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A Look at Humarian Probiotics for Pets

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It’s likely you may have heard about the thousands of benefits of probiotics, also known as “Direct Fed Microbials” for pets. If you haven’t, trust me - you will.

While at Global Pet Expo this year, we were excited to talk with Humarian about their line of probiotics for pets.

If you’ve been thinking about trying probiotics with your dog or cat, you would be absolutely right in doing so, but it’s important to understand the reasoning behind choosing a probiotic and the importance of buying from a reputable company. 

Read more: A Look at Humarian Probiotics for Pets

Your Guide to Probiotics for Pets 

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There are millions of health supplements available for pets. In fact, supplements are a $600 million industry right now and shows no sign of slowing.

This is both good and bad -- good because we have lots of options, bad because almost none of them are regulated and only a handful of manufacturers spend the time required educating the customer on how to use them.  

Probionics are important and as a pet owner who has helped a lot of animals in rescue, I say if you’re going to choose only one supplement to give your pets, you should seriously consider probiotics.

Here’s why...

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Rare Leptospirosis Outbreak in Arizona

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We’ve just learned that there is an outbreak of leptospirosis among dogs in the Fountain Hills, Arizona area. This highly contagious disease is transmitted through urine and contaminated water, which makes it especially dangerous for dog parks. 

"The Department of Public Health has recorded 40-plus dogs tested positive since January 2016," Dr. Sarah Bashaw with El Dorado Animal Hospital in Fountain Hills reported to AZ Family. "A lot of the cases started in Scottsdale, but they have been reporting cases as far west as Avondale, some cases in Gilbert, and we've had the first cases I know of in Fountain Hills."

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium, Leptospira. This is also a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted to humans.

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New Ways to Keep Pets Cool in Summer

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 If you’ve followed PetsWeekly for any length of time, you already know how we feel about summers in the desert. However, this summer, it appears our entire nation is going to experience a taste of our sweltering desert heat. Those of you who are not quite accustomed to 100+ degree temps will need some adjustment time.

That’s why we want to share some of the newest products on the market to help protect your pets from the sun (and a few favorites we’ve used for years that we love).

We also tossed a few tips in here on how you can stay cool without breaking the bank on air conditioning bills and even what you can do to help Keep Your Aquarium Running During Summer Blackouts and how to plan ahead for power loss.

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The History of Rabies on #WorldRabiesDay

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World Rabies Day is an annual event held on Sept 28. This day marks the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, the bacteriologist who developed the first rabies vaccine (and probably stopped a  Zombie Apocalypse).

Just kidding. Although we do think he contributed to such an event) we do know he saved millions of lives around the world. To celebrate World Rabies Day and help raise awareness of this disease, we wanted to cover a bit of the history of rabies.

The sordid story starts back in the 1800s when Pasteur was studying the fatal disease. He was subject to ridicule for many of his theories, especially since he was in the habit of keeping rabies-infected, mad dogs in his tiny kennels around his crowded laboratory.

Pasteur suspected he had a cure for this disease that was transmitted through the bite or saliva of an infected animal, but he hadn’t tested it yet on a human - until one fateful morning when the mother of a 9-year-old boy named Joseph Meister was bitten 14 times by a rabid dog.

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