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Flea and Tick Season is here!

Flea and Tick Season is here!

  Fleas are prolific breeders. Female fleas can lay 500 eggs or more in their lifetime. Generally an adult flea lives two or three months, however, it’s life cycle can last from two weeks to several months depending on environmental conditions. Eggs will hatch...

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Holistic Veterinary Medicine

Holistic Veterinary Medicine

HOLISTIC VETERINARY MEDICINE Dr. Rose DiLeva, VMD, MS, CVCP, CVA       Holistic veterinary medicine is an all-encompassing approach to treatment in pets in which all aspects of the patient's life are taken into consideration. The holistic veterinary practitioner will...

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Recognizing Pain in Your Pet

Recognizing Pain in Your Pet

Question: How do I know if my dog or cat is experiencing any kind of pain? They are both getting older and “slowing down” but they never cry or whimper. Answer: First and foremost to understand about animals is that we have domesticated them. As such we can live with...

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Dry Food

Dry Food

Question: Should I leave dry food down all day and night for my pets? They are strictly indoors except for walks. My cat has playtime on our balcony. Of course, we play with them with their toys when home but I’m not sure that’s enough exercise. Answer: After 30 plus...

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Cat Litter Boxes

Cat Litter Boxes

Question How many litter boxes should I have for my two cats? Answer I recommend one litter pan per cat plus one more. This may sound like a lot but, in fact, some cats will only urinate in one box and pass feces in another. Also, some are reluctant to go where others...

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Catnip for Cats

Catnip for Cats

Question: Is catnip safe to give my cat? Answer: Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a member of the Mint family. It grows readily in North America. Its primary medicinal activities have been to expel intestinal gas, as a sedative, antispasmotic, mild diuretic, helps to...

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Veterinary Acupuncture

Veterinary Acupuncture

Question: How long do acupuncture treatments in pets last? Answer: Acupuncture treatment time depends on the condition or conditions being treated, as well as, the age of the pet. Generally speaking, however, dry needles are kept in place between 5 and 20 minutes in...

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Veterinary Acupuncture

Veterinary Acupuncture

Question: Can acupuncture be helpful to pets? Answer: Yes, acupuncture can be very helpful in all companion animals, not only as a means of treatment but, more importantly, as a preventative means of keeping them healthier and happier for the longest time possible. ...

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Toxic Substances

Toxic Substances

Question: I have a cat that almost died when I accidentally gave him an aspirin for pain. He is almost 14 years old and is walking slowly theses days and stopped jumping up on my bed to sleep with me. Why did this happen? Answer: First, it is very important not to...

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