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Man Builds Cardboard Cat Castle as an Apology to His Cat
Image via billybrowne/YouTube Giving cats medicine is never an easy task, and it’s quite a thankless job. After having to administer eardrops in his cat’s ears for two weeks to treat a painful ear infection, his owner felt like it had affected his relationship with his cat. So the cat’s owner, Billy Browne, decided that a grand gesture to show his love was in order. Billy Browne explains in...
How to Test the pH Levels of Cat Urine
  Cat urine is produced by the kidneys and has several important functions. It carries waste out of the body so that toxins, like ammonia, don’t accumulate in the blood, and it also helps regulate the body’s pH.   The pH of cat urine measures the acidity level and is an indication of urinary tract and overall health. It is influenced by a cat’s diet and can even change while urine is...
A Veterinarian’s Perspective on Grain-Free Dog Foods and Grain-Free Cat Foods
A more recent trend in the pet food industry is the formulation of grain-free dog foods and grain-free cat foods that exclude foods like corn, wheat and soy from their ingredient list. This mirrors the latest “get healthy” human nutrition trend toward eliminating grains from the diet and unhealthy food additives such as gluten and high-fructose corn syrup. While it may make sense for humans...
It’s Bufo Toad Season: Take Care With Your Dogs
If you live in Florida or are planning a trip down to the Sunshine State with your dogs, it is important to be aware of the lurking threat of cane toads (more commonly known as Bufo toads). Bufo toads become more prevalent during the humid summer months when there is a lot of rain. They can be found hopping around in yards, parks, streets and even pools. They are larger in size than most toads,...
First Edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America Book Sold for $9.65M
John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America” book has long been one of the most treasured books of natural history. The National Audubon Society explains, “Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 life-sized watercolours of North American birds (Havell edition), all reproduced from hand-engraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration.” There are...
Tips for Responsibly Surrendering a Pet
When actress Lena Dunham rehomed her pet dog, Lamby, there was an uproar about her decision. Surrendering a pet is an all-around heartbreaking experience. Under what circumstances should a pet be surrendered, and how exactly is the process done safely and responsibly? University of Tennessee professor and small animal behavior expert Dr. Julia Albright, DVM, MA, DACVB has this advice for pet...