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Hip Dysplasia Illustration

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Hip dysplasia is askeletal diseases seen in many types of dogs. It begins with thefailure of the hip joints to develop normally, andleading to loss of function of the hip joints. The illustration below will familiarize you with the key components...

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Can Your Reptile Bond with You?

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By Jill Fanslau Reptiles are cold-blooded, but does that mean they’re cold-hearted, too? Experts aren’t exactly sure if reptiles have the ability to bond with humans or not. “Unlike domesticated dogs and cats,...

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7. Live Prey Left in for Too Long

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As surprising as it may seem, Dr. Starkey says, many reptiles are seriously injured each year by the live prey items fed to them. This usually occurs with rodents repeatedly biting snakes and causing severe wounds. That’s one of the reasons...

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6. Poisonous Plants

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Poisonous plants (such as this Azalea, pictured above) are more likely to be a risk in larger outdoor tortoise habitats, Dr. Starkey says. But some poisonous plants could mistakenly find their way into an indoor reptile terrarium, and subsequently...

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5. Incorrect Bedding

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Different reptiles need different types of substrate, or bedding. (Check out PetSmart’s Care Guides to see the right kind of bed for your reptile.) For example, sand beds are harmful to insectivores like bearded dragons because they could...

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4. Dirty Water

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You can’t blame your pet for wanting to soak in its water bowl. After all, you do the same thing when you take a relaxing bath. But reptiles also tend to defecate in their water bowls, which can quickly lead to unsanitary conditions—as...

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3. Lack of UV Bulbs

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Most pet reptiles other than snakes and nocturnal lizards (like leopard geckos) require UVB light. “This allows them to complete the formation of active vitamin D within their skin,” says Dr. Starkey. Just like for you, vitamin D...

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2. Hot Rocks

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On the same token, hot rocks could put your reptile pal in serious danger. Although they aren’t nearly as popular as they used to be, these rocks are one way to provide supplemental heat in a habitat, Dr. Starkey says. Avoid them at all...

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1. Excessive Heat

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While many pet reptiles require more heat than your home might provide, they can be susceptible to excessive heat, says Simon Starkey, BVSc, PhD, D.ABVP(Avian), Education Veterinarian and Technical Services Manage for PetSmart. To help curb...

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Terrarium Tips

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By Andrew Daniels You’d never decorate your house with explosives, so why would you adorn your pet’s place with equally dangerous décor? Steer clear of these hazardous mistakes when you’re tending to your reptile’s...

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7 Terrarium Dangers for Reptiles

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? Steer clear of these hazardous mistakes when you’re tending to your reptile’s terrarium.

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What Do Pet Snakes Eat?

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By Jill Fanslau Snakes have been known to eat some wacky things: golf balls, lightbulbs, a pregnant sheep, and a gator. Luckily for you, your pet snake will probably stick to a more basic diet of adult rats and mice, says Adam...

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The Traveling Veterinarian - Music to Get You From Here to There

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I spend a lot of time in my truck driving from farm call to farm call, which means I spend a lot of time surfing the radio. There’s a tape deck in the truck, which gives you some idea of how old the vehicle is, but my tape collection is...

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Learning Gratitude from Service Dogs

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Can you stop and think of all you take for granted? You wake up. You rise from bed. You feel tired. You shower and dress yourself. You make your own breakfast. You drive to work. You have a job. You feed yourself lunch. You make phone...

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Choosing a Reptile

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Choosing the best reptile for your family isn't easy. There are a lot of factors to consider such as diet, habitat, and lifespan. We've broken it down to give you a starting point in thereptile research process.

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Your Dog's Poop Can Energize Your Home

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Unlike most students, I did not make the decision to go to veterinary school because of an overwhelming need to help animals. This is not to say I don’t love animals, it is just that I had a different motive. I needed a career that would...

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Pets Help People and Communities

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The health benefits for individuals who own pets have been well documented: Petting an animal reduces a person’s blood pressure. Dog owners get more exercise than non-dog owners. After heart attack, death rates are...

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How to Treat H3N2 Flu in Dogs

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By Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM If your dog has been diagnosed with H3N2 influenza, this is what you can expect to happen next. Medication: Many dogs with H3N2 flu receive antibiotics to prevent or treat secondary bacterial infections...

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When Dogs Bite: Are You 'Asking for It?'

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When my son was seven, each child in the class was asked to draw an animal as part of a story. Being a child of my blood, he of course drew a dog. The little boy who sat next to him started crying. “Not a DOOOOG!” he yelled....

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What is the Best Food for a Dog with a Sensitive Stomach?

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Does your dog sometimes skip meals or occasionally vomit and have diarrhea for no apparent reason? Does everything return to normal with little in the way of treatment only for the symptoms to return at a later date? If so, your dog probably...

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When is an Infection Not an Infection? Ear Mites Aren’t Quite the Ordeal They Used to Be Chronic Ear Infections and the TECA Dog Ear Infection and Inflammation

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Ear Infections Will Keep Reoccurring Unless the Underlying Problem is Dealt With

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Healthy adult pets with “normal” ear anatomy almost never get ear infections. It is reasonable to treat the first infection that a dog or cat gets as a random event, but if the infection returns or fails to promptly resolve with...

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The Longer an Ear Infection Goes Without Treatment, the Harder it is to Get Rid of

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Chronic ear infections can lead to permanent alterations in the anatomy of a dog or cat’s ears, making future infections more likely and more difficult to treat. Consult with a veterinarian quickly when your pet develops the typical signs...

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Clean the Ears Properly – At Home

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At home, owners should completely fill the ear canal until it overflows with the *cleaner prescribed by their veterinarian, fold the pinna (ear flap) over the canal, gently massage until a “squishy” noise is heard, and then stand...

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Have the Ears Cleaned Properly – Your Veterinarian

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Getting the “gunk” out of a pet’s ears is an essential part of treatment. In severe cases, a veterinarian may need to sedate the dog or cat to thoroughly flush out the ears down to the level of the ear drum. Examining the ear...

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Nutrition Questions
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Q. My pet is overweight, what should I look for in a food?

A. There are many therapeutic food options available. These foods have been formulated...

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Q. How does Hill's Metabolic Advance weight solution food work?

A. Hill's Pet Nutrition uses the most advanced technologies to understand how nutrients...

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Q. My cat will not eat the renal food my veterinarian recommended, can I feed a grocery store food?

A. Your veterinarian recommended a therapeutic kidney diet because it has ingredients...

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