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Nutrition Center - Tips

KONG Announces Limited Recall of Jumbo Aussie Sticks

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Jakk’s Pacific, Inc. and KONG have voluntarily recalled two lots of dog treats from PetSmart stores due to non-toxic mold growth. The following KONG dog treats are being recalled: KONG Jumbo Aussie Sticks Beef Item Code:...

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Preventing Vaccine Associated Illness in Pets, Part 1 of 2

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Does your pet suffer from an immune system problem? As our bodies require the continual protection afforded by the complex interaction of white blood cells, antibodies, microorganisms (bacteria, etc.), hormonal signals, and more, I really feel...

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petMD Survey Reveals Pet Owners Misunderstand Prescribed Diets

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Philadelphia, PA – August 11, 2014 – Many pet owners are being introduced to the benefits of therapeutic diet by their veterinarians. "Therapeutic diets can be helpful in the nutritional management of diabetes mellitus, heart...

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7 Tips for Keeping Your Cat Happy

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The month of September has been designated as Happy Cat Month. That’s right — a whole month dedicated to keeping your cat happy and, of course, healthy. Although we're now at the end of September, here are my top tips...

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Top 10 Holistic Tips For Managing Your Pet's Fall Allergies

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By Patrick Mahaney, VMD Regardless of location, the elemental tumult of fall (dying plant life, dryness, moisture, cooler temperatures, wind, etc.) stirs up environmental allergens and irritants that can affect the eyes, nose, skin,...

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Bravo! Recalls Select Turkey and Chicken Pet Foods for Dogs and Cats

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Bravo! is recalling select lots of Bravo! Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The following Bravo! pet food products are being recalled due to potential...

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AVMA's New Guidelines Aim to Reduce Spread of Disease in Shelter Pets

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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has just released a new set of guidelines entitled Relocation of Dogs and Cats for Adoption: Best Practices. It is a comprehensive look at what is necessary to ensure that transportation of...

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Scandal in Poland as Charges Dismissed for Donkeys Caught Having Public Sex

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WARSAW – A pair of amorous Polish donkeys have recovered their right to make love in public after a local official sought to keep them apart. The scandal erupted earlier this week when zoo-goers saw the animals, which have already...

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Clients Comment on the Funniest Things

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This may sound strange, but it is sometimes slightly surreal to suddenly be made aware that clients are people, just like me. When I’m treating someone’s animal, be it a pony or a bull, I’m often focused mostly on the animal...

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The Role of Diet in Treating Epileptic Dogs

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Diet is an often overlooked component of treating dogs with epilepsy. No, I’m afraid I don’t have any insider information on a miracle food that prevents seizures. The ketogenic diets that help many human epileptics don’t seem...

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How to Be Your Own Pet Insurance Company

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Despite public perception, veterinary services are a bargain compared to medical and dental services. Few medical and dental consumers are aware of what their providers bill their insurance company. Most consumers are only aware of their co-pay....

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9. Buy Cat/Dog Toys and Other Essentials

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Dogs have an intrinsic need to chew and catsloveto explore and scratch. So save your shoes, purses, and furniture by having an adequate supply of dog chew toys and cat scratching posts on hand. Other new dog and cat essentials include bedding,...

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8. Buy Quality Pet Food

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Getting your new pet a complete and balanced diet is vital part of keeping them happy and healthy for many years to come. However, says Dr. Lorie Huston, a small animal veterinarian with over 20 years of experience, the nutritional needs...

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7. Establish an Exercise Routine

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Though it may seem like your new four-legged friend loves nothing more than to nap on the couch, dogs and cats need regular exercise to stay healthy just like people do. From long evening walks to a daily game of fetch or "chase the...

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6. Train Early and Often

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Practicing basic training as soon as your pet comes into your home is key to having a well-behaved dog or cat later on. Check with the animal shelter about local training classes and ask friends and family about pet trainers they trust. For...

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5. Pet-proof Your Other Pets

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When it comes to other pets already in your home, it's a little trickier. Their territorial instincts will often go into overdrive with the introduction of a new pet. If possible, introduce the new dog or cat to your other pets gradually...

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4. Pet-proof Your Family

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Many pets being introduced into a new home will need some time to adjust to the new attention and surroundings. Take it slow and easy and let them naturally find their place in the family. If there are children, especially young children...

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3. Pet-proof Your Home

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Dogs are curious and will bite, lick, and eat almost anything, while catsloveto jump up on counters to explore or use furniture for scratching. Your job is to make sure all the dangerous and valuable stuff — chemicals, cleaning agents,...

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2. Find a Veterinarian

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In many ways the veterinarian will be your most trusted advisor and the person you'll rely on the most when things go bad. Need advice on dog or cat food? See your vet. Not sure if you should neuter or vaccinate your pet? See your vet....

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1. Get Your Pet ID'd

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Our beloved pets become lost all the time! In fact, nearly 1 in 6 pet parents will lose a dog or cat within a 5 year period, according to a 2012APCA survey. Reduce your risk by strapping on an ID collar on your newly adopted pet, or equipping...

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How to Prepare for Your Newly Adopted Pet

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Congratulations on your decision toadopt a pet. You'll come to experience so many wonderful feelings with your dog or cat – and at other times want to pull your hair out of frustration. Fortunately, petMD has created the following...

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9 Ways You Can Be the BEST New Pet Parent on the Block

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Congratulations on your decision to adopt a pet. Here are a few simple tips on how to best prepare yourself, your family, and your home for the new pet.

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9. Buy Cat/Dog Toys and Other Essentials

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Dogs have an intrinsic need to chew and cats love to explore and scratch. So save your shoes, purses, and furniture by having an adequate supply of dog chew toys and cat scratching posts on hand. Other new dog and cat essentials include bedding,...

READ MORE

8. Buy Quality Pet Food

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Getting your new pet a complete and balanced diet is vital part of keeping them happy and healthy for many years to come. However, says Dr. Lorie Huston, a small animal veterinarian with over 20 years of experience, the nutritional needs will...

READ MORE

7. Establish an Exercise Routine

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Though it may seem like your new four-legged friend loves nothing more than to nap on the couch, dogs and cats need regular exercise to stay healthy just like people do. From long evening walks to a daily game of fetch or "chase the toy...

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