Author: Jeanne Bennett

Homemade dog treats can be yummy

Making your own homemade dog treats can be a fun reward for you dog. There are many benefits to making your own dog treats at home such as: Controlling what goes into the recipe. You can ensure that your pet is getting a nutritious and wholesome snack. You can also tailor your dog treat recipes to your dog’s taste preferences as well as cater to any dietary restrictions. Preventing unhealthy additives. Many brands of commercial dog treats are filled with preservatives, which help to extend their shelf life. In addition, store bought treats are often made from fillers and...

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Five ways your Christmas tree can hurt (or kill) your pet

For many people, the Christmas tree is a symbol of good times, festivities and great memories… that is until they become parents to a dog or cat. Pets are known for their curiosity and uncanny ability to find ways to get into trouble. Add a big tree loaded with shiny things to tempt them and hours alone with said tree, it often doesn’t end well. The same tree that makes humans want to sing carols and feel all warm and fuzzy will make your pet want to go crazy and get into a heap of trouble. Here are five...

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In matters of the heart (murmurs), see a vet

Heart murmurs are detected when a veterinarian listens to a dog’s heart and hears a whooshing sound. It’s not always a reason for concern, but it can be. In dogs, common causes include heart valve problems, heartworm disease, heart defects, tumors, or weakening of the heart muscle. If your dog has difficulty breathing, sounds congested or coughs, has a pot belly, faints, or suddenly collapses, he could have a heart condition. Treatments can include surgery or addressing any underlying issues that may be causing the murmur. Overview A heart murmur is an abnormal sound that a veterinarian hears when...

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Protecting animals has become more serious with federal oversight

On Jan. 1, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) began collecting detailed data from participating law enforcement agencies on acts of animal cruelty, including gross neglect, torture, organized abuse, and sexual abuse. Prior to that date, crimes that involved animals were lumped into an “All Other Offenses” category in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s annual Crime in the United States report, a survey of crime data provided by about 18,000 city, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies. Unless these crimes are brought to the attention of law enforcement, nothing...

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Living with a senior dog

Let’s face it, all living things get old. People get old and so do our dogs. Unfortunately for humans, our dogs get old much faster than we do. The truth is, life passes quickly, especially when you’re a dog. Fortunately for dogs and the humans who love them, veterinary medicine has improved, and so has our ability to identify and manage some of the most common health conditions associated with aging in dogs. We all have heard how a dog ages approximately seven times quicker than a human, so seven human years are equal to one canine year. This...

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