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Santa Arrives by Dog Team in Waterville Valley

November 18, 2010

From Waterville Valley , NH – Saturday, November 27, 2010 marks the 20th annual arrival of “Santa Arrives by Dog Team” at Town Square in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Santa and his team will arrive at the gazebo to greet the crowds at 3:30 P.M. Visits with Santa will take place in the Nordic Center in Town Square after the dogs are safely unharnessed, and will continue until Santa sees the last child. Each child will receive a small gift and candy from...
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Ask Nancy: Thanksgiving cautions

November 16, 2010

Food usually abounds at holiday time and Thanksgiving is a time we often want to share our warm feelings with our pets by offering food treats. Then too food left out at mouth access height can be impossible to resist temptation for a pet. The wrong kind of treat can make the holiday weekend extra long as you try to find an emergency vet instead of the best shopping spots so its best to be careful what treats your pets get. Make sure dips,...
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House Cleaning

November 11, 2010

For those of us who have multiple pets, there is always this concern:  “Does my house smell doggie?”  We clean, we wash dog beds, we wash floors and still we worry.  Well, according to Christie Keith, the answer is STEAM. “There really is a solution to the problem of pet odors, and it has nothing to do with spraying, masking, perfuming, scenting, soaping or enzymatically purifying the air, rug or furniture. I’m talking about steam. I’m not talking about hot water, even if the...
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Pet Insurance

November 9, 2010

Pet insurance is a complicated issue.  It can be a great help if one of your pets needs major surgery or chemotherapy, but there are also pitfalls with it.  Just like human health insurance, it doesn’t always cover pre-existing conditions. There are two excellent web sites devoted to helping pet owners understand the ins and outs of pet insurance.  The first and most comprehensive is the Pet Insurance University.  This site takes an in-depth look  at pet insurance, offers comparison charts between the plans...
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November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November 5, 2010

According to the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company, here’s a list of the ten most common cancers.  This list is based on claims submitted to the company between 2003 and 2009. Lymphosarcoma Mast Cell Tumor Bone Cancer Cancer of the Eyelid Cancer of the Spleen Liver Cancer Fibrosarcoma (which stem from connective tissues) Cancer of the Thorax Oral Cancer Hemangiopericytoma (a tumor generally arising on a limb) There is some good news on pet cancer front,  a Canine Melanoma Vaccine has been licensed by the FDA....
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Jigsaw: Cat in Garden

November 2, 2010

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Maine Coon Cat wins “Cat Idol” Contest

October 28, 2010

On October 16 & 17, the American Kennel Club and the Cat Fanciers Association held a “Meet the Breeds” event in New York City.  Over 39,000 dog and cat lovers attended and welcomed the chance to meet more than 1,000 dogs and cats, representing 200 breeds. From the more common Golden Retriever and Siamese cat to some of the rarer breeds, such as the Otterhound and American Curl cat, dog and cat lovers were treated to interactive, decorative displays and allowed to meet and...
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Ask Nancy: Halloween Safety Tips For Pets

October 25, 2010

We find Halloween fun and exciting but our pets may find it confusing and scary. Fear, anxiety, frequently opened doors and new unexpected household dangers can all be dangerous for our pets at Halloween. Below are some tips to keep your pet safe and happy. Candy, especially chocolate, should be kept well out of reach from your pets. Not only is chocolate toxic to pets but wrappers, made of tin foil, Mylar and other plastic, can also get stuck in your pet’s throat or...
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The truth about dog waste bacteria

October 21, 2010

There’s a new program in the Portsmouth area, the Seacoast Canine Owners Outreach Program, or SCOOP, which is educating dog owners about the dangers of not picking up after their dogs.  Here’s the Seacoast Online article – “SCOOP’s main goal is to educate the public on the health hazards that are contained in pet waste left behind on our coastline,” he said. “Dog waste is made up of nearly 100 percent E. coli bacteria, which is communicable to human beings and can cause salmonella...
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Things will be slow

October 14, 2010

Last week, a 9 1/2 year old bitch had a routine operation to remove “lumps and bumps.”  Everything went well and she was on her way to being healed up (although she was hating being leash walked).  I tend to fuss over our dogs, so posting on NH Pets online has taken a back seat to caring for our Aged Wonder. Unfortunately, starting Tuesday and finishing yesterday, one of the incisions totally opened up leaving her with a gaping hole in the back of...
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Recall: Blue Buffalo Dog Food

October 11, 2010

Blue Buffalo is voluntarily recalling certain bags of their BLUE Wilderness Chicken (Dog), BLUE Basics Salmon (Dog), BLUE Large Breed Adult Chicken due to the potential of increased Vitamin D.  From their web site: At Blue Buffalo, nothing is more important than the health and well being of our dogs and cats, so it’s consistent with this guiding principle that we are voluntarily recalling specific production runs of our Wilderness Chicken-Dog, Basics Salmon-Dog and Large Breed Adult Dog products, as we have reason to...
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Sled Dog Trade Fair

October 7, 2010

Here’s a report from D.O.G.S.’s booth at the Sled Dog Trade Fair and lots of pictures (click on a picture for a larger version): Thanks to Britain Hill who sponsored a table for D.O.G.S. at the 15th Annual Northern New England Sled Dog Trade Fair held October 2 & 3 at the Hopkinton Fair Grounds in Contoocook. The weather was a little chilly for people but perfect for the dogs.  What an amazing weekend.  We saw so many beautiful dogs and talked to several...
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