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  1. Care for Water-Loving Dogs

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    August 4, 2011 by wcobserver

    Not all dogs love to swim and most cats hate it, but for some, it almost seems like a passion. Even in the winter some dogs love to swim. Most of the labs and retrievers have inbred affinity to water. Swimming is also great exercise both for humans and dogs.

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  2. Lost and Found

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    July 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    Pet overpopulation and pet-owner responsibility are a never-ending social disconnect we have here in this country. And even with aall the rescue organizations and internet connections, the problem just seems to get worse instead of better.

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  3. No Such Thing as Five-Minute Errands

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    July 7, 2011 by wcobserver

    Cars left in the sun can reach temperatures as high as 150 degrees. You can cook food on the dashboard of your car. It may take a little longer than a microwave but not that much. This is especially true if you went to do an errand and forgot you were frying eggs.

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  4. Preparing for Natural Disasters

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    June 9, 2011 by wcobserver

    ​We are all acutely aware of the horrors of tornadoes, floods, etc. with the recent spring outbreaks of Nature’s wrath.

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  5. The Flea Life Cycle

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    May 24, 2010 by wcobserver

    Vet Pet Digest      May 2010 By Linda Ford, DVM “That Frontline stuff doesn’t work anymore.”  You don’t know how many times I’ve heard that statement. But, after extensive interrogation of the person telling me this, light is shed and we proceed to have the whole flea life cycle discussion. Studies are being conducted continuously on Frontline and many other reputable flea products on the market. I can only speak for the products I carry but so far, there has been no evidence that Frontline is not working. While it is true that many bugs, bacteria, viruses etc. mutate or somehow become adapted to living with the thing that was designed to destroy them, so far, it is not the case with the newer flea and tick products. The newer products are designed to attack the nervous system of the insect and basically cause them to stop breathing which then causes their death. It’s kind of like nerve gas. So far, I don’t know of any humans or animals that have become immune to nerve gas. And yet, these products are extremely safe to use and easy on the environment. You don’t have all that dip to pour down the drain. …

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  6. The Itchy Pet: Fleas or Allergies?

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    Dr. Linda Ford The itchy pet can be a touchy subject.  Over the years dogs and cats have gone from being outdoor ornaments, guard animals, herding dogs and mouse traps to indoor sleeping partners, baby sitters and general companions. Today, many consider them to be family members. Many of you may be, like me, old enough to remember Fido hanging out in the yard, full of ticks and fleas, and noticing only an occasional scratch behind the ear before he rolled back over and continued his nap.  Now days, Fefe is in the house, on the lap, in the bed, maybe one or two fleas and scratching like crazy. There is a theory out there, kind of like the one where kids have more allergies because they stay inside more and aren’t exposed to the natural environment like we were as kids. I’ve heard that if a dog or cat does not come into contact with fleas as a puppy or kitten that they are more likely to develop “flea allergy”. I don’t really see anything that comes close to proving that theory.  Maybe we just didn’t notice those animals scratching as much when they were outside all the time. …

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