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How to Prevent Your Pet from Getting Heartworms

How to Prevent Your Pet from Getting Heartworms

Your pets are susceptible to diseases that humans either rarely or never contract. That's why you have to look out for things like heartworms, which is a serious disease. Heartworms are the result of a parasitic worm known as Dirofilaria immitis. They'll infect your pet's body and cause harm as they mature. The adult worms are a foot long and live in your pet's heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels. Dogs are the natural hosts for heartworms. The heartworms that infect cats usually won't reach adulthood. As such, we'll mostly go over how heartworms affect dogs. Symptoms of Heartworm Disease While...

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Celebrating Your Dog's Peace of Mind During Holiday Fireworks

Celebrating Your Dog's Peace of Mind During Holiday Fireworks

Pets Don't Have Holidays It's easy for humans to forget that pets don't have weekends. Their's is a 24/7 job. While they continue to surprise us with what they know - and learn - loud noises, flashing lights and frantic neighbors can signal danger and imminent harm. Smart humans combat this with intelligent planning and pragmatic responses. Practice Daily Intervals of Quiet, "You and Me" Time You would be surprised how many dogs need to learn how to just sit next to you and schmooze peacefully.  In my SPCA volunteer days, I used to practice regular command sequences of "sit,"...

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Don't Let Them Bite: Preventing Fleas & Ticks

Don't Let Them Bite: Preventing Fleas & Ticks

Keep Your Pet Safe From Ticks Spring is finally upon us, which means the days are getting longer, the grass is getting greener, and bugs are going to start making a comeback. Fleas and ticks are parasitic pests that can pose health risks to dogs, cats, and people. Thankfully, there are many effective methods of prevention in the battle against the bugs. Here's a look at some of the ways in which you can keep both your home and your pet parasite-free.   Who's At Risk? Fleas and ticks thrive in moist, warm climates and are often found in the...

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Does Your Dog Have Any Separation Anxiety?

Does Your Dog Have Any Separation Anxiety?

Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety, and it can be heartbreaking to see your dog go through that as an owner. While it's impractical to stay home with your dog 24/7/365 when you have to go to work or tend to other responsibilities, there are ways that you can help your dog feel calmer when it comes a time that you have to be apart. Determine the Possible Cause: There are a variety of reasons why your dog might be having separation anxiety. Some of those reasons include: a past traumatic event major changes in their daily routine (constant) loud...

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6 Reasons Why You Should Be Changing Your Pet’s Food

6 Reasons Why You Should Be Changing Your Pet’s Food

Should You Be Changing Your Pet’s Food Regularly? Should you be changing your pet's food regularly? We may be used to feeding our furry friends the same food but there are a variety of reasons why their food should be switched up every once in a while. These reasons include their life stage, activity level, dietary deficiencies and the development of allergies. Life stage As your pet becomes older, their food should be changed to reflect their nutritional needs. For example, a puppy should be fed puppy kibble. As they age, they will move on to adult and senior kibble,...

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