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Pet Health Vancouver WA

Keeping your pet healthy is of the utmost importance, and this can include visits to the vet, regular exercise, a good diet and training. Read on for more information about what you need to do to ensure your pet is always in good health.
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Melanoma Vaccines for Pets Vancouver WA

The new DNA vaccine for melanoma in pets is made from human tyrosinase enzyme. It is only available through a licensed veterinary oncologist, so your veterinarian would not be able to administer it.

Animal Staph Infection Treatment Vancouver WA

Whenever I hear about an infection that has not gotten better with what appears to be the proper treatment, I always have to go back and rethink the original diagnosis. How was this “staph infection” diagnosed? Were cultures taken of the throat? If so, did any other bacteria grow out on the culture plate other than staph?

Dog Allergists Vancouver WA

Non-stop (front) paw licking is almost certainly a sign of an allergic dermatitis (skin allergy), and this is just one of the many ways in which skin allergies can manifest in the dog. Other signs include a chronic, active ear infection, small, raised sores on the skin, hotspots, or even vomiting and diarrhea.

Litter Boxes Vancouver WA

A cat that eliminates inappropriately (outside of its litter box) is both a common client complaint and a difficult problem to solve. In this case, you have an outdoor (feral I presume) cat, which you have made into an indoor cat.

Animal Insurance Vancouver WA

Understanding pre-existing conditions is essential to purchasing the right pet insurance policy for your dog or cat. Although most pets have health-related issues to varying degrees, pre-existing conditions can prevent pet owners from obtaining insurance.

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Animal Ear Cleaning Vancouver WA

Ear cleaning for cats and dogs Cleaning your pets' ears is important to their overall health and well-being. Dogs and cats have deep ear canals that travel down and in before reaching the ear drum. Moisture and ear wax promote bacterial growth. Go on reading and find more information about it.

Animal Hospitals Vancouver WA

Treating pain in your dog or cat can be difficult, because while people are "painfully'' aware when they are in pain, animals are much more stoic. Therefore, it's oftentimes difficult to know when animals are actually suffering or in pain.

Animal Insurance Vancouver WA

Understanding pre-existing conditions is essential to purchasing the right pet insurance policy for your dog or cat. Although most pets have health-related issues to varying degrees, pre-existing conditions can prevent pet owners from obtaining insurance.

Animal Staph Infection Treatment Vancouver WA

Whenever I hear about an infection that has not gotten better with what appears to be the proper treatment, I always have to go back and rethink the original diagnosis. How was this “staph infection” diagnosed? Were cultures taken of the throat? If so, did any other bacteria grow out on the culture plate other than staph?

Animal Weight Loss Programs Vancouver WA

Tips for losing weight and exercising with your dog While human obesity is at an all-time high, so too is dog obesity , with 25 to 40 percent of American dogs -- an estimated 17 million -- overweight. Exercising with your dog can be a great motivator for both of you to get -- and stay -- fit, happy and healthy. "It's as difficult a battle for dogs as it can be for us,'' Chicago veterinarian Dr....

Bird Cages Vancouver WA

The design of a bird cage is also very important. Avoid cages in which the bars form a “V”; this kind of design poses a serious hazard because a bird can easily get a leg or other body part caught and twist or break it while thrashing about. In addition, the cage door should close and lock firmly. A door that leaves a gap presents a potential safety hazard to a curious bird.

Bird Specialists Vancouver WA

Egg binding occurs when a female bird cannot pass an egg through her reproductive tract, due to factors such as poor health, age, obesity, or egg malformations. A related but less common condition, dystocia, occurs when the passage of an egg is blocked by an obstruction such as a tumor or a malformed oviduct.

Cat Exercise Training Vancouver WA

Environmental enrichment provides cats with interesting, stimulating surroundings and activities, and is a win-win situation for cats - it gets them moving, plus it adds new stimulation to their lives, which can help take some of the focus away from the food bowl.

Dog Allergists Vancouver WA

Non-stop (front) paw licking is almost certainly a sign of an allergic dermatitis (skin allergy), and this is just one of the many ways in which skin allergies can manifest in the dog. Other signs include a chronic, active ear infection, small, raised sores on the skin, hotspots, or even vomiting and diarrhea.

