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Michael Goldman here, with the Healthy Pet Network. As most of you know, we are overpopulated with dogs and cats. Many stay in shelters or worse waiting for a good, loving home that may or may not ever happen. More people than ever are helping by rescuing dogs or cats from shelters but if they don’t know what to look for, they may end up unhappy or even worst, by bringing the animal back to the shelter which is emotionally traumatizing and devastating to the animal. I want this to be a positive article series so for the next few weeks, I want to focus on the “How To’s” of finding the perfect pet for you and your family. My intent is to lessen the unhappy experiences and to greatly increase the positive experiences & relationships.

In the next couple of weeks, we will cover topics such as:

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My most current articles have been about training your dogs. I am going to take a small step back and give you some tips for bringing your new dog or cat into the home so you are best prepared for their new training.

A new pet is a fabulous addition to any family. Here are a few tips to learn the proper way of welcoming the animal and taking care of training so you have a happy, well-adjusted and very well behaved pet.

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There are many people, including myself, that simply cannot fathom living without the love of a four legged companion. Being a dog or cat care provider, you have a lot of different responsibilities ranging from care and feeding to training and grooming. Even if you do not have the money to send your dog to obedience school, there are different ways that you can take care of the training on your own so that your pet can grow to be an amazingly well trained and behaved pet. It is just a matter of finding the right publication and sticking to all of the tips and tricks that are listed within.

There are many books on the subject of training your canine friend but they are harder to find for your feline friend. There are some good ones out there so do your research to find a good one.

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If your pet could talk, they could tell you how they feel. Since they can’t, it’s up to you to keep a watchful eye on their behavior and appearance. Talk to your veterinarian if you notice any changes in the way your pet looks or acts.

Changes in behavior:
1) Sleeping more or less than usual
2) Drinking more or less than usual
3) Urinating more or less often
4) Vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation
5) Anxiousness, restlessness or confusion
6) Flinching when touched
7) Reluctance to jump on furniture

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Just as humans can suffer from inflammation of the pancreas, so can our dog & cat friends. This condition is known as pancreatitis. A dog or cat’s pancreas is a vital organ that helps with food digestion, just as your own pancreas does. It’s very important to understand more about this condition so that you can take your best friend to see a vet as soon as any symptoms are noticed.


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