10 HOUSEHOLD PLANTS THAT ARE DANGEROUS TO DOGS AND CATS

March 3, 2016

10 HOUSEHOLD PLANTS THAT ARE DANGEROUS TO DOGS AND CATS

Over 700 indoor/outdoor plants contain toxic substances that may harm dogs and cats.
If these plants are ingested, signs of poisoning can be mild to severe, sometimes even causing death.
Most houseplants have multiple names, so it is important to confirm that the houseplants you currently own or

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Flea Control

March 3, 2016

A PET OWNER’S GUIDE TO FLEA CONTROL

Adult fleas are only part of the problem. Immature fleas (eggs and larvae) contribute to flea infestation, too.
Your pet does not have to go outside to get fleas.
Your veterinarian is a reliable source of information on safe and effective flea control products for your pet and home.

What Are Fleas?

Fleas

ALLERGY TESTING

March 3, 2016

ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE LEVEL

 

Although alkaline phosphatase is considered a “liver enzyme,” it is produced by other cells, too.
Alkaline phosphatase levels can be affected by many things, including certain medications and a variety of illnesses.
If your pet’s alkaline phosphatase level is abnormal, additional tests may be recommended to determine the cause.

What Is Alkaline Phosphatase?

Alkaline phosphatase (ALKP) is

ASPIRIN TOXICOSIS

March 3, 2016

ASPIRIN TOXICOSIS

High doses of aspirin can be poisonous (toxic) to dogs and cats; cats are more susceptible to aspirin toxicosis than dogs are.
Toxic effects can occur within hours of the pet swallowing aspirin or may take a few days.
Never administer a medication intended for humans to your pet unless instructed to do so by your

AVOIDING INJURY: TIPS FOR INTERPRETING SIGNS OF AGGRESSION IN CATS

March 3, 2016

AVOIDING INJURY: TIPS FOR INTERPRETING SIGNS OF AGGRESSION IN CATS

Most cats exhibit outward signs when they are unhappy or angry about something. Understanding those behaviors may save you from injury.
Show children how to play gently with cats, and discourage them from chasing or restraining a cat.
Never approach a strange cat. If you must interact with

AVOIDING INJURY: TIPS FOR INTERPRETING SIGNS OF AGGRESSION IN DOGS

March 4, 2016

AVOIDING INJURY: TIPS FOR INTERPRETING SIGNS OF AGGRESSION IN DOGS

Occasionally dogs will become fractious during handling; however, steps can be taken to minimize this potential problem.
Minimizing dogs’ exposure to sudden changes in the environment and acclimating them slowly to changes is important.
Proper restraint of your dog is crucial to avoid injury when handling dogs.
Wear protective

OBESITY IN PETS: TIPPING THE SCALE IN YOUR FAVOR

March 4, 2016

OBESITY IN PETS: TIPPING THE SCALE IN YOUR FAVOR

Approximately half of the pets in the United States are either overweight or obese. The health consequences of obesity include increased risk for joint disease, heart and respiratory problems, and diabetes.
As with humans, weight management is not a quick fix, and the associated goals and lifestyle changes

PET HEALTH INSURANCE: WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOUR PET?

March 4, 2016

PET HEALTH INSURANCE: WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOUR PET?

Pet insurance can help you budget for unforeseen medical expenses for your pet.
It’s important to take a hard look at your budget and decide what you need in an insurance policy.
“Bare bones” plans typically offer coverage for illnesses and emergencies; “comprehensive” policies tend to include reimbursement for routine

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS VACCINE

March 4, 2016

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS VACCINE

Cats tend to hide their illnesses, so physical examination by your veterinarian can help determine if your cat is sick.
Regular physical examinations are recommended for all pet cats.
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which is caused by a contagious virus, can be an untreatable, fatal illness in cats.
Cats housed in group-living

PREVENTING HEARTWORMS AND FLEAS

March 4, 2016

PREVENTING HEARTWORMS AND FLEAS

Heartworms and fleas are parasites that can cause serious problems. Fortunately, these parasites can be prevented by using safe, effective, and easy-to-administer medications.
Heartworm disease damages the heart, lungs, and related blood vessels and can be fatal. This disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Heartworm disease in dogs is treatable,

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