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Imagine you’re enjoying a weekend at a friend’s mountain cabin. You spend the afternoon hiking with your dogs, only to discover he’s covered in deer ticks — or he stepped on a beehive, ate half of a chocolate cake or suffered an allergic reaction. You need veterinary advice or possibly help, and you need it fast. Just like people, dogs sometimes suffer from occasional injuries or illnesses. Creating a first aid kit customized for your dog’s potential medical needs is easy and inexpensive — and it could potentially save his life.

Things to Include

Creating a basic first aid kit makes it easier to provide your pet with the immediate medical care he may need. Plan to keep your first aid kit in your car so you have it available at all times — don’t forget to take it with you in the event you travel without your car. Include information such as your vet’s phone number and the contact information for the animal hospital that’s closest to your home. The ASPCA also runs a poison control hotline, reachable at 1-800-426-4435, which is helpful if … Read Entire Post

Adopted Dog

Dog ownership is an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only are dogs loyal and loving, but they also make wonderful companions and attentive guardians. When you choose to adopt a dog, you’re likely saving his life and possibly your own. Here are the top four benefits to adopting a dog:

1. Lower Stress and Blood Pressure

Dog owners won’t be surprised to learn that multiple clinical studies demonstrate that pet owners live longer, healthier and more satisfying lives. Your dog can lower blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease. He can also reduce your anxiety level, which isn’t a surprise for anyone who has experienced the surge of joy when returning home to a friendly, furry face after a long and stressful day at work.

2. Stronger Resistance to Allergies

Many families worry about exposing children to pet allergens that can cause uncomfortable symptoms. The good news is that the old thinking — the belief that having a pet made developing allergies more likely — appears false. A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher tells the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that the opposite … Read Entire Post

Dog

Heartworm is a disease that is transmitted to dogs and other animals, including cats, though mosquito bites. It is serious, and when left untreated, it can be fatal.

What Is Heartworm?

Heartworms are foot-long worms that live and reproduce inside the body. They can cause long-lasting damage to organs and arteries, including the heart and lungs. When a mosquito bites a heartworm-infected animal, such as a coyote or fox, it can spread the microscopic microfilaria (baby worms) in the blood to an uninfected animal. The mosquito deposits the microfilaria into the blood or onto the skin of the new victim. It takes about two weeks for the baby worms to grow into infective stage larvae, and adult heartworms can live in dogs for up to 7 years. Some dogs have hundreds of heartworms, according to the American Heartworm Society.

The best way to treat heartworm disease is through prevention. Heartworm medicine, when given once per month, is an extremely effective heartworm disease preventive measure. If you have not given your dog heartworm medicine but would like to begin, bring him to your vet first. Dogs … Read Entire Post

flea and tick prevention feature

Is your poor pooch constantly scratching and licking certain parts of their body? Perhaps your pet has been restless lately, like something is bugging them.

It could be a lot of little things bugging them—fleas and ticks!

We’ve created a graphic with everything you need to know about these pests including how to get rid of fleas and ticks on your pet and in your home.

When is Flea and Tick Season?

While fleas and ticks are active year round, pets are most susceptible to becoming a host to these tiny pests from May to September.

Fleas prefer warmer temperatures but ticks are hardier and can survive colder climates.

Check out the graphic below to see if your state is one of the worst places to live for dogs and cats in regards to fleas and ticks.

Flea and Tick prevention on dogs

What’s the Difference Between Fleas and Ticks?

Though both pests look similar, fleas and ticks have very different life cycles and habits. Fleas tend to stick to one host for the duration of their lives, which can last for more than 100 days. Adult fleas lay 20-40 eggs … Read Entire Post

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