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  • Caring for Your Pet Before and After Surgery

    Is a surgery in your pet's future? If it is, you probably have a few questions about pre- and post-surgery care. Paying close attention to care recommendations will help you ensure that the surgery is just a minor disruption to your pet's normal routine. Before Surgery Stop Food Your pet will need

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  • What is an Emergency?

    Signs That Usually Do Not Need ER Care Symptoms that should be seen by a doctor, but not necessarily in an emergency setting include: Itchiness is a common problem, but does not usually need immediate care.  The pet should be seen soon though

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  • The Canine Genome and DNA Testing

    Have you ever looked at your adopted dog with its short legs, shaggy hair and brown spot encircling one eye, and wondered what dog breeds are in there? Now that science has decoded the DNA of dogs, science can tell us many things. Harvard and MIT programs unraveled the canine DNA sequence in 2006,

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  • Why the Controversy About Pet Vaccinations?

    Ask Your Vet About Vaccinations An educated pet owner is a good pet owner. Learn about the various types of vaccinations and discuss them with your veterinarian. Tell the doctor how much time your pet spends outside, whether you travel anywhere together, and about

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  • What Is a Spay?

    Questions to Ask Regarding a Surgery 1. Will the doctor do a physical exam the day of the surgery? 2. Will a technician be monitoring anesthesia for the entire period, including recovery? 3. Will electronic monitors for heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation

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  • Veterinary Laser Therapy Eases A Pet’s Pain

    Is your pet a good candidate for laser therapy? If your pet suffers from arthritis, your pet may be a good candidate for laser therapy. Symptoms of arthritis include limping, or a general “slowing down” in movement; your pet may be unable to jump as

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  • Vaccine Reactions in Pets

    Maintain Records for Pet health Just as in human medicine, it is important to have all medical records available to your veterinarian. However, there are times when obtaining those records can be difficult; such as weekends or during the holidays.  Be sure to ask your veterinarian for

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  • Saving On Pet Costs Doesn't Mean Reducing Care

    Maintain Pet Care While Reducing Costs The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reported that spending on annual veterinary care for dogs and cats rose from $11 billion to $23.2 billion during a 10-year period.  You can maintain your pet's care and well

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  • Pet Care During Tough Times

    Studies have repeatedly shown that a large majority of pet owners consider their pets as a family member. We spoil them with birthday parties, presents, and all manner of toys and treats to keep them happy. But, when money is tight, extra expenses need to go. Sadly, some pet owners choose to avoid veterinary

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  • Preparing for Your Next Vet Visit

    Pet Insurance  A pet insurance policy can make it much easier to afford veterinary bills, but policies may offer substantially different levels of coverage. Before you buy a policy, compare: Coverage It's important to determine what services are covered by the policy. Some policies

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  • Questions to Ask When Considering Which Pet Health Insurance to Buy

    Pet Health Insurance Companies: Embrace Trupanion VPI Pet's Best Hartville Petfirst Healthcare Petplan USA AKC 24PetWatch PurinaCare ASPCA

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  • Planning for Your Dog's Health Care

    Your Dog's First Visit to the Veterinarian During your pet's appointment, your veterinarian will likely ask you a few common questions. Consider these questions before you arrive to ensure an efficient check up. 1. How long have you had your pet? 2. Where did you adopt him or her? 3.

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  • Pet Insurance Explained

    Did You Know? Many employers are starting to offer pet insurance as an employee benefit. Ask your employer for more information. Some companies will even pay for part of the monthly premium. It is easier to insure a pet when they are younger

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  • Lumps and Bumps: Routine Visits Pay Off

    Talk to Your Veterinarian Have you been maintaining your pet's preventive care visits? If your pet has not been receiving annual examinations, now is the time to do so,  to ensure optimal health for your pet. While many lumps and bumps are benign, some can present serious health implications

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  • Feeling Apprehensive About Pet Treatment Involving Anesthesia?

    You Can Prepare for Surgical Procedures that Require Anesthesia If your pet has a planned surgical procedure coming up, you can take simple steps to ensure a good result. Ask your pet's vet about the benefits of using an anesthesia

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  • Don't Delay Pet Care While You Surf For Answers

    Technology Can Jeopardize Pet's Health "Get(ting) Dr. Google's Opinion" is Nancy Kay's perspective of the electronic pet care owners are providing for their beloved pets.  Kay, a veterinarian and author of Speaking for Spot, believes that technology jeopardizes pet health when owners

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