Health

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Blood in cat’s urine

    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?

    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 […]

  • Banfield releases 2012 State of Pet Health Report

    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, […]

  • Spay Day brings awareness to pet overpopulation problem

    Spay Day brings awareness to pet overpopulation problem

    An estimated 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year -- a number that could be reduced if people spayed and neutered their pet animals.

  • Trap-Neuter-Return: Part III

    Trap-Neuter-Return: Part III

    Given the time, effort, and resources that go into TNR, one has to wonder whether it is worth it. The answer is an unequivocal yes: Study after study shows that TNR is humane and effective at managing colonies, unlike the outdated trap-kill technique. TNR provides benefits at three levels: the feral cats’ lives are better, […]

  • Trap-Neuter-Return: Part II

    Trap-Neuter-Return: Part II

    A group of innovative animal protectionists developed a process called Trap-Neuter-Return, most commonly referred to as TNR among those in the field, to provide a better solution to the incessant killing that was the non-working “solution” for feral cats. TNR consists of three steps: 1. Trap: the individuals involved humanely trap all of the cats […]

  • Cat nutrition

    Cat nutrition

    Cat food has come a long way, baby. The choices used to be limited to kibble or canned. Now cat owners can find foods that are labeled “natural,” “organic” or “human-grade.” They can feed commercial raw diets that have undergone AAFCO feeding trials and find recipes for homemade foods that are complete and balanced for […]

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