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This section contains information on some of the most common medical problems and issues of dogs and cats. It is designed to assist pet owners in better understanding their pets’ health problems and issues.

  • Dental Care for Your Pet
    Puppies and kittens are born with deciduous, or baby, teeth. These teeth tend to be very sharp and also somewhat fragile. They begin falling out at about 12 weeks of age, starting with the small front teeth called incisors. Many people do not notice when their pets lose their baby [...]   Read More »

  • Household Hazards
    Just like for a toddler, your home can be full of hazards for your pets. This is especially true if you have a new puppy or kitten, but even adult pets can get injured or ill in your home. Flavored medications: Beware of flavored medications. While this may make administering [...]   Read More »

  • Intestinal Parasites
    Does your veterinarian ask you to bring in a stool sample at your pet’s check-up? Do you know why? If not, this article is for you. A fecal examination is important, especially for pets that do not receive monthly heartworm medication or de-worming. Part of the sample that you bring [...]   Read More »

  • Microchips
    Home Again, one of the makers of microchips for pets, has a website that keeps count of pets that have been chipped. Last time I looked, there had been 3,567,715 pets chipped and 308,647 lost pets had been recovered because of Home Again chips. Microchips are a great method of [...]   Read More »

  • Should You Worry About Bird Flu and Your Pet Cat?
    Avian influenza H5N1 is still making headline news. A recent press conference given by United States Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt, indicated that the United States is monitoring the migratory bird populations very closely for [...]   Read More »

  • Spring Parasites are Here!
    With the arrival of spring, comes the arrival of pesky parasites. The following article is a discussion of common parasites that are of concern to you and your pet. Fleas and ticks arrive with the thawing of the ground. These parasites, especially fleas, are a problem for all pets, indoors [...]   Read More »

  • Winter Care
    Winter is a great time of the year with lots of fun to be had by all. However, there are some hazards associated with this special time of the year. This article will help you be more prepared for winter with your pets. Extreme weather Beware of extreme cold. Although [...]   Read More »

Please note that this information does not replace professional veterinary care. It is solely for educational purposes. Your pet’s medical condition should be evaluated by a veterinarian before any medical decisions are implemented. If there is a potentially life-threatening emergency involving your pet, take your pet to a veterinarian or veterinary facility immediately.

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