Pet Pointers

We both want healthy animals. Here are some tips to ensure your pet is healthy, happy and strong.

Pet Pointer: Cats Can Have Arthritis Too
Just like people, cats can have osteoarthritis. Usually seen in older cats, the symptoms can be subtle and hard to detect. It’s best to catch the signs of this painful disease early to get them back to their playful selves. If you notice any of these signs in your cat, be sure and take him
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Pet Pointer: Pets Apparently Influence Sleep
A recent Mayo Clinic study suggests that pets may have an influence on how well you sleep. Patients at the Mayo Clinic completed an extensive sleep questionnaire in 2013, answering questions about number and type of pets, where pets sleep, pet behavior traits, and whether their pets disturbed their sleep. Of those surveyed, as many
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Pet Pointer: Is Your Cat Nervous?
Cats with overactive thyroid glands may appear “nervous”. The disease (hyperthyroidism) most commonly affects older cats. Other symptoms include a healthy appetite (initially) with weight loss and increased activity. Owners can be fooled into thinking their older cat is doing great because he or she is more active and has lost weight when actually they
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Pet Pointer: What Is The Biggest Misconception About Pet Food Ingredients?
The biggest misconception about pet food ingredients is that it is inferior to what humans eat. Pet food diets may be better than what most of us are eating because of the balance of healthy ingredients. Plus, our pets are routinely fed the same diets with few trips to the fast-food drive-through.
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Pet Pointer: For Bird Owners!
NEVER use corncob bedding, aspen or pine bedding, coconut shells or any other organic material to line your bird’s cage. These bedding types are notorious for growing dangerous fungi such as Aspergillus that can lead to life threatening pneumonias for your bird. Newspaper should be changed every 1-3 days to avoid buildup of ammonia from
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Pet Pointer: Dog Breeds With The Greatest Risk Of Cancer
A study in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine reviewed causes of death for nearly 75,000 dogs from 1984 to 2004. The following breeds in descending order had the greatest incidence of cancer. Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Scottish Terrier Boxer Bullmastiff Irish Setter Airedale Terrier Gordon Setter Lymphomas (cancer that originates in the lymph
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Pet Pointer: Former Military Working Dogs Need Homes
Many former military working dogs need homes with loving owners. Some organizations that facilitate adoptions: The Warrior Dog Foundation This foundation receives and finds new homes for working dogs, including combat heroes. http://warriordogfoundation.org/faq/ The Military Working Dog School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas The School “allows the adoption of military working dogs to law
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Pet Pointer: Is Grain Free Healthier?
Many pet food companies now advertise their products as grain free. Are these foods healthier for dogs? Are they easier to digest and do they really help control food allergies? According to Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition at Cornell, there are no known advantages in feeding a grain free diet. In human
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Pet Pointer: Unexpected Dog Bite Statistics
Los Angeles has been dubbed the “bite-a-mail-carrier” capital. The U.S. Postal Service reports that Los Angeles mailmen receive more dog bites than mail carriers in any other city. Runner ups for the dubious distinction include the cities of San Diego and Houston. Dog bites and dog-related injuries accounted for more than 33 percent of homeowner’s
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Pet Pointer: When Does a Puppy Become An Adult?
Royal Canin, a leading pet food manufacturer, found that only 31% of the people surveyed knew when a puppy became an adult. This is important because a puppy started on adult food may not have the proper nutrition needed for growth. On the other hand feeding puppy food too long provides a diet that is
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