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Tip on Canned Cat Food
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Tip on Canned Cat Food

Canned cat food is often recommended for cats that have urinary tract problems such as a history of bladder stones, crystals , "feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC)" or "feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)". The canned food has a much higher percentage of water. The canned food therefore increases water intake and causes your cat to produce less concentrated urine.

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Topical Poison Tip for Dogs

Poisoning associated with topical medications is uncommon in dogs and cats. The topical product usually associated with toxicity is an inappropriately applied topical flea product. The products specifically labeled for use in dogs can result in serious toxicity if administered to cats. The toxic substance in these products is permethrin, which can have devastating effects if given to cats.
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Topical Poison Tip for Cats

Poisoning associated with topical medications is uncommon in dogs and cats. But the topical product most associated with poisoning is usually an incorrectly applied flea product. For instance, a topical flea product specifically meant for dogs can have devastating effects on cats. If your cat is exposed, immediately bath in lukewarm water and dishsoap in an attempt to remove the product.
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Tips on Cat Toys

Cats enjoy playing but tire easily with the same toy. Offer a variety of toys. Feathery cat teasers, motorized mice and bells hidden in balls are great hits for most cats. Tethered toys are also popular. Avoid strings or yarn. Despite being commonly associated with cats, these long thin playthings can be easily swallowed and result in serious illness.
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Tips on Weighing Cats

Periodically weighing your cat can help you determine the overall health of your companion. An easy method is to use a typical bathroom scale. First, weigh yourself. Then, weigh yourself holding your pet. Subtract the two numbers. This will give you a close approximation of your pet's weight. For more information, read the article Is Your Cat Too Fat?
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On the Road with Your Cat

Whether you're taking a short day-trip or a month-long trek around the country, pets can make excellent traveling companions. Here are some tips that will make the drive much more pleasant for both of you: On the Road Get a health certificate and proper ID. Take your pet for a veterinary check-up and make sure you have a certificate stating that your pet's shots are up to date.
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On the Road with Your Dog

Whether you're taking a short day-trip or a month-long trek around the country, pets can make excellent traveling companions. Here are some tips that will make the trip more pleasant for both you and your dog: On the Road Get a health certificate and proper ID. Take your pet for a veterinary check-up and make sure you have a certificate stating that your pet's shots are up to date.
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Why Do We Need Shelters?

Animal shelters are buildings or areas devoted to the temporary care and shelter of homeless or unwanted animals. Nearly every city in the United States has at least one animal shelter. Shelters require numerous employees and volunteers, and must follow various state and local laws and regulations. Uncontrolled breeding and irresponsible pet owners have resulted in a serious pet overpopulation problem, and drastic measures are needed to curb the ever-increasing number of stray homeless dogs and cats.
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Tip on Choosing Clippers for Your Cat

Most cats don't need to be groomed however there are some circumstances that cat owners will clip or shave their cats. Longhaired cat are sometimes clipped because they get matted or get feces caught in their hair. If you are looking for a good pair of clippers, choose one that is durable. An article that might also be helpful to you is Grooming Your Cat.
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Ear Moisture Prevention Tip

Prevent moisture in ears from resulting in ear infections: Always dry ears after swimming. Use a soft, sturdy paper towel, a gauze sponge or a wad of cotton. Wrap your finger in the selected material and gently dry the inside of the canal. For more information, please read the article Chronic Ear Problems.
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Greyhounds Get a Second Chance

Going on vacation to visit my grandparents in Florida often included a trip to the dog track (or “the dogs” as my grandfather would call it). My grandfather's company and all the noise and excitement always made it a special day for me. Mostly, I loved watching the sleek canines run like bandits. To me it was a game and I thought of these animals as pets that would - at the end of the day - go home to their respective families to live like my dog did.
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Pool Safety Tips

Pool safety is important! Some dogs, especially young, elderly, or otherwise debilitated dogs, cannot swim. Even dogs that once were excellent swimmers can lose their ability with weakness. Others may become disoriented should they accidentally fall in while drinking. Recognize the danger and exercise caution: pool fences and alarms are very useful.
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Tips on Warming Your Tank

There are two basic kinds of aquarium heaters. The first is a glass test tube filled with a heating coil and capped with a regulator. The cap attaches to the top edge of the aquarium and the test tube is immersed into the water. Turn the dial and the heating element glows, warming the water. The other kind of heater is a submersible heater that lies on the bottom of the tank.
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Low-cal Dog Treat Tip

Obesity in dogs is a major health concern. Just as with people, obesity can lead to very serious health problems. Want a low-cal dog treat tip? Think veggies! Carrot niblets, snow peas, and celery make great snacks - without all the calories and fat of traditional dog biscuits. Just make sure that, like anything else, you feed veggies in moderation - only a few pieces a day.
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Hot Dogs! Top Dogs for Hot Climates

In February, living in a place like South Florida is a sun-drenched, balmy heaven. In August, though, it resembles that "opposite place." Although any breed can live in hot climates with proper care and grooming, some breeds tend to fare better than others. Dogs living in areas known for high temperatures require special attention because they cannot handle temperature extremes as well as people can.
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Toxic Toad Tip

Licking, biting or otherwise ingesting Bufus marinus toads, located primarily in the southeastern United States, can result in nervous system toxicity as well as damage to the heart. Rinsing a dog's mouth out immediately and seeking emergency veterinary care are essential to successful treatment. For more information, please read the story Poisonous Toads and Your Pet.
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Nail Trimming Tip

Did you overdo your dog's nail trim? Bleeding toenails can often times be remedied with some household ingredients. A small amount of flour packed onto the end of the nail will often quell the bleeding. Also try rubbing a bar of soap on the end of the nail for the same effect. Nothing, however, beats having a stash of styptic powder, which you can buy at your local pet store or at your vet's office.
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Tips on Cleaning Your Cat's Ears

Using a cotton swab to clean ears can be very effective but it can be dangerous, too. Be careful not to lose sight of the cotton swab's tip; delving too deeply into the ear canal could result in permanent damage to the structures deeper within the canal. For more information, read How to Safely Clean Your Cat's Ears.
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Making the Transition from Adult to Senior Dog

Dogs age at a rapid pace and before you know it your best friend might be considered a senior dog. As your dog ages from adult to senior you may notice some changes and special requirements that need to be met. Knowing what to expect can better prepare dog owners to deal with their new senior pet. When is my dog considered a senior?
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Onion Toxicity Tip

Does your dog sit in the kitchen while you cook, nibbling away as you chop onions with wild abandon? Next time be careful not to let stray onions make it past your dog's lips. Dogs and cats lack the enzyme necessary to properly digest onions and this could result in gas, diarrhea, or severe gastrointestinal distress.
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