Author: Jeanne Bennett

Don’t forget that cats have teeth, too

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate As many of you already know, February is pet dental health month and since a majority of pet owners have dogs, there’s always the messaging heavily-weighted towards the canine owner. But PET dental health applies to feline fanciers, too. Today, one of the more pressing issues veterinarians deal with is getting people to be serious about oral health in cats. Cats generally, by the time they are six months old, have 30 permanent teeth intended for catching prey, ripping it to pieces and chewing it up. Nearly 70 percent of cats ages three...

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During Heart Month, beware of heart disease signs in pets

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate When we decide to open our homes and hearts to a pet, no one expects it to have to a chronic disease but it does happen, so we have to deal with illness. You don’t need to dedicate your life to studying veterinary medicine, but you should be prepared to know what is normal versus abnormal behavior in your pet. has a list to consider. Early diagnosis and treatment can make all the difference when it comes to heart disease and your dog. As a dog owner, you should be aware...

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There’s money, big money, in animal care

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate If you feel it has gotten a whole lot more expensive to keep your pet healthy today than just a few years ago, you are right. According to a 2011 report by the American Pet Products Association, the cost of routine and surgical vet visits has risen 47 percent for dogs and 73 percent for cats over the past decade. Pet owners spent about $8 billion on vet care in 2000; by 2013, that figure climbed to more than $14 billion. If you need more proof about the profitability of veterinarian care,...

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Plain talk about pet vaccinations

Vaccinations have long been seen as a way to keep your pet healthy and disease free. Some are required by law and some are optional, depending on the lifestyle your pet leads. What do we, as pet owners, really know about vaccinations? What do they prevent and which one should we get and which should we skip? This is a brief primer about the most common vaccinations domesticated animals have available to them. This is no way intended as a guide to what you should or shouldn’t do as far as vaccinations for your pet; your veterinarian is the...

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Silica gel is for packages, not pets

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate It’s definitely one of life’s “oh crap” moments; your dog got hold of a bag of treats and ate the whole bag including the gel packet. You know, the one labeled DO NOT EAT. The one that you have heard so many horror stories about the effects that it could have on your dog. What do you do? Induce vomiting, rush him to the vet or maybe force him to drink a ton of water? First, stay calm. Silica gel is not poisonous — but you can’t let your pet consume it....

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