Should We Become a Multi-Dog Family?

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Many animal lovers would love to add another dog to the household, but they’re nervous about how their resident dog(s) will react. One reader, Leslie asked the following question on PetLvr’s article titled “How to Introduce … Read More

How to Introduce a New Dog to Your Other Dogs

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Introducing a new dog to your other pets can be a nerve-wracking experience for everyone involved. But really, it doesn’t have to be, as long as you know how to introduce your pets properly and how … Read More

Considerations for Adopting a New Animal After Your Pet Dies

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The decision of if and when to adopt a new dog or cat after your pet dies can be a very, very difficult decision. On Sunday, April 29, 2012, my beloved dog Kota died as a … Read More

What to Expect When Introducing a New Cat to Your Other Cats

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In yesterday’s article, we discussed the basics of how to make the introduction to a new home smoother and less stressful for a newly adopted cat. Today, we’ll discuss expectations as you introduce your new cat … Read More

How to Help a Newly Adopted Cat Adjust to a New Home

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Cats are notoriously shy when they’re placed in a new environment. This can make it very difficult for the pet owner who has just adopted a new cat. The friendly, sweet cat you meet at the … Read More

How to Train a Stray Cat to Use the Litter Box

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Stray cats and tamed feral cats often experience litter box-related problems. Quite simply, many strays and tamed ferals have never seen or used a litter box! There is a simple strategy that can make the litter … Read More

Why Isn’t my Cat Using the Litter Box?

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There are many reasons that can cause a cat to have litter box-related issues. Unfortunately, a litter box problem is among the most common behavior-related reason that pet owners bring a cat to the shelter. The … Read More

Pet Loss: The Pros and Cons of Cremating a Pet

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When a pet dies, the owner must make a difficult decision concerning what to do with the animal’s remains. One option is burial. Cremation is the other option that pet owners must consider after their animal … Read More

Pet Loss: The Pros and Cons of Burying a Pet

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When a pet dies, the owner is faced with a difficult decision of what to do with the animal’s remains: burial or cremation. There are pros and cons to each option. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution; the … Read More

How to Decide if You’re Going to be With Your Pet During Euthansia

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The decision to euthanize a pet can be an extremely difficult, heart-wrenching one. But the decision on whether to stay with your pet while he or she is “put to sleep” can be even more difficult. … Read More

Why is My Dog Aggressive at the Veterinary Clinic?

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One of PetLvr’s readers, Sandy, recently asked the following question: “When I take my dog to the vet, he wants to fight every other animal in the waiting room. It’s out of character and the last … Read More

How Can I Tell if it’s the Right Time to Euthanize a Pet?

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As a pet writer, one of the most common questions I receive concerns euthanasia or the decision to “put down a pet.” As a pet owner, the decision of if and when to euthanize can be … Read More

Checking a Pet’s Gum Color, Detecting Dehydration and Capillary Refill Time

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A pet’s gums can provide you with a wealth of information about their physical condition. It’s important that all pet owners understand what to look for when they examine a cat’s or dog’s gums. Examining a … Read More

What is Megaesophagus in Dogs?

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Megaesophagus is a condition affecting the esophagus — the “tube” that leads from your mouth to your stomach (and your windpipe branches off.) It’s a condition that can be inherited, meaning it’s present at birth, or … Read More

How to Help a Dog Recover from Vomiting

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After a bout of vomiting, it can take several days before the pet returns to his or her normal feeding schedule. In fact, inappropriate feeding can result in prolonged upset stomach. There are two keys to … Read More

When to take a vomiting dog to the veterinary clinic

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Vomiting is a very common ailment in dogs and cats alike. Today, we’ll discuss why vomiting is dangerous and when to take him or her to the veterinary clinic for treatment. There are a number of … Read More

How to Remove a Broken Blood Feather

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In a recent article, we explored the workings of a bird’s blood feathers and why a broken and bleeding blood feather can be dangerous. Today, we’ll explore how to remove a broken blood feather and why … Read More

What Causes Hives in Dogs and Cats? How are they Treated?

