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Volume 1 • Issue 1

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May 01/2008

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All information provided within this publication is in no way intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified veterinarian. Consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your pet’s condition.have regarding your pet’s condition. Copyright Pet Reporter is published monthly by CMS LLC., 511 Main St., P.O.Box 98, Monrovia LA 90225, 662-924-9000 © 2008 by CMS, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any material from this issue in whole or in part is strictly prohibited.

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Welcome Welcome to the Premier issue of PET REPORTER We Have a Passion for Pets Welcome to the Pet Reporter, a monthly newspaper dedicated to pet lovers and owners in the San Gabriel Valley area. Each month we will be publishing articles, information and fun helpful facts to make the life of your pet long and enjoyable. Our purpose is to raise awareness, educate, inspire pet owners and pet enthusiasts and have lots of fun doing it. We will keep our readers up to date on local activities for pet while encouraging everyone to visit and support the center through membership, donations participating in programs and events,

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My cat likes to chew grass. Is it healthy? Cats need greens to provide vitamins (folic acid) to aid their digestion, assist in removing fur balls and increase roughage in their diet. Eating grass is a natural craving for cats. Healthy and natural cat grass provides an excellent source of vegetation. Grass is easy to grow. It can be grown indoors all year round on any window sill and it doesn’t need direct sunlight. Just plant the seeds and within a few days - voilà! Cats are naturally drawn to grass. They simply love it. Natural grass helps prevent your cat from eating house plants which may be poisonous. Outdoor cats can satisfy their desire for fresh vegetation, but when cats are kept indoors all the time, they have no opportunity to eat tender grass as nature intended. So they satisfy their craving by chewing on houseplants and some can be deadly to cats. Your first impulse might be to just remove your house plants but cats still need to satisfy their natural cravings.

Why are some people allergic to cats?

It’s not the cat’s fur that causes allergies. It’s a protein (FEL D1) in the cat’s saliva. When a cat grooms itself, it deposits this protein on its fur (and the protein then may be transferred to upholstery and carpets). Some cats have less (or more) of this protein. Although there is no way to predict which cat in a litter will be less hypoallergenic, females seem to be the lesser hypoallergenic. Bathing a cat reduces the amount of protein in the cat’s fur, so the human’s physical reaction is lessened. A basic home remedy that may help is to put a few drops of vinegar in the cat’s water bowl to minimize the effects of the protein. Pet dander and urine may also cause allergic reactions.

Why do dogs do these things?

Dogs live to smell, to feel good, to clarify their relationship with other dogs and with us.When you start looking at the world their way, everything falls into place. Of course they drink out of the toilet—the water is fresher. Sniffing another dog’s behind is just like reading their resume, except you know nothing is made up. Barking at the letter carrier makes him go away—every single time! And rolling in stinky stuff just smells like heaven; because what smells heavenly is, after all, a matter of taste.

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tion and were being sold cheaply to the pet shop, who was then selling them on to us.They contained fungus which released spores when the peanut was cracked open; these spores grew in Benji’s lungs and killed him. At the time we had an ordinary vet who was inexperienced at treating tropical birds and he didn’t notice the signs, by the time we all realized what was wrong it was too late. If this story even saves one life then Benji’s death won’t have been in vain.

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Questions & Having answers to the following questions will help you when buying a horse: • How old is the horse? • What has he been used for? • Has he sustained any injuries? • If so, what was the location of the injury? How severe was the injury? Was it treated by a veterinarian? How was it treated? • Does the horse have any bad habits? Does it kick, crib (grab onto an object with his teeth and swallow air), or chew on things?

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OVERPOPULATION NUMBERS 6-8 million: Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year 3-4 million: Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year 3: Average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year 4-6: Average number of kittens in a feline litter In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats. 2: Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year 6-10: Average number of puppies in a canine litter In six years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs. Estimates from the Humane Society of The United States

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