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Can Dogs See TV?

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By Katherine Tolford If your dog has ever barked at other animals on TV or intently watched a football game, you may be wondering if it’s possible for him to share in your Game of Thrones or Dancing with the Stars addiction. Do...

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Can Cats Have a Raw Food Diet?

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By Aly Semigran A cat’s natural instinct—even a friendly, loveable housecat—is to hunt for food. And if left to their own devices out in the wild, cats would find their food in a raw, natural state. That’s...

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Why Your Vet Visit Costs So Much

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It’s a never-ending refrain, “Why does veterinary care cost so much?” I get it. I’m not just a veterinarian but also an animal owner. Sure, I can take care of some of my own pets’ needs, but not all of them....

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8 Facts About Guppies

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By Vanessa Voltolina Searching for your next finned pet? Guppies are a common and easy-to-care-for option. In fact, guppies make great pets and can be excellent additions to the tanks of both experienced fish owners and aquatic pet newbies,...

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All About Parrots

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By Vanessa Voltolina While you may know them best from movies taking place on the high seas, parrots as pets are becoming increasingly popular, and may make good companions for the right owner. “Parrotsare incredibly complex creatures,”...

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Can Dogs Wear Sunscreen?

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By Aly Semigran Whether we’re hitting the beach, taking the field at a ball game, or simply heading out to run errands, we know that during the summer months wearing sunscreen is key to our health and safety. But what about our...

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Natural Treatments for Ear Infections in Dogs

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By Monica Weymouth There are two types of dog owners in this world—those who routinely stick their noses in their BFFs ears sniffing for signs of foul play, and those who don’t. If you fall in the former camp, you certainly...

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High-quality Harness or Containment Device

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If you’re driving a long distance, this item shouldn’t be a surprise, but you might be surprised to know how few devices actually do the job. At Wolko’s Center for Pet Safety, she and her colleagues perform scientific...

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Tap Water From Home

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The quality of tap water changes from city to city (sometimes drastically), and for pets who are accustomed to drinking from just one water source for their entire lives, even a slight change in quality for short period of time can upset their...

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Ziploc Bags

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Ziploc bags are basically a pet parent’s Swiss army knife. You can use them to pick up poop if necessary. You can also carry food in them (not the same ones used for poop!) if you’re going on a day trip and need to pack a backpack....

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Sheets or Blankets

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While more and more hotels across America and the world are becoming pet friendly, that doesn’t mean they’ll tolerate extreme pet-related damage. Vacations are expensive enough already, so anything you can do to prevent extra charges...

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A Copy of Your Pet's Medical Records

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On a similar note, you should know where the nearest veterinarian or emergency pet health facility is at all times. Lindsey Wolko, founder of the Center for Pet Safety in Reston, Va., says most vets share records, but not all do. If you have...

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Pictures of Your Pet

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A lot of travelers clear their photos off their phones before they go on vacation in order to leave as much space as possible for new memories. That’s fine, but leave at least a couple of pictures of your pet, says Erin Ballinger, a pet...

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6 Pet Items You Never Thought to Bring on Vacation

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By John Gilpatrick Toys, a leash, important medication—these are no-brainers when you’re preparing to vacation with your dog or cat. Because such a vacation takes so much preparation—especially if you’re traveling...

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6 Pet Items You Never Thought to Bring on Vacation

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Heading on a pet-friendly vacation? Don't forget to pack these pet travel essentials.

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Cat Dander: 8 Things You Didn’t Know

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By Matt Soniak We all know that cats (and dogs) are responsible for allergic reactions in some people. And one of the major culprits is dander. But what exactly is cat dander and why does it cause allergies in people? Let’s find...

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Questions to Ask Before Sedating Your Pet

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Unlike in human medicine, where patients are referred to specialists, it’s not always the norm for a private practice to have an anesthesiologist on staff as most veterinarians are expected to have a broad range of knowledge. “May...

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Risk #5: Prior Medical Conditions

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Overall, anesthesia risks for pets are low. In a multi-institutional British study, healthy dogs were found to be at .05% risk for death during anesthesia. The mortality rates for healthy cats were at 0.1%, while sick cats and dogs have a mortality...

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Risk #4: Your Pet’s Breed

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Due to the shape of their faces and shorter noses, brachycephalic breeds, like Pekingese, Boston Terriers and Pugs as well as Himalayan and Persian cats, can be more difficult to sedate or anesthetize. “They’re at a higher...

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Risk #3: Cats Versus Dogs

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With reputations for being both finicky and difficult at the vet, cats can sometimes be riskier to anesthetize than dogs. “Cats tend to be more temperamental to handle. They’re generally harder to restrain,” Kushner said. Their...

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Risk #2: Your Pet’s Weight

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If your pet has gained or lost a few pounds, your vet may need to adjust the recommended drug dosage and tailor it to your pet’s individual body weight, which can be a delicate balance.Smaller animals will require less medication because...

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Risk #1: Your Pet’s Age

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Puppies and kittens older than three months can be sedated or anesthetized, but they may not respond to drugs as well because their organs aren’t yet functioning at full capacity. Their smaller size and lower amount of body fat also makes...

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Why Do Pets Need Anesthesia?

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According to Dr. Lynne Kushner, a private practice veterinary anesthesiologist and professor, the degree of sedation or anesthesia your pet will require depends on the procedure or stimulus they need. “A vet simply can’t do...

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5 Anesthesia Risks for Pets You Should Know

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By Katherine Tolford When your pet needs surgery it can be an overwhelming experience. Many owners are understandably focused more on the outcome than what goes on during their pet’s procedure. Anesthesia is a critical and necessary...

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5 Anesthesia Risks for Pets You Should Know

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Anesthesia is a critical and necessary part of your pet’s surgical process, however, there are some risks involved that pet owners should take into consideration to help ensure the success of their pet’s surgery. Find out more about these risks, and questions to ask your veterinarian before your pet goes into surgery, here.

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