Intestinal Parasites: The Squirm-Worthy Side of Living With Dogs

Intestinal Parasites: The Squirm-Worthy Side of Living With Dogs

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The woman dangled the plastic bag, pinched between the tips of her forefinger and thumb, at arm’s length over the clinic counter. “I agreed to a puppy, but I didn’t sign up for this,” she said dramatically. Through the clear plastic, I spotted roundworms wriggling in the stool sample.
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Cat Killing Conditions That Can Hide Undetected

Cat Killing Conditions That Can Hide Undetected

Article Featured on Cat Health

When you have a cat in your family, you want to do the best you can to keep him healthy and happy. The best ways to do so are to keep up with his veterinary visits, feed him good quality food, and spend time playing and interacting with him every day.

However, some conditions are common in cats that can hide until they are quite severe. These conditions kill many cats every year, and it’s important to know what they are and what symptoms to watch out for.

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6 Ways to Help Calm a Cat That’s Upset

6 Ways to Help Calm a Cat That's Upset

Article Featured on Cat Health

Many cats are creatures of habit, and they often become stressed or upset about changes in their environment, visitors, traveling, veterinary visits, and other out-of-the-ordinary occurrences in their lives. You can help your cat calm down and relax, but it might take time, and some of the techniques you use are different than those you would use to help an upset dog.

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Why is My Dog Not Eating?

Why is My Dog Not Eating

Sometimes it can be hard to get a dog to eat his complete and balanced dog food. However, there is a big difference between a dog who is a finicky eater, and one who stops eating altogether. Follow these tips to make sure that your dog is getting the nutrition he needs from the proper place – his dog food.

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8 Plants That Are Poisonous to Cats and Dogs

Grayanotoxin Plants

BY DR. TINA WISMER DVM, DABVT, DABT | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

Many common plants, both in the house and the yard, can be toxic to our pets, including some that can still be found this time of year, either because they are being brought in from outside or because they are popular in holiday displays or decorations. Some toxic plants only cause mild stomach upset, while others can be poisonous. To make things even more confusing, some plants are safe for some species while deadly for others. As a pet owner, it is important that you be familiar with the most dangerous of the toxic plants.

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We need to stop letting our pets get fat

We need to stop letting our pets get fat

Our animals are increasingly obese, but we can help them get healthy.

By Deborah Linder/The Conversation | Featured on Popular Science

When I looked at my appointment book for the day, I thought something must be wrong. Someone who worked in the fitness industry was bringing his cat in to the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals. Did he confuse us for a different kind of weight management clinic? Is he looking to get muscle on his cat or maybe kitty protein shakes? I was utterly surprised when I called for my appointment in the lobby and an athletic man stood up with an almost 20-pound cat!

I asked if I could speak bluntly with him. Why does someone who clearly knows a lot about keeping healthy need to bring his cat to a veterinary nutritionist? What would he say if the cat was one of the people he helps to keep fit every day? Our conversation then went something like this… “Well, I’d tell her, suck it up, buttercup. Do some kitty pushups and no more treats!” “Well, I have to ask, then, what’s stopping you from doing this with your cat?”

With a worried look of guilt on his face, he replied, “Well, Dr. Linder, I mean… she meows at me…” This was the moment I realized that I was treating pet obesity all wrong. I needed to focus less on the pet and more on the relationship between people and their pets. That’s what’s literally cutting the lives short of the dogs and cats we love so much.

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Cruciate Ligament Rupture (Cruciate Disease) in Dogs

Cruciate Ligament Rupture (Cruciate Disease) in Dogs

Article Featured on Veterinary Expert

Injury or failure of the cranial cruciate ligament (commonly referred to as Cruciate Disease) is a very common problem that can be encountered by dogs of all shapes and sizes. Some breeds such as the Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, Mastiff breeds and West Highland white terrier appear predisposed whereas some breeds such as greyhounds are seldom affected. Cruciate disease is the most common reason for orthopaedic surgery being performed and the most common reason for referral to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon being considered. Cruciate ligament rupture also occurs in cats but is far less common.

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How to Care for Your Pregnant Dog

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Pregnancy in dogs can be a wonderful time to care for your beloved pet. A pregnant dog experiences changes in hormones, weight, appetite, and behavior – just like humans.
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How to Tell If Your Cat Is Sick — 7 Symptoms to Watch Out For

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Sick — 7 Symptoms to Watch Out For

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It happens all too often — by the time an owner realizes her cat is sick, the cat is very sick. Cats tend to hide their illnesses, and they even hide themselves when they’re ill. But many problems are best treated when they’re caught early, which means you are your cat’s most important health care provider. You’re the one who sees him every day and decides when he needs to see the veterinarian. Don’t ignore what he’s trying to tell you — or trying not to tell you. Here are just a few of the clues you should look for.

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6 Helpful Christmas Safety Tips For Pet Owners

6 Helpful Christmas Safety Tips For Pet Owners

Article Featured on Dogtime

Before your family wakes up to see what trinkets Santa left under the tree Christmas morning, be sure that you have taken all of the proper precautions to keep your dogs and cats safe this holiday season.

While the holidays are fun for us humans, they can present a lot of dangers to our furry family members. Don’t let your Christmas get interrupted by a trip to the emergency vet! Here are a few Christmas safety tips to help you keep your fur family safe this holiday.

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