Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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Breed Bans... Do they work?

Breed specific legislation has been enacted in more than 37 states and is garnering world wide attention. Created as a means to help control dangerous dogs, BSLs have created a firestorm of debate between proponents and opponents of specific dog breeds. With the need for public safety on one hand and the right to choose a canine companion of your choice on the other, BSLs will make headlines, just as the dog attacks that spawned their creation continue to do. Watch this video to learn more.

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Avian Flu... A risk to our pets?

Since 2003, the world has watched with increasing concern as the avian flu virus, H5N1, has destroyed millions of birds in Asia and has taken the lives of more than 100 people. The appearance of this virus in European domestic cats now has officials and pet owners in this country on high alert. Is it possible for our cats to bring this deadly disease into our homes? Watch this video to learn more.

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Controlling Ticks

Most people would be happy to live out their lives never having to see a tick. These eight legged parasites invoke almost as strong of a negative reaction as spiders do. However, dog owners especially need to be aware of the potential for their pet to acquire ticks and the possibility of their dog contracting a serious tick-borne disease. As vectors of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tularemia, and Lyme Disease, ticks can be found in every state and have even been known to survive longer than a year. Due to the small size, many ticks will go unnoticed by pet owners. Fortunately, veterinary science has several options available to protect our pets. Watch this video to learn more.

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Heartworm Disease Spreading

In 2004, more than a quarter of a million pets were affected by a disease that is completely preventable. Heartworm disease, spread by mosquitoes, is often un-noticed by the pet owner because of the lack of apparent symptoms. Untreated, this parasite can cause exercise intolerance, coughing, damage to the main blood vessels of the heart, liver failure and even death. Pet owners can prevent this potentially fatal disease by the use of economical monthly medications. The continued high incidence of this problem has experts looking at many biological factors and even at the shift of our population to different areas of the country. Watch this video to learn more.

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Saving Money on Pet Care

In today's economy, saving money wherever you can is a smart thing to do. There are many opportunities for pet owners to not only save a few dollars, but also provide the best care for their pets. Routine vaccinations for infectious diseases, proper heartworm prevention, routine dental care and healthy diets are just few of the things that can end up saving pet owners big bucks. Watch this video to learn more.

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Pain Management in Pets

Arthritis and chronic pain are not purely human conditions. Dogs and cats feel pain too and arthritis causes long term pain that can affect your dog's behavior and activity level. Often a pet owner overlooks this pain as simply normal aging. Some veterinarians believe that over half of all dogs with painful arthritis are going untreated. Veterinarians also have new generation non-steroid medications that can help. As pets may have serious side effects to aspirin and ibuprofen, pain medications should only be prescribed by your veterinarian. Watch this video to learn more.

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Hi Tech Veterinary Medicine

We all know medicine is advancing in almost every area. Well you may be surprised to know your veterinarian is going hi-tech also. Advances such as ultrasound, echocardiography, laser surgery, radio waves and even MRI's are becoming more common in veterinary medicine. In fact, one of the challenges that face today's veterinarian is how to best use these technologies, and still make them affordable. Veterinarians can never let advanced technologies take the place of a good physical exam and a good relationship with the pet owner. At the same time, these advances can be life saving. Watch this video to learn more.

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Dental Care For Pets

Eighty percent of all dogs have some form of dental disease and gum disease can be very severe. Dental disease affects much more than fresh breath. It frequently leads to more serious health problems such as liver, kidney and heart disease. One new development is the prevention of plaque using a barrier sealant gel. This is applied by the veterinarian and then continued at home. Watch this video to learn more.

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Senior Pets

For years, many pet owners just accepted the fact that their four-legged friends were just going to live a relatively short life, get old, and pass on. But modern veterinary medicine can help pets live longer with less painful or debilitating problems. Watch for changes in thirst, appetite, bad breath, lumps and changes in behavior. See your veterinarian more often and work out a senior wellness plan to help your pet live happy senior years. Watch this video to learn more.

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Cloning Pets

To most pet lovers, that cherished "once-in-a-lifetime" dog or cat should remain just that. But new technology and creative business opportunities are giving some pet owners new options. Genetic Savings & Clone, a gene banking and cloning service for "exceptional pets", is currently offering to store a treasured pet's genetic material in the hopes that the owner will take advantage of cloning that pet in the future. Cloning opponents contend that an exact replica of a pet is impossible, as training, experience, and environment are keys to an individual's behavior and personality. So while the technology exists, does this make sense practically, ethically or financially? Watch this video and decide.

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