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What should I feed my pet?

Owner's are very concerned about what to be feeding thier pets.  There is that no objective scientific evidence has yet demonstrated that feeding Grain Free, Natural, Holistic, Organic, or Raw diets to otherwise healthy pets, when compared to conventional diets, leads to a better outcome for the pet.

Check out this link for more: http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/our-services/nutrition-support-service/myths-and-misconceptions-surrounding-pet-foods

Could your pet have parasites?

By analyzing a dog poop sample under a microscope your veterinarian can detect internal parasites, even if they are not producing signs of disease. Some parasites (worms) like tapeworms are often passed in the stools. Less often, spaghetti like roundworms may be seen in the dog poop. Because many drugs used to prevent heartworms are also used to prevent intestinal parasites, finding signs of worms in dog poop tells your veterinarian that perhaps your dog is, for some reason, not getting his heartworm preventive every month.

Learn more here: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-checkups-preventive-care/5-things-veterinarians-can-learn-dog-poop

Could your pet find it's way home?

Will your pet be prepared if he/she gets lost? Give your pet the best possible shot at finding his way home. How? HomeAgain Microchipping. A reliable, safe way to identitfy your lost friend. Click here to learn more.

 

"Today, more than 6.5 million pets are enrolled with HomeAgain. Since we began, HomeAgain is responsible for reuniting more than 1,000,000 lost pets with their owners." - HomeAgain

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Unconventional Diets

Clinician's Brief: Safety of a Raw Diet-

Clients may be misinformed about the safety of raw diets. Studies on bacterial contamination of raw foods found that 20% to 35% of raw poultry and 80% of raw food diets for dogs tested positive for Salmonella spp, and 30% of stool samples from dogs fed these diets were positive for Salmonella spp. Raw food diets also have tested positive for Escherichia coli and Yersinia enterocolitica. Some otherwise healthy dogs may be able to cope with ingestion of these bacteria, but very young, old, or immunocompromised dogs may not. Furthermore, their feces can contaminate the environment, posing a risk to humans and other animals. The close proximity of pets to human beings is an important zoonotic concern, and small children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised could become desperately ill secondary to exposure of pathogens that can be found in raw meat. Parasites that may be present in raw meat include Echinococcus spp, Neospora caninum, Sarcocystis spp, Toxocara canis, Toxoplasma gondii, and Taenia spp. When handling raw food, the preparer must practice scrupulous hygiene, washing all surfaces and hands before touching anything or anyone else.

Quick Guide - Plants At Home

Pet owners be aware of the dangers of specific plants and flowers to your cat or dog at home. Although they are a nice decor they could be fatal to your pets. Check out this guide to safe and non-safe plants, and make your home a pet friendly house today.

 

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Diabetes Mellitus - Your Pet May Be At Risk.

Diabetes is not only a common disease in humans, but animals as well. Recognizing typical symptoms is critical to the beginning of controlling this manageable disease.

 

Learn about what this disease is, the common symptoms, how to control it and how to keep your pet the healthiest you can.

 

Diabetes in dogs, click here.

Diabetes in cats, click here.