Pet Safety

Why Are So Many Pets Overweight?

As with humans, obesity in pets is at epidemic proportions. Over half of the dogs and catsaround the globe battle the bulge. While overweight pets may not face the same social stigma as humans, medical and emotional damage is being done all the same. Obesity in animals can cause complications in almost every system in the body, with conditions ranging […]



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Among Summer Hazards for Pets — Sun-heated Water in Garden Hose

Hot cars and pavement are not the only summertime hazards faced by pets, says veterinarian Randy Hammond. The water in a garden hose that has been in the sun can cause significant burns, food scraps can cause gastrointestinal problems, and fleas and ticks can spread disease, Dr. Hammond says. READ MORE



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Help Your Pet Beat the Heat

Ironically, the dog days of summer — the hottest time of the year — are not always good for dogs. Dr. Jennifer Reinhart, a specialist in veterinary internal medicine at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, shares tips on preventing dehydration and other hot-weather hazards that could require a trip to the […]



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Keep Your Pet Away from Blue-Green Algae

Hot, wet summertime conditions foster the development of blue-green algae in ponds and lakes. Steve Ensley, a clinical veterinary toxicologist at Kansas State University in Manhattan, said Monday in a news release from the university, health problems can arise when animals and people come into contact with various toxins produced by blue-green algae. The most […]



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