Author: Jeanne Bennett

Does your dog or cat eat stuff they shouldn’t? There’s a name for that

By JeanneBennett jbennett@myspiritnews.com Pica is the term used for the behavior of eating non-food material that can affect dogs and cats. Rocks, dirt, light bulbs, coins, tennis balls, your underwear, wool — such as blankets, socks and jackets — are some of the more common things that an animal suffering from Pica will consume, but some affected animals will nibble on just about anything from plastic grocery bags to litter. If  your dog or cat eats weird things and you believe he or she  may be suffering from pica, your first stop is the vet’s office; a serious health...

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Keep pets laser sharp by keeping them away from lasers

By JeanneBennett jbennett@myspiritnews.com Many of us have watched someone, or even used a laser pointer ourselves, to play with a dog or cat. Sometimes it’s funny to watch a pet chase that little red dot of light, and most people think it’s a harmless way to burn off some of their pet’s energy. Unfortunately, a game of laser pointer chase can be very frustrating for an animal and can lead to behavioral problems. The worry most people have regarding safety is about the laser itself. Of course you shouldn’t shine the light into your pet’s eyes (or your own)...

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‘Tis the season for bugs and stuff so be careful around pets

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate jbennett@myspiritnews.com Spring is in the air and with it comes bugs… you know, ticks and fleas just to name a few. Those pesky critters we are sure have a purpose on this earth, even though it seems all they do is torment us and our pets. Most people resort to pesticides to control insects around the home, weeds in the yard, germs in the bathroom and rodents in the garage. If you are a pet owner you may be forced to resort to using pesticide products directly on your pets to control fleas...

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The truth about lies told to dog owners

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate We have all heard them and many of us swear by them but some of the myths that have been circulating about dogs range from silly to downright dangerous to believe. As owners you want what’s best for your pet and some really well-meaning pet owners have fallen victim to some of these myths. It’s time to separate fact from fiction. When your dog has a potty accident, it’s important to rub her nose in it to let her know what she did. False. This is not just false, but really disgusting and...

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The dreaded “C” word may not be the end for pets

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate Thanks to all of the advancements made in the field of veterinary medicine, cancer is NOT… a death sentence.  Without a doubt, hearing that your pet has cancer is a devastating experience and is never easy, but a family needs to be able to make informed decisions about what is best for their pet. Your veterinarian is an excellent source of information and can provide sound advice and referrals to help you make the right decisions for your pet and family. Using the latest treatments can extend the quality and duration of your...

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