HOW SAFE ARE YOUR PETS IN YOUR BACK YARD?

It’s that time of year when we start looking for ways to spruce up our yard, and get rid of the things that shouldn’t be growing there.  Pesticides and fertilizers, all containing potentially harmful chemicals, are being applied to plants, flower beds, and lawns.  If you’re a pet parent, you probably already know that it’s important to choose pet approved products.  You understand the significance of following the manufacturer’s instructions for applying pesticides and fertilizers, and you know your pets need to be kept off treated areas for a designated period of time.  What you may not know, is that
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WHY IS THE HEARTWORM THREAT GROWING?

There was a time when Heartworm Disease was relatively confined to the warm, humid states of the Southeast.  Pet owners up North, and out West were unconcerned because the winter freeze and dry heat kept the mosquito populations to a minimum.  However, that is no longer reality in the United States. Thanks in part to climate change, and in part to our ease of travel,  Heartworm is now diagnosed in all 50 states!   2018 was the 4th year in a row where CAPC (Companion Animal Parasite Council) forecasted an above average prevalence across the board.  An alarming report issued in
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IT’S A FACT…UNDER THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES, ANY DOG CAN BITE!

It isn’t their size, breed, gender or age that are predictors of a dogs’ potential for biting. It’s the circumstances of their history coupled with their personality, and the situation they find themselves in. According to the CDC, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the US, and over 800,000 of those bitten require medical treatment for their injuries. Children and seniors are the most common victims, and the vast majority of bites take place between humans and dogs who are known to one another. There are measures we can all take to reduce the
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