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What Goes in Your Pet First Aid Kit?

You don’t have to be a Scout to know that being prepared for an emergency is a smart idea. After all, you probably have bandages, topical ointments, and other items for human first aid needs. Why not prepare something similar for your pets?


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"Bee" Careful: Stings Can Be Serious!

April showers bring May flowers…and with them, bees.

Just like humans, pets can have severe or even life-threatening reactions to bee stings. Unfortunately, our furry friends are also at greater risk for stings due to their curious and playful nature.

Because pets often like to chase, swat, or bite at bees and other flying insects, they are most likely to be stung in the mouth or on the muzzle, nose, face, or paws. It is also common for dogs to accidentally step on a bee while out on a walk.


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Why Should Indoor-Only Cats be Microchipped?

National Check the Chip Day is August 15th. This important date isn’t the occasion to rummage through your pantry for stale snacks (although that’s always a good thing to do once in a while); it’s actually meant to serve as a yearly reminder to pet owners to check their pets’ microchip registrations and update any information if necessary.


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How Do I Know When to Take My Pet to the Vet?

How do I know when to take my pet to the vet? This is a good question. And it is a rather common question. Because too many times, pet owners worry that they waited too long or brought their pet to see the doctor too soon, and somehow they will be at fault if Fluffy has any issues.


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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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What is Pandora Syndrome?

Kitty urinary problems are often difficult to diagnose. They can even be difficult for you as the cat owner to recognize unless kitty chooses a location away from the litter box to urinate. Cats can also have blood in the urine and painful urination.


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Myths and Truths About Mutts vs. Purebreds

When choosing the right dog for you and your family, there are many considerations to weigh. Which dog could be the right fit for your lifestyle? One of the more difficult issues is the question of whether to get a mixed breed (mutt) or a purebred dog. There are pros and cons to each, as well as differing opinions. There are also some misconceptions about what is available to the potential dog owner and some information out there that may not be completely accurate.


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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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