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Euthanasia: Saying Goodbye
It's not easy to say goodbye to cherished pets, even those that have lived long, happy lives. Although you may hate the thought of life without your pet, euthanasia can be the kindest decision you can make when your friend is suffering. Making the Decision If your pet has been seriously injured in aRead more
Is a Wet Nose a Sign of a Healthy Pet?
Have you ever heard that a wet nose is a sign that your pet is healthy? Although that's often the case, it's not always true. A moist nose can benefit your pet in several ways, but it doesn't necessarily guarantee good health. How Does a Wet Nose Help My Pet? Have you ever been woken at 5 a.m. by a cold,Read more
Obesity and Diabetes in Pets
Think diabetes only affect people? Overweight pets may be at risk too.Read more
Does Your Cat Have a Grooming Problem?
Noticed a sudden change in your cat's grooming habits? Over- or under-grooming can be a sign of trouble.Read more
National Heartworm Awareness Month Focuses Attention on a Potentially Deadly Disease
Heartworm disease can have a devastating effect on your pet's health. National Heartworm Awareness Month, observed annually in April, reminds pet owners about the health dangers this preventable disease poses for pets. What Are Heartworms? Thin, white heartworms look like cooked pieces of spaghetti.Read more
What You Need to Know About Antibiotics
Using antibiotics incorrectly may harm, rather than help, your pet.Read more
Becoming a Service Dog: Training and Temperament Are Key Factors
Service dogs help thousands of disabled Americans become more independent. The first service dogs guided visually impaired people, but today, the dogs assist people who have a variety of disabilities, ranging from hearing loss to seizures to cerebral palsy. Before a dog can become a service animal, itRead more
Is Your Cat's Personality Influenced by Coat Color?
Are orange cats friendlier than black ones? Coat color may play a role in personality.Read more
Keep Your Pets Calm During the Holiday Season with These Tips
Although the holidays may be an exciting time of the year for you, your pets may find the festivities a little overwhelming. Even normally well-behaved pets can experience a little anxiety when their usual routines are disrupted. These tips will help you ensure that your furry friends truly enjoy theRead more
Is a Cat Enclosure Right for Your Cat?
A cat enclosure offers the perfect way for your favorite feline to enjoy a little outdoor time without being subjected to the dangers of the real world. Before you make the decision about adding an enclosure to your property, consider these facts. Free Access to the Outdoors Can Decrease a Cat's Lifespan FreeRead more
Diabetes in Cats: Prevention and Treatment
Diabetes in cats, also known as feline diabetes mellitus, is an increasingly common disease affecting 1 out of every 400 cats. Obesity is the leading risk factor for diabetes. "Overweight or obese cats are two to four times more likely to develop diabetes than cats with a healthy body weight," says board-certifiedRead more
Pet Hearing Loss
Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners. What Causes Hearing Loss in Pets? Some pets are born deaf or hard of hearing, while others develop hearing lossRead more
5 Common Myths About Pets
Do cats really have nine lives? Find out if these and other pet myths are true.Read more
3 Reasons Why Your Pet Could Be Coughing
Wondering why your pet is coughing? Check out three common reasons.Read more
How Safe is Your Dog’s Food?
Over the last several years, numerous dog food brands and treats have been recalled for chemical contamination or Salmonella. This last summer many dog food brands were recalled due to Salmonella; all were manufactured in a Diamond Pet Foods plant in Gaston, South Carolina, USA. This plant makes manyRead more
Secondhand Smoke Affects Pets Too
The effects of secondhand smoke on people are well-documented. Exposure to tobacco smoke causes a variety of serious health problems, including stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not surprisingly, secondhand smoke also increases the riskRead more