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 Foods Your Pet CAN Eat

1. Peanut Butter
2. Cooked and Deboned Chicken
3. Cheese
4. Cottage Cheese
5. Carrots
6. Green Beans
7. Bananas (peeled), Apples (sliced), Oranges (without the rind)
8. Watermelon, Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon pieces (no other Melons)
9. Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Huckleberries, and Raspberries
10. Unsalted Sunflower Seeds

 Is my pet in pain?

When cats and dogs are suffering, they may not show outward signs that we normally associate with pain like whimpering or crying. Sometimes an animal will continue to eat or drink in spite of pain, panting or disorientation. Some physiological and behavioral signs that your pet might be experiencing pain include:

•excessive panting or gasping for breath
•reluctance to move
•food pickiness

If you’re unsure of how much your pet is suffering, keep a daily record of good days and bad days. It’s also important to ask your veterinarian for the exact signs of suffering likely to be associated with your pet’s condition or disease.

Winter Weather Safety Tips

Never let your dog off leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Canines may lose their scent in winter weather, and can easily become lost. In fact, more dogs are reported lost during this time of the year than in any other season, so make sure yours always wears proper identification.

Provide your companion animal with a warm place to sleep, far away from drafts and off the floor. Dog and cat beds with a warm blanket or pillow are especially cozy.

Please keep cats inside! Felines who spend time outside can freeze, or become lost or injured. And some outdoor cats seek the warmth under the hoods of cars--so if there are any such kitties in your neighborhood, remember to bang loudly on the hood and wait a few seconds before starting your vehicle.

Wipe off your dog's legs and belly when she comes in out of the elements. This will remove any salt, antifreeze or other harmful chemicals that could hurt your dog should she ingest them when licking her paws.

Puppies can't handle the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be more difficult to housebreak during the winter.

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Litter Box Training

Litter box training is the biggest concern for most people. If the cat was ever box trained, she will likely fall right back into the habit. For the former indoor-outdoor cat, a two-box system filled with fine-grain, clumping litter works best. Place one where you want the litter box to permanently reside, and put the transitional box at the door the cat once used to exit the house. When she finds that she can't get outside to the topsoil, she will use the box by the door. After that habit is established, slowly move the transitional box closer to the permanent setup. Once the boxes are side by side you can remove one of them.

For the cat who has never been litter box trained, a confinement method is usually necessary. Set the cat up in a cattery cage or a large dog crate complete with litter box, resting space, food, water and toys. When the cat is consistently using her litter box, she can be moved to a small room, like a bathroom or galley kitchen. After she gets the hang of that, you can increase her space yet again. If she has a lapse, return to the last space the cat kept clean. Don't forget to visit her often and release her for supervised exercise, grooming and affection during the confinement period. Also, once she has earned the free run of your home, make sure she isn't tempted to use your potted plants as a litter box. Cover soil with aluminum foil, or pack glass pebbles or marbles around the plant.

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Pet Care

Vaccines protect animals and people from specific viral and bacterial infections.  If your pet gets sick because he is not properly vaccinated, the vaccination should be given after your companion animal recovers.

1. Puppies should be vaccinated with a combination vaccine (called a 5 in 1) at 2, 3 and 4 months of age and then once annually. This vaccine protects the puppy from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. A puppy's vaccination program cannot be finished before four months of age.  If you have an unvaccinated dog older than four or five months, the dog needs a series of two vaccinations given 2 to 3 weeks apart, followed by a yearly vaccination. Do not walk your puppy or your unvaccinated dog outside or put her on the floor of an animal hospital until several days after her final vaccination.

2. Since laws vary around the country, contact a local veterinarian for information on rabies vaccination. Some states require all pets older than 3 months of age to be vaccinated for rabies. The first rabies vaccine must be followed by a vaccination a year later and then every three years.

3. Other vaccines for dogs are appropriate in certain situations. Your dog's veterinarian can tell you about these vaccines.

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