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  1. The flea life cycle, lets review this again…

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    May 9, 2012 by Linda Ford

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    “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.

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  2. Fatal Tick Diseases of Dogs and Cats in NW Arkansas

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    April 26, 2012 by Linda Ford

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    I’m sure it’s obvious by now to everyone who ventures outdoors that the ticks are already bad this year. And every year about this time I write about the fatal tick diseases we have to deal with in our neck of the woods-literally. People think the ticks are so bad because the winter was short. The real reason they seem to get worse every year is the fact that the practice of burning the under brush every spring has fallen by the wayside. Sure, they do a few controlled burns here and there every year but nothing like was done in the past-the way past. I’m afraid if we get into real drought conditions like hit Texas, this whole countyside is going to go up in flames. That might be good for lowering the tick populations but I doubt if losing houses to forest fire is worth the trade off. By far, the worst tick disease we have here is the cat one that has a parasitic relationship with bobcats but is fatal to domestic cats. It is caused by the protozoon called  Cytauxzoon felis. The organism is related to another Cytauxzoon organism found in ungulates in Africa. It was …

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  3. Cat “Psych” 101

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    April 5, 2012 by Linda Ford

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    Unless you were born and raised “reared” with cats around, you may be perplexed at times as to their behavior. Dogs are easy to figure out but cats are another story all together.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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