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  • How to Manage Hairballs for Your Cat

    from The Pet Health Care Gazette

    Thursday April 24th, 2014 at 04:00 PM

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    If youre a cat owner, youve probably experienced the thrill of hairballs. Most likely, your cat produced one at night and you found it by stepping in it with bare feet, or at least thats the way it always seems to happen in my house.

    Hairballs are fairly easy to recognize. They are generally long and cylindrical (like a tube) and consist primarily of hair.

    Keeping your cat well groomed is one of the better defenses against hairballs. Photo credit: DepositPhotos.com/jentara

    Though an...

  • Should You Ever Consider Giving a Pet “Free to a Good Home”?

    from The Pet Health Care Gazette

    Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 at 07:51 PM

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    Nobody likes to think about being forced to make the decision to give up a beloved pet. But sometimes life throws unexpected twists at us and leaves us with few choices. If you find yourself in that situation, it might be tempting to believe that offering your pet free to a good home is the best option. In fact, if you peruse websites like Craigslist, youve probably seen lots of these types of ads. (As an aside, I dont generally recommend rehoming or adopting a pet from sites such as...

  • Causes of Sudden Blindness in Pets

    from The Pet Health Care Gazette

    Monday April 21st, 2014 at 11:41 PM

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    There are many things that can cause your pet to suddenly appear blind. Well talk today about some of the most common. Realize though that there is a difference between a pet that suffers from sudden blindness and those that suffer a more gradual loss of vision. The differential list for pets that suddenly become blind is much different from the potential causes of progressive vision loss.

    Photo Credit: DepositPhotos.com/circotasu

    Many of the causes of true sudden blindness are treatable if...

  • Common and/or Dangerous Pet Parasites (Infographic)

    from The Pet Health Care Gazette

    Monday April 21st, 2014 at 12:43 AM

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    Parasites can be a huge problem for pets. There are many different types of parasites. Some are much more dangerous than others. Some can be passed between species and some cannot. There are even some parasites that can be passed to people from their pets, or to pets from their people.

    Entirely Pets has put together an infographic listing what they feel are the top ten most dangerous pet parasites. The infographic is below but Id like to make a few observations of my own also.

    The most common...

  • Enjoy But Keep Your Pet Safe on Easter

    from The Pet Health Care Gazette

    Sunday April 20th, 2014 at 03:46 AM

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    Id like to take a moment to wish all of you who celebrate Easter a very happy one. I hope the day is all you planned and more.

    Photo credit: DepositPhotos.com/EvyMenka

    While we celebrate Easter though, its important to keep our pets safe. Here are some of the most common dangers encountered by both dogs and cats.

    Enjoy Easter plants and flowers cautiously. Lilies, particularly Easter lilies, are commonly seen as decorations for the holiday. However, these plants can be deadly to your pet....
  • Thinking About a Bunny, Chick, or Duck for Easter? Think Again!

    from The Pet Health Care Gazette

    Saturday April 19th, 2014 at 12:04 PM

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    Its that time of year again. Easter is tomorrow. And numerous Tractor Supply Companies, pet stores, and other suppliers are offering baby rabbits, chicks, or ducklings for sale. Each Easter, the demand for baby chicks, bunnies, ducks, and other animals soars. The animals are often given to children as gifts, but most pets never live to see their first birthday.

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    These babies are cute. I get that. I totally understand the temptation to purchase one and...

  • Amazing Animal Foster Moms

    from The Pet Health Care Gazette

    Wednesday April 16th, 2014 at 07:51 PM

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    The mothering instinct is strong in many females. This is true in the animal world as well as in the human world. The images and stories in this infographic speak for themselves. Enjoy.

    10 Amazing Foster Moms In Nature [Infographic] by the team at Giraffe.ie

  • Dr. Temple Grandin – Scientist, Activist, Author, Hero

    from The Pet Health Care Gazette

    Tuesday April 15th, 2014 at 04:22 PM

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    Most of you who have been around the animal industry have heard of Temple Grandin. To many of you, she is probably an inspiration in addition to being an outspoken advocate for animals and people. She has been an active part of raising awareness about autism, or perhaps more appropriately, autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She has also been instrumental in implementing change in the livestock industry.

    Born with autism herself, Grandin did not begin to speak until four years of age. After...

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