Aug
27
2014
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mars Petcare US has announced a voluntary recall of 22 bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material. The bags were produced in one manufacturing facility and shipped to one retail customer. The facility production line has been shut down until this issue is resolved. ...more
Aug
19
2014
Did you know that more people have cats as pets than dogs? And, did you know that cats are much less likely to be taken to the veterinarian than dogs? Preventing diseases in our pets and keeping them as healthy as possible is actually cheaper and healthier in the long run than treating disease. Taking your cat to your veterinarian regularly is important for preventing disease and helping them to stay happy and healthy....more
Aug
14
2014
Prevent, detect, treat. That’s what your pediatrician is trained to do when you bring your son or daughter in for his or her annual back-to-school physical. Many human health care providers recommend annual wellness exams to prevent and detect any diseases before they get out of control. Veterinarians are trained to do the same when you bring your pet in for her annual exam. Regular preventive care visits for all members of your family are key to ensuring that illness and disease do not sneak by. Your human children receive lifelong care; so why not ensure that every member of your family receives the same care? ...more
Aug
12
2014

Canine kennel cough

by Jennifer Ryan
Common and contagious, canine kennel cough can be transmitted quickly among dogs in the close quarters of a kennel or animal shelter. And while most kennels require proof of vaccination, this does not always preclude the possibility that your dog could come into contact with, and possibly contract, the cough. ...more
Aug
7
2014

Feline fashionistas

by Bekka Burton
It’s one thing to attend a cat show for pedigree; it’s another thing altogether to attend a cat show for feline fashionistas. Yes, cat fashion shows do exist and they are giving a whole new meaning to the term “catwalk.” A well-known fashion show in the world of furry four-legged creatures is the Kitty CATure Fashion Show in New York City, presented by the American Kennel Association and the International Cat Association. CATure is a witty spin on the French phrase haute couture, which translates to “high sewing,” a phrase often used to describe upscale, hand-sewn human wear. ...more
Aug
5
2014
Connecticut resident Chris Guelke’s 6 ½-year-old Lab mix, Watson, has a zest for life. Whether it’s diving off a dock to swim in a lake or running full throttle through the woods, he gives it his all—with disregard for his personal safety.

“He’s high energy, he’s large, and he goes 100 percent all the time,” Guelke said. “The first year that we had him, we were at the vet often so we thought, ‘We’d better look into pet insurance.’” ...more
Jul
23
2014
Thinking about adding a pet to your family? A pet can be a wonderful addition, whether you’re a single person looking for a best friend, part of a family looking for a furry kid, or a senior looking for companionship. Start your search by doing some research, planning ahead, and asking yourself some questions about what kind of pet will work best for your situation....more
Jul
21
2014
Many pet owners equate food with love. While that is a natural impulse, the results may not always be good for pets. For some owners, that means giving their beloved animals too many treats, too much food at mealtimes, or calorie-rich table scraps—or all of the above. Other pet owners scour the Internet, brochures, and other literature for the latest trends in pet food. Most veterinarians, however, believe animals would be best served by pet owners bringing nutrition questions to the veterinary hospital....more

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