Archive for the ‘Feline Care’ Category

My Cat Is Spraying! What Should I Do?

Spraying is one of the most concerning and unpleasant behaviors cats can display.  Also known as urine marking, this happens when a cat aims urine at a vertical surface, without squatting, and with the tail straight in the air. It is most common in unneutered males, but also occurs in neutered males, as well as spayed and unspayed females.  Unfortunately, spraying is one of the leading causes for cats being dropped off at shelters. But if you have noticed your beloved furry friend is doing it, don’t give up hope. With the help of this article, and the consultation of…

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What You Need to Know About Houseplants & Your Pet

Houseplants are a great way to bring a little extra life, greenery, and air filtration into your home. Green thumbs swear by them, but what happens when your love for plants comes at the expense of your pet’s safety? It’s true – certain houseplants can be toxic or even deadly when ingested by cats and dogs. And because our furry friends don’t know any better, it can be very difficult to keep the leaves of houseplants out of their mouths.  Here is everything you need to know about houseplants and your pet:  Toxic Houseplants to Avoid There are many common…

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When Should I Bring My Pet to Veterinary Urgent Care?

If you suspect something is wrong with your pet, you know to take him to the vet. But during more urgent health crises, it is not always obvious what to do.  In the human healthcare system, there are different options for receiving medical care, and which one you visit depends on the severity of the issue. The same is becoming true for our furry friends, as more veterinary urgent care centers open up across the country. These clinics are designed to treat health emergencies in pets that are not life-threatening. They typically work by appointment, so you can keep the…

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Chocolate Toxicity & Your Pet: What You Need to Know

Humans love chocolate, especially on holidays such as Christmas or Valentines Day. But for our furry friends, chocolate can be a dangerous chemical with potentially life-threatening effects. If your cat or dog consumes chocolate, it may not always be fatal. The effects depend on the size of the pet and the amount of chocolate consumed. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry, especially considering that it can still cause lasting health problems for your pet that may be difficult to treat.  Read on to discover everything you need to know about chocolate toxicity and your pet. Why…

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What You Need to Know About Kennel Cough

As the seasons change, it’s common for your dog to sniffle and sneeze a little bit if they suffer from allergies. However, if your pet is experiencing persistent, harsh coughing, it could be a sign of kennel cough. This is an extremely common and contagious disease in dogs. Though it is not deadly, if it is left untreated it could lead to further health complications. This is especially true for senior and immune compromised dogs. Read on to learn everything you need to know about kennel cough:  What Is Kennel Cough? Kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, is…

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What You Need to Know About Diabetes in Pets

Diabetes is a common disease that many people and pets live with.  While the initial diagnosis may be frightening, the good news is that treatments are available. When caught early enough, you can expect your pet to live a long and healthy life even with diabetes. Here is everything you need to know about your diabetic pet: Causes of Diabetes in Pets In a healthy body, glucose is turned into usable energy through insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. When insulin production is too low, or if the body grows resistant to it, the glucose is unable to be…

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Should I Microchip My Pet?

As a pet owner, you do everything you can to keep your pet safe.  In recent years, you might have heard of microchip implants for cats and dogs. This technology is becoming increasingly common, but you might still have questions about the procedure, its potential risks, and whether or not it is worth it.  In short, many vets, animal rescues, and pet sellers highly recommend microchips. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about implant microchips. What Are Microchips, & How Do They Work? A microchip is a small electronic identifier, about the size of a grain of…

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Are Wellness Exams Necessary If My Pet Is Healthy?

Many pet owners know that wellness exams are essential for new puppies and kittens to establish their health, de-worm and vaccinate them, and discuss spay and neutering options.  They also know to visit the veterinarian if the pet shows signs of illness. This could include limping, changes in diet, or lethargy. But some pet owners may be skeptical about regular wellness exams when their pet seems totally healthy. This brings us to the question: Are wellness exams necessary? The answer is YES.  Wellness exams are just important for pets as they are for people. Humans must visit the doctor or…

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