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10 Canine Symptoms to Never Ignore

Are you unsure of when your pet needs to be seen by a vet? Here is a great article from Healthy Pets that outlines 10 symptoms that you should address immediately with a veterinarian.
Saturday, June 20, 2015/Author: Kristin O'Leary/Number of views (16660)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Dog

Winter Means Increased Respiratory Problems for Some Horses

Winter is here! The cold weather can have a variety of impacts on our animals, with one of those side effects being the possibility of increased respiratory problems for some horses.

Karen Davidson, Ph. D, and Special Sales Support Manager, shared the following article on which discusses this potential health challenge.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015/Author: Kristin O'Leary/Number of views (101936)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Horse

Tips to Poison-Proof Your Home

As the holiday season approaches, now is a great time to take a moment and review some of the items we all have in our homes that are dangerous for our pets.

From foods to medications or household or holiday hazards, the ASPCA provides a helpful list of items that are harmful.

Foods that could cause problems for your pet include;
  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate ( the higher the cocoa content, the more toxic )
  • Coffee
  • Fatty foods
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Onions or onion powder
  • Raisins or grapes
  • Salt
  • Yeast dough
  • Garlic or garlic powder
  • Xylitol or products using xylitol ( sugar substitute )
  • Your pets should avoid most human medications. Those listed below are the worst offenders.
  • Pain killers
  • Cold medication
  • Cancer treatment medication
  • Antidepressants
  • Vitamins
  • Diet pills
Cold Weather Products
  • Anti-freeze
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Ice melting products
  • Mouse or rat bait or poison
Household Items
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Mothballs
For more items and details, please visit
Please contact your vet or an emergency veterinary clinic for help.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014/Author: Kristin O'Leary/Number of views (102079)/Comments (0)/
Categories: DogCat

Tips for Traveling with Your Pets

Are you gearing up for a trip with your pets? 

It is a blast to travel with your pets, but there are a few things that you should keep in mind.  Check out this helpful article from the ASPCA for a few tips you can use to make it easy for everyone.

"Summer travel season is in full swing, and we think trips are always more fun when you bring your furry friends along. If you’re planning to take a vacation this summer with your pets in tow, we’ve got you covered.

In the car:

Taking a road trip? Here are a few car travel safety tips brought to you by ASPCA supporter Subaru.

Practice makes perfect: It’s a good idea to practice having your pet ride along for a series of short car trips leading up to your big trip.

Ride safely: Keep your pets safe and secure in the car by having them ride in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop.

Road trip snacks: Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet's travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure.

For a full list of car travel safety tips, visit our Pet Care section.

Traveling by plane:

Unless your furry friend is small enough to ride under your seat on a plane, the ASPCA advises avoiding air travel with pets. However, if you must bring your pet along on your flight, it’s best to plan ahead. We recommend you book a direct flight if possible. Here are a few other suggestions:

Careful with crates: Prior to your trip, purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably.

IDs, please: Be sure to mark the crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as your contact information and a photo of your pet. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date and that your pet has been microchipped for identification purposes.

In-flight food: Attach a pouch of your pet’s food to the outside of her crate, and freeze water in a dish for your pet to drink as it melts throughout the flight.

For more air travel safety tips, visit our Pet Care section.

No matter where you’re headed this summer, please be sure your pet is wearing an ID tag at all times. Happy trails, and safe travels!"

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Thursday, July 3, 2014/Author: Kristin O'Leary/Number of views (17191)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Dog

10 Interesting Hummingbird Facts

Do you love those sometimes elusive, beautiful, and quick moving birds that visit your nectar feeders every year?  If you want to learn more about them, check out 10 interesting facts you should know about hummingbirds.

#10 : Hummingbirds consume twice their body weight in nectar every day.

#9 : Hummingbirds are very territorial and guard your feeder.  Since they need so much food (fuel) and starve easily, they will protect the food sources that they find.

#8.  Hummingbirds' beaks have adapted to the types of flowers they feed from.  Some species have short bills, where others have long bills to enable to feed from deep flowers.

#7.  Although hummingbirds will feed from flowers of any color, they are drawn to red, orange, and bright pink flowers.  These flowers contain high levels of sucrose, rather than glucose or fructose.

#6.  A hummingbird's wings can beat up to 100 times per second.

#5.  A hummingbird will shake like a dog to remove rain from their bodies while they are flying.

#4.  While in flight, hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any animal (excluding insects).

#3.  Hummingbirds can use sugar to power 100% of their metabolic needs.  Humans can only power 30% of our needs with sugar!

#2.  Average North American Hummingbirds will live 3-5 years.  The longest recorded lifespan of a Hummingbird was 12 years.

#1.  Ruby Throated Hummingbirds migrate from Mexico to Ontario!

source : Wikipedia (

Wednesday, May 21, 2014/Author: Kristin O'Leary/Number of views (101963)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Wild Bird

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