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Dental Care Tips for Your Pet

Dental Care Tips for Your Pet

Healthy teeth and gums are essential for all pets, from chewing and eating to grooming, defense and clean breath. With just a few steps, pet owners can keep their pet's mouth healthy and avoid a range of unpleasant and dangerous health issues that result from poor dental care. Know the Signs The first step to proper pet dental care is recognizing problems so any issues can be addressed immediately. Watch your pet for these signs that indicate their teeth or gums are in trouble… Strong, offensive smells on the breath Swollen or discolored gums (pink is normal) Excessive drooling Pawing...

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Helping Dogs Cope With Visitors to Your Home

Helping Dogs Cope With Visitors to Your Home

Dogs can have many different reactions to visitors, from excited piddling and jumping to fearful growling and anxiety to barking and aggression. Every dog owner should take steps to train their canine companion to react appropriately when guests arrive, and there are several ways to help dogs have better "company manners" when greeting guests. Socialization Is Essential Many dogs react poorly to visitors because they aren't used to being around strangers. Proper socialization and training from an early age – either from puppyhood or as soon as a dog is adopted – will help dogs learn how to behave around...

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Keeping Your Pets Cool in Hot Weather

Keeping Your Pets Cool in Hot Weather

Summer weather is one of the best times to get outside and be active with your furry friend.  However, you should keep in mind that your pet reacts differently to heat than you do. Here are some things to keep an eye out for during hot weather: Pre-hot weather grooming Before the hot summer days arrive, you may want to consider grooming your pet. Thought your pet does have the natural defense of shedding as the heat approaches, it never hurts to help things along by giving a quick brushing to get out all the loose hair. This can be...

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Is The Swimming Pool Safe For Your Pets?

Is The Swimming Pool Safe For Your Pets?

The pool is a great place for your family and pets to spend their summers. It’s the perfect solution to cooling down, soaking up some sun, and having lots of fun. However, like with small children, your dog can potentially be at risk of getting hurt if not properly supervised. Not all dogs are great swimmers and not all pools are considered dog friendly. Rule number one for pet pool safety is to never leave your pet unattended around a pool. This has the potential to be a very dangerous situation. If you are aware that your dog is not...

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Heartworm Prevention in Pets

Heartworm Prevention in Pets

Heartworm is a very serious and potentially deadly disease that can affect all breeds of dogs at any age. This parasite has also been reported more rarely in cats and ferrets, and it is wise for any pet owner to take precautions to protect their pet. Fortunately, it is easy for a diligent and conscientious pet owner to prevent heartworm and keep their pets healthy. About Heartworm Heartworm is an infestation of Dirofilaria immitis worms, a type of parasitic roundworm with a threadlike body that can reach 9-12 inches long at maturity. These parasites are only spread through mosquito bites,...

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