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How to Tell When Your Pet Is Ill

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Your pet’s health can be costly if signs of illness are ignored. Whether you have a dog that becomes irritable and snaps at someone, or a cat whose condition worsens if left unchecked, resulting in high vet bills, or even a hamster that dies, upsetting your children, failing to recognize the signs of poor health in animals in your care will almost always spell trouble.

Here are some things to look out for in your furry friend:

Blood in Stool or Urine

Admittedly, it doesn’t take a vet to know that blood in an animal’s stool or urine is a warning sign. It is a possible indication of a number of things. In the urine it could indicate a kidney infection, kidney stones, or a urinary tract infection.

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Lyme Disease: What it is and how to avoid it

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Fleas and ticks are more than just a nuisance. They can present serious health conditions and ticks are the number one carrier of Lyme disease – an illness that can cause joint swelling, fever, heart or nervous system complications, kidney failure, even death.  Ehrlichiosis is the general name used to describe several bacterial diseases that affect animals and humans, and Lyme Disease is one common form of Ehrlichiosis.

Lyme Disease isn’t reserved for pets who frequent wooded areas,” comments Jeanette Holliday, the US Marketing Manager at The Company of Animals. “Any dog or cat spending time outdoors, even in the city, needs to be protected against ticks.”

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Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

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Dog's LoveWe all want is best for our pets and keeping their weight down is something that can go a long way to increasing their quality of (and length of) life. But, what kinds of treats are best for our dogs?

Fresh fruit and vegetables as treats are not only better for your dogs waistline, but excellent for their overall health. Here are some guidelines you can use to select the best fruits and vegetables as snacks for your omnivorous friends.

Orange, red and yellow fruits and vegetables are often touted as the "best treats" for dogs because they often contain antioxidants that reduce the risk of cancer. However, it's important to do your homework on each ingredient. Start slow and see how your pets tolerate the treats.

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Preparing Pets for Flea and Tick Season

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041115 Brindle Boxer and house catThis year is going to be a particularly difficult for flea and tick season. Experts predict that the unusual weather we’ve experienced so far will create an extended season rife with parasitic problems.

If you’re wondering when fleas are most active in your area of the country, the Weather Channel has created a neat little program that will help you plan. Just type in your zip code to find the times your area will be most active.

For those of us in areas of year-round activity, it’s important to take some precautions to prepare your pet and your home. We have taken a look at some natural and manufactured alternatives that will help you have a safe, happy, non-itchy pet this season...

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Trick Ways to Lower Pets Weight

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Let’s face it – not many pet parents pay close attention to their pets weight. It’s not like we’re putting them on our bathroom scale and weighing them each morning, but according to the latest Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey, owners of at least 55% of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight. That translates to 80 million obese dogs and cats at higher risk of weight-related disorders like osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and heart, respiratory and kidney disease. This means a decreased life expectancy of up to 2.5 years, and what owner doesn’t want to keep their beloved pets around longer?

There are ways to avoid this problem. Pet fitness is something that can be easily achieved through a minor adjustment in exercise and weight loss can be achieved simply by modifying the types of treats they have.
The average biscuit treat delivers 20-40 calories per serving (and what self-respecting pet parent stops at just one biscuit?). If your pets are in training, that could translate to an extra 100-200 calories per day at only 3-6 treats. There are many other easy-to-use, low-cost treat options, though.

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