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With Heartworm Medicine, Do Not Follow Package Directions

With Heartworm Medicine, Do Not Follow Package Directions

Giving heartworm preventives during warm months only is not going to cut it.

April 2019 - Heartworms are parasites that can infest a dog’s pulmonary artery — the artery that brings blood from the heart to the lungs. That can result in severe illness and even death, which is why our pets need to take a heartworm preventive from the time they are puppies throughout their lives.

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Is Her Aggression a Response to Fear?

Is Her Aggression a Response to Fear?

If that's the case, gradual desensitization is the way to help her through it.

How many times have you heard people say their dog is less aggressive off-leash than on? That’s often because their aggression is born of fear. Off the leash, they are free to move away from whatever is making them scared — another dog, a person.

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Ear Cleaning Done Right

Ear Cleaning Done Right

A Q-tip is not the way to go.

As much as physicians warn against using a cotton-tipped applicator such as a Q-tip for cleaning debris from your ears because of the risks for puncturing an eardrum and impacting wax, using one for cleaning a dog’s ears comes with even more risks.

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Sharing the Medicine Chest With Your Dog

Sharing the Medicine Chest With Your Dog

9 drugs that will work for both you and your pet.

Did you know that you likely have a few medicines on hand that can actually be used for your pet? You’ll need to confer with your vet about dosages, but often what’s right for you may be right for your dog.

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