Can You Give a Dog Ibuprofen?

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A: Ibuprofen is not labeled for animal use and should not be given to your dog or cat. Many people think it’s safe to give an animal any medication that they take themselves, but this is not the case. Even if an animal is in pain, giving human pain medication to your pet can actually do more harm than good.

I’ve met many pet owners who have given their dogs Ibuprofen to relieve the pain of arthritis. However, large dosages of this pain reliever can be toxic to dogs.

It’s very important to always discuss any concerns about your pet’s health with your veterinarian instead of giving your pet drugs yourself. Administering drugs yourself, though probably well-intentioned, is never a good idea.

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Dr. Marty Becker on Diseases We Can Catch From Our Pets

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Do you let your dog lick you on the mouth? That may not be such a wise thing to do. “Your mouth is such a portal for zoonotic diseases that the days of the ‘canine tonsil swab’ are over,” veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker tells Paw Nation. “We can still love our dogs and hug them, but it’s really not a good idea to let dogs kiss you on the mouth. Let ‘em lick you on the cheek instead.”

On Thursday’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Becker (of “Good Morning America” fame) talks about diseases you can catch from your dogs and cats. “Because we’re living more intimate lives with our pets – hugging and kissing our pets, and sleeping with them at night — we’re at more risk for catching certain zoonotic diseases from our dogs and cats,” Dr. Becker

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11 Big Cats Are Found Starving To Death In China Zoo

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This painfully emaciated tiger is the shocking face of China’s illegal trade in tiger bones.The image of the caged animal emerged after11 Siberian tigers were found starving to death in a scandal-plagued Chinese zoo.The Shenyang Forest Wildlife Zoo, which has been closed down by police, has been accused of illegally supplying tiger bones to local doctors who use them to brew traditional medicines.

But it is not the only place where tigers in China are in danger.The image of the tiger above was taken in the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Park in Guilin City, China, where 1,400 tigers are kept in a space the size of Regents Park.A source said that tigers there are slowly starving as food rations are slashed to pay to run refrigerators keeping the animal’s body parts fresh to sell on the black market.Trade in the bones is banned – but the parts from one tiger can fetch up to £50,000 on the black market.
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Keeping Your Cat's Teeth Clean And Healthy

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They need them to eat, to protect themselves, yet for seven out of ten cats, teeth troubles begin by the time they are three.The key to healthy feline teeth is regular at home and professional cleaning but many well-meaning pet owners don’t know how important this is. And it’s not completely their fault. “Most veterinarians don’t address dental health in cats,” says Dr. Michel Selmer, veterinarian at Advanced Animal Care Center in Huntington Station, N.Y. A vocal advocate for the importance of dental health in pets, Selmer devotes 20 percent of his practice to oral issues.

In honor of Pet Dental Health Month — and for the sake of 70 percent of American kitties — Paw Nation asked Selmer for tips on how to keep your cat’s mouth in good shape.The process starts when they’re kittens, with pet owners using a finger cot or gauze and toothpaste made specifically for them. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends dipping your finger in tuna water before rubbing it on your kitty’s gums to make the experience more pleasant. If you’re uncomfortable, or you have just adopted an older cat who won’t stomach your finger in his mouth, a once-yearly cleaning at the vet’s office is recommended by the AVMA, beginning after a cat turns two.

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Keeping Your Cat's Teeth Clean And Healthy

cat-mouth

They need them to eat, to protect themselves, yet for seven out of ten cats, teeth troubles begin by the time they are three.The key to healthy feline teeth is regular at home and professional cleaning but many well-meaning pet owners don’t know how important this is. And it’s not completely their fault. “Most veterinarians don’t address dental health in cats,” says Dr. Michel Selmer, veterinarian at Advanced Animal Care Center in Huntington Station, N.Y. A vocal advocate for the importance of dental health in pets, Selmer devotes 20 percent of his practice to oral issues.

In honor of Pet Dental Health Month — and for the sake of 70 percent of American kitties — Paw Nation asked Selmer for tips on how to keep your cat’s mouth in good shape.The process starts when they’re kittens, with pet owners using a finger cot or gauze and toothpaste made specifically for them. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends dipping your finger in tuna water before rubbing it on your kitty’s gums to make the experience more pleasant. If you’re uncomfortable, or you have just adopted an older cat who won’t stomach your finger in his mouth, a once-yearly cleaning at the vet’s office is recommended by the AVMA, beginning after a cat turns two.

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Rare Siberian Tigers Among Dead Circus Cats

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Two rare Siberian tigers were among a group of big cats in a Russian traveling circus that died during a 20-hour truck journey this week, a circus administrator said Thursday.Veterinarians suspect the animals were suffocated by exhaust fumes in the enclosed truck, which was heated to counter outside temperatures below minus-30 degrees Fahrenheit (Celsius).

Circus officials and police initially said that eight Bengal tigers had died.But Mechta circus administrator Yevgeny Kudashkin said there were seven tigers and two were Siberian tigers, which some conservationists fear may be approaching extinction.

The loss of the endangered tigers — also known as Ussuri, Amur or Manchurian tigers — was certain to increase the outrage over the animals’ deaths.A lioness also died during the trip across Siberia to the city of Yakutsk, where the circus was due to perform.

The animals appear to have been killed by exhaust fumes, Darya Kokhunova, deputy director of the Irkutsk veterinary laboratory, said. She cautioned that the tests were not yet complete.
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