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Veterinary Acupuncture

As interest and application of acupuncture grows in veterinary medicine, practitioners are using the modality for much more than pain control. In fact, acupuncture can be used to help treat allergies, seizures, reproductive problems, and liver and kidney disease. Acupuncture involves the insertion of small gauge needles to various points on the body in order to cause physiological responses in the body. Acupuncture works by stimulating nerve endings near acupuncture points. These nerve fibers then conduct impulses to the brain and spinal cord, causing changes in the body that speed healing. Animal owners are showing a growing interest in this field in an effort to find the best care for their pets, especially when conventional medicine and surgery options may not have been successful. Learn more by watching this interesting video.

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Foolproof Pet ID

A microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into it. The chip is the size of a grain of rice, and it is easily and safely implanted into the skin of an animal with a hypodermic needle. Once the animal is "chipped" he can be identified throughout his life by this unique number. Microchips are read by a scanning device which recognizes a unique identification number. Through registration of the animal with a national database, the owner can be contacted and this is an important step many pet owners forget. The bad news is that this technology is not foolproof. Watch this quick video and learn more about what you can do to make sure your pet is properly identified using a new free service.

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Dog Flu Virus Spreading

Avian flu is in the news, but dogs also have a new flu virus and it is spreading. If your dog is coughing and sneezing you don't want to shrug it off as "just" kennel cough. Canine Influenza was first seen a little over a year ago and is spreading across the country and it has already killed dogs in several states. The chances of your dog getting Canine Influenza are remote, but an ounce of prevention is worth many dollars in vet bills. Watch this video to learn more.

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Disaster Preparedness for Pets

In a natural or man-made disaster, you could be told to leave your home on very short notice - and that includes your pets. You should plan in advance for what to take along when you leave, what steps to take when an evacuation order is made and what do to when you return home. Good planning even includes preparation for disasters that occur when you are away from home. Watch this great video and learn more about including your pets in your disaster preparedness. Watch this helpful video.

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Music Heartbeat Therapy

When Terry Woodford first conceived of the 'Baby-Go-To-Sleep' Heartbeat Music Therapy CD in 1985, he had no intention of comforting and calming any baby other than human preemies and fussy toddlers. But as this successful music industry executive discovered, babies, either human or canine, respond to his simple, repetitive classic lullabies in which the sound of a human heart beat is superimposed. And the response is striking. They relax and fall asleep within a few minutes of listening to the special mix. Watch this interesting video.

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Rehab For Pets

The next time you visit your veterinarian, don't be surprised if your pet gets a prescription for some form of physical therapy! Physical therapy and rehabilitation is a rapidly growing area of expertise in veterinary medicine- and it is gaining world-wide acceptance and support. Physical therapy is common in human medicine, and veterinary practitioners of animal therapy say that the benefits for their patients are remarkable - so much so that a prescription for physical therapy may be the newest standard of care for pets. Watch this interesting video.

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Worms We Share

Worms - not a terribly popular topic, but one that could cause you and your pet a stay in the hospital. Veterinarians see the problems every day, but most dog and cat owners are unaware of the problems and risks. A recent survey found that nearly half of dog owners do not know that hookworms and roundworms can transmit harmful diseases to family and friends. Watch this great video and learn more about preventing potentially dangerous worms in your pet and family members.

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Thousands of pets displaced from the South to other regions of the country because of the hurricanes may contribute to the spread of these intestinal worms. Learn how to prevent them. Press Play Video Now!

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Lyme Disease - Serious Disease, Easy Control

If you've ever seen a tick - especially if it is on you or your pet friend - you'll never forget it. Ticks can cause people and pets endless hours of suffering and potentially life-threatening disease. The tick is a little disease carrying expert and there are many different kinds of ticks. Some are so small they are hard to see, others are visible from across the room. They emerge in the spring, remain pretty active during the summer months and then go through a burst of activity in the fall. While ticks are responsible for transmitting many diseases, there is one disease in particular that we veterinarians are most concerned with - Lyme disease. Watch this great video and learn more about preventing Lyme disease.

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Vaccinating Pets - Controversial and Important

Both people and pets are helped tremendously by the medical procedure known as immunization. Immunizing a pet is both smart and very inexpensive protection against a variety of deadly diseases. For many pet owners vaccinating their pets is a simple procedure. While the process is simple, deciding which vaccines to give and when has become more complicated. Several new vaccines for emerging diseases need to be given at different intervals and not all pets need every vaccination available to veterinary practitioners. Using the science of DNA, advances in vaccine technology include a series of vaccinations called "recombinant vaccines" that are highly effective and very safe. Here is what you should know and what action you should take.

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Record Flea Season - How To Get Control

Heavy rainfall in some parts of the country have caused the ground to be saturated with moisture, and that means the perfect conditions for a record infestation of fleas. Even more serious is the transmission of diseases fleas carry. Pet owners nationwide are visiting their veterinary clinics asking for help to control the fleas that are making their pets lives miserable. Once a flea infestation gets established in your environment, it's tough to bring under control because the adult fleas produce thousands of offspring. The adult fleas you see on your pet are only 5% of the total flea problem. And in some parts of the country we are seeing fleas even on dogs and cats treated with proper preventive compounds. Watch this video to be sure you are doing all you can do this year.

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