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Taking Care of Your Pet

Most important is love, but pets do require a few other things to be well cared-for!


Birthing Puppies
 Preparing for the pitter-patter of little paws? What can you expect and what should you watch for?
Blood Work is a Basic Evaluation Tool
 Blood work - presurgical or otherwise - is usually a combination of a complete blood count (CBC) and a blood chemical analysis. Blood work is a basic evaluation tool. Pets, particularly senior ones, should have a CBC at every annual examination.
Breeding Information for People Who Want to Breed Dogs
 Valuable information for those wishing to breed dogs.
Dental Home Care for Dogs and Cats
 Imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you didn't brush them daily. The same applies to your pet's teeth. Here are some ways you can care for your pet's teeth at home.
Emptying a Dog's Anal Sacs
 Is your pet scooting? Smelling a fishy foul odor? Noticing some licking under the tail? Dogs with impacted anal sacs usually scoot their rear on the ground in an attempt to empty the glands. Some dogs will lick their anal area and other dogs will chase their tails. Cats often lick the fur off just under their tails.
Euthanasia of Companion Animals
 The decision to euthanize a pet should be one that you always look back upon and know that the best decision was made and that you would make the same decision again in the same situation. So how do you know if it is time?
Exercise and Why Dogs Need It
 A dog whose exercise needs are met may rest more calmly at home and be less fretful when left alone. The modern dog-management mantra of “A good dog is a tired dog” is gospel to many people. Exercise can improve bone and joint health. Heart and lung function can improve.
Financial Assistance for Veterinary Bills
 This list of organizations that provide pet owners with financial assistance in paying veterinary bills can help pet owners find the most appropriate organization for them.
Hurting Pets for Attention
 People with Munchausen syndrome sometimes claim their pets are ill, or purposefully hurt their pets, so that they can get attention. The researchers refer to this activity as Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Imaging Tests (Radiology Options) for Pets
 Imaging in veterinary medicine has advanced greatly since the first radiographs (x-rays) were taken of pets just decades ago. Now there is a multitude of imaging tests available to help diagnose and treat diseases in our pets. These tests include radiography (x-rays), ultrasound, CT (or CAT) scans, and MRI scans.
Internet Research: Gathering Information Efficiently and Wisely
 Anyone can publish a Web site and anyone can say just about anything they like. Here are some hints to retrieve quality information on pet health care while immediately discarding the bad.
Keeping your Pet Healthy and Happy
 Other than spending time with them, how can you ensure that your pet - the one who shares your home and heart - remains as happy and healthy as possible? What's needed besides lots of love and time?
Lab Values for Dogs and Cats
 The normal range of values from a given test at a given laboratory will usually be listed on the results form, so that you can see immediately what is not in a normal range; often, results considered to be outside of the norm will be in bold text. Your veterinarian will point out to you which values are of concern and why.
Neuter Slideshow of Cats
 Ever wanted to see what happens during a cat's neuter? Photographs and illustrations offer a step-by-step view of the surgical process.
Neutering the Male Cat
 This is probably the simplest surgical procedure your veterinarian will do. Click here to find out what exactly is done, how it helps, and what to expect about recovery.
Neutering your Male Dog
 Neutering a dog will help prevent or curtail a number of unpleasant behavioral problems and can also prevent prostate disease. This simple surgery is an important part of responsible pet ownership. Click here for an FAQ.
Pilling Dogs and Cats
 Sadly, some estimates of veterinary compliance are as low as 20% to 30%, which means many pets aren't healing as well as they could be, and money is being spent for little value.
Post-Operative Care for Pets
 After your pet has surgery, post-operative care is critical in terms of comfort, safety, and recuperation. Proper post-op care aids healing, minimizes the risk of requiring additional corrective surgeries, speeds recovery and is vital to a successful outcome.
Pregnancy Termination in Dogs and Cats
 Unwanted pet pregnancy happens and some choices have to be made. Let's review your options: Have the babies, spay during pregnancy, or medical abortion.
Pregnant Dog Care
 Are you getting ready for the pitter-patter of little paws? As with humans, one can minimize complications with proper care in pregnancy. Having puppies may sound easy and it may seem like the dog does all the work, but that is not always how it turns out.
Reliable Websites for Veterinary Care
 How can you choose information sources carefully?
Reproduction Seminar about Dogs (Transcript)
 Transcript of the January 8, 2002 online seminar with noted canine reproduction expert Dr. Robert Van Hutchison.
SI and U.S. Standard Measurements: Conversion Confusion for Pet Owners
 SI is the modernized version of the metric system of measurement. It is the language universally used in science and medicine. SI is an abbreviation from the or International System of Units.
Safe Gardening for Dogs and Cats
 The garden shops and catalogs are full of gorgeous garden shrubs and flowers. They tell us how to water and how much sunshine is needed, but rarely do they tell us if the plant is pet safe.
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 You and your veterinarian are the mainstay of the team that will take care of your pet's health, so it's best if you find a veterinarian that you can work with.
Spaying Cats
 Spaying your pet cat is also very important, not only to keep down pet overpopulation, but for your personal mental health, as well! It is also good for the cat... Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this procedure.
Spaying your Female Dog
 Spaying your pet dog is very important not only to keep down pet overpopulation, but also for the health of your dog as well.
Veterinary Certifications: The Alphabet Soup of Specialists
 A list of the most common certifications and what those initials mean can help you feel more comfortable when you need to see a specialist.
Veterinary Technicians Influence a Clinic's Success
 If you thought all they do is restrain animals, you'll be cheered to understand how much they do beyond that.

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