Reasons To Act More Like Your Pet

Pets aren’t always easy to take care of, and they often require a substantial time commitment (something you’re all too aware of at, say, 3 a.m., when Bing Clawsby is finally ready to go outside and do his business). But pets provide an amazing return on that time investment, especially when it comes to your health. Case in point: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels than non-pet owners. But that’s not all. Pets also model many surprisingly healthy behaviors that humans would do well
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E-Cigarettes and Pets Do Not Mix

E-cigarettes are sparking heated debates as lawmakers, medical professionals and industry grapple over the relative safety of the nicotine-delivering devices. But for pet owners, there is no debate. Nicotine poses a serious threat of poisoning to dogs and cats, and e-cigarettes back a powerful punch. The problem is that many pet owners don’t realize it. Pet Poison Helpline has encountered a sharp uptick in calls concerning cases of nicotine poisoning in pets that ingested e-cigarettes or liquid nicotine refill solution. In fact, over the past six months, cases have more than doubled, indicating that along with their increased popularity, the
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Cancer in Pets

Many of you may be aware of, or participated in, the “Race for the Cure” as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you haven’t participated before in this awesome event, I highly encourage you to think about doing so next year- regardless of your gender. What many people don’t realize is that dogs, cats and other pets such as rats also are prone to suffering from this disease with surprising frequency. For many years, one of the most persuasive reasons that veterinarians would advocate for spaying female dogs was to lower that dog’s lifetime risk of developing this serious
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