All Blog Posts Tagged 'dogs' (53)

Halloween and Our Pets...Spooky Fun or Scary Dangers?

In a little less than 48 hours from now, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of kids will take to their neighborhoods in a wide variety of costumes, all in a quest for miniature chocolate bars, lollipops and other sweet candies.   "Trick or Treat" night is an annual celebration rooted in antiquity and a…

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Added by Thomas Dock on October 29, 2014 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Leptospirosis - An Old Disease Causing New Issues

If you are a fan of social media, you know that it's often hard to believe some of the posts, especially those that involve our four legged friends.   In the last few days, a story out of…

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Added by Thomas Dock on October 26, 2014 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Veterinary Technicians - Trusted Partners for Your Pet's Care

Each year, veterinary technicians and assistants are celebrated as important members of the healthcare team for your pet.   This year, National Veterinary Technicians Week is Oct 12th through the 18th.  What exactly do these vital individuals do?

We all know that your pet’s doctor will often ask one…

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Added by Thomas Dock on October 12, 2014 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Protect your pets -- and yourselves -- from rabies

Here in North America, we are pretty lucky.  Not only do we humans have access to some pretty amazing medical care, but so do our pets.   We also have been able to almost eliminate a deadly killer from our midst...

Rabies may sound like a scary disease from centuries past or even the stuff of a horror…

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Added by Thomas Dock on September 28, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments

Homeless cocker mix needs a new home

Posting for a friend: A 5-year-old homeless dog needs a home! His mom can no longer care for him as she is homeless too. Jordan is a non-neutered male, black and white cocker mix, current on vaccinations , good with kids and small dogs but not sure about cats. Crate trained, no medical issues. He currently is in Chicago but a relative in Indianapolis will drive there to pick him up if someone in Indy is interested. Hope someone can help this little…

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Added by Rita Rose on September 15, 2014 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Cancer in People and Pets - Can Similarities Provide a Cure?

When it comes to the dreaded diagnosis of cancer - we all dream of an eventual cure. Believe it or not, thanks to our canine friends, that dream may not be too far away!

Finding a cure for cancer is one of science’s most challenging and elusive goals. But beyond defeating this pervasive killer, another…

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Added by Thomas Dock on August 26, 2014 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Bordetella...A Misunderstood Vaccine

Whether you refer to it as “kennel cough” or more properly, “infectious tracheobronchitis”, many people are unaware of how common this illness really is. In fact, many pet owners often refuse to vaccinate their dogs for this disease. So, how can a Bordetella vaccine be helpful even if your pet is never…

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Added by Thomas Dock on July 25, 2014 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Is A Grain Free Diet Right for Your Pet?

As many of you know from discussions with me, I enjoy talking about our pets' nutritional needs and how we can best provide for them.   I know that not everyone will agree on what they think is the "BEST" type of food, but I think we can all agree that we should be very careful and not be taken in by…

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Added by Thomas Dock on July 22, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Ice Water for Dogs and the Perils of Internet Lore

In recent days, as the temperatures outside over most of the country have risen to extreme levels, the boiling points of many veterinarians and other animal lovers are also rising.   The cause of all of this furor and anger…the viral continuation of an email sent first more than 7 years ago that…

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Added by Thomas Dock on June 19, 2014 at 6:38pm — 2 Comments

Saying Good-bye With Dignity...Pet Hospice Care

After a rough week where we all said good-bye to a beloved member of the PetPalsTV family, we have been discussing the care senior pets need.   Patty and I also had the opportunity to talk about this particular topic on both IndyStyle and WISH TV Daybreak this past week.

In the last segment, we started to…

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Added by Thomas Dock on June 18, 2014 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Your Best Friend is Getting Older....Now What?

As we spent some time this week saying good-bye to our good friend, Louie, I realized that many people are concerned about their four-legged companions as those dogs and cats age from adult to senior or even geriatric.  Although the tips that follow here are just a small portion of what you can do to help your older…

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Added by Thomas Dock on June 12, 2014 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Avoiding Heat Stroke in Pets

Springtime is finally making it's way across the country and in every town, city and even rural areas, we see pets spending more and more time outside.  A visit to the swimming pool, the local creek, or the ocean helps us stay cool during the “dog days” of summer.  But what about our canine companions…

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Added by Thomas Dock on April 27, 2014 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Vegetarian Diets for Dogs and Cats?

One of the reasons that I really enjoy working with Patty Spitler so much is that she ALWAYS has an interesting idea for a pet related segment/story.  In the past couple of weeks, Patty had posted a question on her Facebook page asking folks who are vegetarian/vegan what they fed their pets.  This, of course, led to…

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Added by Thomas Dock on April 8, 2014 at 9:17pm — No Comments

How Much Preventive Care Does My Pet Really Need?

Most mornings I wake up and peruse my Google Alerts and other news feeds, looking for great animal stories that I can share with my members of the Veterinary News Network (VNN), the American Society of Veterinary…

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Added by Thomas Dock on March 18, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

Pets Need Dental Care Too!

So, I just finished watching our most recent episode of PetPals TV when it occurred to me that our video about dental disease in pets was nice, but is it really enough?   Shouldn't we also provide a written version for our readers/viewers to peruse over and digest more leisurely?   In that spirit,…

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Added by Thomas Dock on February 8, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments

Saying Good-bye to a Hero

When the news headlines talk about a law enforcement officer, member of the military or first responder who loses their life protecting others, all of us seem to pause and reflect upon the fragility of life.  In the same way, thousands, if not millions of people are remembering a law enforcement…

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Added by Thomas Dock on February 1, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Walk a Dog for a Shelter

Shelter animals don't get much one on one time and sometimes they get very little exercise.  The Muncie Animal Shelter has volunteers that come on Saturdays and walk shelter dogs so that they get some human interaction and a nice walk.  Sometimes we talk about how we wish there was something we could do to help the shelters when we don't have any money.  Here's our chance.  Our own pets need walks, but these dogs NEED walks.  It might be their only chance this week!  So,…

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Added by Kelley Stewart on July 12, 2013 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Splish Splash They aren't Taking a Bath - Pets and Water Safety

As the temperatures and humidity rise, summer brings some additional pet worries.  This is especially true if you have a pool or pond on your property.  It can also be true if you take your pet out in your boat.  No matter what connection your pet has to water, prevent an accidental drowning by taking a few…

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Added by Kelley Stewart on July 9, 2013 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Summer Time Issues for our Pets

Each year, school kids anxiously look forward to the last days of school, eager to be away from the responsibility of homework…

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Added by Crystal Thomas on June 14, 2013 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Bathing do's and don’ts

Fun subject! Even my daughter likes to bathe the pooches. Most dogs love baths, most cats don’t – there are always exceptions. Do use lukewarm water, do use natural shampoo, do have plenty of towels and prepare for lots of water mess. So, a few pointers:

Use a natural shampoo, no oatmeal ingredients – try my Vintage Doggie Spa, citrus shampoo to cut the grease. Dilute a large blop of shampoo in a 16oz bottle of warm water.…

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Added by Cathy Alinovi on April 12, 2013 at 1:45pm — No Comments

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