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How Hot Is Too Hot for Your Pet?

By Dr. Al Townshend Summer is almost here and it’s time to think about getting outside. Depending on where you live, the warmer weather that summer brings can be a welcome relief from the chills of winter, or it can be a potential threat to your pet’s health and safety. In the southern portion of […]

The Environment and Cancer in Your Pets

By Dr. Al Townshend It is becoming clear that the environment is one of the biggest concerns when related to pet cancer. Every day our pets can be exposed to a multitude of potential cancer-causing agents. The real challenge is that it is almost impossible to prevent exposure to some of these dangerous substances. Minimizing […]

Cancer Prevention Begins with Genetics

Dr. Al Townshend As with humans, we are learning that genetics can play a significant role in reducing the risk of your pet developing cancer. Before you even get a pet, it is important to consider genetics in the pet you might consider. We know that certain breeds have a greater incidence of cancer: Rottweilers, […]

Cancer and the Common Warning Signs

Dr. Al Townshend Cancer is one of the major concerns of all Guardians. It has been estimated that 6 million dogs and nearly 6 million cats will be diagnosed this year. The cause of death in 47% of dogs, especially dogs over ten years of age. 32% of cat deaths will be the result of […]

What Can You Expect During Cancer Treatment?

By Dr. Al Townshend There are potential side effects to any treatment and cancer is no exception. The ultimate goal is to always try and maintain the best quality of life for the pet. No matter the treatment, there are some common side effects to consider: pain management, nutritional support and maintaining a positive environment. […]

Improving Your Pet’s Mental Health

Dr. Al Townshend The mental and emotional health of your pets is just as important as their physical well-being. Neglecting their needs can create stress and we all know that stress encourages all sorts of both physical and mental issues that will have a significant effect on a pet’s quality of life and even life […]

Can a Pet’s Diet Affect Their Behavior?

By Dr. Al Townshend One of the most common reasons Guardians give up their pets is due to bad behavior. While diet is not the only cause of behavior issues, what we feed our pets and how we feed them can have a significant impact on their behavior. Common pet behavior issues include: Aggression Mood […]

Can a High Protein Diet Affect A Pet’s Mood and Behavior?

Dr. Al Townshend Guardians are aware that most dogs, and especially cats, do better when the bulk of their total daily nutrition comes from protein and fat, not carbohydrates. However, some question whether a high protein recipe affects a pet’s mood or behavior. The internet frequently comments on this high protein discussion, specifically as it […]

Tips on Training Your Pets

Dr. Al Townshend When it comes to our pets, many consider training to be what we once referred to as obedience training. Today we know that training should go far beyond just learning a few commands. Everything begins before the pet comes home. What are the house rules? Is getting on the bed or other […]

Pets are Part of the Family

By: Dr. Al Townshend According to a Harris Poll,  Americans have always had interesting relationships with their pets. Three in five Americans today (62%) have a pet. Among Guardians, seven in ten people have a dog (69%), while half have a cat (51%). Out of the Guardians surveyed nine in ten (91%) considered their pet to […]

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