Parvo in Dogs: The Virus You Need to Know About

DoggyNo pet owner wants their beloved furry friend to contract a potentially deadly disease; and even less so if that disease is preventable.

Parvovirus is not a new dog disease, but is one that is seeing a resurgence, especially in the Southern states where a new strain is thriving. Pet owners everywhere need to know about parvo in dogs and what they can do to protect their animals. Continue…

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Plump Pets: Why Pet Obesity is Problematic

Schertz_iStock_000014192263_resizeIf you look in most pet cupboards or pantries, you will like find an array of tasty treats or, perhaps, an assortment of people food earmarked for the family dog in the fridge. It’s understandable that we want the best for our pets, but the ‘best’ may be hindering our pet’s health and creating a pet obesity epidemic. Continue…

Avoiding Pet Emergencies Through Preventive Care

Schertz_iStock_000015133785_LargeEach year, many of us make our routine doctor’s appointments or the annual “check-up”. During this exam, we often are weighed, our blood pressure is taken, and other standard tests we have come to expect are included. While it may not be the most exciting of things to attend to, we do it because we believe in the efficacy and value of preventive care and to avoid emergency or serious health situations. And, thankfully we have such diagnostic tools to help us stay our healthiest.

This same approach can also be applied to our pets. Pet preventive care also encourages annual exams and diagnostics. Preventive care can be correlated with a reduction in pet emergencies and the sudden onset of serious health complications. And, it is also paramount to giving our pet the best chance for optimal health and longevity. Continue…

The Importance of Establishing a Baseline to Maintain Pet Health

Schertz_000012298746_LargeDuring our pet’s younger years and throughout much of his or her adult life, we may see only the high energy, excitable, and healthy pet that we’ve come to know and love. We may not consider why keeping tabs on our pet at this life stage is so important to lifelong pet health. However, it is precisely during your pet’s younger years that we can best establish a baseline of health for what is normal for your individual pet.

By increasing our level of awareness of our pets’ health – and even the subtler nuances of changes in appetite, behavior, and energy – are we able to carefully gauge and respond to health conditions before they have a bigger impact, or in some cases, prevent the development of diseases and illnesses. Continue…