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Are Over-the-Counter Supplements and Herbal Formulas Safe for Pets?

The over-the-counter (OTC) supplement market has boomed in recent years as consumers seek alternatives to traditional health care for both humans and animals. But how do we know that dietary supplements and herbal formulas bought over the counter are effective or safe?

Often, the manufacturer of these products is not overseen unless adverse results are reported. Studies show, however, that most consumers do not report such events. Even if they did, it may take years before the FDA received enough complaints to warrant an investigation of the product.

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September is Senior Pet Health Month!

On average, pets age seven times faster than people. This means that most dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two and middle age by four. By age seven, most dogs—particularly larger breeds—are entering their senior years!

Because dogs and cats age so rapidly, health problems tend to progress faster in pets as well.

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Disaster Planning Includes Pets, Too!

September is National Preparedness Month. Are you and your pets ready in case of an emergency?

To us, animals are important members of every household. As you prepare your family for the unexpected, don’t forget to include them—simple steps like creating a plan, assembling an emergency kit and staying informed can greatly help your furry friends if disaster strikes.

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Cat Vaccinations: Which Ones Are Necessary?

Sometimes it seem as if there’s a battery of vaccinations, especially if your cat is young and you may wonder if they’re all necessary.

Truth is, veterinarians generally divide cat vaccinations into “core” and “noncore” vaccines and the “core” ones are certainly needed as part of your cat’s health protocol. For example, the rabies vaccine is legally required around the country. Which is a good thing because you wouldn’t want your kitty facing a rabid creature -- at all, but certainly not without protection.

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Puppy Guidelines for New Puppy Parents

Congratulations on your new puppy! Exuberant puppies are so fun.

24 hours in and you’re recognizing your new responsibilities. Gulp! Whether your new puppy is a long discussed favorite breed or an adopted mix, a little prep will make this transition easier so you have more fun.

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The Truth Behind 3 Common Kitty Myths

When was the last time we saw your cat?

A new study by the American Association of Feline Practitioners says that fewer than 48 percent of cats receive regular veterinary care. Why? Check out these common kitty myths. According to a recent survey…

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Common Dog Behavior Problems and What You Can Do About Them

If you’re like Sandy, you brought home your cute rescue pup hoping for a cuddly companion. While Cooper is cuddly-- for about 30 seconds at a time -- more than not, he’s chewing on your couch legs or barking at invisible foes.

What’s a dog lover to do?

First, frequent barking and excessive chewing are common dog behavior problems. However, with a little insight, you can probably curb these tendencies in most dogs.

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Training Your Cat to Scratch Appropriately

Contrary to popular belief, most cats can be trained. Owners can reinforce desired behavior in food-motivated pets by applying the treat as the cat completes the wanted behavior. The goal is to elicit the wanted behavior first so that you can reinforce it.

We know that cats scratch in order to:

  • Stretch and exhibit normal behavior
  • Scent mark an object
  • Condition their claws
  • Ward away unwanted attention

We supply cats with adequate scratching surfaces so they can exhibit their normal behavior.

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