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Pocket Pets

POCKET PETS The most popular pocket pets are guinea pigs, mice, rats, gerbils, and hamsters. Hedgehogs, chinchillas, and sugar gliders are also popular, though they require more specialized care and are illegal to own in some states, so check with your local government before attempting to bring one home. The bottom line for anyone thinking

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FOOD RECALL

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms

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Bird Care

Bird care • Cage o The cage must be big enough for your bird to stretch his/her wings (parrot-type birds) and fly (finch-type birds) o The cage must be made from nontoxic (nonpoisonous) material (e.g., Zinc, even powder-coated can flake) o The cage base must be hard so your bird can’t ruin it by chewing

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Care for Your Pet Rabbit

Did you know pet rabbits should be kept indoors to protect against predators, and that rabbits don’t like to be alone? Find out what other facts and responsibilities you should know to take good care of your pet rabbit. Supplies Needed • A solid-bottom cage. Don’t get a wood cage, because rabbits chew wood. Small

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Kitty and Pet Carriers

Kitties and Pet Carriers • Many cats don’t get the regular veterinary care they need, due to the amount of stress caused by trying to get them to the veterinary hospital. • Trips to the veterinarian should not be the only time your furry friend encounters his/her carrier. • You want your cat to associate

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Winter- Snow, Ice, and Rock Salt/Ice Melt

Winter – Snow, Ice, and Rock Salt/Ice Melt Regular Rock Salt/Ice Melt is sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride and/or calcium carbonate and calcium magnesium acetate in various mixes. These salts when mixed with water, resulting from the melting snow/ice, are exothermic – they produce HEAT. Up to 170 degrees F! Enough to

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New Years Resolutions for your pet (pets)

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet(s) Goals aren’t just for humans! • Measure your pets’ food~~every time. o Many owners “eyeball” their pet’s daily intake and pour that into a bowl, usually resulting in overfeeding and weight gain. Use an 8-ounce measuring cup to ensure your pet isn’t taking in more calories than they need.

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Pet Emergencies

PET EMERGENCIES • It is essential to develop an emergency plan ahead of time, when your brain is not in fight or flight mode. • Have the contact information for the nearest emergency veterinary hospital. If that clinic is not open 24 hours a day, be sure to have the number for one that is.

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TO VACCINATE OR NOT TO VACCINATE

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate • Vaccines are an emotional issue, among pet owners. While the science of pet vaccines is always a work in progress, there are some undeniable facts. • Animal vaccines help to control disease, many of which can affect people. At the top of the list is rabies. • Another

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Puppy For Christmas?

PUPPY FOR CHRISTMAS? • Their eyes melt your heart. A puppy makes the perfect gift–right? WRONG! • Christmas is one of the worst times to get a puppy and shelters experience buyer’s remorse. • Reputable breeders won’t have puppies available for Christmas, but pet stores and puppy mills will. WHY? 1. It’s Christmas, and it’s

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The J.M. Smucker Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of 9Lives® Protein Plus® Wet, Canned Cat Food Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

The J.M. Smucker Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of 9Lives® Protein Plus® Wet, Canned Cat Food Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of9Lives® Protein Plus® wet, canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). No

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Holiday Hours

We will be closed Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) to allow our hard-working staff members a break and time with their families. We will also be open New Year’s Eve 9-1 only; closed New Year’s Day. See you in the new year, hopefully, healthy and happy, one and

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Dental Anesthesia

IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL ANESTHESIA • Cleaning your pet’s teeth without general anesthesia is considered unacceptable and below accepted standards of care. • The pain and stress a pet faces during a non-anesthetic dental cleaning is considered cruel. Your pets can be overwhelmed by bright lights, loud equipment, and the possibility of strange people restraining them.

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Pocket Pets~~Do Your Research First.

POCKET PETS~~DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST. The most popular pocket pets are guinea pigs, mice, rats, gerbils, and hamsters. Hedgehogs, chinchillas, and sugar gliders are also popular. Before you invest your time and money, ask yourself the following questions: • Do I have room for the animal’s cage? • What space and exercise needs does the

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PET FOOD RECALL – Orlando grain-free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food

Lidl US Customer Care Hotline 1-844-747-5435 Media Will Harwood William.Harwood@lidl.us (703) 408-2961 Announcement View Product Photos In association with Sunshine Mills, Lidl is voluntarily recalling specific lots of Orlando brand Grain Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food because the products may contain elevated levels of Vitamin D. The recalled products consist of the

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PET FOOD RECALL – Natural Life Chicken and Potato

Natural Life Pet Products consumerservices@nutrisca.com (888) 279-9420 Announcement We regret to inform you that Natural Life® Chicken & Potato dry dog food has been confirmed to contain elevated levels of Vitamin D. As a result, we are voluntarily recalling the following product: 17.5 # Natural Life Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 0-12344-08175-1

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There is No Substitute for Advice from Your Veterinarian

There is no substitute for advice from your veterinarian • If you’re reading this, chances are, you love your pets—and you all KNOW that panicked feeling, when you think something might be wrong. • We all want answers so fast, that we go online and use Dr. Google. • American Animal Hospital Association and other

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RECALL – Natural Life Chicken and Potato Dry Dog Food

RECALL – Natural Life Chicken and Potato Dry Dog Food   Natural Life Pet Products consumerservices@nutrisca.com (888) 279-9420 Announcement Natural Life Pet Products of Saint Louis, Missouri is voluntarily recalling our Chicken & Potato dry dog food (described below) due to it containing elevated levels of Vitamin D. 17.5 lbs. Natural Life Chicken & Potato

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RECALL – Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food

Recall – Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food Nutrisca consumerservices@nutrisca.com (888) 279-9420 Announcement Nutrisca, of Saint Louis, Missouri is voluntarily recalling one formula of Nutrisca® dry dog food (described below) due to it containing elevated levels of vitamin D. 4 lbs Nutrisca® Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 8-84244-12495-7 15 lbs Nutrisca®

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Veterinarians and the opioid epidemic

Opioid abuse affects not only professionals in human health but also veterinarians. There is concern that clients may intentionally hurt their pets in the hopes of receiving prescription painkillers for themselves. A woman was arrested for cutting her Golden Retriever with razor blades to use the dog’s pain medication herself. The Food and Drug Administration

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