Health

  • Squeaky Cat: Adopting A Neighborhood Stray

    Squeaky Cat: Adopting A Neighborhood Stray

    If you are considering helping out a stray cat in your neighborhood read this first. You need to be careful and take precations so that everyone can have a happy ending.

  • Cats and Cat Scratch Disease

    Cats and Cat Scratch Disease

    Bartonellosis in Cats Bartonellosis is an infectious bacterial disease, caused by the gram-negative bacteria Bartonella henselae. It is also commonly known as cat scratch disease (CSD), or “cat scratch fever.” This is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be transmitted between animals and humans. In cats, the disease is generally transmitted through contact with […]

  • Cat obesity

    Cat obesity

    Obesity in cats can lead to a host of diseases and other problems, but what's more startling is that owners may not even recognize that their feline may be overweight.

  • Raw food diet for cats: recommended or ridiculous?

    Raw food diet for cats: recommended or ridiculous?

    Less litter-box odor, and easier weight control are two of the benefits of feeding your cat raw food, as such food mimics what a cat would eat in nature.

  • The Tooth Fairy helps homeless dogs and cats

    The Tooth Fairy helps homeless dogs and cats

    Did you know dental disease is the most common problem that affects dogs and cats? Professional animal dentists have donated their time to help pets in need at Best Friends.

  • VetPronto: A new way for your cat to see the vet

    VetPronto: A new way for your cat to see the vet

    Akin to the days of house calls, VetPronto offers in-home visits for your pet cat without office visits, overbooking, 15-minute appointments, and other inconveniences.

  • Veterinarians issue reminder about Lyme Disease

    Veterinarians issue reminder about Lyme Disease

    It’s the end of summer: Beware of Lyme Disease, which is spread by the black-legged tick that lives in forests or grassy, wooded, marshy areas near rivers, lakes, or oceans.

  • National Pet Fire Safety Day Tips To Keep Your Cat Safe

    National Pet Fire Safety Day Tips To Keep Your Cat Safe

    National Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15th, and it's a great time to go over some fire safety tips that can prevent fires in the home and keep your cat safe should a fire break out.

  • Surrendered “smelly cat” finally finds new home

    Surrendered “smelly cat” finally finds new home

    Meet Lenny, a black-and-white cat who was adopted from a New York shelter; however, the feline was returned two days later because, “he farts all the time.”

  • Why mandatory spay and neuter laws don’t work

    Why mandatory spay and neuter laws don’t work

    Editorial: “Okay, so we just force people to spay and neuter their pets to solve the overpopulation problem — that’ll work, right?” No, it won’t, and here are seven reasons why.

  • Top 5 steps to choosing a good vet

    Top 5 steps to choosing a good vet

    For pet owners, one of the most crucial decisions is finding the right vet; here are five things to look for in a perspective caregiver for your four-legged family member.

  • Keep your pet safe this Valentine’s Day

    Keep your pet safe this Valentine’s Day

    It’s Valentine’s Day; before jumping into the festivities, look at these tips about pet safety, as chocolate, plants, and even underwear(!) could be deadly for pets.

  • Uh oh: Marijuana poisoning in pets is on the rise

    Uh oh: Marijuana poisoning in pets is on the rise

    With the legalization of marijuana in Washington State and Colorado, instances of dog and cat poisonings have increased; here’s how to keep Fluffy and Fido safe.

  • November is Pet Diabetes Month

    November is Pet Diabetes Month

    Diabetes in dogs and cats is on the rise in the United States, with as many as 1 in 500 pets afflicted with the disease; find out what you can do to keep your pet healthy.

  • National Shelter Appreciation Week 2013

    National Shelter Appreciation Week 2013

    Established by the Humane Society in 1996, this week encourages people to get involved with local animal rescues and shelters; find out how you can help and build awareness.

  • Have a safe National Cook for Your Pets Day

    Have a safe National Cook for Your Pets Day

    Although pet owners are encouraged to make meals for their pets today, always observe safety measures, including preparing foods that are safe for Fluffy and Fido.

  • National Pet Obesity Awareness Day 2013

    National Pet Obesity Awareness Day 2013

    More than 50 percent of all dogs and almost 60 percent of all cats in America are overweight or obese; learn how you can determine if Fluffy or Fido needs to shed some pounds.

  • Houston’s dirty, furry secret

    Houston’s dirty, furry secret

    It’s the largest city in the Lone Star State, and Houston’s stray dog and cat population is out of control; meet one of several groups trying to make a difference.

  • Organic, high-protein cat food vs. dry kibble

    Organic, high-protein cat food vs. dry kibble

    Question: My neighborhood pet store recommended an organic, high-protein canned diet for my cat. Can't I just leave dry food out for him? Answer: Some cats, like some people, are blessed with an active metabolism or the ability to self-regulate their food intake. And then there’s the rest of us. Obesity is a very common […]

  • Is declawing ever recommended?

    Is declawing ever recommended?

    Question: My cat is a scratcher. Is declawing ever recommended? Answer: Onychectomy, better known as declawing, is an operation where a cat’s claws are removed by amputating the distal phalangeal (toe tip) bones from the end of the digits. Once a common surgical procedure, feline declawing has become a sensitive and controversial topic. It is […]

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