The importance of the expiration date

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Pay attention to drug expiration dates

Many pet owners would choose to skip their vacation or the purchase of a new television set if it was a choice between those things and the health of their pet. Everything seems so costly these days: dinner out, movies, clothes, even water which should really be free is on the shelves everywhere for sale in plastic bottles. Those of us with pets quickly come to realize that pet ownership is very costly under ordinary circumstances, and an unexpected illness could easily lay ruin to the most carefully planned out budget. Shopping around to decrease some of the costs associated with healthcare is generally not a bad idea, but sometimes I get calls from pet owners who want to cut costs in ways that are potentially harmful, such as trying to avoid bringing the pet to the veterinarian when the pet is not well. Another example of a bad idea is to use medication that is past its expiration date. While having a sick pet and not bringing him or her to the veterinarian for proper examination is obviously a very bad idea, many might not so easily recognize other dangers such as using expired medication. Read More »

How to keep your aging cat active and playful

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Whheeeeeeehhhhh! I’ll bet you didn’t know I was so acrobatic. I love to leap, jump, and climb on things. You might be wondering, “How does Daisy stay so limber when she is 11 years old?!?”  I’ll tell you! Read More »

Learn from the past to prevent a modern pet poison tragedy

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If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, immediately contact your veterinarian or poison control center for guidance

It seems like almost every day or week of the year is devoted to recognizing a person, event or special cause. Since this week it’s National Poison Prevention Week, I began writing this blog on the topic of pet poisonings. Halfway through, I realized that although the information is certainly useful, it would be more interesting to connect it to a famous person who might have firsthand knowledge on the topic. Socrates, one of the world’s most famous philosophers, was not a chemist but since he did himself die from poisoning I will credit him with being an expert whether or not he deserves this distinction. First let’s find out what kind of poison was responsible for killing Socrates, and what information such a genius philosopher might shed on the topic of pet poisoning if he were alive today. Read More »

A St. Patrick’s Day celebration your cat will love

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Ohai! Did you notice my sparkly green bowtie? Most people are getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, but I am going to celebrate St. Catrick’s Day instead. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and he did some real good things like getting rid of a bunch of snakes. I don’t know too much about him, but I will tell you about St. Catrick. Read More »

[New Product] Does your happy pet look sad? Angels’ Eyes can help

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How to treat tear staining

One of the toughest pet grooming challenges to master is that of tear stain removal. When a cat or dog experiences excessive tearing, called Epiphora, staining of the fur around the eyes, nose and mouth can result. This is due to porphyrins, a compound in the tears that reacts with light creating a reddish-brown, rusty looking stain.
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Is the secret to happiness hidden within our pets?

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Some consider happiness to be the ultimate goal in life. The feeling of happiness has been studied and evaluated to find out why some people seem happy while others do not. Researchers set out to evaluate whether happiness is determined by genes, by life circumstances, or if it’s simply a choice that one makes. While many of these tests seem to fall short of actually answering why a person becomes happy, the conclusion that many of these tests did reach is that happy people do live longer–up to a decade longer than unhappy people. The immune system functions better, the central nervous system is healthier, there are lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and the heart beats at a lower rate in people who describe themselves as being happy. Read More »

How to have less shedding and more fun

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Spring is less than 2 weeks away now. Do you know what that means? NO! It does not mean spring cleaning, at least not this kind of cleaning, even though I do know how to work a sponge. In fact, after I finish wiping down the counter I’m going to ask for a raise in my allowance. Read More »

[New Product] Prepare for spring mishaps with Vetericyn VF

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Vetericyn VF Pet First Aid

Spring is just around the corner, and your pet will likely be excited to spend more time outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. With all the running, jumping and exploring come hazards and inevitable encounters with sharp objects or dangerous situations that may result in cuts, scrapes and wounds.

This is why it’s a good idea for pet parents to have a fully-stocked first aid cabinet just for pets. While you may be tempted to just use the same wound care products you have on hand for yourself and your other family members, these can actually be dangerous for your pet.
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Daisy’s horrid, terrible, very bad day

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Ohai friends. I’m relaxing in my fluffy pink sleeping bag on account of I just had a very  horrid couple of days! Would you like to hear about it? Read More »

Is pet insurance worth it?

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Pet Insurance Companies

The importance of health insurance coverage is undeniable in today’s economy. Health care costs are constantly going up, including veterinary health care costs. In the case of preventative health check-ups or even a health care emergency, you want to be sure all family members are protected and provided for – including those with fur.

Without a good pet insurance plan, you could find yourself faced with a heartbreaking dilemma. Some veterinary procedures and surgeries can cost thousands of dollars. For most families, there’s just not enough money in the budget to cover such an expense. Planning ahead with pet insurance could literally add years to your pet’s life. Read More »