Pet Blog


Jeffers Pet Blog strives to be informative, entertaining, and helpful. We hope to answer some common questions in regular everyday language for people who want the best for their pets. 

Please visit our Equine Blog and our Livestock Blog for helpful tips & hints for larger animals.



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Decide as a family what your new puppy will be permitted to do and what methods you will use to teach him household manners.  To prevent confusion and to be fair to the puppy, everyone must agree how to raise her.  You don't want one person praising her and another person saying "No!"  The more family members involved in training, the better.

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As the seasons start to change from fall to winter people adjust their routines and plan for colder weather.  It's important to take a few minutes to prepare the four legged members of our family for colder weather, too...

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The shock of loss and bereavement is one of the most profound emotional traumas we can experience and should be nothing to feel ashamed about. It is important to know that the feelings and emotional periods we go through at this time are a common symptom of intense mourning.

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To help determine which gate is best for each situation, ask questions like: "Where will the gate be installed",  "How wide is the opening", and "To what surface will the gate be mounted". Gone are "standard" doorways, which today can mean anything from 30", 32", 34", or 36". That's why so many different safety gates are on the market... Read More




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The amount of time it takes to house-train your puppy is primarily dependent on you.  If you do it right, it shouldn’t take long at all, perhaps just a few weeks.  Dogs are unique – some “get it” right away... (Click title for full article.)
 

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CAUTION! The images and information contained herein may be disturbing . If you think treating fleas is simple and only needed in the summer, you may need to hold on to something. Read More...

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At one time or another, most of us have watched our dogs have a bout of the sniffles or diarrhea. Many of us have wondered if we, too, were at risk of getting sick. Diseases that are passed from animals to humans are zoonotic illnesses. The most well known and most feared zoonotic disease is rabies. Read More...

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Did you know that your dog may have worms even though you see no evidence of them? 
With the exception of tapeworms, which may be accurately diagnosed visually, the best way to diagnose worms in your dog or puppy is to have your veterinarian perform a fecal exam.  It is possible however, for your dog to have worms, yet show no eggs in the stool.  For this reason it is extremely important to deworm your dog regularly...

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Diabetes, a common condition for humans, is also relatively common in domestic animals, like dogs and cats. Type 1 diabetes is the more severe form of the disease, as it is dependent on daily insulin injections... 

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One of the main reasons dogs are given up to shelters every year is due to excessive barking. Barking is a normal canine behavior, as natural as humans speaking...

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