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Dental Health

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A new method of pet dental care called Nonprofessional Dental Scaling (NPDS) is becoming popular among pet owners. It is also known as anesthesia-free dentistry. Many pet owners are either fearful of anesthesia or cannot afford it, but want to provide some form of oral care for their pets, so they decide on NPDS. The…

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Doggy Lawsuit

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Residents of the East River Housing Coop on the Lower East Side of have brought a federal lawsuit against the board and managers of their building. The 1,627 unit apartment building has had a strict, 84-year long policy of not allowing pets and the current residents are seeking to change that.

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Depression in Animals

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It is known that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that is treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It is not unlikely that this imbalance occurs in other species besides humans. In the past, depression in an animal was synonymous with lethargy, but today it is widely considered a mental illness…

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Neutering Effects in Retrievers

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UC-Davis veterinary researchers did a study of the incidence of joint disorders and various cancers in neutered retrievers compared to those that were not neutered. The data suggests that the rate of cancers and joint disorders increases in neutered animals, and the effects are even more significant in Golden Retrievers than in Labrador retrievers. Further,…

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Pet Food Trends

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The vast majorities of pet owners considers their pet a member of the family, and thus are transitioning to healthier food options for their pets. In fact, nearly 80% of pet owners say the quality of their pet’s food is as important as theirs, and nearly 40% of US households now have a dog, which…

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Pet Obesity

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Obesity is not only an epidemic in humans, but also approximately half of America’s dogs and cats are overweight. According to Ernie Ward, DVM, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 44 percent of dogs are overweight and 10 percent are clinically obese. The results are even more startling when looking at felines, as…

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Pet Food Labeling

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Trying to decipher food labels on human food is hard enough, but understanding pet food label is even more difficult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set guidelines and standards for pet food and provides a summary of labeling rules. When a product advertises a particular meat in the name of the food, the…

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Pets Can Disturb Sleep

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A study by the Mayo Clinic, finds an increase in the number of people experiencing sleep disturbances because of their pets. 110 patients at the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine in Arizona provided information about pets at night as part of a comprehensive sleep survey. It was determined that whether it be because of…

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Male only Mosquitos

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British researchers claim to have figured out a way to eliminate biting mosquitoes. Since female mosquitoes drink blood when they are producing eggs, and male mosquitoes sip nectar, scientists discovered they could accomplish the goal of stopping mosquitoes from biting by eliminating the female offspring. Like humans, the sex of a mosquito is determined by…

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Bone Marrow Transplants for Dogs!

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Dr. Steven Suter, VMD, MS, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology), a professor of oncology at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, is using Bone Marrow Transplants (BMT) to treat dogs with Lymphoma. This is the most high tech facility in the country performing this type of procedure. At NC State/CVM, they are performing both…

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