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Ask The Vet (Week of 11/03/08)

In this issue: Nov 5th, 2008

How often should a dog have physical exams (considering that the dog is in perfect health)?
- America Navarro
A multi-vitamin such as Vita-Tabs Silver along with regular exams are crucial to the general health of your pet.
When it comes to your dogs physical exams you don't want to passive. A puppy should be examined several times during its first year. Some people only take a dog to the vet when they notice that something is wrong with their dog. For a puppy it is difficult for its owner to determine whether its teeth and bones are developing correctly which could lead to serious problems in the future. For older dogs it is necessary for them to be checked out according to their medical history. Remember you can always save some money on vet visits by performing their vaccinations at home. If you have a healthy dog and are already administering your vaccinations at home you still want to have a physical examination done once a year. Also remember to always give your pet all the essential vitamins and minerals needed.
Recommended products: Vita Tabs Silver
We recently moved into a new neighborhood and it seems like my cat is losing weight. Can this have anything to do with us moving?
-Cyndee's Mom
Nutri-Cal is a high calorie dietary supplement in paste form. Intended for animals that require extra calories and vitamins in their diet.

Location change can cause a behavioral problem for your cat. It will take your cat some getting used to in order to fully adapt to their new environment. You should be able to monitor your cats eating behavior and see if you notice any irregularities in it. Also since you moved to a new location you might want to check your cat for fleas. Many people believe fleas are only present during spring and summer but in fact they can be present year long. Fleas transmit tapeworms which can also cause your cat to lose weight. If you don't notice a significant difference in your cats appetite please consult your vet.

Recommended products: Nutri-Cal, Comfort Zone
What can I do about a stinky cat box?
- Lana Vy
Littermaid Ultimate Self-Cleaning Litter Box has a built in ionic air celaner that cycles to remove excess odors.
You're not the only one with this problem. Majority of cat owner complain about the odor that comes from their cats litter box. The first thing you want to do is check your cats diet. If your cat is eating a product that has soy or vegetable additives that can make your cats litter stink even worse. Another thing you might want to try is to feed meals to your cat instead of leaving dry food out at all times for your cat. This will help you predict when your cat will have its bowel movements. Other things you can do is place your cats litter box near a window or on a porch. You might also want to try a self cleaning litter box.
Recommended products: Littermaid Ultimate Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Smart Scoop Odor Control
My neighbors dog recently started having problems with his liver. One of my cousins dog also had liver problems before. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening to my dog?
- Miles
Denestra increases the amount of naturally occurring Glutathione, a potent antioxidant shown to promote liver cell regeneration as well as protection from toxins.
There are many preventive steps you can take to help your dog live a well balanced healthy lifestyle. You also want to give your dog a lot of exercise and make sure they are on a well balanced eating schedule. You can start giving your dog low fat, low cholesterol foods to reduce strain on the bile system. Denestra is a great nutritional supplement for dogs and cats that helps support liver, joint, and cognitive functions.
Recommended products: Denestra
I'm going on a road trip to my moms house for thanksgiving. I have 1 dog and 1 cat that I'm taking with me for the long drive. What do I need to do to make sure I have a safe trip?
HomeoPet Travel Anxiety
Traveling with your pet can be very stressful for your pet. You want to make sure you have a checklist with you of items you need to take with you before you leave for your trip. Remember you're going to have to take many more stops because your pets are going to be with you. Please visit our full Traveling With Your Pet feature for all our helpful tips.
Recommended products: HomeoPet Travel Anxiety, Pet Waste Bags http, Travel Bowls
The preceeding information is for educational and entertainment purposes only.
For serious problems please consult with your veterinarian.

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