Help Your Dog Have Healthier Joints

Cat Or Dog Diabetes

Overcome Anxiety

Pets And Allergies

Veterinary Cost Financing

Junior Wildlife Champions

Healthy Pet Teeth

Protecting The Protectors

Help Your Dog Have Healthier Joints

(NAPSI)—Maintaining healthy joints and cartilage throughout life is key to encouraging a healthy and mobile dog. Just like humans, mobility is critical for a healthy lifestyle, giving your dog opportunities to live life to the fullest.

Vets Get Help from Afar

With half of the dog population being at risk for mobility issues, it’s fortunate, says Brad Quest, DVM, that researchers “discovered that Green-Lipped Mussel, found only in New Zealand waters, provides a novel combination of joint-nourishing properties” for dogs.

Many veterinarians suggest that dogs get dental chews or treats for oral care at home. The one they recommend the most is GREENIES. The brand has introduced a new treat made with Green-Lipped Mussels to provide a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, along with amino acids, glucosamine, chondroitin, vitamins and minerals. In a clinical study, the nutrients in Green-Lipped Mussels were found to have a beneficial effect on canine joint health. They can help protect the mobility of adult dogs of all ages and sizes by actively nourishing healthy joints.

A Winner

In fact, these GREENIES JointCare Canine Treats were so well designed that they fetched the Product of the Year title in the Pet Health Category, in a recent survey of 60,493 people by TNS. The Product of the Year organization says today’s most effective products connect with shoppers on an emotional level. The award is an honorable vote of confidence from pet parents.

Available at many veterinary clinics and in most independent pet stores and pet superstores, the treats come in two sizes: one for small to medium dogs and one for large dogs. They’re for daily use and should be given to pets as part of a complete joint health program that includes diet, exercise and regular visits to your veterinarian.

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Could Your Cat Or Dog Have Diabetes?
Four Symptoms Pet Owners Need To Look Out For

(NAPSI)—Diabetes in humans is a well-known epidemic in the United States, but few pet owners realize the disease can also affect their pets. In fact, diabetes is growing among cats and dogs. If the diabetes is not managed, cats and dogs could be at higher risk for recurrent infections and other diabetes-related conditions, such as nervous system disorders and blindness in dogs.

Diabetes can result when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body is unable to use the insulin produced. Because of this, the body’s cells do not properly use glucose (or sugar), resulting in elevated levels of glucose in the blood. Cats and dogs with diabetes typically exhibit one or more common symptoms of the disease. By paying attention to changes in their pet’s behavior, pet owners can work with their veterinarians to ensure their pets receive the treatment they need to properly manage diabetes. These symptoms may include:

1. More Frequent Urination. The kidneys flush excess glucose into the urine using water. The pet will urinate more often as the kidneys work to reduce the elevated blood sugar associated with diabetes.

2. Excessive Thirst. Similar to humans, diabetic cats and dogs will drink more water than usual due to the increased urination as the kidneys work to reduce excess glucose in the body.

3. Increased Appetite Despite Weight Loss. Cells use glucose to produce energy. Without enough insulin, cells cannot use glucose as a source of energy. The cells “starve” and signal the pet to eat more. Most diabetics have increased hunger, but it is important to be aware that diabetic pets can become so ill that their appetite will go away and the pet will stop eating.

4. Weakness or Fatigue. Diabetic dogs and cats are frequently dehydrated and their bodies are not properly using glucose for energy. As a result, diabetic pets are often lethargic and tend to sleep more than usual.

Cats and dogs that exhibit one or more of the common symptoms should see a veterinarian, who can diagnose and help manage their disease. This may include helping pet owners set up a home-monitoring program with a blood glucose monitor specifically designed for cats and dogs, such as AlphaTRAK® Blood Glucose Monitoring System. With an early diagnosis and dedicated adherence to a veterinarian’s treatment plan, a dog or cat with diabetes can be managed.

For more information on diabetes in cats and dogs, or to learn more about Abbott Animal Health’s AlphaTRAK® meter, visit or

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Ease Pet Anxiety

(NAPSI)—Pet parents may be pleased to learn that there are simple ways to keep their furry and feathered friends from feeling anxious in summer.

The problem is, many of the things people look forward to—vacation trips, fireworks displays, even watching a thunderstorm from the safety of a cozy room—can make pets very nervous.

Fortunately, you can protect your anxious animal—and reduce the risk of destructive and aggressive behavior—with a natural remedy, suggests Dr. Margo Roman, DVM. One hundred percent natural Rescue Remedy Pet can help relieve anxiety in all different types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, horses and even rabbits.

