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Common Veterinary Ailments that I see Everyday

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07/09/2012 21:40:51 PM, by K.T.Riffic 4781 views, Category: Petivities, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
Sun Dangers - How To Protect Your Dog From Sun and Heat Damage The summer sun is shining brightly these days, and most of us understand the dangers the sun can bring with it. What we may forget about is how badly the sun can harm our pets. Hopefully, you remember to pack the sun block and a nice big had along with your bathing suit and towel when you head to the beach. If your dog will be joining you, m...Read More
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07/02/2012 22:24:25 PM, by K.T.Riffic 3668 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
About Dog Food Recalls What really happens when dog food is recalled? Why does a recall happen and how do consumers find out about them? There are many questions when it comes to this topic, even though it seems there is a new pet food recall every month. Types of Recalls There are basically two types of recalls. The first type is a voluntary recall made by the d...Read More
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06/20/2012 22:30:18 PM, by K.T.Riffic 3579 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
What's Causing Your Dog To Itch? Allergies in Dogs Allergies are something that we all know about. They cause our eyes to itch or water, make it hard to breathe, they make us sneeze, and cause a variety of other issues. Just like us, our dogs can also suffer from allergies. From respiratory to skin issues, allergies can make our pets uncomfortable. What are allergies and how to do start? Al...Read More
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06/01/2012 17:38:19 PM, by K.T.Riffic 3936 views, Category: Pet pack life, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
Dog Food Cheat Sheet - How To Tell If Dog Food Is Worth Buying In Under 10 Minutes What is the real difference with between the $10 bag of food and a $40 bag of the same size? Actually, there can be lots of differences between the two bags. From the price tag to long term health issues, making and knowing how to make a good choice about your dog’s food is very important. Where to begin As a rule of thumb, the cheape...Read More
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05/29/2012 19:50:08 PM, by K.T.Riffic 3770 views, Category: Pet holistic handbook, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips, Pet stuff to chew on View All Blogs
About Dog Teeth - What Dogs Owners Need To Know Even though most dogs today are domesticated and grow up on commercial dog food, they still have the same teeth their wild ancestors had. Dog teeth are also very similar to human teeth, with a few main differences. It is important for dog owners to learn about these differences in order to be able to keep their dog’s teeth and gums healthy...Read More
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05/23/2012 19:42:38 PM, by K.T.Riffic 2347 views, Category: Pet holistic handbook, Pet laws and regulations, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips, Pet toys and treats  View All Blogs
The Oversees Of The Pet Food Industry - AAFCO - And What You Need To Know About Them Did you know that there is a organization that regulates pet food? It’s true. The organization is AAFCO, which stands for the Association of American Feed Control Officials. The organization is made up of volunteers from local, state, and federal levels who join together in order to set guidelines and best practices for the pet food indust...Read More
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05/14/2012 21:07:38 PM, by K.T.Riffic 1223 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
Common Backyard Plants May Be Harmful to Your Pet You probably don't even realize it, but there are many plants that might be in your backyard that could be harmful or even fatal to your pet. Many common garden plants and wild growth can cause some serious damage to your pet’s health. The problem is that dogs and cats use their sense of smell and of taste to explore what is around...Read More
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05/10/2012 22:41:21 PM, by K.T.Riffic 1741 views, Category: Pet training and behavior, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
Signs Your Dog or Cat May Have Cancer Unfortunately, humans are not the only species that get cancer. It is actually the number one killer of dogs and cats. Since your pet cannot tell you what is wrong with them, you have to be on the lookout for any signs that your pet may exhibit that may suggest they have cancer. Just as in humans, the earlier a cancer is detected, the greater th...Read More
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05/07/2012 23:27:00 PM, by K.T.Riffic 1840 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
How to Clean Your Pet's Stainless Steel Food and Water Bowls It makes sense that you would want to keep your pet’s food and water bowls clean since you keep your own food plates clean. But, is it really safe to clean your pet’s bowls the same way you clean your plates? The short answer is yes. However, your pet’s bowls are a little different from our plates and bowls, so there are a ...Read More
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05/02/2012 20:55:41 PM, by K.T.Riffic 1492 views, Category: Pet holistic handbook, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
It's That Time - Start Checking Your Pets For Fleas And Ticks As the weather starts to get warmer and draw summer closer, it is a great time to start thinking about flea and tick protection. We will be spending more time outside with our pets in the following weeks and months. Unfortunately, what happens outside does not always stay outside. Those pesky little fleas and ticks love to hitch a ride on ou...Read More
