QUALITY OF LIFE…The Decision to Say Goodbye

An inevitable part of owning a pet, is coming to accept their relatively short lifespan. At some point, whether because of illness, trauma, or advanced age, most of us find ourselves grappling with the same question: How do we know when it’s time to let them go?   In truth, there is no precise, perfect time. The answer is as complicated and personal as the relationship between pet, and owner. Even when we think we’re prepared to make that decision, our emotions cause us to question how we can possibly “do something like that” to the pet we love. Often,
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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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