You can find Rescue Remedy Pet at Whole Foods and select natural products and pet retail locations. It’s also available online at

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  Living With Your Pet Without Unleashing Allergies

(NAPSI)—Allergies no longer have to prevent pet ownership. By taking a few simple precautionary steps, it is possible to comfortably live with both pets and allergies. Here are a few helpful tips:

• Shut the door. Keep cats or dogs from your bedroom—and not just when you are sleeping. If you keep the door closed, it will prevent cat or dog hair from drifting in during the day. This also applies to a guest room if you happen to be hosting a guest with allergies.

• Keep pets off the furniture. You can do this by placing a plastic cover on the furniture or by placing pieces of aluminum foil on areas where pets settle. They find the noise disturbing. Or you can try orange peel; cats dislike the smell.

• Ditch the carpets. Pet hair tends to stick to carpets, especially soft, shaggy carpet. Try area rugs on tile or wood floors. They are convenient because they are portable and usually machine washable.

• Bathe pets. Use an allergen-reducing shampoo. Clean dogs at least twice a week.

• Clean the air. Remove irritants with an air cleaner that has a HEPA filter.

• Vacuum and dust frequently. Use a vacuum designed especially for pet owners. These include features such as an odor-absorbing filter and powerful suction for pet hair, while still capturing and retaining the dust and dirt that can trigger allergies and asthma.

The recently introduced Cat & Dog vacuum, by the creators of the first HEPA-certified vacuum cleaner, is built with a sealed system designed to prevent dirt, dust and allergens from escaping back into the air. Floor care innovator Miele engineered the upright model specifically for cat and dog owners to deliver the powerful suction and airflow necessary to remove stubborn pet hair. Plus, it’s so quiet it won’t disturb your pet’s mid-afternoon nap!

The vacuum’s versatile brush roller automatically adjusts when transitioning from hardwood to high-pile carpet. This feature ensures proper airflow to remove pet hair in one pass. SwivelNeck technology allows the entire brush roller to limbo under chairs and tables and to dance around lamps and other objects, including pets.

For more information about Miele, visit or call (800) 843-7231.

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 Staying A Step Ahead Of Veterinary Costs

(NAPSI)—According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent $12.8 billion on veterinary care in 2010.

With dog and cat owners spending an average of $578 and $278 respectively on nonroutine veterinary procedures annually, quality care for both preventative and unplanned visits is essential.

“One of the most important things pet owners can do is to find a veterinarian who makes them and their pet feel comfortable, provides the best care and offers options that make payment easy,” says Judith Gass, veterinary marketing director for CareCredit, a health care credit card offering financing options for pet care and every member of the family. “The right veterinarian can help to solve behavioral problems, vaccinate against diseases and catch potential problems before they become serious.”

How can you provide the care your pet needs when it’s needed and stay within your budget? It may be easier than you think with these tips:

• Stay in tune with your pet’s needs. Sometimes, pets can act moody or do something that’s out of character. But if you notice prolonged signs of discontent or strange behavior, call your veterinarian for advice. Your pet can’t tell you what’s wrong or ask for help. Treating an illness or condition in the early stage may save money—and most importantly, it may save your dog’s or cat’s life.

• Get to know your veterinarian. During routine visits, take the opportunity to develop a relationship with your veterinarian. Asking questions and establishing a rapport can ease the strain if there’s an emergency or unexpected situation, when anxiety often runs high. Your pet is a family member, so it’s important that you feel comfortable enough with your veterinarian to tell him or her about any concerns you have and to ask for suggestions.

• Be prepared with payment options. Along with recommendations for the best care, ask your veterinarian to explain the clinic’s payment policy. Many veterinarians now offer reliable payment options like CareCredit®, which has been available for nearly 25 years and allows monthly payments on pet care—everything from routine checkups to emergency care. This type of flexible financing is a convenient way to spread out payments with deferred interest or extended payment plan options.

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Junior Wildlife Champions Promote Positive Change

(NAPSI)—Increasing children’s awareness of current events can be easy and educational, especially if you empower them to make positive changes in their own ways. There are also fun, new tools to help teachers and parents enhance their children’s science education.

Recent environmental events have sparked young Americans to investigate the issues impacting wildlife. For more than 30 years, Procter & Gamble’s Dawn brand has been dedicated to helping save oiled birds and marine wildlife from both natural and man-made disasters. Dawn’s Junior Wildlife Champions education and activity program expands this three-decade commitment by providing teachers and families with new in-class lesson plans and at-home experiments that teach kids the importance of helping to rescue and protect wildlife. Working closely with International Bird Rescue (Bird Rescue) and The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC), Dawn collaborated with Discovery Education to help elementary school-aged children explore wildlife issues and get involved in their own ways. The three environmental science lesson plans are available in English and Español at and at

“The Junior Wildlife Champions program is especially timely for parents and teachers to marry current events with education,” said Jay Holcomb, Director Emeritus of International Bird Rescue. “We are thrilled to see this movement proactively promote all Americans—at every age—to be responsible stewards for our environment.”

