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  1. Preventing Cancer in Your Pets

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    February 13, 2012 by Linda Ford

    Just like there are things you can do to help prevent yourself from getting cancer, such as not smoking and not getting sun- burned, there are things you can do to help prevent your pet from getting cancer. Some people stick to the old wives tale that a female dog, known as a bitch, should go through her first heat cycle before being spayed. Besides the obvious disadvantage of this way of thinking, the possible chance of an unwanted pregnancy resulting in more of the unwanted overpopulation of dogs in the US, the disadvantages far outweigh the positive aspects of spaying puppies. Not only does early spaying pre- vent unwanted pregnancies, but it greatly reduces the chance of her getting cancer. According to an article by Bernard Pukay in the Ottawa Citizen dated Feb. 5, 2012, a young bitch that is spayed has 0.05 percent chance of developing breast cancer in her entire lifetime. If she has been allowed to go through her first heat cycle, her chances are now 26.0 percent. That’s a huge jump folks. Uterine and ovarian cancers are eliminated due to the fact that those organs are no longer present in a spayed bitch. Dogs that …

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  2. February is Dental Month

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    February 8, 2012 by Linda Ford

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    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has designated February as Pet Dentistry Month. You may see promotions on TV and printed media. This is designed to help people become more aware of their pets’ oral health. Hardly anyone brushes the teeth of their pets on a regular basis. Back when dogs and cats ate real food (birds, rats, deer bone, etc), you hardly saw much dental disease. I can tell an outside, free roaming dog by his beautiful teeth. They may be worn down a bit from chewing on bones and hides but there’s absolutely no tartar or gingivitis. Now days, pets mostly eat pet food and table food. I am highly critical of pet food manufacturers not only for the oral disease these products create but all the other problems they cause as well. I believe commercial pet foods are also responsible for creating obesity, diabetes and on and on. Corn cannot be digested by dogs and cats and sets them up for a variety of ailments including dental disease. See how many pet foods you can find that don’t contain corn or wheat gluten from China. Since you can’t rely on Purina and Hill’s Science Diet to create …

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  3. The Biggest Loser (AKA New Year’s Resolutions)

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    January 20, 2012 by Linda Ford

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    Personally I can’t stand to watch that re- ality show, but one of my daughters just is addicted to it. I still like Survivor though. I haven’t seen anybody get fat on that show! January is the month for resolutions and a large number of large people choose this month to get started losing. Did you know that the CDC says that 33 percent of Americans are obese? And guess what? The American Veterinary Medical Association puts pet obesity at the same percentage. The correlation cannot be a coincidence. And both of these figures are on the rise. Obese people and pets are subject to the same diseases associated with obesity as well. After all we have the same organs — stomach, liver, kidneys, joints. However, pets do not have opposable thumbs. That means they can’t open the refrigerator door. When dogs are obese, they are prone to contracting diabetes, heart disease, respiratory issues, urinary tract issues and arthritis often in the form of hip dysplasia. Obese cats can develop a very serious and life threatening disease called hepatic lipidosis or “fatty liver.” Here is your three-step program for Fido to become the biggest loser on your block: 1. First, …

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  4. Happy New Year, 2012!

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    January 8, 2012 by wcobserver

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    Can you believe it’s the year 2012? I can’t. I’m still stuck on the year 1999! Anyway, here we are the end of the world or so they thought in 1999. Here’s hoping the year 2012 is the best ever for you, your family and your pets. Here are a few reminders to help start off the year healthy and happy for your pets. If you received a puppy or kitten for Christmas this is the perfect time to begin their health care program. Puppies and kittens are born with worms and they can be transmitted to children.

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  5. When is it Time to Say Goodbye?

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    October 22, 2011 by Linda Ford

    Veterinarians are frequently asked about the appropriate time to euthanize their beloved aging pets. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a pet is suffering or in pain since they can’t speak. However, they can speak to you with signs and mannerisms. Unfortunately, our pets do not live as long as we do; time seems to fly by and suddenly your pet is old.

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  6. Dog Days of Summer

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    September 1, 2011 by wcobserver

    While it’s true that more rabid skunks and raccoons are seen this time of year, I’m not so sure about dogs. The main reason we see more rabies this time of year is usually due to the hot dry weather.

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  7. PTSD in Dogs?

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    August 20, 2011 by wcobserver

    Well, we used to call them fear biters but now our pets have PTSD instead. I’ve had to treat dogs that were totally untouchable without chemical restraint. That would be understandable if the dog had been living in the wild and never had interactions with humans before.

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