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Cats Knocking Things Off Tables and Other Cat Behaviors Explained
The life of a cat appears to be idle and indulgent. Looking over at my cats as they lounge in their cat tree or in a cozy spot on my bed, sometimes I wish I could live their lives. I will admit that my cats live a pampered life. They are treated like royalty. They have plenty of comfortable spaces to sleep on, tons of nooks and crannies to explore in my house, meals prepared four times a day,...
Why Do Dogs Lick Your Face, and Is It a Problem?
Why Do Dogs Lick Your Face, and Is It a Problem?
As a dog owner, you are probably familiar with dog face licking, whether you think it’s cute or not. But why do dogs lick your face? Should you stop the behavior? Why Do Dogs Lick Your Face?The common dog face licking behavior has evolved from the wolf puppy behavior of licking the mouths of adult dogs to prompt the regurgitation of partially digested food. This is how puppies transition from...
What You Need to Know About FHO Surgery in Dogs and Cats
  Dogs and cats can develop hip problems due to genetics, injury or simply old age. For example, canine hip dysplasia is a genetic disease that causes abnormal hip joint development. Legg-Perthes disease, which is a lack of blood flow to the top of the femur, is an uncommon hip condition affecting dogs and cats. These hip problems and others, including arthritis in cats, may cause enough pain...
Dog Socialization: What to Do When Your Dog Won’t Socialize With Other Dogs
Dogs are social animals, which is why they make good pets. Most people expect their dogs to be friendly toward people and other dogs, but what if the puppy you raised or the adult dog that you recently adopted shows no interest in other dogs? Is it a dog socialization issue? Is this something you need to worry about? Maybe, but maybe not. It all depends on the body language and behavior your dog...
Cat Language 101: How Do Cats Talk to Each Other?
Cat Language 101: How Do Cats Talk to Each Other?
Do cats talk to each other? Felines communicate with their peers through vocalizations, physical contact, visual cues and chemical cues. When communicating, cats exhibit subtle signaling compared to dogs due to their smaller features and quicker movements. If you blink your eye, you may have missed a crucial message from your cat. If you want to know how cats communicate with each other, you must...
How Do Dogs Sweat?
How Do Dogs Sweat?
  I recently ran a race on the Fourth of July. It was a grueling, 6.2-mile run in the heat and humidity of a typical summer day. Needless to say, I was drenched in sweat by the time the race was over. Dogs weren’t allowed in the race, but if they had been, they wouldn’t have been sweating like their human counterparts. Why is that? Do dogs sweat? Answering the question of whether dogs sweat...
How Often Should You Walk Your Dog?
How Often Should You Walk Your Dog?
How often should you walk your dog? Determining how often to walk a dog depends on several factors, including your dog’s breed, age and energy level. And of course, it also depends on the amount of time you have to walk your dog. Here’s how each of these factors weigh in when determining how often to walk a dog. Dog BreedFirst, let’s take a look at the breed of dog you have. Sporting or...