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How to Pet Proof Your Home

Preparing your home for your new furry arrival is an exciting time. Whether you’re a first-time pet parent or an old hand, it’s always a mix of emotions. Will everything go smoothly? Will they be safe and happy? One way you can protect your new charge is by pet-proofing your home.

Frankly, there are so many potential hazards, ranging from sugar-free gum to antifreeze, that it’s worth reviewing your home periodically, even if you’re used to living with pets.

It starts with an awareness of common pet hazards.

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Health Benefits of Dogs for Seniors

Numerous studies show there are physical, emotional, and mental benefits of dog ownership for people of all ages. From encouraging daily exercise to quiet companionship, it’s no surprise to dog lovers that pooches bring loads of benefits with their wagging tails.

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Video on how to Give your Dog a Pill

So, you get home from the vet, and you take a look at that bottle of pills for Fido you were given and think, "now what was I supposed to do again?"

Never fear, we have a new video that shows Dr. Claudia Sims walking you through all the steps to give your dog a pill and suggesting different options.  Some dogs will willingly take pills put in their food, some are happy to snarf a pill down with some peanut butter.  Some dogs may be a little more difficult, so we show you how to deal with them too.

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"Bee" Careful: Stings Can Be Serious!

April showers bring May flowers…and with them, bees.

Just like humans, pets can have severe or even life-threatening reactions to bee stings. Unfortunately, our furry friends are also at greater risk for stings due to their curious and playful nature.

Because pets often like to chase, swat, or bite at bees and other flying insects, they are most likely to be stung in the mouth or on the muzzle, nose, face, or paws. It is also common for dogs to accidentally step on a bee while out on a walk.

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Dog allergies and Cytopoint as a treatment -- new video

It's springtime, and along with warmer temperatures and beautiful flowers, it may mean allergies for dogs as well as humans.

If your dog is showing signs of allergies, and you have not had luck with other treatments, you may want to consider a drug called Cytopoint. 

Unlike other treatments like prednisone or Apoquel, Cytopoint does not suppress the immune system, so it is safe for all patients.  It works by neutralizing IL-31, a cytokine that makes dogs itch.  It is an injectable medication that is given every 4 to 8 weeks.

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Top 4 Benefits of Pets in the Workplace

Are you trying to convince your place of work to go pet-friendly? A 2015 Society for Human Resource Management survey found 8 percent of American workplaces allow employees to bring their furry loved ones to work, up from 5 percent in 2013

It may seem like having your pet around is just going to be fun and games, but with the right considerations, more and more companies may want to consider the benefits.

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