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5 Questions to Ask Yourself before Getting a Pet

By Jessica on January 13, 2014

Considering a new companion is a wonderful adventure. Finding and falling in love with a pet can be easy to do but ultimately it is a decision that will change your life. Dogs, cats and other pets require a considerable amount of time, money and commitment – typically 15 years or more in many...

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A puppy visit for the holidays; what to do

By Jessica on December 10, 2013

Q: I have a dog and when my sister’s family visits for the holidays they’re going to bring their two new beagle puppies! My dog goes berserk when little dogs even pass the house. What am I going to do?

A: Of course, my suggestion is going to be to keep her separated from...

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How do I help koi fish get through winter?

By Jessica on December 10, 2013

Q: The long, cold winter in the South has been hard on my koi pond this year. I always kept the pump running all year and I guess that was wrong. I lost most of my koi fish due to hypothermia, I’m told. Is this possible? My pond is 4’ by 8’ and about 24” deep and above ground....

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5 Tips for New Pet Owners

November 12, 2013

You’re excited about getting a new puppy -- but you’re a little anxious, too. As a first time pet owner you may have several questions. What type of pet should I choose? How do I pick a breed that fits my lifestyle? Will my pet need health insurance? If you’re...

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What should I do if my dog eats Halloween candy?

October 24, 2013

Q: Help! I returned home to discover my 60-pound dog had eaten close to 50 ounces of Halloween candy (a combination of Twix, Butterfinger, Almond Joy and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups). It’s been about 3 hours since she’s eaten the candy, but I’m wondering if there is anything I should do...

Mother and daughter laugh while bathing a tan pug.

(Photo: Flickr/devra)

What's the best odor-reducing shampoo for dogs?

September 24, 2013

Q: What is the strongest odor reduction shampoo for a dog?

A: I would get a medicated shampoo from your vet. Perhaps something with benzoyl peroxide, which is a good degreasing type of shampoo and deep follicular flushing action.

I would also consider a shampoo...

Beagle puppy sitting on a fluffy white bedspread.

Liking a soft surface for now. (Photo: Flickr/Thomas McMahon)

How can I treat the sores under my puppy's paws?

September 24, 2013

Q: My beagle puppy has sores on the bottom of her toes and is limping around. The sores are on the bottom of her toes that touch as she walks. It began last night with one sore on her left paw, and now there are 2 on her right paw. I do not know of anything she might have gotten into....

Calico cat sitting in a stone courtyard next to a step.

(Photo: Flickr/pelican)

Is blood in the urine a fatal sign for cats?

September 23, 2013

Q: My cat, Carla, is 18 years old and she has had a thyroid problem along with kidney problems. She has been on K/D food and taking Methimazole (0.5 ml) every 12 hours. I live 2 1/2 hours from the doctor and am unsure what to do after she has started passing blood in her urine? Is it...

A brown-and-white Springer Spaniel standing in a shallow end of a lake, looking down.

(Photo: Flickr/Bernt Rostad)

Can we limit water (like food) for our dog?

September 23, 2013

Q: We ration food for our 6-month-old Springer Spaniel. She eats twice a day. May (or should) we do the same with her water? We live in an apartment and follow a regular potty-break routine, taking her outside every 2 hours when she is not in the crate and up to 4 hours when she is...

Front view of a mottled (black-brown-white) ferret in a cage.

(Photo: Flickr/boscosami)

Why is my ferret restless and breathing heavily?

Q: My female ferret (Shadow) is about 4 years old. She was fine yesterday but today is breathing heavily and acting restless. Otherwise eating, drinking, and eliminating properly. She's restless like she can't get comfortable and her nose is a little runny. What could be wrong?...

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