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For information about your pet's health, see  or

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is another excellent resource:


To learn more about heartworms and heartworm disease in dogs and cats go to


Refer to the companion animal parasite council web page for information about parasites:

We strongly recommend that your pets are spayed or neutered. It is a health benefit to them and helps prevent pet overpopulation. Here is a link to the S.N.I.P. program in Austin, a program that provides incentives to those who have their pets spayed or neutered:

Emancipet is an organization that provides low-cost spays and neuters to residents in the Austin area:

If you need information about a particular dog breed, go to

If you are considering adopting a pet, we encourage you to get one from a rescue group or animal shelter. Most rescue groups have web sites (just search for the breed of interest). If you do decide to purchase from a breeder, please take the time to find a reputable breeder, visit their premises, and see the parents of the puppy or kitten. We do not recommend buying a purebred puppy or kitten from a pet store. Many of these puppies come from puppy mills (see the ASPCA home page for more information):

For a lot of useful information for Austin area pet owners, try

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