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Caring for Your Senior Pet

Would you wait seven years to get a physical check-up from your doctor? Most of us wouldn’t and our pets shouldn’t, either—especially as they get older.

On average, pets age seven times faster than people. This means that most dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two and middle age by four. By age seven, most dogs—particularly larger breeds—are entering their senior years!


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Medical Marijuana for Pets: Is It Safe?

 

The legalization of medical marijuana in many states has many pet parents wondering about its potential benefits for cats and dogs. But what about the dangers?

The truth is, pot poisoning is real — and it’s not pretty.

 


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What is Feline Hyperthyroidism?

One of the most common diseases affecting older cats, hyperthyroidism is caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormones that increase the body’s rate of metabolism.

These excessive hormone levels push the body’s metabolism into overdrive, resulting in weight loss and increased appetite. This disease also often leads to hypertension (high blood pressure).

Fortunately, hyperthyroidism can be easily managed and with treatment, most cats continue to live full, healthy lives.


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Medicinal Mushrooms: Helpful or Just Hype?

Medicinal mushrooms and other fungi have been used in humans as functional foods in Eastern cultures for over 2,000 years. As a result, the West is experiencing a growing interest in exploring various mushroom species—including reishi, maitake, enoki, shiitake, turkey tail, oyster, chaga, white button and brown crimini—for their antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing effects as well.


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Seasonal Safety: Thanksgiving Tips for Pet Owners

Turkey Day is right around the corner! Make sure your feast goes off without a hitch—and an emergency trip to the vet—with this guide.

The Food

This holiday is all about the food. Unfortunately, a sudden switch from kibble or canned food to a plate full of turkey and stuffing can wreak havoc on your pet’s digestive system, potentially leading to pancreatitis and gastroenteritis. More than just a tummy ache, these conditions can be very painful and even life-threatening to your pet.


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Holiday Hazards and Your Pet

The holidays are a joyous time to count your blessings—including the health of your pet! Keep your cat or dog out of trouble with these seasonal safety tips.


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