Clean as a Hound’s Tooth

Partnering with your veterinarian to fight dental disease We all brush our teeth, but how many of us do the same for our pets? Often we completely ignore our pet’s teeth—which can be a big mistake! Periodontitis is a bacterial infection of the mouth and causes inflammation, pain and sometimes bleeding. It’s one of the

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Kid’s Best Friend

Discover whether owning a pet can reduce your child’s chances of developing allergies Adopting my three rescue cats is both the best and worst decision I’ve ever made. Having grown up around household pets it finally hit me that I was missing that extra bit of love when I came home from work. However, at

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Paws for a Cause

Guardian of the abandoned and abused Over the last five years of his 11 years in Vietnam, Frenchman Vincent Leopold Marcel Pascal and his many rescued dogs and cats have been evicted from their home by intolerant neighbors and landlords in four districts in Saigon. Because of the striking appearance of the tattoos on his

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Hot Weather Tips for Your Pet

Many pet owners in Vietnam often ask me how to help their pet deal with the constant heat and humidity here, especially those who have moved here with their pets from colder climates. Fortunately there are several simple things you can do to ensure your furry friend is more comfortable in this tropical climate. WATER

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The Cat’s Meo

Curtailing the overpopulation of cats in Vietnam Why are a large number of cats (meo) being abandoned in Vietnam? Why do these ‘little tigers’ suffer the fate of being consumed in the beginning of a lunar month thinking this ritual will eliminate last month’s bad luck and raise one’s luck in the new? Another black

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Unwanted Pregnancies

Benefits of spaying and neutering your dog This month we explore ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies in female dogs and raise awareness of their mating ‘heat cycle.’ In the next issue we will discuss cats. Sterilizing dogs and cats, is the process of neutering the male and spaying the female through surgery. Female dogs become

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Sit, Boy, Sit

Finding a pet-sitting service in Vietnam The concept of dog sitting, as well as pet accommodation in general for short or long-term stays, is new to Vietnam. Properly managed, professional services are hard to find and are in-demand. The development of this service industry should be encouraged as it does create a rewarding vocation and

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Flying with Fido

Traveling with pets, part two Inbound Travel to Vietnam Vietnam is a fairly easy country to enter with pets. Regulations state that your cat or dog must have a recent rabies vaccination and an authorized health certificate – no import permit is required. The real difficulties begin when you take your pet out of Vietnam,

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Traveling with pets in Vietnam (Part 1)

Traveling with a dog or cat within Vietnam can become overwhelming. Relocating to or moving away from Vietnam with pets will present complications that need to be considered and planned for well in advance. This is the first of two articles providing advice and tips to overcome obstacles when traveling with pets. This month I

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Vetting Vets

Finding a good veterinarian in Vietnam In my last article I outlined three choices to consider in bringing a cat or dog into your home – buy, adopt or foster. Another important factor in owning a pet is finding a good veterinarian clinic offering an acceptable level of health care services for your pet, hopefully

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