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February 2018

adopting an abused pet

What You Need to Know Before Adopting an Abused Pet

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You have decided to bring a new furry companion into your home. But, you did not select just any furry friend but one that has been abused—emotionally, physically, or both. You want to give this animal a loving home environment. This is an admirable decision. Many animals are just laying around the shelters, hoping more people like you come along to save them. However, you need more than lots of love; you also need to understand and be fully prepared for the commitment you are about to make. How Often Does Animal Abuse Occur? The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals notes that animal abuse happens every 10 seconds in the United States. Keep in mind that not all cases of animal cruelty are reported. People are more likely to report abuse of dogs, cats, and horses than other types of animals. What are some recommendations for…

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Do Purebred Dogs Really Have More Health Issues?

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Like many things in society today, pets are often purchased because their specific breed is the current trend.  Maybe the breed won first place in the latest dog show.  Or, a favorite celebrity has a pet that is unique.  Whatever the reasons, people can’t seem to resist owning one of those furry little critters.  Often, these popular animals are expensive purebred dogs.  Few people know the history of how animal breeding began and why they should do some research before investing in one of these pets.  For instance, they don’t know that most purebred dogs today are at risk of developing a variety of inherited diseases. Some develop physical deformities that make life difficult for the pet and the owner.  Why does it happen and what can a pet owner do to protect themselves and their pet?  Let’s take a look at some of the facts about purebreds, specifically dogs,…

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Understanding Chemotherapy Options for Pets with Cancer

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The word “cancer” is likely to trigger a slew of unpleasant reactions, deepening in unpleasantness as the term comes closer to describing your loved one’s current health diagnosis. Whether your loved one is a person or a pet, the options for treating cancer can seem overwhelming, especially when the other scary “c” word, “chemotherapy,” is thrown into the mix. First, it is important to understand your pet’s precise diagnosis, e.g., tumor size/location and its likelihood to spread, which your veterinarian can obtain through a physical exam, blood work, and imaging. Then, you can start to explore all the treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy, or both. If chemotherapy options for pets become a viable option, the information below offers you a brief overview of what this means for your loved one. Chemotherapy and Pets With humans, the goal is to suffer through chemotherapy for a positive end result: a cancer-free life….

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Guide to Bladder Health in Pets

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Whether you are a dog lover, a cat lover, or an equal-animal opportunist, you want to make sure your pet is in good urinary health. Just as you might experience bladder and urinary discomfort and call your doctor immediately, you want to do the same with your pet. The key is recognizing the signs of a bladder problem and, even more important, helping your pet bypass bladder problems with preventative steps. Bladder Conditions and Symptoms A discussion about common bladder problems in pets usually starts with a urinary tract infection. If untreated, a blockage in the urethra can occur, resulting in the rupturing of the bladder or fatal kidney fatal. In cats, especially middle-aged, indoor, and/or overweight cats, FLUTD, or Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, is the most common urinary tract problem. The cause is often from multiple sources and could include crystals, debris, or stones in the urethra or…

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