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April 2012

10 Warning Signs of Canine Cancer

Cancer is so prevalent among canines that 30% will be affected by it at some point in their life. Here are the warning signs listed by Dr. Jon of Petplace.com. Watch for them.

Early detection is vital to the successful treatment of canine cancer. 
Here are the Top 10 Signs of Cancer in Small Animals from the American Veterinary Medical Association:
  1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
  2. Sores that do not heal
  3. Weight loss
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  6. Offensive odor

Your Pet's Nose

  This morning I received a very interesting article from Dr. Karen Becker about our pet's noses. This applies to both dogs and cats and I want to share it with you.
Here is the short form.
  • Contrary to the popular myth about cold, wet noses, a warm, dry nose isn’t a sign your pet is ill unless other symptoms are present, for example, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy.

Fighting to End Puppy Mills

Today I want to tell you about a wonderful organization that is doing great things to end Puppy Mills and the sale of puppies in pet stores. They are called CAPS - Companion Animal Protection Society. It was founded by Deborah Howard in 1992 and is the only national non-profit "dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills". They have already achieved remarkable results and are making a huge difference through investigative work, education, public relations, legislative involvement etc.

Flea and Tick Season is Here

Due to the unusually warm winter this year, flea and tick season is starting early and may be one of the worst ever. Be sure your dogs and cats are treated to protect them. If you are using a topical application it is very important that you apply it appropriately. Here is a tip from Dr. Jon of PetPlace.com on how to do it properly.

How to Apply Topical Medication
Administration of topical medication is quite simple but it requires your dog/cat to remain still for a brief time. The medication needs to be placed in an area that the dog/cat cannot lick.

Animal Intuition

Have you ever noticed how intuitive your dog or cat is to your feelings? They seem to know when something is going on with you just by seeing your face, watching your body language or hearing your voice. They know when you are happy or sad; when you are hurting or feeling lonely, or when you are elated and want to share your happiness with the world. And, what is most remarkable, they know how to act accordingly.
They will comfort you  when you are sad or in pain  and bounce around playfully if they see you are happy and excited.
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