Dog Allergy Medication Vancouver WA

Benadryl can be helpful for dogs and cats who itch. Of course, you would need to talk to your veterinarian to see if it is safe to give to your pet, and to determine the most effective dose. In holistic vet practices, vets typically use supplements to help decrease itching, which will reduce the need for drugs such as Benadryl.

Dog Behaviorist Vancouver WA

With animal trainers, dog whisperers and pet psychics vying for attention, it can be difficult to cut through the fog of different designations. People in "many different groups call themselves animal behaviorists.

Dog DNA Testing Vancouver WA

"Who's Your Daddy": DNA testing for your dog "Who's Your Daddy" DNA test parties for dogs are turning into great fundraising opportunities. Dog lovers are getting creative when it comes to giving back to animal welfare. Take, for example, Rebekkah Woodard, an interior designer in Nashville, Tenn. When she and her husband brought the now-one-year-old Otis home from the local SPCA last summer, the...

Dog Exercise Trainers Vancouver WA

To prevent health problems, he recommends giving dogs what they need to explore and interact with the world and keep "life exciting." That includes a spiced-up exercise regimen to maintain their weight and stave off monotony. Following are a few suggestions.

Dog Training Specialists Vancouver WA

The good news is you can prevent these and other injuries by exercising your dog properly – and staying away from the following mistakes other pet owners make in keeping their dogs active.

Emergency Animal Clinics Vancouver WA

Arthritis is very common in dogs. Just like in people, arthritis becomes more common in dogs as they age. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint(s), and in most cases, it is caused by a degenerative process of wear and tear as the years go by.

Exotic Veterinarian Vancouver WA

What is an exotic veterinarian? When people think of veterinarians, they think "dog-and-cat-doctors." And with good reason. Dogs and cats are the most common American pets by far. According to the 2007 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook , published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Americans own 81.7 million cats and 72 million dogs. But cats and dogs - and birds...

Heartworm Medication Vancouver WA

The adult worms live in the right ventricle and pulmonary arteries, where they breed and produce offspring known as microfilaria. These microfilaria are picked up by mosquitoes when they feed. These parasites are transmitted from animal to animal through the bite of mosquitoes.

Herbal Remedies for Cats Vancouver WA

As true when using conventional drugs, finding the best herbs for the specific problem can be a bit tricky. In my practice, I use several products to boost the cat's immune system, including Immunosupport by RX vitamins, and Echinacea comp by Heel.

Holistic Pet Care Vancouver WA

Holistic pet care overview Holistic pet care can come in a variety of forms: A Siamese cat receives a prescription you might not expect for a life-threatening digestive disorder – acupuncture and nutritional counseling. An arthritic boxer regains his range of motion with underwater therapy and chiropractic care. Sound a little far-fetched? Before you raise a skeptical eyebrow, consider the story...

Holistic Pet Medicine Vancouver WA

Holistic medicine for your pets Holistic medicine can improve your pet's health without chemicals or invasive processes. After having surgery to correct a herniated disk in his neck, Asko, a 115-pound German shepherd, couldn't walk. So, the dog's veterinarians took an integrative approach -- one that involved giving the canine traditional pain medications along with more holistic approaches, suc...

Homemade Dog Food Vancouver WA

The idea of home-cooked pet food sounds appealing. After all, who doesn't prefer home-cooked food to something out of a can or packet? And certainly, there are legitimate concerns over the safety and quality of some commercial pet foods.

Litter Boxes Vancouver WA

A cat that eliminates inappropriately (outside of its litter box) is both a common client complaint and a difficult problem to solve. In this case, you have an outdoor (feral I presume) cat, which you have made into an indoor cat.

Melanoma Vaccines for Pets Vancouver WA

The new DNA vaccine for melanoma in pets is made from human tyrosinase enzyme. It is only available through a licensed veterinary oncologist, so your veterinarian would not be able to administer it.

Natural Diet Pet Food Vancouver WA

Should your pet's diet go 'natural?' As you scan the choices in your market's pet food aisle, you've no doubt noticed the labels promoting "natural" foods for dogs and cats. Natural pet foods are popular, according to a survey of 1,090 respondents conducted by Hill's Pet Nutrition, which makes Hill's Nature's Best, a natural product. But the pollsters also found confusion about what th...