The program also spotlights three Junior Wildlife Ambassadors for their exceptional efforts. Gavin, age 7, Ellie, 10, and Olivia, 11, have used their interests and passions to help in their own unique ways. Gavin educates children and adults on beach and ocean cleanup through his “Rescuing the Ocean” activities and website. Ellie is working toward a goal of raising $2,000 this year via bake sales and activities, bringing her total to nearly $5,000 for The Marine Mammal Center. Olivia is a budding ornithologist and wildlife artist who released her first book, “Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf,” which features her hand-drawn illustrations, bird facts and photos.

For more information about Junior Wildlife Champions, visit

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  Clean Teeth Are A Key To A Healthier Pet

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for pet owners. Improving your pet’s health may be easier than you realize. The key is better oral health.

It turns out that, much like in humans, better oral health is often an important building block for more fitness and vitality for your pet.

Here are some tips that can help keep your pet healthier—and its breath fresher:

• Be aware if your pet exhibits bad breath, pain around the mouth, swelling or irritation of the gums, bleeding, swelling around the jaw or nose, fever, lethargy, pain when eating or refusing to eat.

• Left untreated, oral disease in a pet can lead to receding gums, tooth loss and infections that could potentially infect the heart, liver and kidneys.

• A buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth can often lead to more serious problems. However, even the most common treatment can carry risks.

Until recently, the only way to remove plaque and tartar has been a visit to the vet for a dental cleaning—a procedure that typically involves the use of a general anesthetic. Unfortunately, that can present a problem, since anesthetic reactions can cause injury and even death. It’s estimated that over 50,000 dogs and cats die every year, and 1.3 million are injured—some permanently—just from anesthesia.

• As an alternative, many pet owners are looking for ways to remove plaque that are safer and just as effective, but that don’t require putting a pet under anesthesia.

For example, PetzLife Oral Care spray or gel is designed to help remove plaque and tartar, control bacteria and eliminate bad breath—and does not require the pet owner to brush a pet’s teeth.

“I have often seen older pets undergo anesthesia for dental cleanings or growth removals, and they were never the same afterward. Some even developed seizures,” said Susan Maier, DVM. “PetzLife Oral Care has worked on my patients that have had severe tartar and gingivitis. Before discovering this product, we had to perform dental cleanings under anesthesia or resort to keeping the animal on antibiotics. Now we can cure the problem while avoiding the anesthesia and the drugs.”

The active ingredients are a blend of herbs and oils, including grapefruit seed extract, which is a natural compound often used to kill bacteria. The ingredients are described as 100 percent natural and “human grade,” so they’re considered safe for dogs and cats.

“I much prefer dealing with tartar problems without anesthesia when at all possible and these oral care products are simply the most effective that I have found, short of ultrasonic scaling,” said Joanne V. Baldwin, DVM, Cardinal Animal Hospital.

To learn more about the pet dental products, visit or call (888) 453-4682.

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  Protecting The Protectors

(NAPSI)—Americans of all sorts are safer thanks to a trio of types of heroes. While the first kind is one most people would recognize as such-the nation’s military men and women—the others may come as somewhat of a surprise.

That’s because they’re dogs and people who can’t see them.

Many people aren’t aware of the amazing role Military Working Dogs play in supporting military and law enforcement personnel. There are an estimated 2,300 working dogs in the force. We’ve come a long way from the Revolutionary War, in which working dogs were first used to carry packs, and World War I, when they protected soldiers from rats in the trenches.

Today, Military Working Dogs are usually German or Dutch Shepherds or Belgian Malinois with high intelligence. They are strong, athletic and very loyal to their handlers. They save lives in many ways including tracking captured U.S. military personnel and sniffing out IEDs (improvised explosive devices).

Just as human troops require protective clothing and gear when they deploy into the field for active duty, so do the dogs.

That’s where the employees who are blind that work for the AbilityOne Base Supply Center Program come in. Employees at all 140 stores nationwide help provide mission-critical products and services to the U.S. military and federal government. The Focusworks BSC store at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona also provides the equipment that military dogs need, including booties, harnesses, goggles, collars, leashes and collapsible water bowls. The harnesses have Velcro strips, allowing the dogs to carry packs with their own food and water. When the dogs are deployed worldwide to support the war on terror, they wear infrared lights that let helicopters and planes identify where they are on the ground.

Focusworks’ unique item supplied by the Base Supply Center is a harness that the handler can use to carry the Military Working Dog during climbs or in the case of the dog becoming injured. No man (or dog) need be left behind.

No one knows whether the dogs like to “look cool” with their protective eyewear and striped vests, but the equipment certainly protects them in the field.

You can learn more about the AbilityOne Program, what it does and how you can be a part of it, from National Industries for the Blind. They’re online at or you can call (800) 433-2304.

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