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Pet Flea Control – Tips To Keep Dog Fleas Away All Summer

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Every year pet owners suffer the same frustrations. Warmer weather means more parasites, especially fleas! And, despite good, veterinary approved products, some pets are still subjected to these nasty bugs! What can we do to stop the infestation? By: Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network Fleas are truly a pet...

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Swine Flu In Pet Confirmed

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According to the Veterinary News Network (VNN), several cases of human to pet transmission of the novel H1N1 swine flu have been confirmed. This is new data as previously it was believed that human to animal transmission was limited to birds and pigs. The new cases involve pet ferrets and a single cat. So far no dogs have tested positive according to VNN. One ferret from Oregon recovered but another in Nebraska died. The feline, a 13 year old pet in Iowa, has recovered. According to VNN, treatment options are antibiotics (presumably to protect against secondary bacterial infections) and supportive care. They also state that no swine flu vaccine is currently available for pets. Despite the comfort they offer us, in addition to meticulous hand washing, if you are ill with the flu it is best not to cuddle...

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Annual Vaccinations May Spell Trouble For Dogs

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One a year may be one too many when it comes to vaccinations for dogs. According to an article in Newsday, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says that traditional “one-size-fits-all” protocols may result in “unnecessary over-stimulation of the immune system” which could pose a risk to pet health. In its 2002 vaccine report for dogs and cats, the AVMA suggested vaccines should be divided into “core” and “non-core” categories,” according to Newsday. However, not all veterinarians are heeding the call just yet. It could be old habits and economic factors play a role in delaying the spread of this new thinking in addition to possible legal challenges. As in other areas, the law here is slow to catch up to science. Issues such as vaccine labeling and vaccination requirements for therapy dogs will need review. To read the...

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Dog Arthritis: Medications for Degenerative Arthritis

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Dog Arthritis: Medications for Degenerative Arthritis by Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, DipABVP Degenerative joint disease is the number one cause of chronic pain in the dog and cat. The condition itself is the result of long term stresses and instability of a joint either as a result of old injury or of natural development of the joint in that individual. While surgery may be able to help in some situations, most of the time the degeneration of the joint cannot be reversed and treatment focuses on preventing progression of damage. Numerous products are available on the market; some are best combined with others and some cannot be combined. The following is a summary of options: ASPIRIN Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID. It is effective in relieving pain due to inflammation as is occurring within the arthritic...

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How To Get Pet Insurance For Your Dog

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How To Get Pet Insurance For Your Dog By: Katie Brandt Have you taken your dog to the vet recently? Did you balk at the cost of a regular check up or the price tag of your...

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Dog Diabetes

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By Katrina Hugenot, RN A couple of weeks ago, I’m quietly strolling the streets of California on a relaxed weekend morning. A Schnauzer approaches (with his human) and we are quickly acquainted. Not too far into the chat, I learn that this particular Schnauzer has just been diagnosed with diabetes. The mother relates that this diagnosis may shorten his lifespan by a couple of years. She expresses her confusion: she thought she’d been feeding him ‘well’, so why has he developed diabetes? She tells me that her schedule is now restricted by the Schnauzer’s insulin timetable. She expresses concern that he not be in pain and hope that his diabetes won’t lead to blindness and circulation problems which might disable him. This scene has become all too common. According to petdiabetes.org, approximately 1 in 400 dogs will develop diabetes...

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