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Disease Prevention

What can you do to help keep your pet healthy?


Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog, No Bones about It
 The FDA warns pet owners why bones are bad for dogs.
Brushing your Dog's Teeth
 What would happen if you stopped brushing your own teeth? Even if you only ate hard food as most dogs do, there still would be problems. You should be brushing your dog's teeth twice daily if you can manage it. It's not as difficult as you might imagine.
Canned Food Transition for Cats Addicted to Dry Food
 There are few things in life more frustrating than dealing with a finicky cat. Cats can be incredibly 'set in their ways' when it comes to their dietary preferences. Cats, like children, often resist what is best for them. The transition process often involves much more than just plunking down a new food item. Time, patience, and tricks are often required.
Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs
 Chocolate may be America's favorite flavor. We like chocolate candy, ice cream, chocolate drinks, chocolate cakes, just about anything with that flavor. We may want to share our favorite treat with an eager pet but it is best to think twice and reach for the dog biscuits instead.
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.
Electronic Cigarettes are Toxic to Pets
 An e-cig with a full cartridge can contain up to 36 mg of nicotine, which doesn't sound like a lot until you factor in how toxic nicotine is. For cats and small dogs, ingesting 20 mg of nicotine can be lethal.
FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) Overview
 An overview on Feline Infectious Peritonitis, including clinical presentation, transmission, diagnosis, prevention, testing for the disease, and treatment options.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
 FIV is a virus that causes AIDS in cats; however, there is a long asymptomatic period before AIDS occurs and our job is to prolong this asymptomatic period.
Flea Control for Dogs and Cats
 Fleas are the most common external parasite of companion animals. Flea allergy dermatitis is the most common skin disease of dogs and cats! In order to help select the most appropriate products to achieve a flea-free existence for an allergic pet, learn about the life cycle of the flea.
Grapes of Wrath
 Grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, although doctors don't know why. Dogs who eat grapes and raisins can be treated successfully.
Heartworm Information Center: You are being redirected to updated information on this topic.
 Heartworm is a parasite that most dog owners and many cat owners have to be concerned about. The more you know, the better protected your pet can become. We have put together an information center to take you through the parasite's biology, the preventive medications, diagnosis, and treatment.
Heartworm Preventive Comparison Chart for Dogs and Cats
 Confused about heartworm protection? This chart compares the popular heartworm preventives to assist you in determining which is right for your situation.
Helping Animals During a Disaster
 Not everyone who volunteers at the front line will be heroically sloshing through flood waters looking for stranded animals. There will always be a tremendous need for workers to clean the animal housing units, feed the animals, assist disaster victims looking for their displaced animals, schedule workers, and organize supplies. These are usually positions for those in robust health who are capable of bivouacking at the scene without amenities.
Ice or Ice Water Does Not Cause Bloat in Dogs
 Neither ice nor ice water will cause stomach spasms in a dog that lead to bloat, despite a 2007 viral email that still surfaces every year.
Immunotherapy for Allergies in Dogs and Cats
 Most people know someone who gets periodic "allergy shots" for airborne allergies. What this means is that an individually-made serum is created using small amounts of allergens (proteins against which the person reacts). It works for dogs and cats, too.
Jerky Dog Treats from China may be Associated with Kidney Issues
 The chicken jerky treats made in China have been associated with kidney disease for a few years. Ever since the association between these products and illness was made in 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers to not give these treats to their pets.
Lead in Water: Questions and Answers about Dogs and Cats: You are being redirected to updated information on this topic.
 Pets usually drink the same tap water that people do, meaning that sometimes they drink water containing lead. Lead is bad for pets and people. The CDC's Fact Sheet listed here is as applicable to pets as it is to people.
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.
Obesity is Unhealthy in Dogs and Cats
 Obesity has become an extremely important health problem in the Western world, not just for humans but for dogs and cats as well. Recent estimations suggest that up to 35% of dogs and cats in the U.S. suffer from obesity.
People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets
 While it is okay to share an occasional tidbit with your pet, learn which ones should not be shared at all.
Pet Treats...What to Look out for
 Salmonella-contaminated pig ear treats are historically the main offender, but any animal-based treat that is not processed to kill pathogens (e.g. cooking, pasteurization, irradiation) is a concern.
Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats
 17 plants that are poisonous to dogs or cats from the ASPCA Poison Control Center.
Preventing a Health and Safety Crisis: First Aid
 What can you do to prevent a crisis?
Secondhand Smoke around Dogs and Cats
 Secondhand smoke may cause severe disease in our dogs and cats.
Snake Bite Prevention and Treatment for Dogs
 Most snakes will try to avoid you or your pets; snakes typically bite only as a last resort. But while you may wisely decide to simply walk away when you encounter a snake, dogs and cats will often harass the sliding invader -- and may get bitten as a result.
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.
Sunscreen for Pets
 Sunscreen can and should be used on cats and dogs. Animals that have light-colored noses and thin, very short, or missing fur are most in need of protective sunscreen.
Toothbrushing and Dental Prophylaxis in Cats and Dogs
 Why should I brush my dog's or cat's teeth?
Vaccine Information for Dogs, Cats, Puppies and Kittens
 Vaccination is an important part of a pet's health and it should not be skipped over. If cost is a problem there are several approaches one may take but each has advantages and disadvantages.
Veterinary Clinical Trials and Research Projects
 It is possible that there may be research going on now to learn more about the disease your pet has.
Winter Holiday Hazards for Pets
 Here are some tips for keeping your pets out of danger during the holiday season.
Wound Healing in Dogs and Cats
 Wear and tear on the body is sure to create wounds, some mild, some surgical, and some severe and traumatic. The body is designed to heal damaged tissue regardless of what caused the initial injury and we can help this process by using proper wound disinfection, tissue protection, and trimming.

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