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Dogs


Summer Heat and Your Dog

Temperature elevation in your dog can happen for more than one reason - they could have a fever (which often means infection), or it could be elevated from environmental factors such as heat and humidity. A dog’s normal temperature ranges from 99 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures in the 103-105 range could mean heat exhaustion.


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Severe Weather Prep and Planning for Pets

Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires. There’s no part of the country that hasn’t been affected by weather emergencies in recent years.

This is why it’s a good idea to have an emergency plan for your entire family, including your pets. Hopefully, you’ll never need it. But since summer is prime time for severe storms and flooding, why not take a few minutes to review your plan and if needed, create a “go” bag in case of emergency?


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What are Hookworms?

In short, hookworms are a nasty little parasite can cause a boatload of problems for you and your pet. The good news is a yearly fecal exam will help make sure your dog or cat is healthy and parasite-free!

Let's look at the info you need to know to protect your pet and your family from hookworms: 


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Does Your Dog Have Heart Disease?

If your dog coughs a lot, seems to gag, and/or no longer has the stamina to go on miles-long hikes, it could be due to heart problems.

After all, the heart is responsible for pumping blood (which contains oxygen and nutrients) throughout the body. This provides energy.

When your dog’s body doesn’t get enough oxygen, he feels fatigued and isn’t as playful. You might chalk it up to “old age” if your dog is getting older, but it could be something more. It could be heart problems.


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World Pet Memorial Day

World Pet Memorial Day was created as a special day to memorialize beloved pets that have passed away. It is observed every year on the second Tuesday in June, and it is a great time to celebrate the lives of your pets. Although pets are only in our lives for a short time, they stay in our memories forever. It’s a small consolation, but it’s nice to know there are many ways you can honor the memories of your pets this June.


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National Pet ID Week April 16 - 23

 

One out of three pets will go missing in their lifetime. A million animals enter shelters every year. Of that 40-60 % are pets lost from their homes and families. Many organizations exist to help owners and pets reunite, but the sad truth is without some form of reliable identification, most pets never find their way home.

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When Fido Fluffy Kissy Poo Becomes Cujo the Killer

 

How to Stay Safe Around Dogs

A good friend of mine recently was attacked and bitten by a neighborhood dog. Nobody saw it coming. The dog had seemed friendly in prior circumstances and even the owner thought a quick pat on the back would be nice for all. Yet this dog still turned and bit...hard.


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