Pet Health Care

Keep Pets Safe This Independence Holiday

Jun 30 2009 - 2:12pm

Lane County Animal Services (LCAS) wants your pets to have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday. Please keep in mind that while the festivities may be enjoyable for people, they can be traumatic and even dangerous to pets.

To keep your pets and animals safe this holiday, LCAS staff offer the following tips:

Secure pets or animals in a quiet place where they will feel safe.

Use caution with open flames and fireworks as pets may be burned or could chase the fireworks and become injured.

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Take Care Of Health When Traveling With Pets

Jun 16 2009 - 12:37pm

The European Commission adopted a proposal according to which transitional animal health requirements applicable to the movement of pet animals travelling with their owners to Finland, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom are to be extended until 31 December 2011. The proposal will be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council, with a view to formal adoption through the co-decision procedure.

What do the rules currently in force provide for?

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Baltimore DH Warns Of Health Risks Of Handling Turtles

Jun 13 2009 - 10:35am

In light of the recent seizures of 96 young red-eared slider turtles, the Baltimore City Health Department, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, reminds the public that Maryland and federal laws prohibit the sale or public distribution of turtles with a shell length of less than 4 inches and viable reptile eggs. Reptiles and other pets may carry and transmit harmful germs (including salmonella) to humans.

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Nutro Products Recalls Dry Cat Food

May 22 2009 - 9:26am

Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO NATURAL CHOICE COMPLETE CARE Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO MAX Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten additional countries. This recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.

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Nassau County Announces Rabies Vaccination Clinics

Apr 27 2009 - 7:28am

The Nassau County Department of Health, in partnership with the Town of North Hempstead, is offering a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

Open to all Nassau County residents, the clinic will be held from 10:00 AM to 1:00 P.M. at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter located at 75 Marina Avenue, Port Washington, New York. Please keep dogs on leashes and cats/ferrets in carriers.

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Follow Label Directions On Flea, Tick Control Pet Products

Apr 17 2009 - 1:31pm

Current data from Health Canada's Pesticide Incident Reporting Program suggests there may be a potential for adverse reactions in cats and dogs from the use of flea and tick control products applied to the skin and sold in stores as pesticides. These products can be identified by a Pest Control Product or PCP Registration Number on the label.

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South Carolina Residents Advised To Vaccinate Pets

Apr 13 2009 - 12:30pm

Three Charleston County residents are under the care of a physician after being exposed to a chihuahua that has tested positive for rabies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said today.

"The dog was not currently vaccinated against rabies and fought with a raccoon in Moncks Corner about three weeks ago," said Sue Ferguson of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health.

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Spay, Neuter, Vaccinate Pets

Apr 8 2009 - 12:32pm

While spring and summer are particularly busy times for the arrival of new puppies and kittens, by June or July our facility will be full of misplaced animals and unwanted litters of dogs and cats. Sadly, the Pima Animal Care Center is already beginning to see a rise in unwanted litters and animals.

We are urging everyone to spay and neuter their pets. There are many low cost spay/neuter services available, and assistance is offered for low income households.

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Increase Your Pet's Longevity With A Healthy Liver

Apr 2 2009 - 9:23am
Kitten

At some point in your pet’s life, you may receive a call from your veterinarian advising you that your pet’s liver function is less than perfect. It is not uncommon for one or more liver values to be out of the normal range on a routine blood panel. This is more likely to occur in older pets but can occur even in young puppies and kittens. The pet may or may not display symptoms so this is why it is important to get these routine laboratory tests done on a regular basis.

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Trust Me: I'm Not A Veterinarian

Jan 22 2009 - 10:30am

Your animal buddy can't read it. Your vet may not read it. But you can read it for your pet -- and that may save your pet's life.

That's the reason Jim Schwartz wrote the book:

* to save one dog at a time;
* to stop harmful over-vaccination of our pets;
* to question common vet practices that may harm your animal companion;
* to describe an insurance plan that will reduce "economic euthanasia";
* to propose a legislative approach to saving companion animals;
* to raise some ideas about pet care that you may be taking for granted;

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Best Place For Pets Is Inside During Cold Weather

Jan 19 2009 - 7:04am

Okaloosa County Public Safety and Animal Services and Humane Services at PAWS would like to remind pet owners that during this cold weather the best place for our furry and feathered friends is indoors.

Low temperatures, winds and precipitation can lead to illness and death.

If a Florida room is used to house pets, please give your pet an area raised off the floor and a blanket to keep warm. If the animal cannot be brought inside, please provide them with a safe dry shelter with a blanket or hay.

