How to Care for an Aging Dog

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Puppies are notoriously difficult to train and care for. However, most pet owners believe that dogs require less maintenance as they get older – and that’s true, to a point. While young dogs need only routine … Read More

How To Tell When A Horse Is Having Joint Problems

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If you’ve ever stopped to really watch a horse run and jump, you soon realize that their actions are a beautiful symphony of movement. Every muscle and joint in a horse’s body work together to create … Read More

Symptoms of Kennel Cough and How to Prevent

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Kennel cough is a common and highly contagious infection you may run across as a pet owner. If you find your dog suddenly develops an a-typical cough that sounds like she is choking or even “honking” … Read More

5 Signs of Arthritis in Dogs and Cats [Infographic]

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Arthritis can be seen as the most common disease that affects middle aged, older or even younger dogs and cats. Arthritis leads to changes that can cause chronic pains and reduce your pet’s quality of life. … Read More

The Most Overweight Pets of 2012

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Obesity is an epidemic but not strictly a human one. Over half the dogs and cats owned as pets are considered overweight or obese. That equates to over eighty-eight million fat house pets! Unfortunately, this crisis … Read More

Is my Betta Fish Healthy or Dying?

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One of the most serious problems betta owners face is an uncertainty about whether their betta is healthy or experiencing symptoms of disease. Does this sound familiar? If you think your favorite houseplant isn’t growing correctly … Read More

Reminder: It’s Never OK to Leave an Animal in the Car During the Summer

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Every summer, articles appear in the news about dogs and other animals who die after being left unattended in a hot car. The images of helpless dogs collapsing from heat stroke stick in our minds and … 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

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

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

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

Signs of and First Aid for a Pet’s Minor Eye Injury

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Pets of all species and sizes are prone to eye injuries and some owners may not know when it’s appropriate to bring your pet to the vet clinic or the emergency room at the nearest animal … Read More

Humane Society of the United States Highlights World Spay Day

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February 28, 2012 has been designated as World Spay Day. This global event, which is supported by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, focuses on the importance of spaying and neutering … Read More

Traditional e-Collars vs. Inflatable e-Collars

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There is a new option for pets who have sustained a recent injury or undergone surgery! Traditionally, these dogs and cats are forced to wear a large, clunky e-collar, also known as an Elizabethan collar or … Read More

What is Styptic Powder and How do You Use it?

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Styptic powder is a handy tool for pet owners, but many don’t know how to use it! Here, we’ll explore the many uses for styptic powder and how to actually use it when your pet has … Read More

Dog Nail Clipping Tips — Treating an Exposed Quick

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When you accidentally clip a dog’s nail too short, it’s important to keep the foot clean and free of debris in order to promote healing and avoid infection. The treatment will depend on how short you’ve … Read More

Dog Nail Trimming — Tips for Clipping a Frightened Pet’s Nails

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Dogs can get extremely frightened by nail clippers. In fact, many pets get very dramatic during the nail trimming process, with lots of yelping, whining and sometimes, screaming! The vocalizations can be the result of pain, … Read More

How to Give a Pill to a Cat

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It can be a bit tricky to give medications to your cat, but there are a few tricks that you can try to make the process easier for owner and kitty! Cat Medications in Pill Form … Read More

How to Treat a Pet’s Cyst

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Many pets — from dogs, to cats and even rats — are prone to developing sebaceous cysts. These cysts are filled with a white toothpaste-like paste known as sebum. Sebum is a natural oil that’s produced … Read More

How to Care for a Hairless Rat

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Hairless rats, also known as Sphinx rats, are very unique in appearance. They are virtually hairless (virtually, as most have varying degrees of hair on their nose, tail and so forth,) with extremely soft, sensitive skin. … Read More

How to Bathe a Rat

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Rats are very cat-like in that they’re meticulous self-groomers. Rats are extremely clean animals, but every once in a while, a bath is in order! Bathing will remove some of the oily, yellow build-up that accumulates … Read More

Caring for a Paralyzed Rat

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Hind limb paralysis is fairly commonplace in elderly rats, particularly males. There are a few areas where your aged pet will require some special care. The Rat’s Cage and Bedding It’s important to keep a paralyzed … Read More

How to Clear an Airway and Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a Dog, Cat or Another Pet

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When your cat, dog or another pet is choking, it’s vital that you know how to administer first aid. In the event of an emergency, you will have a matter of seconds to clear the pet’s … Read More

How to Perform CPR on a Dog or Cat

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Today’s article is inspired by an unfortunate event that occurred this morning: I nearly lost one of my dogs to a choking incident. Problems arose while I was feeding my disabled dog Kota. She requires hand-feeding … Read More

Is My Bird Sick or Injured?

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Birds are fragile creatures and bird owners and bird feeders alike must be well-versed in the symptoms of a sick bird. This particular article will focus on both pet birds and wild birds who may be … Read More

How to Give Flea Medications to Your Dog or Cat

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Medications can be deadly if they’re not administered properly and flea and tick preventatives are no exception! Your pet may get extremely sick or even die if you don’t apply flea drops in an appropriate manner. … Read More

Considerations for Hiring a Pet Sitter

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There are a few benefits of hiring a pet sitter over sending your pet to a kennel or cattery, though it’s important to consider your cat’s or dog’s personality and temperament when making the decision of … Read More

Signs of a Pet’s Allergic Reaction to Flea Medication

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Many pets are allergic to over-the-counter flea drops, so it’s important to know the signs of an allergic reaction or intolerance to flea and tick medications. It can take anywhere from a 24 hours to 72 … Read More

How to Get Your Puppy Accustomed to Grooming, Ear Cleaning, Toothbrushing and Nail Clipping

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Puppyhood is an important time for your dog, as it’s a time when your pet is open to new experiences. For a puppy, nearly everything is a first! Therefore, it’s easier to teach a puppy to … Read More

Does My Dog Have Tapeworms?

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Tapeworms are an intestinal parasite that can affect cats, dogs and other pets. These parasites can cause serious discomfort for your pet, in addition to robbing the animal’s body of nutrients. The most common species of … Read More

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