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Kitten Flushed Down Toilet By Child is Miraculously Rescued

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In one of the more extreme examples of how pets and small children can get into some sticky situations together, a toddler in Kansas accidentally flushed a month-old kitten down a toilet earlier this month. According to the Ford County...

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Can Dogs Have Autism?

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by Jennifer Coates, DVM As autism research and education advances, communities are becoming more familiar with how the condition affects people and their relationships with others. We are also discovering that dogs can experience a similar...

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Caring for a Chinchilla: What You Need to Know

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By Vanessa Voltolina Small, furry pets can make wonderful companions for both children and adults, and chinchillas are no different. However, it’s best to be to make sure that chinchillas—affectionately called chins—are...

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What Does a Healthy Dog Poop Look Like?

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Healthy dog poop can vary a lot from one individual to another due to dietary and digestive differences. What may be normal for one dog can be signs of a problem in another. That said, healthy dog poop is usually some shade of brown, is relatively...

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Undigested Food

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Normal digestion should break down dog food to the point where what comes out in the poop no longer looks like food. If you are seeing what looks like food in your dog’s poop, take notice. Unless you are feeding your dog lots of notoriously...

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Foreign Materials

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Some dogs will chew on and swallow almost anything, which can result in plastic, rubber, rocks, wood, etc. being visible in their poop a few days later. If the pieces are small and soft enough, there is a good chance they will pass through the...

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Toxic Substances

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Some types of mouse and rat poison are dyed a bright green color so that they can easily be identified in the environment, or in your dog’s poop. These poisons smell and taste good to attract mice and rats, but unfortunately dogs also...

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Worms

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Intestinal worms are usually not visible in a dog’s stool. While worms are alive, they are very good at staying inside a dog’s body. When just a few die at any given time, the canine digestive tract breaks them down just like it...

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Mucus

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A dog’s intestinal tract produces mucus to help move poop along and to protect its delicate tissues. Normally, mucus is not visible on dog poop, but every now and then dogs will produce so much mucus that their poop becomes a slimy mess....

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Blood

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Bright red blood is an obvious cause for alarm. It can be a sign of potentially serious problems affecting the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract or tissues around the anus. Many diseases can lead to bloody stools including constipation,...

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Things Commonly Found in Your Dog’s Poop

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM One of the more unpleasant chores associated with pet parenting is picking up dog poop, but it actually presents a useful opportunity to gather information about your fur kid’s health. Next time you are cleaning...

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6 Things Commonly Found in Your Dog’s Poop

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Next time you are cleaning up after your dog, take a moment to examine what he or she is producing. If you notice any of the following, your dog’s health could be at risk.

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Meet Samson: NYC's Biggest Cat and Internet Star

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At 28 pounds and 4-feet-long,Samson—a prebred Maine Coon from New York City—is quickly becoming a main attraction on the internet. Samson, who also goes by the hilariously apt name Catsradamus, found the limelight alongside...

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Dog People vs. Cat People: What This Facebook Study Found May Surprise You

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Cat people and dog people have been fighting stereotypes like, well, cats and dogs. Recently, Facebook did some research to get to the bottom of the social characteristics of both cat lovers and dog devotees. Do these pet parents really...

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Experimental FIP Treatments Show Promise for Affected Cats

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Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is caused by a mutated version of a feline coronavirus that transforms from a benign, minimally pathogenic virus to an aggressive and deadly version. Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a devastating diagnosis...

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Paw Pad Burns on Dogs: What to Do

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ByAly Semigran As summer temperatures continue to soar, pet parents must pay even closer attention to their pet’s needs. In addition to making sure they are staying hydrated and being kept cool, it’s essential to look out...

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Talk to Your Veterinarian

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Of course there are many more conditions that cause eye problems in dogs than can be discussed here. Because eye problems have a tendency to worsen quickly, it is very important to discuss any concerns that you might have about your dog’s...

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

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Some eye diseases in dogs can be hard to spot. This is the case with progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), a condition that causes dogs to gradually become blind even though their eyes look quite normal. The first symptom of PRA is often difficulty...

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Entropion

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Some dogs have eyelids that roll inwards. This is called entropion. Entropion causes hair to rub on the surface of the eye, resulting in pain, increased tear production and eventually damage to the cornea. Entropion can be a congenital problem...

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Cataracts

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The lens is located in the middle of the eye and it is normally clear, but sometimes part or all of a lens develops a cloudy, opaque cataract. Cataracts block light from reaching the back of the eye resulting in poor vision or blindness, depending...

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Glaucoma

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Within the eye, the production and drainage of fluid is precisely balanced to maintain a constant pressure. Glaucoma occurs when this balance is disrupted and pressure within the eye increases. Symptoms include pain, eye redness, increased tear...

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Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

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The conjunctiva are the mucus membranes that cover the inside of a dog’s eyelids, both sides of the third eyelid and some parts of the eyeball. “Conjunctivitis” or “pink eye” are interchangeable terms that simply...

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Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) or Dry Eye

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When dogs develop a disease called keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) or dry eye, their tear glands produce fewer tears than normal. Tears perform important functions like removing potentially damaging material from the surface of the eye and...

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Corneal Wounds

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The surface of the eye is covered with a clear, skin-like tissue called the cornea. Just like the skin, the cornea can be injured, and lacerations (cuts), punctures and ulcers are all quite common in dogs. Trauma is often to blame, like when...

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Cherry Eye

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Dogs have three eyelids – two that are readily visible and an extra one, called the third eyelid, that normally hides from view below the inner corner of the eye. The third eyelid is home to a tear producing gland. Normally, this gland...

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