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Nutrition
A healthy, nutritious diet builds a foundation for well-being and disease prevention throughout your Pet's life. As a dog ages, their nutritional needs change; for example, a puppy needs a diet high in calories and protein to maintain its active lifestyle and to grow healthy bones and muscles. An older dog may need a diet restricted in calories & Read more �

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Fleas: The Danger to Your Pet

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Fleas and Ticks aren't just a nuisance for you and your Pet; these pests can cause the following medical problems:

Tapeworms
If your Pet eats a flea, which is likely during self-grooming, your Pet could become infected with the immature tapeworms fleas can carry. These long, flat parasites can cause weight loss and diarrhea--and can be contagious to & Read more �

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How to Spot Allergic Reactions to Vaccines

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Believe it or not, dogs suffer from allergies just as people do. Allergic reactions are inflammatory responses against specific proteins entering the body. These proteins may be from environmental allergens (pollens, dust, grass, etc.), various foods, insect bites (flea bites, and bee, wasp or scorpion stings), and may also be from medications and/or vaccines. Most pet allergies to the environment & Read more �

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Caring for Your Pet After Surgery

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Watch your pet closely for the first few days of recovery. Offer a strong dose of love, reassurance and pampering - and always follow the doctor's instructions. Here are some things to watch for:

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About Lyme Disease

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Deer ticks, which are prevalent in various parts of the United States, are the major carrier of Lyme disease. But some other species of ticks can also carry the disease. Deer ticks are tiny parasites that are difficult to see with the naked eye and can easily hide on people and pets.

For the bacteria to spread to the victim, & Read more �

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Pet Prescription Dictionary

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Acepromazine Tablets
Tranquilizer.
Contains 10 or 25 mg acepromazine maleate. For use as an aid in the tranquilization of dogs.

AK-Rinse(TM)
Eye irrigating solution.
An isotonic buffered sterile solution. Used to flush the eye to help relieve irritation, discomfort or itching.

AK Taine®
Ophthalmic topical local anesthetic.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Health

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How often should my dog visit the vet?
Once per year is usually enough unless the dog has chronic medical problems that require more frequent attention. It would be ideal for geriatric dogs to be seen every 6 months.

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Antifreeze: The Green Death

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When winter approaches, many people get their vehicles prepared by changing the antifreeze, but many may not realize how dangerous contact with antifreeze can be for your pet. Antifreeze poisoning is one of the most common and deadly toxicity seen in dog patients. The toxic ingredient in antifreeze is ethylene glycol, ingestion of less than 2 ounces is potentially fatal & Read more �

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Canine Heartworm Disease

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Heartworm disease is caused by the parasitic nematode (worm) Dirofilaria immitis.

The adult form of the parasite can reach six to 12 inches in length, and resembles a piece of cooked spaghetti.

Heartworms live primarily in the dog's large pulmonary arteries and within the heart itself.

How exactly do they get there? Heartworm disease is carried and transmitted by our friend, & Read more �

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Your Pets and the West Nile Virus

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With concern growing over the spread of the West Nile virus, here are some guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help answer your questions in regards to pets.

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