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Why Do Some Cats Not React to Catnip?
Why Do Some Cats Not React to Catnip?
Experienced cat owners have long known the power of catnip. Even first-time cat owners are aware of the power that catnip has over cats. There are plenty of catnip products available, ranging from cat toys filled with catnip, live catnip plants, dried catnip, catnip oil and even catnip sprays. Dried catnip is made from drying the plant Nepeta cataria. When dried, the scent of this plant is more...
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...
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...
How to Relieve Dog Travel Anxiety
How to Relieve Dog Travel Anxiety
One of the more popular American pastimes as the weather gets warmer is to go on a road trip.  As more shops, hotels and outdoor cafes become pet-friendly, pets parents are more inclined to bring their furry sidekicks along for the ride. If you are taking your dog on a fun-filled road trip, here are several things you can do to reduce dog car and travel anxiety to make pet travel easier.  Tips...
Can Dogs Have Dog Best Friends?
Can Dogs Have Dog Best Friends?
When we brought our puppy home several years ago, I worried that my adult dog would not like the puppy, and that my puppy would not bond with my older dog. Thankfully both dogs got along beautifully. Poe followed his big brother, Revan, around and mimicked the older dog’s behavior.  When we brought Poe to puppy class, it was interesting to see how he interacted with other dogs.  Initially,...
What to Do If a Dog Scratches You
Many people know about cat scratch fever, but can a dog scratch be just as dangerous? Although you are less likely to contract severe illness from a dog scratch, there is still a possibility of it happening. If you are scratched by a dog, here’s what you need to know. Potential Infections Can Occur from a Dog ScratchDogs walk on all four feet and dig in whatever they can find, which means dog...