Archives: General Health

  • Probiotics for Pets

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    You’ve heard of antibiotics—these medicines destroy or stop the growth of harmful microorganisms in both human and animal patients. You may not be familiar with probiotics, though! Although probiotics have been commonplace in human medicine for a while now, the use of probiotics for our furry friends is still a relatively new pursuit. Read on to find out more. What Exactly Are Probiotics? A probiotic is a beneficial microbe—a bacteria or yeast—that lives in a … Read More »

  • Helping Your Dog Get Through Mosquito Season

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    Hot weather tends to bring with it a few pet hazards, one of which is outdoor pests. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance to us humans—they can bite our canine companions as well! Read on to find out more about the dangers these pests pose and how to keep your four-legged friend safe from harm. Mosquito Bites A dog’s coat of fur does offer some protection against mosquito bites, but mosquitoes can still bite … Read More »

  • Holiday Plant Hazards

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    The holidays are full of food, fun, and family. They also present a few hazards for our animal companions! Read on to find out more about keeping your pet safe from plant hazards during the holiday season. The Tree If you’ve set up a holiday tree in your home this year, it’s important to be aware of a few potential dangers. Not only can the ornaments and lights adorning your tree prove hazardous if a … Read More »

  • Warning Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats

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    Many of us look forward to summer and all the fun activities it offers, such as swimming, grilling, and camping. Kitties certainly enjoy napping in sunbeams, but summer’s heat can be very dangerous for our feline friends. Cats don’t have many options when it comes to cooling themselves off. They can only sweat through their paw pads, and panting isn’t as effective for them as it is for dogs. Heat exhaustion, and eventually heat stroke, … Read More »

  • Your Dog Can Experience Age-Related Behavioral Changes

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    Your golden retriever Rusty has always been a model pooch. Your ten-year-old dog’s easygoing nature simply captivates everyone he meets. During his regular walks and dog park visits, he shows a furiously wagging tail and a happy grin. After an exhausting day of playtime, he sacks out on his bed for some well-deserved sleep. Recently, however, your senior companion has displayed several out-of-character actions. You’d like your veterinarian to determine if an emerging medical problem … Read More »

  • Your Cat’s Diet Can Influence His Behavior

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    Your orange tabby Pumpkin doesn’t give much thought to his meals. Your four-year-old feline housemate just assumes you’ll fill his bowl with top-notch kibbles every day. This busy fellow realizes that a superior feline formula helps to keep his intestinal system running smoothly. He’s also happy that his quality blend gives him plenty of energy. That consistent “oomph” is essential for playing with cat toys and keeping your two teenaged cats under control. However, Pumpkin … Read More »

  • These Dog Breeds Really Suffer From Heat Stress

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    Your region’s warmer spring months have gotten you excited about wearing shorts and tee shirts this summer. However, your Labrador retriever Harley is concerned about avoiding heat stress during his neighborhood walks and exercise sessions. He’s also quite worried about his canine buddies who are especially prone to hot-weather distress. Fortunately, your veterinarian has provided valuable guidance on avoiding heat-related medical problems. Brachycephalic Breeds These poor pooches have relatively small skulls, short noses, and upper … Read More »

  • How Your Dog Benefits from Regular Walks

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    Your golden retriever Charley is eyeing up the Canine Olympics Race Walking Team. To get himself in shape, your goal-directed dog has been trotting faster around the block lately. You’re happy that your canine housemate enjoys his brisk jaunts; and your Chico vet is pleased that your dog takes fitness seriously. Charley’s walks help him to stay flexible and strengthen his muscles. He also receives other benefits from his frequent fast-paced treks. Improved Digestion and … Read More »

  • Solve Your Dog’s Motion Sickness Problem

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    Your Labrador retriever Parker has always loved his rides in the family car. Parker doesn’t want to miss anything, so he hops back and forth to see the sights from every angle. Lately, however, one-year-old Parker has begun reacting differently to his car trips. Parker has started whining and whimpering, and once he actually threw up on the seat. Big, strapping Parker was clearly mortified, even though you assured him that he wasn’t at fault. … Read More »

  • Pet Safety for Turkey Day

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    Just like any holiday, Thanksgiving has its own set of potential pet hazards to think about. Keep your celebration full of fun by following these tips from a Chico veterinarian. Keep Thanksgiving Food to Yourself Don’t bother giving your pet his own little Thanksgiving meal—too much fatty, buttery, or salty foods will upset your pet’s stomach and could even cause vomiting and diarrhea. Make sure everyone at your Thanksgiving table knows not to slip your … Read More »

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