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Treating the Cat That Won't Sleep at Night

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By Nancy Dunham You love your active cat, but when night-time rolls around and the meowing, running, pouncing, and scratching thwarts your plans for a good night’s sleep, love may take a backseat to annoyance. Cats are genetically...

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Worms in Fish Tanks – Are They Dangerous to Fish?

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Jessie M Sanders, DVM, CertAqV When keeping aquarium fish, a lot of time and research goes into what is normal versus what is abnormal. It can be challenging to distinguish. Among these challenges are worms. What are they? Where do they...

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How to Stop Your Cat from Climbing the Curtains

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By Carol McCarthy So, your cat clawed his way to the top of your custom draperies and left them in shreds. The bad news is that you can’t blame your cat for this because it’s your fault. The good news is that you can do something...

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Albino Dogs: Interesting Facts You Should Know

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By John Plichter It’s no secret that man’s best friend comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, with assorted traits and features. Spots, coats, eye colors, and skin types all make dogs as unique as human beings. Considering...

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5 Types of Cat Grass You Can Grow

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By Cheryl Lock Just because your cat loves her chicken, beef, and tuna meals doesn’t mean she wouldn’t also love to sink her teeth into something a little more green and leafy. That’s where cat grass comes in. “I...

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Dog Attempts to Steal Pancakes Off Stove, Accidentally Starts Kitchen Fire

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You can't blame a dog for trying. After all, who isn't tempted by the smells, sights, and sounds of pancakes being made? That was the case for a Golden Retriever inSouthwick, Massachusetts, who jumped up to steal some pancakes...

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Military Working Dogs: Understanding Canine Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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By Desireé Broach, DVM, Dipl. ACVB Military working dogs (MWDs) have served officially in the U.S. military since 1942, although their history of service dates back before then. Training originally ranged from scouting, messenger,...

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Why Dogs Love to See You Smile

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Have you ever found yourself gazing into your beloved dog's eyes, feeling a connection that only you understand at that very moment in time? For a brief second, nothing else in the world matters, and you and your dog have a bond that...

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Why Do Dogs Shake Their Fur?

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By John Plichter Some canine behavior is so ordinary that we fail to even question it in the first place. If you’re enjoying dinner with the family, odds are Fido has positioned himself in hopes of catching a rogue scrap. Scrappy...

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5 Scary Consequences of Neglecting Your Dog’s Teeth

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By Paula Fitzsimmons You already know that not taking care of your dog’s teeth can lead to periodontal disease, a condition that results in bleeding gums, bad breath, and ultimately tooth loss. “Periodontal disease starts...

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How to Ease Your Pet into a Weight Loss Diet

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Given that obesity in cats and dogs is increasing at epidemic rates, there’s a good chance your furry companion is among those pets who need to shed some weight. While you may view calorie counting as a...

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Dogs and Teeth Chattering: What You Need to Know

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By Helen Anne Travis In dogs, teeth chattering can be a symptom of many conditions and emotions. It could be caused by something as simple as excitement over a new ball, or it could be a sign of something more serious, including oral...

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How to Heal an Emotionally Traumatized Pet

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By Paula Fitzsimmons People who’ve lived through traumatic events may experience symptoms consistent with depression and anxiety years later. Thankfully, treatments are available to help them heal. But what exists for...

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How to Help a Puppy Who Isn’t Gaining Weight

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By Paula Fitzsimmons You’re feeding your puppy a nutritionally-balanced diet and following the directions on the label with precision. You watch as your new best friend voraciously eats his food, and surmise his appetite isn’t...

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Why Do Dogs Twitch in Their Sleep?

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By Nicole Pajer Have you ever looked over at your sleeping dog and noticed him move his leg or twitch? You are not the only one. Veterinarians will tell you that, for the most part, this is a very common occurrence and is nothing...

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Does Reflexology Benefit Dogs?

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By Heather Larson Alternative medicine practices like massage and acupuncture have proven beneficial for canines. However, the jury is still out on reflexology. A type of massage that’s based on the concept that reflex points...

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Neem Oil for Pets: Is It Safe?

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Neem oil has been touted as a miracle product, most notably as an insect repellant, but also as a skin soother, treatment for ringworm, and anti-inflammatory. But does it live up to the claims? And even if it...

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Is Nasal Spray Safe for Dogs?

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By Carol McCarthy Sneezing, a runny nose, and congestion are miserable for humans, and our dogs can suffer right alongside us. But can they also get relief from a few squirts of nasal spray? We asked the experts whether nasal...

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Pumi

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By Lynne Miller The Pumi is a medium-sized breed that belongs to the herding group. Friendly and energetic, the Pumi is better known in other countries than in the United States. “I don’t think a lot of people know about...

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Berger Picard

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By Lynne Miller Bred centuries ago to herd sheep on farms and in the fields, the Berger Picard is an active, medium-sized breed that belongs to the herding group. While North American moviegoers saw these smart, scruffy-looking dogs...

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Chinese Food and Herbal Therapy

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Chinese food and herbal therapy works in a similar fashion to acupuncture, Selmer says. But instead of using just the body’s natural resources, we add food and ingredients to improve the flow of chi and reduce pain. For example,...

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Tui Na

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Tui na is a blend of acupuncture and massage. But instead of just addressing specific acupuncture trigger points, tui na can involve massaging the whole channel to help relieve pain and stagnation, Selmer says.

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Acupuncture

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According to Chinese medicine, pain is caused by stagnation in the body, Selmer says. Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old traditional Chinese medicine healing practice that reduces pain by improving the flow of chi, or energy. Tiny needles are...

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Ultrasound

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Ultrasound machines use sound waves to heal, Gladstein says. The waves can produce heat and/or increase blood flow to the area, which may reduce swelling and inflammation and relieve pain. Because the ultrasound waves work at a deeper level...

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Laser Therapy

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Laser therapy is another way of stimulating the body's natural ability to heal. When the light energy of a laser hits the damaged cells, it stimulates blood flow, again bringing more healing oxygen to the area and improving nerve and...

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