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January 2018

Declawing Your Cat: Could it Lead to Arthritis?

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If you have ever owned a cat, then you know that declawing is often a part of the domesticating process, at least in the United States, even though it is not medically imperative. It is common to assume that declawing your cat means a natural, non-harmful choice. However, research suggests that your cat could suffer long-term health effects from declawing. What does declawing a cat mean? Declawing a cat involves serious surgery. Consider your human toenail. The thought of fully removing it probably makes you wince. However, in the process of removing your toenail, no bone would be extracted. Cat claws are different; bone and claw are actually closely connected. As a result, declawing includes the amputation of the entire first joints of your cat’s “toes.” With this approach, regrowth is very unlikely. So, the surgery is more similar to an amputation of your human fingers to the knuckle rather…

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Safeguard Your Pet: 5 Hazards Lurking at the Groomer

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Grooming is an important responsibility for a dog owner.  Anyone who owns an animal knows that at one time or another, they are going to get into something that requires immediate cleaning.  There are hidden hazards hiding in the grass and all along outdoors areas for animals.  From thorns and stickers to fleas and ticks, the areas which animals require can pose cleanliness nightmares, even for a groomer. However, a clean well taken care of animal is a happy and healthy one.  It is not difficult to maintain a well-groomed animal either.  It takes a mindful eye, communication with your fur-buddy, and a few handy techniques and tips on grooming your dog.   Tips on grooming When the time comes to start grooming your pet, there are several things to consider.   What time of year is it?   Do they need a hair trim for warm weather, or their…

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Socializing Your Dog: From Puppyhood Through Adulthood

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Socializing your dog is a time of great expansion and growth for you as a pet owner and for your animal companion.  This is a very important step in the relationship you create with your dog and can be the difference between a happy, well mannered, content dog and a timid, frightened and uncontrollable dog.   Socialization means that your dog is comfortable in public situations, is well-mannered (i.e. doesn’t jump up on people or knock things over, etc.), and knows how to behave in his environment, around people, and around other animals.  Many people wonder, how do you socialize a dog?  While there are numerous methods for specific dog breeds and trainer types, there are a few basic rules-of-thumb that can be applied by almost anyone to achieve great results. When to start It is extremely important to start socializing your puppy as early as you can.  In the…

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Does Your Pet Have Healthy Sleeping Habits?

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Normal Sleep Habits While we, the average human, need about 8 hours of sleep a day to function properly, our dogs will sleep between 12-14 hours in a day. Usually this time will be split up so that they are sleeping roughly 8 hours a night (when we do) and the other 4-6 hours will come in the form of napping. This time frame can vary greatly depending on the type of dog that you have.  The normal sleep habits of your pet will depend on things like:   Working dogs. Police or service dogs will likely sleep less during the day because they are much more active, and usually work the same “shift” that their human works. Dogs that are frequently bred to be working dogs, such as Labs or German Shepherds, may sleep less naturally even if they are not trained as service dogs. Puppies. Puppies, like babies,…

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Holiday Travel: How to Keep Your Pet Safe

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The holiday season is a wonderful time to travel and celebrate with family and friends, but for pet owners, it can often be clouded with worry about the safety and health of their beloved pet. An emergency trip to the vet, especially one in an unfamiliar location, is definitely no fun for either you or your pet, and it usually can be avoided. When you choose to travel with your pet over the holidays, there are some basic pet safety tips to follow. How to Keep Pets Safe The first, and most important, step to ensuring your pet’s safety during the holidays is to plan ahead. Find out about emergency vet clinics at your destination, and contact them to find out what information they will need in order to treat your pet. At the very least it will be wise to bring your pet’s vaccination and medical records. Also, find…

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