Pica Chew

What to do when your pet ingests a foreign body “Pica” is the term for the indiscriminate eating and swallowing of things—from toys and stones to dirt and even feces—by your dog or cat. There are numerous causes to this, ranging from behavioral, such as boredom, through to medical pathologies. This habit can also lead

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My Pet Snake

Learn about keeping pets such as snakes, turtles and lizards Surprising to some, our cold-blooded friends can make wonderful companions. To get you started these are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from potential reptile guardian. What are some common reptilian pets? There are a huge range of reptiles that people keep

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When Man Meets Dog

A special relationship that started over six years ago on Phu Quoc There are many attractions that keep expats living in Vietnam: culture, food, the love of a person, or the simple delight of living in a warm, tropical environment. However, for one German in particular, a surprisingly and unexpected passion and dedication for the

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First Aid for Pets

Be ready to do first-aid on your pet in case of an emergency Knowledge of basic First-Aid can save your pet’s life, and help to avoid the feeling of panic that accompanies emergency situations. While we all hope that we never face an emergency, however, a little bit of preparation is incredibly valuable. Always remember

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The Persistent Danger of Rabies

Make sure you are vaccinated, and your pets are too! At the recent Vietnam Animal Welfare Conference, an annual event promoting animal (domestic, farm and wildlife) protection, Dr. Phan Xuan Thao, Director at the HCMC Department of Animal Health, presented a poignant reminder of the persistent danger of contracting rabies in Vietnam. Rabies is a

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Itchy and Scratchy

Tips on how to safeguard our furry friends from ticks and fleas We all love to cuddle up to our furry family, but the soft and warm fur that we so love is also the perfect hiding place for pesky parasites! Far more than just a nuisance these tiny fleas through to large ticks feed

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Pet Tech

How the Internet of Things can help take care of our pets The concept of pet tecH, or the Internet of Things (IoT) for Pets, is all about connecting, interacting and receiving real time information of our dogs and cats through intelligent, internet-connected devices and software in the privacy of our home or in public spaces.

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The Golden Years

Handling the problems of old age in your pet It is not unusual for the behavior and habits of our pets to change—just like people—as they get older. While some of these are consistent with old age, such as declining activity levels and reduced hearing, there are other signs that may indicate something more sinister

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Nine+ Lives

An entertaining story about rescuing and adopting stray cats in Vietnam During an 18-month stay in Viet Nam, my girlfriend and I become sidetracked by an orphaned kitten suffering from a broken leg and living by a bridge where dog-and-cat-thieves roam. After rescuing the kitten and arranging for it to be sheltered, however, we grow increasingly

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Going Native

Image by Khanh Ngoc Exploring the special dog breeds of Vietnam Vietnam is home to beautiful living national treasures that few people know about. The treasures are steeped in myth, legend and cultural folklores. Brave and strong hunters, fierce protectors and loyal companions to the indigenous people of Kien Giang, Phu Quoc, Lao Cai and

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