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02/25/2012 18:17:43 PM, by K.T.Riffic 1277 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
5 Tips On Managing Cat And Dog Fur During Shedding Seasons Cats and dogs are great pets. They give pet owners a sense of pride and bring them joy. However, they do also shed. Even “hairless” pets shed. It can be frustrating, but there are ways to prevent your house from looking like a giant hairball. Here are 5 tips to managing shedding season. 1. Start on the inside with good diet Feed...Read More
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01/03/2012 17:59:37 PM, by K.T.Riffic 4444 views, Category: Pet holistic handbook, Pet pack life, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
Winter Skin Ailments in Dogs and How to Manage Them Winter is a magical time for those of us who live in snowy areas. It can be incredibly relaxing to watch the snow gently fall to the Earth while sipping some hot cocoa with one hand and petting the dog with the other. On the other hand, winter can also be a very uncomfortable time for us and our pets. The dry climate and lowered humidit...Read More
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12/23/2011 18:00:24 PM, by K.T.Riffic 6385 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
Why Is There Blood In My Dog's Stool? One of the most frightening things for a dog owner to see is blood in their dog’s stool. Before you panic, realize that blood in a dog’s stool is actually quite a common occurrence and is not necessarily cause for alarm. Before you freak out, ask yourself these questions: Does your dog still have an appetite? Has y...Read More
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12/07/2011 17:59:42 PM, by K.T.Riffic 5150 views, Category: Pet care, safety and insurance, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
Is Rain Water Making Your Dog Itch? Itch, itch, itch! Is that all your dog seems to do these days? You are not alone. There are some dogs that itch and scratch so bad, it keeps their owners up all night. There are many reasons why your dog may be itching and scratching. Too many for one article, in fact. One possible cause in particular seems to be getting more and more common...Read More
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11/28/2011 06:16:59 AM, by petsitting 1006 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
Why Is A Pet Sitter Ideal For Your Pet? There are plenty of options when you have to leave your pet and go away in a quick manner.  However, there may be few options that will actually work out with your individual pet.  Since every pet is unique and you are a responsible owner, it is important to make sure that a pet sitteris really the best choice for your pet.  Here ...Read More
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11/09/2011 16:00:33 PM, by K.T.Riffic 5443 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips, Pet thoughts, Pet stuff to chew on, Pet secrets for humans View All Blogs
Facts About Doggie Noses The dog’s nose. No matter how annoying it can be, it is hard to resist. Despite being right in front of your face, there are still many myths surrounding this useful organ. Your dog’s nose does more than smell. It aids in keeping you dog cool and also acts as a filter that can stop the chemicals in the air from entering the body....Read More
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11/08/2011 08:22:15 AM, by Mydoggy 4147 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
Take a day off with your dog As crazy as it might sound and in today’s economy…taking a day off with your dogwill greatly improve your quality of life. I know for those of you living up north it’s kind of hard going out because it’s really cold. However, you can still take a day off and dedicate it entirely to your canine friend. Give him/her an esp...Read More
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10/19/2011 22:19:56 PM, by Jade07 4488 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
 Five Tips to Help Your Cat Maintain a Healthy Weight     It might be fun to look at photos of obese cats on YouTube, but if you really think about it, extra weight on a cat is unhealthy. It impedes quality of life for our feline friends, even if they are relatively healthy despite the extra weight.   It’s not surprising that so many cats are overweight. It’s...Read More
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10/12/2011 17:59:00 PM, by K.T.Riffic 4620 views, Category: Pet training and behavior, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips View All Blogs
FAQ About Spaying or Neutering Getting a new dog is a process. From deciding if you want to buy or adopt, to picking out a breed, to dog proofing you home, there is always something to do or worry about. One of the most important steps in the process is getting your dog spayed or neutered, depending on if it is a female or male dog respectively. It is almost impossible fo...Read More
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10/09/2011 07:20:16 AM, by K.T.Riffic 4640 views, Category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips, Pets in news, More pet holidays View All Blogs
How Your Pet Can Raise Awareness of Breast Cancer October is a busy month. There are lots of contests, Halloween is coming, and it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many cities and towns are “going pink” this month in order to raise public awareness of this type of cancer. Living in Connecticut, I am especially aware of this cause. My state has the second highest rate of ne...Read More
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