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How to Get Your Companion Pet to Take Medication

How to Get Your Companion Pet to Take Medication

Was your first reaction, “That’s easy. Peanut butter.”? Peanut butter is definitely one method to get your companion pet to take medication. Problem is that peanut butter is highly allergenic and a dog or cat might become intolerant of (sensitive to) it. Another reason is a person in your household might actually have a peanut…

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Nitrates and Nitrites in Pet Food

Nitrates and Nitrites in Pet Food

A disturbing and tragic report came out in 1997 that chronicled the deaths of three cats in New Zealand. Upon necropsy, each of the cats’ blood had a brownish discoloration. This abnormal color suggested methemoglobinemia, which is due to nitrate or nitrite poisoning. The commercial cat foods they were eating were tested for nitrite, a…

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Nitrates and Nitrites: How do they affect dogs?

How Do Nitrates and Nitrites Affect Dogs?

Before we discuss how nitrates and nitrites affect dogs, we have to put on our chemistry caps. Chemistry of Nitrates and Nitrites Nitrates and nitrites are chemical compounds that consist of nitrogen and oxygen. A nitrate is made of a bond between a single nitrogen atom and three oxygen atoms. A nitrite is a bond…

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Pets in the Classroom

Pets in the Classroom: 4 Reasons Why They Help Children Study

The involvement of pets in the classroom has become more and more popular lately. In fact, a study carried out by the Waltham Centre has recently found that “the inclusion of animals in a classroom setting can have an indirect effect on learning by directly affecting motivation, engagement, self-regulation and human social interaction.” Whether the…

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Acral Lick Granulomas in Dogs

Acral Lick Granulomas in Dogs

Acral lick granulomas – which are also known as acral lick dermatitis – are skin lesions that are typically found on a dog’s lower limb or flank and are caused by excessive licking. Acral lick granulomas are reddened, thickened, scarred and irritated skin. The constant licking causes the wound to become infected with bacteria. What’s…

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Hot Spots on Dogs

Hot Spots on Dogs

If you think your companion dog has a hot spot and look it up on the internet, you will be bombarded with three different terms: superficial pyoderma, acute moist dermatitis, or pyotraumatic dermatitis. Additional confusion may come about because your dog does not have a “hot spot” according to the veterinary world, but simply has…

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UN Lays Out the Case for Plant-Based Diets to Combat Climate Change

UN Lays Out the Case for Plant-Based Diets

Before we get into the United Nations (UN) report entitled “Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems”, we would like to address some of the headlines we’ve read covering this report. Yahoo News: “People ‘have to…

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