Nov
25
2014
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Neb., facility. Due to a formulation error, the products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals. There have been no reports of animal health concerns to date, but these products do not meet quality standards and should not be consumed by pets. ...more
Nov
17
2014

Veterinarians in Kenya

by Aubrey Lavizzo, DVM
If anyone had told me that I would one day find myself in a vehicle stuck in the mud on a narrow road, rutted with “iceberg” rocks that had been strategically placed millions of years ago to make a vehicle’s occupants look like bobble-head dolls when the vehicle twisted over them, nearly 9,000 miles from my home in Denver, where I practiced companion animal medicine for more than 40 years, I would have smiled and nodded, dismissively but politely, before walking away, smirking....more
Nov
13
2014
We all know what a stressful experience moving can be. But it’s also stressful—and even potentially dangerous—for our cats. Many cats end up in shelters when a family moves because they become frightened by people carrying furniture, so they run out an open door and hide. Sometimes, the family can’t then find the cat and moves away without him. Other times, a cat escapes his new home and tries to return to his old one. ...more
Nov
11
2014
As you are wrapping up your annual holiday shopping spree for your family and friends, you might be wondering what to get for another important figure in your life—your pet.

But while your human loved ones are able to tell you exactly which gifts they desire (maybe sometimes too often), your pets’ meows and barks might not provide much shopping guidance. ...more
Nov
5
2014
Raw or processed diets for dogs or cats? The subject continues to be a bone of contention.

What are raw food diets?
Raw food diets for pets may consist of raw meat, organs, bones, eggs, fruits, and vegetables. They may be home-prepared or commercially available. Commercial raw food diets can be purchased fresh or frozen. Home-prepared raw diets are variable, depending on the education, availability of ingredients, time, and sanitary processes of the pet owner. ...more
Nov
4
2014
Although feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is rare, affecting only 1.5 to 3 percent of the feline population in the United States, it’s still important to know the basics in case your cat becomes infected. FIV is often confused with feline leukemia virus (FeLV), as it is in the same retrovirus family; they differ in many ways, however....more
Oct
21
2014
Have you ever noticed those around you—both human and animal—acting strangely during a full moon? Is there any real correlation between the full moon and changes in behavior in people and pets? For centuries, people have used a full moon to explain odd behavior. It’s said that dogs howl, and cats yowl, more during a full moon. And many medical professionals think they’ve noticed an increase in emergency or strange cases during nights with full moons. ...more
Oct
16
2014
Taking care of a disabled pet can be a demanding 24/7 experience, but more pet owners than ever before are volunteering for the job so their beloved dogs and cats can live longer. Respite care for these dedicated individuals is essential; however, finding the right person to provide this service forces most pet owners to think out of the box. ...more

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