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Apr 4

Ask Questions Before Adopting a Pet

bunny in handsIf you have children you have inevitably heard the begging and pleading for a puppy, kitten, fish, bird, rabbit, hamster or even a pony. Yes, adopting an animal can be an exciting time for any family, but before you give in to the begging, ask yourself these simple questions to ensure you get a pet that fits all of your family’s needs.

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Mar 7

Avoid These 10 Everyday Things Toxic to Pets

In honor of March being Poison Prevention Month, I thought this would be a great time to remind you about some everyday household items that can be toxic and even deadly to your pets. We all want to keep our pets healthy and safe. If at any time you believe your pet has consumed something that can be harmful, you should contact your vet immediately or call the ASPCA’s 24-hour poison prevention hotline at 888-426-4435. Here are a few items to avoid.

Houseplants/Flowers

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Flowers in the lily family can be extremely toxic to cats. If consumed, these plants can cause kidney failure or even death to your cat. Other plants such as poinsettias can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, blistering in the mouth and can make it difficult for your pet to breathe.

 

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Feb 28

Keep Your Pets Safe in Subzero Temperatures

dogincoldAs we reach subzero temperatures in the Miami Valley it is important to keep your pets safe in the cold. Remember, if it is too cold for you to be outside then it is too cold for your pets. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton recommends all animals should remain indoors as much as possible during the colder months to protect them from the harsh and bitterly cold elements. If your animals must stay outdoors, then they need to have proper shelter, food and fresh water to protect them from the cold.

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Feb 15

Keep Your Pets at a Safe Weight

fatcatThis Tuesday is Fat Tuesday. So, what better time is there to talk about your pet’s weight? Sadly, obesity is becoming a more common problem among animals in America. As your pet’s weight increases, their risk for health problems such as joint pain, diabetes and liver issues also grows. To help battle your pet’s bulge, here are a few tips to keep them healthy and happy. Before you adjust any dietary changes with your pet, make sure to first consult your veterinarian to ensure your pet continues to get the nutrition they need.  

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Jan 17

Warning Signs Your Cat May Be Sick

CatWithVetMany cats don’t want to burden their owners if they are not feeling well. They will hide injuries or sicknesses until it may be too far along for you to do anything about them. However, no one knows your pets better than you and no one will pick up on unusual behaviors or physical appearances quicker than you.

By being aware of your cat’s day-to-day behaviors and activities you will be able to determine if anything is out of the ordinary. Here are just a few things you may want to consider to be warning signs that something more may be going on with your cat then they are initially leading on.

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