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Pet Health

Summary

Pets can add fun, companionship and a feeling of safety to your life. Before getting a pet, think carefully about which animal is best for your family. What is each family member looking for in a pet? Who will take care of it? Does anyone have pet allergies? What type of animal suits your lifestyle and budget?

Once you own a pet, keep it healthy. Know the signs of medical problems. Take your pet to the veterinarian if you notice:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Drinking a lot of water
  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight quickly
  • Strange behavior
  • Being sluggish and tired
  • Trouble getting up or down
  • Strange lumps

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