BUYER BEWARE…

Counterfeit pet drugs have become a multi-billion dollar business. There was a time when pet medications and parasite control products were exclusively dispensed to patients by licensed Veterinarians. Now, owners hoping to maintain costs pursue discounted products online. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of unlicensed, discount sites that market products bearing counterfeit labels, medications that have not been maintained under manufacturer-mandated conditions, medications that do not contain the compounds displayed on their label, or products approaching or exceeding their expiration date, all in violation of the law.    While captions of “pet prescriptions cheap,” and “no prescription necessary,” may seem
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BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS…IS IT NATURE OR NURTURE?

When an owner expresses frustration over behavior issues with a pet, the first step is to gather as much information as possible about the problems they’re experiencing.  Often, what the owner considers undesirable, is normal behavior for the breed, or life stage of their pet. Some common breed specific behaviors, in companion animals, that may be a source of discord are: – Strong Prey Drive – Wanderlust – Barking/Howling…Excessive Vocalization – Intolerance of Being Alone – Dog Dominance – Biting/Snapping During Play – High Energy – Aloof/Independence – Stubbornness Obviously, assertive/independent breeds are not a good choice for first-time owners,
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DEHYDRATION AND YOUR PETS…THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

When cats and dogs experience an excessive loss of fluids from their bodies, they can become dehydrated.  The drop in fluid volume triggers an electrolyte imbalance that can rapidly progress to a life threatening condition. Electrolytes are naturally occurring chemicals that regulate the body’s organs and systems. For the heart (including blood pressure), lungs, kidneys, brain and all the major organs of the body to function properly, electrolytes must be in balance. When electrolyte concentrations drop, immediate medical intervention is warranted to prevent organ failure that could lead to death. In general, dehydration is triggered by an underlying medical condition
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KIDNEY DISEASE IN DOGS AND CATS…

The kidneys perform functions vital to the process of living. They filter out waste and potential toxins through the production of urine, help regulate the volume of fluids in the body, and maintain balance in levels of sodium, and chemistries in the bloodstream. In short, healthy kidneys are integral to a healthy life. Kidney Disease is classified in two forms. It can be “acute”… referring to a rapid onset disruption of kidney function resulting from an assault to the kidneys by a variety of possible factors, including…ingesting a toxic substance like antifreeze, rat poison, medications that attack the kidneys, certain
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