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As Consumers Put a Leash on Spending, Experts Caution Against Being 'Penny Wise and Pound Foolish' with Their Pets
Date:11/25/2008

be fatal to your pet as it causes intestinal bloat

-- Tinsel, if swallowed by a curious kitten or puppy, might cause intestinal blockage

Consult The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health for more in-depth guidance.

6. Brush Up: Proper dental care is an often-neglected component of the pet health regimen. Regular use of an inexpensive toothbrush and toothpaste designed for pets can delay or avoid a professional cleaning costing several hundred dollars. You also can purchase pet food designed to help eliminate tartar.

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About Dr. Scott Line

Scott Line, DVM, PhD, DACVB earned his veterinary degree at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He then completed a residency at the University of California, Davis, where he also earned a doctoral degree in animal behavior. In addition, he is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. He has held a variety of research, clinical, and teaching positions during his 25-year career as a veterinarian. He works for Merial Limited, where he is the associate editor of the Merck/Merial Manua
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