Saturday, February 06, 2016

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Pet Therapy in Hospitals

Everyone knows how beneficial pets can be in our lives. But now, recent scientific evidence has actually proven what pet owners already knew. Heart failure patients who spent 12 minutes with a dog or cat had lower stress hormone levels, lower blood pressure levels, and a general brighter outlook about their recovery. Therapy dogs, and cats, have now started their rounds, under "doctor's orders". Watch this video to learn more.

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Puppies and Kittens as Holiday Gifts?

Many people probably have a fond holiday memory of finding a new puppy or kitten under the Christmas tree. What we forget is all the effort that then went into the training of the new pet in order to make him a part of the family. Despite TV ads and movie trailers, pets do not make the perfect holiday gift for many reasons. And, that impulse decision could lead to a tragic ending. Watch this video to learn more.

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Snakes and Lizards and Hedgehogs... Oh My!

With more than 11 million reptiles and 18 million small mammals in our homes, these pets have gained in popularity in recent years. Their small size, uniqueness, and easy maintenance have made them very trendy. There are, however, a few things to be aware of before bringing one of these exotics into your home. Watch this video to learn more.

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Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

Before you share that sugar free dessert treat with your dog, pay attention! A recent clinical report from the ASPCA Poison Control Center has shown that dogs appear to develop severe liver failure and sudden decreases in blood sugar levels after ingesting foods containing the sweetener, Xylitol. Since Xylitol can be found in many sugar free foods, pet owners are urged to monitor the "people food" that might be given to their dog. Watch this video to learn more.

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High Blood Pressure in Dogs

Without such terrible vices as smoking and fast food, we might think that our pets won't get high blood pressure. But, dogs and cats often have high blood pressure and we, as owners, may be completely unaware of it. Experts recommend any pet over 10 years of age have their blood pressure measured during their next visit to the veterinarian. Watch this video to learn more.

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Avoiding Dog Bites

Every year about 5 million people are bitten by dogs and almost 1 million of those people require medical attention. Medical bills are estimated in excess of $250 million annually and the emotional damage, especially to children, is incalculable. How can "man's best friend" be responsible for so much damage? Can we learn to avoid dog bites? Watch this video to learn more.

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Pet Proofing Your Home

Every pet owner has been shocked to come home and see the damage their pet has done to the house. But our pets can be in greater danger from our medications, other chemicals, and even holiday decorations. Are there ways to help keep your pet safe inside the home? Watch this video to learn more.

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Industry Helps Pets in Disasters

With a goal of providing $1 million in donations and a speedier response to disasters, the veterinary industry has just announced a new proactive program. The Paws to Save Pets campaign will generate proceeds to help fund both the Foundation and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. It is hoped that this new initiative will help to provide some measure of comfort to pet owners worried about disasters. Pet owners can also learn how to make their own preparations to insure the safety of their family members. Watch this video to learn more.

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Hot Hybrid Breeds

From the well trained, low shedding Labradoodle to the perfect for the apartment Puggle, new hybrid dog breeds are appearing everywhere. Becoming popular with celebrities and anyone wanting to be part of the latest trend, these new cross breeds are winning their way into people's hearts and their pocketbooks as well. Is this just a fad or do these hybrids have a chance to be part of the purebred world? Watch this video to learn more.

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Veterinary Chiropractic

People either swear by them or swear at them... Chiropractors. Pet owners who love their chiropractor are looking for veterinarians who can provide the same sort of relief to their pets. But, where does the line get drawn? Is a veterinarian qualified to practice chiropractic medicine and is a chiropractor qualified to practice on our pets?? Watch this video to learn more.

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