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pet-examYou have probably heard in the past not to give your pet candy or chocolate, but many people are completely unaware of why candy and chocolate are dangerous for pets. There are a number of reasons you should keep these things away from your pets.

Theobromine

Chocolate contains theobromine. This is a chemical that can build up to toxic levels. While it can be toxic in humans as well, it takes much less of the chemical to cause health problems in pets, particularly small dogs. The human body can process theobromine much faster than a small pet can. This means that the chemical builds up in the pet and can cause diarrhea, vomiting, or sometimes even seizures and death.

Xylitol

Many candies, gums, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. This is another chemical that can be harmful to your pet. In pets, this chemical can cause their blood sugar level to drop and even cause liver failure. You will notice your pet vomiting, having diarrhea, or being lethargic.

pet-examWe all have probably heard of acupuncture at one point or another. You might remember it as the procedure that people receive that involves little needles sticking out of their bodies. Well, acupuncture is more than being poked by needles a few times. It is a natural form of treatment that is based on the idea that all things are connected, and that there is a balance within these things. Acupuncture, combined with other forms of holistic therapies, can be used to create this balance in veterinary care. What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat? Acupuncture can be used for pets in all stages of life. Acupuncture for pets is being used to treat a variety of conditions such as:
  •      Chronic Arthritis
  •      Kidney Disease
  •      Liver Disease
  •      Heart Disease
  •      Seizures
  •      Pain Management
  •      Thyroid Conditions
  •      Separation Anxiety
In addition to acupuncture, one of our Veterinarians might also implement a few more holistic approaches such as the use of herbal formulas. Some experts say that by combining both these treatments, it further enhances the effects of acupuncture.

Kim HashYour dog is your best friend for a reason! His companionship isn’t just comforting - it is scientifically proven to improve your health and longevity. Just in case you needed a few more reasons to love your pup, check out these great benefits of pet ownership. Your Dog Helps Your Stress Evaporate You look forward to greeting your dog at the door at the end of a long day, and you grin when you tell your colleagues funny stories about your dog’s mischief. These fond interactions immediately lower your stress levels and encourage better health. According to research, a mere 12 minutes with a canine companion can significantly lower stress and anxiety. It is for this reason that many hospitals and clinics keep a steady rotation of dogs in their facilities to boost patients’ spirits. Decreased Heart Disease Risk Factors You know your dog can bark to alert you of an intruder, but he even has the power to decrease your heart disease risk factors. The CDC and NIH both completed studies that concluded that pet owners have lower pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels than non-pet owners. Considering that blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides are the three factors that most heavily influence your risk of heart disease, this is a very significant finding! Even if someone has already suffered a heart attack or other heart health issue, patients with pets demonstrate quicker recovery times.

Spaying or neutering your cat is an important element of his or her health. It’s also one of the most effective ways to prevent overpopulation and reduce the number of abandoned or unwanted animals who are euthanized at shelters every year. Since spaying will eliminate the crying and nervous pacing of adult females in heat and undesirable sexual behaviors of male cats, spaying and neutering should be a priority for every pet owner. Once your cat is fully spayed or neutered, take the following steps to ensure proper care and recovery for your favorite pet. Immediately After the Procedure Spaying and neutering procedures occur under general anesthesia, so your pet will be unconscious during the operation. You female cat will have her uterus and ovaries removed through a small cut in the abdominal wall, while your male cat will have his testicles removed using two incisions on either side of the scrotum. In the first 24 hours after surgery, you’ll notice your pet may act groggy and sleep a great deal. This is a normal side effect of anesthesia. Be sure to keep your cat in a small room or crate to sleep so he can’t overexert himself, and make sure he is comfortable and secure.

You know that vaccinations are important for newborn babies, young children, and the elderly, but have you given enough attention to the vaccines your pet needs? From the time your dog is a puppy, he needs specific vaccinations to be protected from dangerous infections and diseases. Here’s everything you should know about the most important vaccines for your furry friend. The Importance of Vaccinations For Your Dog Vaccines work by placing a very small amount of a specific infectious organism into your dog’s body. It’s not dangerous, but it is powerful enough to help your dog’s immune system identify the organism and build a strong immunity against it for the future. A group of vaccines known as the “core vaccines” protect your dog against a variety of dangerous illnesses. Many of them are even mandatory in certain counties because they protect from severe diseases that might also put humans in harm’s way.

Is your dog current on his vaccinations? It’s important to remember that your children aren’t the only ones who need scheduled vaccines to stay healthy. Your family pet is also vulnerable to specific diseases that vaccines are proven to prevent. By staying current with your vet and ensuring your dog receives the following core vaccines, you can protect and enhance his health for years to come. Why Do Dogs Need to Be Vaccinated? Just like in humans, vaccinations protect your dog from dangerous illnesses. Many vaccines are even mandatory because they protect from severe diseases that might also put humans in harm’s way. Other “non-core” vaccines are important, but are optional based upon your dog’s lifestyle and location. Vaccines work by injecting your dog with a very small amount of an infectious organism. As your dog’s immune system identifies the organisms as foreign bodies, it begins to fight them away. This succeeds in building up a strong immunity against the organisms in the future and prevents illness. Your vet will help you determine the best vaccination schedule for your dog based upon his age, size, breed, medical history, and overall health. Some dogs need more time than others in between vaccinations.

You know that it is important to keep your own weight within a healthy range, but what about your pet’s weight? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, and those numbers continue to increase each year. If your dog or cat falls into the category of being overweight, it has the potential to negatively influence his health and longevity. Here’s what you should know about helping your pet back to an ideal weight.

Since cats are indoor animals, it’s easy to overlook the most important elements of their summer safety by assuming that they’ll remain comfortable in the air conditioning until fall and winter arrive. However, just like dogs, cats need certain protections during the hot weather months in order to stay safe and comfortable. Lots and Lots of Ice Ice can go a long way in keeping your cat comfortable during hot weather. First, if you’re leaving for the day, simply place a few ice cubes in your kitty’s water bowl to ensure her water will remain nice and cold all day long. Second, freeze water in a small bottle overnight and then wrap it in a towel in the morning. Place the wrapped frozen bottle in your feline’s favorite lounging spot so that she can enjoy its coolness if she feels overheated.

63832025 - dog drinking water from bowlWater is essential to life, not just for you but for your dog as well. Just like severely dehydrated children and adults can end up in the hospital, a dehydrated dog will experience a number of dangerous and unpleasant symptoms. Here is what you need to know to avoid doggy dehydration and ensure that your pup always has plenty to drink. Why Does Dehydration Affect Dogs?