We both want healthy animals. Here are some tips to ensure your pet is healthy, happy and strong.
Summer Parasites and How to Contain These Nagging Pests
Our hot and humid climate means your best friend has a high chance of encountering pests like fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites and heartworm-transmitting mosquitoes—it’s also important to note that this threat is heavily increased in the summer. Not only are these creatures unpleasant, but they can cause serious health issues, too. Fleas can cause anemiaRead more.
Top 10 Human Medications That Poison Pets
Dogs and cats are not like humans when it comes to drug metabolism. Although some human medications are used in veterinary medicine, the dosages are vastly different (especially in cats). When pet poisonings from human medications happen, they can be life threatening. Here are the top 10 human medications that are the most commonly seen:Read more.
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 himRead more.
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 manyRead more.
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 theyRead more.
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.Read more.
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 fromRead more.
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 lymphRead more.
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 lawRead more.
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 humanRead more.