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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Why has my cat stopped using the litter box?
Question: My cat is peeing in my laundry basket. Is she mad at me? Answer: No! When a cat urinates in locations other than the litter box, a common misconception is that she is doing it vindictively. However, while your cat isn’t doing this out of spite, she may be trying to tell you something. […]
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?
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 […]
Blood in cat’s urine
Question: I think my two-year-old cat has a urinary tract infection; she's urinating in my laundry basket and the urine looks bloody. I asked my vet if I could get some antibiotics and she said no, I needed to bring her in for an exam and tests. Why can't I just pick up medication? Answer: […]
Are lilies dangerous for cats?
Question: My cat's veterinarian advised me not to bring lilies into my home. Are they really that dangerous? Answer: A recent article in the Journal of American Animal Hospital Association on lily exposure in 57 cats included statistics on cat owners’ awareness of lily toxicity. 73% of the owners had no knowledge of risk, and […]
Why is my cat losing weight?
Question: My 12 year cat is losing weight, so I've been giving her extra food. She eats all of it and begs for more, but she isn't putting the weight back on. In fact, she might even be getting skinnier. Lately she's been vomiting also. What should I do — change her diet? Answer: Before […]
Banfield releases 2012 State of Pet Health Report
Earlier this month, national veterinary chain Banfield released the findings of their second annual State of Pet Health 2012 Report, conducted by their research team, Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK). Compiling data from the nearly 2 million dogs and 430,000 cats cared for by Banfield, BARK analyzed the findings and discovered some alarming trends, […]