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In today’s article, we’ll explore the topic of hives. Last night, while relaxing in bed, my pit bull Cooper randomly broke out in hives. We successfully managed the allergic reaction with Benadryl and prednisone, but despite … Read More

What is a Blood Feather?

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Every bird owner should know about blood feathers: what they are, how to identify one and what to do if it starts to bleed! A broken blood feather can be a life-threatening situation for the bird, … Read More

How to Tell the Difference Between a Feral Cat and Stray

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Many animal lovers (erroneously) use the terms “feral cat” and “stray cat” interchangeably. In reality, there are some major differences between ferals and strays. It’s important to understand these differences (and how to identify a feral … Read More

What Happens to Stray Cats?

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All too often, a cat owner who can no longer keep their pet will release the pet into the “wild” instead of rehoming the cat or bringing it to a shelter. In this article, we’ll explore … Read More

What is Mycoplasma in Rats?

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Virtually all pet rats in the United States are affected by a bacteria known as mycoplasma. This can cause a number of health problems, including breathing difficulties, pneumonia and a red discharge from the eyes, known … Read More

Caring for a Pet’s Incision After Surgery

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Caring for a pet’s incision following a surgery is an important part of the recovery process. Proper care, combined with monitoring, is vital, as inappropriate care may result in delayed healing or infection. Firstly, it’s important … Read More

How to Use Fabric Bedding for Pet Rats

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Fabric is an economical, clean option for pet rat bedding, especially if you own “sphinx” or hairless rats. Fabric bedding has a number of benefits over traditional bedding materials such as woodchips and recycled paper bedding … Read More

Monitoring a Pet’s Incision After Surgery

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Monitoring a pet’s incision after surgery is an important part of post-operative care. Infections, suture problems, and other issues can result in a life-threatening situation for the pet, so it’s vital that owners closely monitor the … Read More

How to Determine if a Stray or Feral Cat has an Infected Spay/Neuter Incision

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Just like house cats, a stray or feral cat may develop an infection in their incision following a spaying or neutering procedure. Unfortunately, these cats often have more in common with wild animals (vs. your household … Read More

TNR: When to Release a Feral Cat or Stray After Spaying or Neutering

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The approach for caring for a stray or feral cat after spaying or neutering will largely depend on the animal’s behavior. In the case of a fairly tame cat, it’s best to keep the cat for … Read More

Trapping Feral Kittens — Considerations, Complications and More

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In several recent articles, I’ve discussed the process for trapping adult strays and feral cats. But one issue that I have not discussed is trapping feral kittens and the mother. So today, I’ll discuss some of … Read More

How to Transfer a Feral Cat from a Kennel to a Pet Carrier or Humane Trap

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Stray and feral cat caretakers may encounter a situation when they need to capture one of the colony members to treat an injury, illness or to spay or neuter the cat as part of a TNR … Read More

How to Transfer a Feral Cat from a Trap to a Kennel

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If you’re overseeing a feral cat colony, there will come a time when you need to trap a cat for spaying/neutering or for the care of an injury or illness. If you keep an animal for … Read More

How to Use a Humane Trap to Catch a Feral Cat for Spaying or Neutering

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If you’re a stray and feral cat caretaker, one of the main priorities will be spaying and neutering via a TNR — trap, neuter (or spay) and return program. In order to bring a feral or … Read More

Trap, Spay/Neuter and Release (TNR) for Feral Cats and Strays

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Many communities offer low-cost or no-cost spay-neuter clinics available to stray and feral cat caretakers. In fact, yesterday, we had one of our ferals spayed at one of these clinics, which is run by the city’s … Read More

Signs of a Serious Eye Injury or Condition in Your Pet

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Many eye injuries are fairly minor. A minor poke in the eye with a blunt object can result in tearing and redness. Corneal abrasions — a scratch on the eye’s surface, or cornea — often fall … Read More

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