What Every Dog Owner Should Know About Xylitol

Xylitol

What every dog owner should know about Xylitol

What is Xylitol and where it is found?

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is found in fruits and vegetables naturally. Xylitol has asweet taste and it is used as a sugar substitute in chewing gyms, breath mints, candies,ice cream, even tooth paste and mouthwash. Xylitol has a low glycemic index so it is often used as a substitute for baking cookies, cakes and breads.

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Tapeworms In Dogs And Cats

Tapeworms in Dogs and Cats

Did you know? Dogs and cats get Dipylidium Caninum, the common tapeworm, from ingesting a flea! Tapeworms are long intestinal worms that live in the small intestines of a dog or cat by latching on the intestinal walls with its suckers from the head (Scolex). These tapeworms will pass proglottids containing egg packets in the feces. These proglottids are rice grain-sized and can be wiggly when first released. They eventually dry and look like a dehydrated grains of rice. You may find either the recently released or dried segments on your pet’s hind end, on a pet’s bed or blanket, or on the stool.

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Basics About Feral Cats

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Basics About Feral Cats

1. Before you start feeding feral cats or giving them shelter, seek advice from a veterinary professional or reputable animal rescue organization.

Animal lovers have big hearts and want to help homeless cats. Before you start feeding them, you need to take a moment and think about the consequences. When you feed or shelter feral cats, they will come closer to your home and stay. Oftentimes, because feral cats tend to form “colonies,” one cat can attract many more cats. Feral cats can carry diseases, which may cause harm to your cat and your family.

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Essential Puppy Shots for Your New Best Friend

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Essential Puppy Shots for Your New Best Friend

You just got a new puppy! Congratulations! Along with his getting your puppy a bed, new bowl, and puppy food, be sure to set an appointment at Vetsavers Pet Hospital. Your new puppy will need a health check-up and essential vaccinations to ensure he/she lives a happy healthy life. Puppies that receive the recommended vaccinations live a healthier and happier life. Many parents pet parents have questions about what vaccines their new puppies need. We’ll answer those questions today.

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Avoid Sharing Holiday Food With Your Pets

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Avoid Sharing Holiday Food With Your Pets

Whenever we think about the holidays that will soon be upon us, we can imagine the grand meals we’ll be having with family and friends to celebrate. But we must avoid sharing holiday food with our four-legged family members! Foods that are too fatty can be dangerous to pets in that they can cause a myriad of diseases ranging from mild gastroenteritis (stomach upset) to potentially life-threatening pancreatitis. Even foods that we would consider ‘low fat’ for ourselves have more fat than a pet’s GI tract can tolerate.

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Why It’s Important to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

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Why It’s Important to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Every pet owner wants to see their furry friend live a long and healthy life, but not all of them know that one of the best ways to ensure this is to spay or neuter them. Pets that are spayed or neutered face a lower likelihood of cancer and will even have fewer behavioral problems, since aggressive and dominant behaviors are often related to the desire to mate. There is no question that spaying or neutering your dogs and cats is the best course of action for both owner and pet. It means a happier and friendlier companion to share your home with, and less health complications down the road!

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How to Teach Your Cat Not to Scratch the Furniture

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How to Teach Your Cat Not to Scratch the Furniture

Cats can be great pets—they are cuddly but don’t need constant attention and daily walks. Almost every cat owner, however, has dealt with the annoyance of a cat who destroys furniture or other items in their house in a fit of scratching rage. While kitties cannot be made to stop scratching, as it comes naturally to them, they can be directed into scratching the appropriate places.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Pet Cool and Safe in the Summer

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3 Ways to Keep Your Pet Cool and Safe in the Summer

In the height of summer, temperatures hit at 90 and above—great for pooches who love a good swim, but not great for other animals. If you are able to keep your pet in air conditioning all day, it’s great to spare them the summer heat and humidity. If you’re hot and sweaty outdoors, imagine being covered in head to toe fur! Since we don’t want to keep Rover all cooped up though, here are some steps you can take to ensure your pets can safely venture outdoors.

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4 Steps to a Bikini Body—Pet Edition

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4 Steps to a Bikini Body—Pet Edition

Just like us, our fluffy friends love a good meal. We love to treat them as much as we treat ourselves, and somehow extra pounds just make our pets look more adorable. However, pet obesity is a serious issue that can shorten your critter’s life and lead to higher chance of injury and disease. [1] While there is a rising number of high-end solutions just for pets—fitness classes, fat camps, and even liposuction,[2] there are easy steps you can take to slim down your pudgy pet.

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