All posts by North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association

Making sure your pet is a cancer survivor

When a family member is sick, the whole family is affected. And when the family member happens to be the family pet, it is not much easier.

Like humans, pets can suffer everything from common colds to cancer. You know when your pet has the sniffles, but how would you know that your pet has cancer, and how would you treat it?

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Things to know when adopting pet goats

Which animal is normally considered a farm animal, but is tame enough to be a pet?

Goats!

Goat kids are curious and independent, and they are ready to adopt you as a caretaker. Similar to other pets, goats are acceptable to human touch and love interaction, but there are a few things you need to know before you consider adopting pet goats.

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Health issues your pet rabbit can face

Fluffy, soft, gentle and friendly — rabbits are intelligent, social animals that love affection, making them the ideal pet for some families. A rabbit requires regular grooming and proper, balanced nutrition when living as a household pet.

As generally healthy animals, rabbits exhibit fewer health problems than most other household pets. However, as a direct result of improper grooming and unmet nutritional needs, health issues can arise in your pet rabbit.

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Why your puppy bites; how to make him stop

One thing that can be a constant headache for dog owners is a puppy that just will not stop biting. No matter how friendly and cute the little guy is, if he is always trying to gnaw on something or someone, then there is a problem.

A dog that is still biting people when he grows up can lead to serious trouble when he nips people. It is never a good idea to have a biting dog around young children, either.

As his master, you must teach the dog that biting is not acceptable. The best way to do that is by using dog language to teach him. It is ideal to train him when he is still a puppy, so that you can nip the habit in the bud.

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How to set up a fish tank

Owning a fish tank is a fun and entertaining experience for people of all ages. When it comes to aquariums, there are many different options in size, type and cost that are determined by the amount and kind of fish you want to keep.

Choosing your fish

First, decide which types of fish you are interested in keeping in your fish tank. You should research to find the fish you like that are similar in size, temperament and care requirements.

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Dealing with pet misbehavior

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There are many ways your pet may misbehave, but obsession compulsion, separation anxiety and phobias can really cause problems for pets and their owners. There are many ways to resolving this type of behavior, but calming the urges is really what should be your best solution. Continue reading Dealing with pet misbehavior

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Some ways you can go green with your pet

THANK YOU — It doesn’t take much to make Fido happy, like a recyclable denim ball you can make or get at places like Dog & Co. ( PHOTO: shopdogandco.com)
THANK YOU — It doesn’t take much to make Fido happy, like a recyclable denim ball you can make or get at places like Dog & Co. ( PHOTO: shopdogandco.com)

The push to go green has reached every aspect of our daily lives. Millions of Americans are now recycling, composting and buying organic to reduce their carbon footprint. Naturally, this interest extends to pets, too, so owners can protect the environment as well as their pet’s health.

Here are some easy ways to go green with your cat or dog.

 

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How pet microchips work as permanent ID

A CHIP ROAMING OFF THE OLD BLOCK
A microchip, about the size of a large grain of rice, can save pet owners a lot of anxiety in times of lost pet stress. Graphic: missiongalacticfreedom.wordpress.com

Collars and tags can break or be removed, so if you want permanent protection for your furry friend, consider microchipping your pet.  Continue reading How pet microchips work as permanent ID

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Some good ol’ horse sense: How to keep your equine fine

Although many people commonly associate horses with Kentucky or western parts of the United States, did you know that according to a 2005 American Horse Council study, North Carolina ranked eighth among all states in the number of horses?

Most of our state’s horses are domesticated. They bring unique challenges to anyone who has them as a pet.

Here are some basic considerations to keep in mind when caring for a horse.

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How To Properly Bathe Your Pet

BATH TIME

After easing your pet into the water, start with the shoulders and work your way from there. Photo: http://prodogaholic.blogspot.com

One of the secrets to giving your pet a great and stress-free bath is to properly prepare long before there is any water in the tub.

It is important that you wear clothes that you do not mind getting wet and dirty, and to gather your bathing supplies. These should include shampoo specially formulated for your pet (animal shampoos and washes are created specifically for them, and should not be used for humans, nor should human shampoos and soaps be used on pets), a brush and 1-2 large, absorbent towels (the number and size of the towels will depend on the size of your pet). Continue reading How To Properly Bathe Your Pet

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