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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Dear Friends,

I am extremely excited to announce the release of my new eBook entitled “Your Guide to Whole and Complete Pet Health”. It has taken awhile with various obsticles slowing me down but I am very pleased with its depth of information and the fact that it will help pet care takers “immensely”with their pets health & longevity.

I have worked for many years to hone my skills in pet health and pet care – from working very closely with one of the worlds best and formost veterinarians to the experiences and achievements within our rescue and sanctuary, to years of research and study.

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Everyone with pets needs to have a veterinarian in case of emergency. Picking/Finding a good Vet is a very important topic and for those who need help with this important subject, you will find a link below which will take you to my book – “Your Guide to Finding the Right Veterinarian”. Finding a good vet is extremely important as they will play an important part over the life of your beloved pets. With this being said, this article is devoted to dealing with minor ailments and first aid that can be done at home. If symptoms persist, I highly recommend you do contact your veterinarian.

I love to hike with my dogs and after a good hike in the country, it is wise to give your dog(s) a quick grooming and rub down. Check for any lumps or bumps that he may have received along the way. My Lab has a tendency to get twigs and other items caught in his hair. Left unchecked, this can cause fur to mat. This will bother the dog causing the potential to lick the area bare possibly leaving it open to infection. A little attention to the matter will help avoid this.

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Although dogs are considered to be omnivores (feed on both animal and vegetable substances) their bodies require a great deal of protein in order to stay healthy. Even as scavengers, dogs have a preference for meat.  Ethologists (one who studies animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment), never get tired of telling us that dogs are descended from wolves.  As such they are predators and they hunted animals for food.  They were able to get by on eating other things, but they preferred to eat meat when they could kill it.

Cats, on the other hand are considered carnivores and must eat a regular meat diet in order to survive.

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Hip Dysplasia is a complicated disease that affects both cats and dogs.  It is considered to be an inherited disease but it is polygenic — that means that it is not just a case of simply breeding parents together who don’t have hip dysplasia in the hopes of producing off spring that don’t have the disease.  There are many factors that can affect whether or not your pet develops the disease, even if he/she has parents with or without hip dysplasia.

Hip Dysplasia results when the cartilage around the animals hips shows signs of breaking down.  This can happen for several reasons.  There may be bony projections in the hip joints.  There could be shallow hip sockets.  There can be evidence of bone changes called “remodeling.”  All of these indications are bad because they lead to the breakdown of cartilage in the hip area.  Cartilage is necessary to cushion the hips when your pet walks or moves.  Without proper cartilage your pet begins experiencing some degree of pain.

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