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Steve Dale: Ticks are here!

Ticks are everywhere, which means tick disease is everywhere. In fact, veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine calls tick disease an “epidemic.” Tick disease in dogs is a sentinel for people. If your veterinarians report Lyme (and other tick diseases) where you are, then those same diseases are occurring in people too. First step, TEST your dog for tick disease (there is an easy test for Lyme and various other diseases), then talk with your veterinarian about protection, which may include the vaccine for Lyme disease. Remember, if your dog is diagnosed with tick disease, it’s likely a person was on the other end of that leash. It might not be a bad idea to see your doctor, or for children to see a pediatrician.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

How to make a pig board

These clients made a pig board and it was great for dealing with their pig!

Small Business Saturday

The Bottom Line: Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Dear friends,

The busiest shopping period of the year is here, and many of us will likely partake in some of the deals advertised during major shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Big box retail shops and e-commerce stores will have a flood of discounts for holiday shoppers who make purchases from their business on these days, but there’s another annual shopping tradition that I firmly believe in, and that’s Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday, celebrated on November 29, 2014 this year, is a day for us to celebrate and help support our small businesses statewide. This includes our locally owned and operated retail stores, the ‘Mom and Pop’ restaurant down the street and any other small shops in your area. As the regulator for several businesses and professions in Florida, I encourage everyone to take part in Small Business Saturday this year and give a fair chance to the local businesses in your area.

Following the Thanksgiving Holiday, Small Business Saturday is a day to shop small and support your neighborhood friends and families. By choosing to shop local on Small Business Saturday, you’re helping your community’s economy and supporting your neighbors’ hopes of achieving their version of the American Dream.

Ken Lawson, Secretary
Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Feline House-Soiling – Useful Information for Cat Owners

House-soiling is one of the most common reasons why pet owners abandon or relinquish their cats. Unfortunately, these cats frequently end up in shelters where they often are euthanized.

House-soiling can be a complex problem to solve, but there are ways to prevent, manage, or resolve feline house-soiling behaviors.Your cat does not urinate or defecate outside the box due to spite or anger towards you, but because its specific physical, social, or medical needs are not being met.

Download and read the PDF here: Feline House Soiling

Feeding Your Cat: The Basics of Feline Nutrition

By Lisa A. Pierson, DVM

Diet is the brick and mortar of health.  This web page lays out some often-ignored principles of feline nutrition and explains why cats have a better chance at optimal health if they are fed a canned food diet instead of dry kibble.  Putting a little thought into what you feed your cat(s) can pay big dividends over their lifetime and very possibly help them avoid serious, painful, and costly illnesses.  An increasing number of nutrition-savvy veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary internists, are now strongly recommending the feeding of canned food instead of dry kibble.

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