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Puppy Teething Solutions

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Puppies will nip and chew for several reasons, such as teething, looking for attention and boredom. Never encourage your puppy to nip. If he attempts to nip or grab at you, walk away. If your puppy does nip you, say "ouch!" in a high-pitched voice and walk away.

Never squeeze your puppy's mouth shut, slap him or use any type & Read more �

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Neutering

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To protect your dog's health and help control pet overpopulation, you should have your dog spayed or neutered by the time they reach 6 months old. The procedures have many additional health benefits as well.

For Female Dogs
Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancy, prevents cancer of the reproductive system, eliminates the potential for infections of the uterus later in life, and & Read more �

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Microchipping Your Dog

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A collar tag with current information is an important first step in keeping your dog safe, but they are not foolproof. Dogs can slip out of collars, and collars can be removed. That's why microchipping is a smart idea. Pet microchips are small identification devices that look like a grain of rice. They are implanted safely beneath pets' skin, similar to & Read more �

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Why is My Dog Scratching at His Ears?

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Occasional light scratching is normal. However, persistent scratching or pawing at the ears or head can be an indication of ear infection, injury, excess earwax, something lodged in the ear or skin problems. Some ear problems may not be easily visible and require a deep ear exam by a veterinarian to be properly evaluated. Any discharge, odor, redness, pain, swelling, & Read more �

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Your Dog's Waste & His Health

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Some characteristics of stool to become familiar with are color, consistency, frequency and any additions like blood, mucus or non-food materials.

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What You and Your Dog Should Expect from a Vet Visit

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The veterinarian (or veterinarian technician) should take a detailed history and spend at least 30 minutes with you and your pet conducting a thorough nose-to-tail exam, including listening to your pet's heart and lungs and feeling his belly.

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Vaccinations

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Dogs of all ages need routine vaccinations to help them stay healthy. Your dog's vaccination schedule will vary based on his age, overall health, state regulations, vaccination type and risk of exposure.

In general, puppies usually need several sets of vaccination boosters to provide them with as much protection as possible. Adult dogs that are properly vaccinated should receive yearly & Read more �

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Welcoming your new kitten into your home

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While bringing home a new kitten or cat is exciting, it's very stressful for the animal. Change is traumatic for cats, so you don't want to bring your kitten home when your house is crowded and noisy, or show it off to your friends and family as soon as it arrives. Follow these steps when welcoming a new cat or & Read more �

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Your Kitten's Veterinary Visits: The First Year

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Kittens ingest antibodies from their mother's milk that protect them against disease. Once they start to eat solid kitten food, however, they need vaccinations from the veterinarian.

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Getting Ready for Your New Cat: A Wish List

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Not sure what you'll need to prepare for the arrival of your new little friend? To properly care for your new kitten or adult cat, you'll need to have some basic items ready for when kitty comes to stay.

Recommended items for your kitten or cat's health and safety:

Collar is needed for attaching your pet's identification tag. Make sure & Read more �

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