April Is Pet First Aid Awareness Month, Tips For Your Boston Terrier

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month and there is a lot you need to know. The list, coming from the great people at the American Red Cross will give you a chance to brush up before the Spring and Summer months are in full effect. Keeping our dogs safe and healthy is a full-time job and these tips can be the difference in a normal day and a tragedy. Here’s the list: HEAT STROKE Heat stroke is one of the most common problems pets face in the warmer weather when they are not yet used to the warm temperatures. Pet owners should remember that the inside of a car can quickly reach 120 degrees in warm weather and should not leave their animals in the car, even during short trips. This can quickly lead to heat stroke. The...

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[Health] Pet Poisons For Your Boston Terrier From A-Z

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Our dogs are like our children and we must protect them from things that are harmful to them. Dr. Mary Fuller of Vetstreet.com put together an incredible list of toxic items for your dog. As part of National Poison Prevention Week (March 18-24), Vetstreet has compiled an A to Z list of some common pet poisons that should be on your radar. This list is not all-inclusive, so for more information on these and many other toxins, check out the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website and talk with your vet. Acetaminophen, which is found in Tylenol® and other medications, can cause liver damage in dogs. Cats are even more sensitive: Ingestion of a single 325 mg tablet by a 10-pound cat can cause anemia and even be fatal. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe. Batteries can be toxic to both dogs and cats, leading to ulcers in...

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[Health] ASPCA Guide To A Pet-Friendly Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

It seems that with every holiday that comes around we get an email with health tips to keep our dogs safe and healthy during these exciting days. Today’s post comes to us from the ASPCA who shares their guide to keeping your pet safe during Valentine’s Day. Here’s the list: Valentine’s Day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans if dangerous foods, flora and other items are kept out of paws’ reach. Each year our poison control experts see a rise in cases around February 14, many involving chocolate and lilies, a flower that’s potentially fatal to cats. So please heed our experts’ advice—don’t leave the goodies lying around on Lover’s Day. Pet-Safe Bouquets  Many pet owners are still unaware that all species of lily are potentially fatal to cats. When sending a floral arrangement, specify that...

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[Health] Is It Healthy To Kiss Your Boston Terrier?

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Health | 14 comments

If you’re like me, you let your Boston Terrier go crazy with kisses whenever they want. Of course, we do brush Sophie’s teeth often and keep her incredibly healthy. On the other hand, I know plenty of people that will not let a dog anywhere near their face. What’s the healthy way to handle this? Dr. Jules Benson, VP of Veterinary Services for Petplan, answers that question point blank. Pucker Up – Love to smooch your pooch? While sharing kisses with your pet normally doesn’t pose a major health risk, you should be aware that the myth that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than ours is just that – a myth. If your best friend is like many others, there’s no telling what they last put in their mouth, especially if you’ve got a curious friend who likes to sample...

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[Health] Health Tips For January From Dr. Jules Benson

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Dr. Jules Benson is the Petplan VP of Veterinary Services and we just received her recent newsletter with some helpful tips for our dogs during the cold months. We encourage all dog owners to always study current health studies for our four legged friends to make sure we can always keep them healthy and happy. I hope these tips help. Take a Load Off – According to statistics from The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 55% of dogs and 53% of cats in the US are overweight or obese, and sadly, those numbers are headed in the wrong direction for 2012. Furthermore, overweight pets are more at risk for developing health problems such as arthritis or diabetes. With January being Walk Your Pet Month, there’s no time like the present to revisit your pet’s exercise routine and diet to make sure your best...

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12 Holiday Dangers For Your Boston Terrier

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Health | 0 comments

As the holidays approach, there are many more things in the house for our curious Boston Terriers to get in to. I found an awesome list from Modern Dog that spells out twelve dangers for your dog during the holidays. 1. Rich fatty foodsRich holiday foods can cause stomach problems (who wants to wake up to a “present” from the dog?) and pancreatitis. The classic problem? The dog gets into the ham, turkey, or, worse yet, the Christmas goose, gorges on it, and then gets very sick. Signs of pancreatitis include vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. 2. Bones Bones can splinter and puncture the stomach or intestines. Poultry bones pose a particular threat as they become brittle when cooked. Dogs should only be given raw meaty bones intended for them, not the bones left over from a holiday feast. 3. Booze Even...

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