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.
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 […]
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, […]
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
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 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 […]
Cats: Positive Confirmations of H1N1 Influenza Virus in March 2011
by Dr. Patrick Mahaney The clinical evidence that H1N1 influenza virus infects both people and animals should make all pet owners take notice. Recently, I published Reemergence of H1N1 Influenza Virus in Wisconsin Cats Raises Important Public Health Concerns after human caretakers spread their illness to household feline friends. Influenza viruses have proven capable of […]
New spay/neuter California license plates to make a dent in pet homelessness
Attention California drivers! Order your new spay/neuter license plate today and be part of the movement to end pet homelessness. That’s right, Californians. Your state has pledged to help put a dent in the staggering dog and cat euthanasia numbers by releasing a one-of-a-kind license plate. The new spay/neuter license plates – featuring original artwork […]