Millions of fires claim thousands of human lives each year. Almost forgotten are the hundreds of thousands of family pets who perish among the smoke and flames. Although the number is not truly known, humane organizations estimate that up to a half a million dogs, cats, and other pets die in house fires. Thankfully, diverse groups are stepping up to educate owners about simple steps that could save the life of a beloved pet.
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We all rely on prescriptions from our veterinarians for medications to help keep our pets healthy and safe. But recent high profile cases have increased scrutiny of one segment of the pharmacy industry…the compounding pharmacy. Many veterinarians utilize these services to help improve their patient’s compliance with medications, but are they potentially dangerous?
Responding to a “sharp increase” in adverse events associated with flea and tick medications for pets, the EPA states they plan to increase scrutiny and investigate the potential hazards of these products. For some pet owners and veterinarians, this response is causing confusion and concern, especially since both over-the-counter medications and veterinary-only products are listed. Are any of these products safe and how can a pet lover find the right one?
Fleas and ticks are fairly common pests throughout North America, but did you know that they are responsible for some fairly uncommon diseases? Beyond being a nuisance to our pets, these pesky parasites are capable of transmitting life-threatening illnesses like the bubonic plague, Lyme Disease and rabbit fever. So, how can you protect your pets and your family?
For many chronically ill pets, special therapeutic diets have provided them with a higher quality of life. But, tough economic times and rising prices have many owners considering changes to their pet’s diet. Are prescription diets really worth the cost and what will happen to your pet if you choose to stop feeding the food your veterinarian recommends?
Feeding your dog or cat seems like an easy chore, but if your pet is suffering from kidney disease, allergies or even cancer, his nutritional needs require special attention. Most veterinarians keep an inventory of therapeutic or “prescription” diets on hand to help manage chronically sick pets. In spite of the benefits provided by these diets, the weak economy and rising prices have many owners thinking twice about staying on the more expensive diets.
Most of us understand the need for preventative dental care in our pets, but sometimes, a trip to the veterinary dentist can be a lifesaver too! Whether the pet has severe dental disease showering bacteria into the bloodstream or has trauma to the oral cavity, pet dentists have an arsenal of tools ready for action!
Cleaning your pet’s teeth is a great way to save yourself from smelling horrendous pet breath. But, dental cleanings also save some pets from serious heart disease and occasionally, you might hear how dental procedures saved a pet’s life!