Non-Toxic Cleaning Products Vancouver WA

The EPA has estimated that more than 50 percent of indoor pollution is a direct result of household cleaning products. People are vulnerable to the effects of perpetual exposure to the chemicals in these products (especially women who stay at home, whom the EPA reported have a 54 percent increased risk of cancer), and companion animals are at even greater risk due to their faster metabolisms and smaller lungs.

Organic Animal Foods Vancouver WA

Many common household foods and drugs can also be toxic to your pets. The following are foods that can be toxic or poisonous to your pets.

Paw Protectors Vancouver WA

With winter just around the corner, how can you protect your dog’s paws from the snow, ice and salt in the winter? It's very important to protect your dogs against the rigid coldness of winter, and there are many things you should pay attention to. Read on and get to know more about it.

Pet Axiety Medication Vancouver WA

Ten tips for keeping your pet safe - and calm -on the Fourth of July With the excitement and festivities of Independence Day fast approaching, it’s a good time to give some thought to making the Fourth of July weekend a pleasant and safe one for our pets. Say “the Fourth of July” and what do you think of? Fireworks -- in the sky and on the ground -- backyard barbeques, parties, swimming pools, a...

Pet first aid Vancouver WA

Chances are that sometime during your dog's life, it's going to experience at least a mild cut or abrasion that will require prompt treatment to control bleeding and avoid infection. Knowing how to treat the wound properly can prevent costly, painful and even life-threatening complications.

Pet Food Vancouver WA

It should be pretty easy to tell what's in a serving of pet food; alas, it requires a little work. The first order of business is to figure out if you're getting what you think you're getting.

Pet Groomers Vancouver WA

Some pet owners may not be sure where to begin. Step one in rolling toward that comfort level is to know exactly what you're getting into when you visit a pet groomer.

Pet Home Safety Training Vancouver WA

The list of common substances that can be toxic to pets is a long one. The consequences to your pet of ingesting one of these substances can range from brief, relatively mild discomfort to severe and, in some cases, fatal reactions.

Pet Nutritionists Vancouver WA

Should you feed your pet a raw meat diet? Some advocates of homemade pet foods insist that raw meat should form the basis of dog and cat diets. These pet owners believe strongly that a raw meat diet comes closest to the diet that the ancestors of our pets ate in the wild and that such a diet is, therefore, more " natural'' than conventional, commercially prepared foods.

Pet Safety Products Vancouver WA

Any chocolate is off-limits for pets. "Baker's chocolate is the most [toxic]," Cook said. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is to pets. Theobromine and caffeine are the toxic ingredients. Curious dogs may sniff and paw and pull the tree over on themselves; cats like to get up and try out this strange indoor tree.

Puppy Pet Insurance Vancouver WA

Insuring animals while they are young and healthy can eliminate substantial veterinary costs that can be incurred throughout the life of a pet. However, it is a decision that should be made early in your pet is a puppy or a kitten to avoid some of the exclusions common in the pet insurance industry.

Treatment for Cruciate Ligament Injury in Dogs Vancouver WA

A dog's rear knee joint (or "stifle joint,'' as it's called in veterinary lingo) is a complex piece of bioengineering, no less so than its human counterpart. You can think of it as nature's solution to the problem of connecting the femur, or thighbone, to the tibia, the large bone of the lower leg. A system of ligaments links the two bones so that they can function as a unit.

Treatments for Pets with Broken Bones Vancouver WA

Bones consist of an outer, hard portion known as the cortex and an inner, spongy portion known as the marrow. The outside surface of the cortex is surrounded by a fibrous capsule called the periosteum, which contains blood vessels and nerves [link to cross-sectional diagram of bone]. The periosteum also contains immature cells that grow into the osteoblasts, which are the cells involved in growth of bone and fracture repair.

Umbilical Hernia Treatment for Pets Vancouver WA

An umbilical hernia is a small “rent” or opening in the body wall of animal located just behind the umbilicus (where the umbilical cord attaches to the fetus) and underneath the skin layers. A hernia allows for the contents of the abdomen, usually no more than just abdominal fat, to find its way out of the abdomen and into the space between the animal’s body wall and its skin layers.