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Pet Health Info
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Pet Questions

How do pets help people - kids, active adults and seniors - physically, psychologically and socially?
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Buffalo, New York

Buffalo NYpet events, resources and volunteer opportunities in Buffalo.

SPCA "Paws in the Park" - See the Photos

Mike Bower's Beagle, "Bailey" from East Aurora is featured on Letterman. To see the video, click here.

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Kids & Pets

On May 25, 2008 NASA landed on Mars with the Phoenix Mars Polar Lander to explore the surface of Mars.  There was some evidence of water having been on Mars at some point. 

Today the atmosphere is primarily carbon dioxide, there is little atmospheric pressure and the temperature ranges from minus 15 degrees F. to minus 115 degrees F. That is cold!  It takes seven months to get from Earth to Mars.  Steve the Cat was designed for kids to understand more about Mars.  Here is the link to the site:  Steve the Cat Visits Mars! 

To learn more about how kids at different ages interact with pets and when it may be appropriate to introduce a pet

 

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Become a Pet Volunteer!

LocalPetHealth.com is calling on pet owners to donate some time to a pet organization of your choice. 

Even a few hours can make a difference. Set up a fund a fund with one of your local charities for families that are struggling to feed and care for their pets during tough economic times.

For some pet volunteer ideas, click here!

 

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Pet Health Symptoms
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Tear Stains in Dogs and Cats

 

Helen Roberts, DVM

Tear Stains – Dogs

First, make sure that your dog does not have runny eyes from an infection, irritation, conjunctivitis,allergies, glaucoma, tear duct abnormalities or blockage, or eye lashes or hair growing into the eye. Consult your veterinarian if you have a breed that is pre-disposed to tear stains such as Bichon Frise’, Shih Tzu, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, Pugs, Bulldogs, Toy Poodles, Pekingese, Pomeranians, and mixes of these breeds.
 
Dog tear stains are caused by an overflow of the tears (epiphora) onto the cheeks. Reddish-brown tear stains are due to porphyrin (iron/magnesium combo) pigments in the stains and not an infection. Clear tears that spill over from the eyes may eventually lead to a bacterial infection causing redness and an odor. Chronic accumulation of tears below the eyes can lead to secondary infections without routine cleaning. Some breeds, due to a genetic eye conformation that reduces drainage of tears, appear to be more prone to getting tear stains. As there can be many causes of epiphora, consult your veterinarian before trying any home remedies as these may make the condition worse.
 

You might want to explore food without artificial coloring, distilled or filtered water (some minerals are thought to increase staining), and changing from plastic to stainless steel bowls. You can also explore products with tylosin—the active ingredient in ANGELS' EYES™ and Tylan™ powder-- that is gradually added to food. Tylosin is an antibiotic that is made from a bacterium and through an unknown mechanism appears to help eliminate tear staining. You should pay particular attention to the dosage if you choose to use this type of product although the minute dosage recommended is generally safe. It can elevate certain blood liver tests and digoxin blood levels in pets with heart conditions, so consult with your veterinarian. Beet pulp does not cause tear stains.

 

 Tear Stains – Cats 

 First, make sure that your cat does not have runny eyes from a medical condition such as an upper respiratory infection—generally caused by feline herpes virus-1 (FHV-1) or feline calicivirus (FCV), bacteria, chlamydia or congential defect of the tear ducts. Consult your veterinarian.

Persian cats, due to a genetic eye conformation that can impede tear drainage, appear to be more prone to developing tear stains. Cat tear stains are caused by an overflow of the tears (epiphora) onto the cheeks. Reddish-brown tear stains, which are thought to be due to porphyrin (iron/magnesium combo) pigments in the stains and not an infection, are clear tears that may eventually lead to a bacterial infection causing redness and an odor. Chronic accumulation of tears without routine cleaning can lead to secondary infections. As there can be many causes of epiphora, consult your veterinarian before trying any home remedies as these may make the condition worse.

As for home remedies—consult your veterinarian to determine the source of the tears stains:
  • Daily washing with warm water – Wash hands, use damp cloth, avoid getting the cloth in the pet’s eyes (increases chances of injury to the cornea and re-infection), use a cotton pad to pat the area dry.
  • TUMS – antacid to change pH, ½ fruit flavor tablet twice a day – may or may not work and is not recommended due to the potential harm. Some dogs may be prone to bladder stone formation with increased oral calcium intake.
  • White Vinegar in the water bowl – 1 teaspoon—this can be added to your pet’s water that can change the pH but even with gradual introduction your pet might not like the taste, reduce its water intake thereby risking dehydration
  • Diluted Hydrogen peroxide—can get in your pet’s eye and harm your pet, and, if ingested, will cause them to vomit. It is not recommended.
 Home remedies have risks as they may get in your pet’s eye and cause harm or prove to be ineffective.
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Pet - Preventive Care

 

Plants that can be toxic to your pet

Foods that can be harmful to your pet

Preventive Care for:

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Toxic to Birds

Teflon pans, in 3 1/2 minutes, can release toxic gases on an electric burner set on "high".  These gases are toxic to birds.  To learn more

        Toxins

1. Chocolate

2. Teflon fumes

3. Cigarette smoke

4. Alcohol/Caffeine

5.  Mushrooms

6. Flea products

7.  Avocado pit/skin

8. Dried beans

9.  Fumes --cleaners

10. Aerosols

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Pet Videos

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Interesting Pet Info

Even if you do not own this particular type of pet, the answers to these questions are interesting.

Can cats see in the dark?

Why do cats like catnip?

Cat purring...what does it mean?

Can canaries be taught songs?

Do birds have tongues?

Do birds have two stomachs?

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Lost Pet? Get it Back!

Put your cell phone number on your pet's collar or tag to prevent losing your pet.  Speed of recovery is critical in finding a lost pet.  Even with a microchip implant, the chip needs to be read which generally requires a vet or shelter to read.  And, only 5% of pets have the microchip.  Your pet is probably outside more in the summer.  It may be chasing other animals or it could be traveling with you and get lost. 

Cats can benefit the most from a collar or tag with a cell phone number. In a study by Dr. Linda Lord at Ohio State University, half of all cats are not found and of those recovered 66% came home on their own (vs. 8% of dogs) and only 7% found their cat at a shelter (vs. 25% of dogs).  Beyond having your cell phone number on your pet's collar, the first thing you should do is call shelters as dog owners wait a day and cat owners wait three days to contact shelters and that may be too late.  Neighborhood signs resulted in 11% recovery.

To learn more:
Put your Cell Phone Number on Your Pets Collar

Read Dr. Linda Lord's Research

Helpful Recovery Tips

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Pet Health Insurance
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