Do you think you’re speaking your pet’s love language by plying her with all the tasty treats she can eat? If your pet could actually talk to you, she might say that you have a thing or two to learn about finding the way to an animal’s heart.
According to Ernie Ward, DVM, author of Chow Hounds and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, people tend to celebrate special occasions or express their emotions through cakes, ice cream, and champagne. And, because they can’t verbally communicate with their pets, they assume their pets also want to receive love in the form of high-calorie goodies. ...more
Prevent, detect, treat. That’s what your pediatrician is trained to do when you bring your son or daughter in for his or her annual back-to-school physical. Many human health care providers recommend annual wellness exams to prevent and detect any diseases before they get out of control. Veterinarians are trained to do the same when you bring your pet in for her annual exam. Regular preventive care visits for all members of your family are key to ensuring that illness and disease do not sneak by. Your human children receive lifelong care; so why not ensure that every member of your family receives the same care? ...more
Common and contagious, canine kennel cough can be transmitted quickly among dogs in the close quarters of a kennel or animal shelter. And while most kennels require proof of vaccination, this does not always preclude the possibility that your dog could come into contact with, and possibly contract, the cough. ...more
Many pet owners equate food with love. While that is a natural impulse, the results may not always be good for pets. For some owners, that means giving their beloved animals too many treats, too much food at mealtimes, or calorie-rich table scraps—or all of the above. Other pet owners scour the Internet, brochures, and other literature for the latest trends in pet food. Most veterinarians, however, believe animals would be best served by pet owners bringing nutrition questions to the veterinary hospital....more
Summer is in full swing, and so are all the good things that come with it: picnics, backyard barbeques, gardening, and long walks with our dogs. But while it’s great to spend time outside with our pets, it’s important to take steps to protect them from potentially hazardous lawn and garden chemicals. In fact, a 2013 study by researchers from Purdue University suggested a possible link between bladder cancer in dogs and exposure to herbicides used to kill broadleaf weeds in lawns and gardens. ...more
Marmalade was affectionately referred to as “Mitten Cat,” a common nickname for many polydactyl cats. You may be asking yourself, “What the heck is that?” Polydactyl is a Latin term meaning many toes or multiple digits.
Cats with thumbs, extra fingers, extra toes, or whatever you choose to call their extra digits exist mostly in western England, Wales, and the eastern United States and Canada. ...more
Canine bloat can be a life-threatening condition. Also known as gastric torsion or gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), canine bloat can come on quickly, which makes early recognition and treatment essential to your pet’s survival....more
They’re tiny. They can carry disease. And they want blood!
No, it’s not an ad for a new horror flick. It’s an alert about ticks and the harm they can cause us and our pets.
Ticks are little parasites without the ability to fly or jump. Can’t be much of a danger, right? Wrong. When warm weather arrives, they crawl up grasses, shrubs, and other plants and wait until you, your pet, or another animal passes by. Then, they drop down and hook on! ...more