Pet Pointers

We both want healthy animals. Here are some tips to ensure your pet is healthy, happy and strong.

Pet Pointer: Former Military Working Dogs Need Homes
Many former military working dogs need homes with loving owners. Some organizations that facilitate adoptions: The Warrior Dog Foundation This foundation receives and finds new homes for working dogs, including combat heroes. http://warriordogfoundation.org/faq/ The Military Working Dog School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas The School “allows the adoption of military working dogs to law
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Pet Pointer: Is Grain Free Healthier?
Many pet food companies now advertise their products as grain free. Are these foods healthier for dogs? Are they easier to digest and do they really help control food allergies? According to Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition at Cornell, there are no known advantages in feeding a grain free diet. In human
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Pet Pointer: Unexpected Dog Bite Statistics
Los Angeles has been dubbed the “bite-a-mail-carrier” capital. The U.S. Postal Service reports that Los Angeles mailmen receive more dog bites than mail carriers in any other city. Runner ups for the dubious distinction include the cities of San Diego and Houston. Dog bites and dog-related injuries accounted for more than 33 percent of homeowner’s
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Pet Pointer: When Does a Puppy Become An Adult?
Royal Canin, a leading pet food manufacturer, found that only 31% of the people surveyed knew when a puppy became an adult. This is important because a puppy started on adult food may not have the proper nutrition needed for growth. On the other hand feeding puppy food too long provides a diet that is
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Pet Pointer: Tips for Avoiding Heatstroke in Your Pet
Walk your dog early in the morning, evenings are too hot Avoid walks and other outdoor activities for the overweight dog, older dog and bracheocephalic breeds (dogs with squashed in faces) Don’t allow your dog to ride in the back of the pick-up truck Never tie your dog up in the yard Make sure your
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Pet Pointer: Jerky Treats from China LInked with Canine Illness
The FDA has received more than 2000 complaints in the past 5 years for illnesses in dogs after eating chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats made in China. There has been an increase number of complaints with 50% of the complaints occurring in 2012.  Over half of the adverse effects seen after consumption include
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Pet Pointer: 10 Subtle Signs of Sickness in Cats
Cats are unique in that they are masters at hiding illness. Illness and physical pain may only be recognized as a change in behavior. It is important for you to be aware of your cat’s normal routine and behavior, and identify even subtle changes in behavior. There are many illnesses that can be treated if
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Pet Pointer: Avoiding Pet Medication Mistakes
If your pet is taking a prescription medication- mistakes can be made. It is important to talk to your veterinarian to make sure your pet receives the proper medication and dosage. Your doctor won’t mind at all if you ask lots of questions. It is important that there is not any confusion about your pet’s
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Pet Pointer: Keep Rat/mouse Baits Out of the Reach of Pets
Rat bait toxicity is one of the most common forms of poisoning we see in our animal ER. There are 3 different types of rat poison available for use. All 3 types are toxic to pets, so if you use them, please make sure you set them in a place that your pet can’t get
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The Truth About The Deadly Disease – Heartworm Infestation
There is only one drug that is approved for treatment of heartworm disease. The drug is expensive and only produced in limited quantities. The disease is life threatening and dogs in Texas not on heartworm prevention are at high risk of contracting the disease. Indoor pets are just as at risk as outdoor pets Pets
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