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Providing Lifetime Of Health, Happiness For Dogs, Cats

Jan 17 2009 - 9:44am

For many pet owners, there is no value that can be put on their beloved four-legged friends. They understand that caring for their dogs and cats is a lifetime commitment that begins the day they bring their new best friends home. From insuring their pets to staying informed of the latest advances in veterinary medicine, today's involved owner wants access to the most current, relevant information available to help them make decisions in the best interest of their dogs and cats.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe In Cold Weather

Jan 15 2009 - 10:46am

Metro Animal Services is urging pet owners to take a few common sense precautions to safe guard their pets against bitter cold temperatures.

Despite their “fur” coats, domesticated animals like cats and dogs depend on humans for protection from elements such as freezing temperatures. Metro Animal Services is offering the following suggestions to help keep all pets safe through the cold winter months.

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Maryland Resolves Animal Shelter Drug, Safety Issue

Jan 15 2009 - 12:23am

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) today announced that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has verbally notified the department that it is now issuing controlled substance permits to animal control facilities.

"We are pleased that DEA is issuing these permits. This resolves a very difficult situation and authorizes animal shelters to administer controlled substances to sedate or euthanize animals in a safe and humane manner," said Agriculture Secretary Roger Richardson.

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FDA Prevents Two Dairies From Adulterating Animal Drugs, Food

Jan 3 2009 - 2:41am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that the District Court for the District of New Mexico has enjoined Do-Rene and Clover Knolls Dairies and their owners, Douglas B. Handley and Irene Handley, from adulterating new animal drugs and introducing adulterated food into commerce. Both companies are based in Clovis, N.M.

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Adopt A Pet This Year for Better Health

Jan 2 2009 - 1:38pm

Pet therapy has many applications toward good health. Our animal friends offer much, but often, such a simple approach to better health is missed. It's common to find cats and dogs in assisted living facilities. Patients with Alzheimer's disease experience reduced periods of agitation and aggression with pet therapy.

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Pets Best Announces New Pet Insurance Policies

Dec 16 2008 - 1:28am

Pets Best Insurance LLC (Pets Best) announced that new policies will be underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) in Alabama, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, North Dakota and Texas. The change will strengthen Pets Best's overall position in the industry and provide a better platform for the continued growth of its mission to protect pets throughout the U.S. Existing policy holders will be automatically notified when policies roll over to AICC-underwritten coverage.

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Combined Veterinary, Pet Owner Efforts Help Pet Lose Big

Dec 11 2008 - 8:47am

On January 20, Zeb, a 104 pound, 7-year-old, Labrador retriever, and his owner Diane Bonheim became the first 2008 Hill's PetFit Challenge participants. At Zeb's recheck on May 12, his veterinarian, Dr. Rick Marrinson, reported Zeb had lost 22 pounds and was now at 82 pounds. Dr. Marrinson attributes Zeb's success to a combination of a thorough veterinary health care team recommendation coupled with full pet owner acceptance.

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Don't Leave Your Pets Outside In Freezing Weather

Dec 9 2008 - 6:59am
Dog Outside

It shouldn't need to be said, but apparently some people don’t know that if you leave your pets outside in freezing weather, they will freeze. Alice M. Bigler, 59, from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, left her border collie, Jiffy, outside all night as the temperature dropped to six degrees and the poor dog froze to the sidewalk.

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A Season Of Responsibility For New Pet Owners

Dec 5 2008 - 2:56am

The holidays can become stressful for many families -- the pressure to find the perfect gift, the constant demand for time from friends, relatives and co-workers, and, this year, the added weight of a slumping economy. In this time of stress, many people may look to give the gift of companionship and joy by putting a puppy or kitten under the tree.

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The 10 Vet Bills That Stole Christmas

Nov 25 2008 - 11:34pm

Sure, it's the most wonderful time of the year, but that doesn't mean Rover won't get sick, break a leg, or eat a nativity set.

"He ate a sheep and a wise man," said Deborah Breen of Brewster, New York, whose American bulldog Achilles made a snack of her holiday decorations. "He didn't need surgery, but between the emergency room visit, testing and medication, the bill still came out to about $400. He was a little out of sorts for a week or so, but once everything passed, he got better."

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Author Pens Pet Guardian Self-Defense Manual

Nov 24 2008 - 11:24pm

Devoted dog owners know the dilemma -- my dog is old and has health issues: I know he doesn't feel great, but how should I know when to let him go to the big dog park in the sky?

James D. Schwartz, a retired Colorado fee-only financial planner, knows the problem well. "A large number of guardians (pet owners) have told me the same thing about asking their vets when it's time to say goodbye. In response to the question: 'How do we know when it's time?,' the response is something like, 'Oh, you'll know when it's time,'" he writes.

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