Category: General Health

Water Filters, Lead and Pets

Water Filters, Lead and Your Companion Pets

Please help the residents and their companion animals of Newark, New Jersey afflicted by lead in their water; we encourage everyone to donate to the United Way of Essex and West Hudson. The organization says that an online gift will go 100% toward purchasing bottled water. The United Way of Genesee County continues to collect…

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Dog Paw Inflammation

Dog Paw Inflammation: More Important Than You Know

Oftentimes, when dog companion parents notice something a bit odd about their companion dog’s paws, they assume the dog stepped in, walked through, or got something lodged in the paws. This very well could be the case. However, dog paw inflammation can also be a sign of a more complicated problem. Definition The medical name…

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Itch relief for dogs

Anti-Inflammatory Cream for Dogs

The bugs have been out in full-force this summer! Whether they are simply swarming or actually biting, they can be aggravating. To seek relief from the itchiness caused by bug bite inflammation, you might desperately grab calamine lotion or some other anti-itch cream. For humans, calamine lotion is fine. For pets, it is not recommended.…

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Doggles Dog Sunglasses

Dog Sunglasses: Fashion Statement or a Health Necessity?

Dogs are so darn cute in a pair of “doggles” – the popular term for dog sunglasses. But, do dogs benefit from sunglasses? Dr. Dodds and Hemopet present both sides of the argument. Why Some Experts Say the Majority of Dogs Don’t Need Sunglasses as Much as Humans Dr. Robert English – a veterinary ophthalmologist…

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Types of Cat Litter, When and How to Switch

Types of Cat Litter, When and How to Switch

Anyone who lives with a companion cat can attest to the myriad of cat litter options these days. Yet, many cat caregivers default to the brand they know their cats will use. That’s usually the brand they have purchased for years. Indeed, switching cat litters can create a cascade of issues like a cat doing…

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Wiping or Soaking a Dog's Paws

Wiping or Soaking a Dog’s Paws

We posed the question, “Do you wipe your dog’s paws after a trip outside?” to our Facebook friends recently. Wow! The response was overwhelming and very insightful. In fact, the reasons if they did or did not were more complex than we expected, and usually depended on the situation and the companion dog’s health status.…

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Reptiles and Amphibians in Our Ecosystem | Jean Dodds, DVM. Hemopet

Reptiles and Amphibians in Our Ecosystem

Many of you may wonder why I would be writing about these very diverse species that include snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and salamanders. Firstly, they are not just a curiosity but are important beautiful creatures that share our world and changing ecosystem. The ecosystem is made up of plants, animals, microorganisms, soil, rocks, minerals, water…

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