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6 Tips for Finding Your Lost Dog

We hope your dog never goes missing, but it’s an unfortunate reality that dogs can, and do, wander or run away. Rather than get caught off-guard, why not start preparing now? That way, if you do find yourself searching for a lost dog, you’ll know how to get them back home as fast as possible.

Here are tips for finding a lost dog.

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Topics: Dog, Finding lost pets, Lost Pet, Lost poster, Cat

Skin Cancer Precautions – Even For Indoor-Only Pets

Sun-Induced Skin Cancer In Dogs & Cats

We’re all familiar with the role the sun plays in contributing to skin cancer in people, right? But are you aware that sun exposure can also lead to the development of skin cancer in cats and dogs? It’s true, and the most common type is called squamous cell carcinoma (which is also a common sun-induced skin cancer in people!).

While any cat or dog that spends any time outside (or lounging on a windowsill) on a sunny day is at risk, there are certain other factors that increase their risk. Some of these include:

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, pet safety tips, pet safety, Summer Pet Safety Tips, Dog, Sunscreen, Cat, Skin problems

Pets Starting Fires – It Happens A Lot!

Is Your Pet An Arsonist?

Hey, don’t laugh. Last November, a dog in Washington, pulled his bed up against a space heater. The bed (then home) ignited into a large blaze, sending both dog and owner to the hospital. That same week, a black Lab in Connecticut jumped up on a gas stove to snag an abandoned slice of pizza. While committing his caper, he turned the stove knob on and caught the pizza box on fire – setting the kitchen ablaze.

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Topics: pet safety tips, pet safety, Dog, Cat, CPR

Tips For Finding A Lost Pet

We hope that none of your pets go missing, but if they do the tips below may just help you find them. Keep in mind throughout all of this, the more people you can enlist to help your search, the better.

Start close to home: Keep in mind that a missing pet may actually be trapped somewhere inside your home, garage, yard shed, or somewhere else on your property. Give a thorough search, and consider carrying some of your pets favorite treats or toys with you while you do.

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Topics: Dog, Finding lost pets, Lost Pet, Lost poster, Cat

Mosquitoes – Why Cats & Dogs Need Heartworm Protection

When mosquitoes thrive, so too does Heartworm Disease! Are your cats and dogs protected?

Did you know that mosquitoes thrive in the warm periods following rain and when there’s any standing water in your yard (birdbaths, pools, empty pots, etc.)? And did you know that a mosquito can develop from egg to adult mosquito in as little as 4 days!

While this is bad for people (West Nile virus, Zika disease, etc., not to mention the nuisance they pose), it’s also particularly bad for your cats and dogs because mosquitoes carry and spread Heartworm Disease! (And yes, you read that right… cats get and suffer from Heartworm disease, too! And it’s even more difficult to treat in them than it is in dogs.) 

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Topics: Dog, Blog, Heartworm, Parasites, Heartworm Preventatives, Parasite Preventatives, Cat

How The Sunshine State Stepped Up Big For Animals

State Laws Are Helping Pets Left In Hot Cars 

In case you missed it, some big news that benefits both animals and people recently came out of Florida…

In March, Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 131, making the “Sunshine State” just the second state where you now have legal protection to break into a locked vehicle to save a cat or dog (or other “domesticated pet” animal) that is in “imminent danger of suffering harm” due to their confinement in a hot vehicle. (Tennessee led the way in 2015, when their Governor, Bill Haslam, signed House Bill 537 into law.)

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Topics: pet safety, Summer Pet Safety Tips, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stress, Heat Stroke, Dog, Signs of Heat Stroke, Cat

VOHC – A Seal Of Approval to Look Out For When Buying Pet Dental Products

Every Pet Owner Should Know What VOHC Is

If your pets have teeth — which I hope they do — then you should be happy to know that, along with your veterinarian, there is an independent organization that can also help you decide if the food, treats, and other products you’re buying to help keep your pet’s teeth healthy will actually perform as advertised. Which is a pretty important thing to know, don’t you think? And fortunately, they’ve made it easy for you, too!  

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, pet dental, dog teeth cleaning, cat teeth cleaning, Dog, Cat

Cloudy Eyes – Not Always Cataracts

Does your pet have cloudy or blueish eyes? 

Have you ever noticed a cloudiness in your cat’s or dog’s eyes? Many people mention such eye changes during veterinary visits. While people often assume that their pet is developing cataracts, it’s not always the case (especially in cats). While cataracts do happen in pets, there’s a far more common cause of “cloudy eyes” — Lenticular (Nuclear) Sclerosis.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Dog, Cat, Senior Pets, Blindness, Eye health, Cataracts

Sago Palms – Extremely Dangerous For Cats and Dogs!

Sago Palms are EXTREMELY dangerous for cats and dogs!

If you aren’t already aware, I highly recommend you take a moment to learn about Sago Palms and the (very serious) danger they pose to your pets. And I would definitely encourage you to also share this article with your pet-loving friends and family — as they are likely unaware, too.

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Topics: poisonous plants for dogs, poisonous plants for cats, toxicity, pet poison control, Dog, Vomiting, Blog, Seizures, Diarrhea, Cat

Bad Breath... It's NOT Always Their Teeth

Bad Teeth Aren't The Only Cause of Bad Breath

February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so it's the perfect time to shatter a commonly held misconception about bad breath in cats and dogs.

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Topics: pet teeth cleaning, pet dental, Dog, Blog, Cat, Bad Breath

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