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Dog and Cat Vaccination FAQ

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Vaccination FAQs Jump to a specific question and answer: 1. My pet has always had a reaction to vaccines; what causes this? 2. How safe are pet vaccines? Do they cause cancer, illness or fatal side effects later? 3. Which...

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Can You Use Diatomaceous Earth for Fleas?

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Reviewed for accuracy on July8, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM If you prefer to use DIY products for your four-legged family member, you’ve probably read about diatomaceous earth for fleas. While it does kill fleas, there are some...

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What’s the Best Kind of Dog Food for Weight Loss?

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Today, pudgy pups are becoming the norm in many American households. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), an estimated 56 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. Since obesity can create a host of medical ailments—from...

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How to Choose the Safest Flea Treatment for Your Cat

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If you’re concerned that your cat has (or might get) fleas, you are probably in the market for a flea preventative medicine. However, safety is a big concern when it comes to treating pets for fleas—especially with cats. And...

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How to Choose the Safest Flea Treatment for Your Dog

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Finding an effective, safe flea treatment for your dog is an important pet parent task. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your dog gets the flea protection they need with as little risk to their health as possible. What...

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What Is the FVRCP Cat Vaccine?

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Your cat’s vaccination reminder comes in the mail with a confusing array of letters—what the heck is an FVRCP vaccine? My cat doesn’t go outside, so why does she need it? You toss it aside as you sort through the rest of...

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What’s the Vet-Recommended Diet for Canine Cushing’s Disease?

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While canine Cushing’s disease can be difficult to diagnose and treat, it can be controlled. And pet parents can effectively manage the disease through a special diet along with traditional medicinal therapy. The traditional treatment...

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10 Myths About Heartworms

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Reviewed for accuracy on June 24, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM It takes just one bite from a mosquito that’s infected with heartworm larvae to jeopardize your pet’s health and welfare. And if your pet becomes infected, heartworm...

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How to Find the Best Flea Treatment for Your Home

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Reviewed for accuracy on June 24, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Even by parasite standards, fleas are annoying. But adult fleas that you see on your pet are only a small part of the problem. “Adult fleas only make up 5 percent...

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What Is Holistic Dog Food?

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Reviewed for accuracy on June24, 2019, by Dr. Natalie Stilwell, DVM With pet ownership on the rise in the US, the pet industry is seeing an uptick in pet food sales across the board. According to the American Pet Products Association,...

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What Is FIV and Why Is the FIV Vaccine No Longer Available?

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If you have cats, you may have heard of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). FIV is a retrovirus (similar to HIV) that is transmitted directly from cat to cat through close contact—usually through bite wounds and scratches. FIV...

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Is There a Special Diet for Hyperthyroidism in Cats?

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Cats with hyperthyroidism have happier, healthier lives when their caregivers are knowledgeable about the disease and its dietary management. Here are some hyperthyroidism management tips about what should be included in a diet for cats...

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Are Hydrangeas Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

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Hydrangeas are plants with broad, flat leaves and large flowers that come in a variety of colors, like pink, red, purple, blue and white. While undoubtedly beautiful, are hydrangeas poisonous to dogs and cats? Technically, the answer...

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Basic Vaccine Schedule for Cats

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Cat vaccinations can get confusing. Not only are there different schedules and needed vaccines for cats and kittens, but there are also some extra vaccines for different lifestyles. It’s difficult for pet parents to understand their...

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Basic Vaccine Schedule for Dogs

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Vaccines are a vital part of your dog’s veterinary care routine, but figuring out which ones they need—and when they need them—can get confusing. And when you add in core vs. noncore vaccines (mandatory shots vs. those recommended...

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Are Lilies Poisonous to Dogs?

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Lilies aren’t just dangerous to cats—they pose a risk to dogs, too. While lethal lily poisonings are rare in dogs, lilies are still considered to be poisonous to our canine companions. You should be aware of lily toxicity...

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Is it Safe to Use Essential Oils for Fleas and Ticks on Pets?

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Essential oils are advertised for a variety of uses, including aromatherapy, beauty care and natural medicine. Because essential oils are naturally derived, people often mistakenly think they are safer alternatives to standard medicines...

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11 FAQ About Tick Bites on Dogs

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Fleas get their share of attention and awareness as pesky nuisances that can plague dogs, but ticks are often overlooked. Did you know that ticks are not even insects? Ticks are actually arachnids, similar to scorpions, spiders and mites—they...

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Are Avocados Poisonous to Dogs?

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Your heart sinks as you realize what has happened. You were slicing an avocado for your Cobb salad, and your black Labrador Retriever scarfed up a slice that slid off the cutting board. You panic. My dog just ate avocado. Are avocados...

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How to Choose a Flea and Tick Pill for Dogs

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When the weather warms up, many pet parents’ thoughts turn to parasites, particularly fleas and ticks. The ongoing battle against those creepy crawlies is a fact of life for dog owners, but flea and tick pills can work wonders in keeping...

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12 Plants That Are Poisonous for Dogs and Cats

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Adding a little greenery to your home decor is always a nice finishing touch—and houseplants can help cleanse the air too—but if you have pets, be careful which plants you choose. Not all plants are safe for pets. In fact,...

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Can I Reapply Flea Treatment Early?

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Are you still seeing fleas after using a topical flea prevention treatment? What should you do now? This is a question asked by frustrated pet parents with itchy pets every day. You might be wondering if you applied it incorrectly,...

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Does My Dog Need a Rabies Vaccine Every Year?

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I am so glad you asked. Why? Because rabies is a viral disease that is almost always fatal once symptoms appear, and proper vaccination is the best and only way to keep you and your dog safe. There is no test that can be done on a living...

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What Is a 5-in-1 Vaccine for Dogs?

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Vaccination is an important step to preventing serious diseases from affecting your furry family members. But why give your pet five shots when they could get what they need in one? For dogs, several of the most common vaccines are typically...

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What Do Flea Eggs Look Like and How Do You Get Rid of Them?

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Just the word “flea” can make us itchy, and it’s no wonder. One flea can rapidly turn into an infestation of fleas that lay innumerable little flea eggs on dogs and cats. Catching fleas early is essential for controlling...

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