in observance of World Rabies Day, pet owners learn how pets get rabies and how to prevent their pet from contracting this disease. Preventing Rabies The most effective rabies treatment is prevention. Following are five ways to help protect your pet against rabies: Ensure their rabies vaccination is up-to-date. All states require that pets have current rabies vaccinations, but the type and length of rabies vaccinations that are required can vary widely–some may be good for one year,…

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Recognizing the Signs of Asthma in Pets

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While there are obviously some very marked differences between pets and humans, our physiology is yet alike enough that we do suffer from some of the same health conditions. One of these health conditions is asthma–a chronic disease that affects the respiratory system and causes breathing difficulties. As is the case with humans, pets can develop asthma at any age, though it does seem to occur more frequently in younger pets and in certain breeds of pets–such as Siamese and Himalayan cats. There is no known cure for pets with asthma, but fortunately recognizing the signs and managing the symptoms of pet asthma can help to protect against more serious asthma attacks. It can also help to ensure that your pet breathes better overall, and lives a longer and better quality of life. Asthma and Pets Understanding how to address asthma in pets begins with understanding what can trigger it….

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How Your Smoking Habits are Affecting Your Pet’s Health

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Regardless of the fact that there are varying opinions on the exact effects caused by cigarette smoking, there is general agreement that it is unhealthy. Unfortunately, the adverse effects are not restricted to those individuals who smoke, but rather affect everyone who breathes in cigarette smoke. In fact, there are some who argue that secondhand smoke is even more dangerous than direct smoke. Furthermore, research has slowly uncovered the fact that there is no safe amount of secondhand smoke exposure since it contains numerous toxins that are harmful to the lungs and body. Cigarette Smoke and Pets Few people realize that pets can be affected by exposure to secondhand smoke just as humans can. The ASPCA does list tobacco smoke as a dangerous toxin, with their Animal Poison Control Center medical director asserting that the nicotine in secondhand smoke can affect a pet’s nervous system, while tobacco smoke contains dangerous,…

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5 Reasons Why Your Pet’s Flea Medication Isn’t Working

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Pet owners understand that sharing their lives with pets is a big responsibility, and it demands that one is aware of and fulfilling their pet’s every need. After all, our pets aren’t able to communicate exactly what is going on, how they feel or what they need. In addition to providing a pet with a good diet, plenty of exercise opportunities and lots of love, one must also provide them with appropriate health care. This includes pet flea protection. Flea Protection for Pets Fleas are far more than an irritation for pets and their owners–they are tenacious pests that can inflict irritating bites on their hosts and can also cause or exacerbate non-optimal health conditions and are difficult to eradicate. This is why flea medication should not be chosen casually, and also why pet owners should watch out for any of the following indications that it’s not working: 1. There is…

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