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Cancer and Pets: What's the Cause?

Unfortunately, cancer is one of the most common causes of death in our pets. In fact, statistics show that one in four dogs and one in six cats will develop cancer during their lifetime!

In dogs over 10 years of age, 50 percent will develop cancer. In addition, large breed dogs have twice the cancer risk of small breeds. Mast cell tumors are the most common malignant tumor in dogs, while lymphoma is most common in cats.

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Pet Meds: Avoiding an Adverse Reaction

Just like humans, pets can experience adverse reactions to medications, vaccines and even seemingly benign topical substances, such as shampoo or ear cleaner. Do you know what to do if your pet has one?

Know the signs.

Symptoms of a drug reaction are often wide-ranging, as they depend on both the type of medication and the individual pet. Responses may vary from mild lethargy or nausea to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Common signs of a medication reaction include:

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What is Feline Hyperthyroidism?

One of the most common diseases affecting older cats, hyperthyroidism is caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormones that increase the body’s rate of metabolism.

These excessive hormone levels push the body’s metabolism into overdrive, resulting in weight loss and increased appetite. This disease also often leads to hypertension (high blood pressure).

Fortunately, hyperthyroidism can be easily managed and with treatment, most cats continue to live full, healthy lives.

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Separation Anxiety: How to Ease Your Dog's Fears of Being Alone

By pure definition, this condition does not indicate an ideal relationship between a dog and his/her human companion. What’s more, anxiety can lead to destructive behaviors, such as inappropriate elimination, barking, howling, digging, chewing or attempts to escape.

Dogs are balanced by having a harmonic rhythm within their pack. Humans can help their canine companions achieve this balance by providing clear boundaries and communicating with them on their level.

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6 Spices to Warm Up Your Pet's Winter

Spices have been used for thousands of years by various cultures around the world, but did you know they can be helpful for pets, too? Ask your vet how adding fresh supplements — like these warming spices — into your pet’s diet can boost his/her health.

Ginger

  • Warming

  • Pungent taste

History: Legend has it that Confucius chewed on a small piece of fresh ginger after each meal and attributed much of his longevity to it.

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Holiday Hazards and Your Pet

The holidays are a joyous time to count your blessings—including the health of your pet! Keep your cat or dog out of trouble with these seasonal safety tips.

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What is Brachycephalic Syndrome?

You would be hard pressed to find someone who could resist the sweet, short face of a Persian or the excited snorts of a Boston Terrier, but if your pet is one of the many breeds with a “pushed in” face, you should also be aware of the health risks associated with these characteristics.

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Is Peanut Butter Still Safe for Dogs?

Does your pup love peanut butter? If you answered yes, you are just one of many dog owners who use the popular nutty spread as a tasty treat, chew toy stuffing or a clever medication disguise for your furry friend.

The good news? Most peanut and other nut butters are perfectly safe for your dog (in moderation, of course).

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