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petmd editorial published november 17 2016 share this in what could become a landmark decision the assembly agriculture and natural resources committee in new jersey approved of a bill titled a3899s2410 that would deem declawing an act of animal cruelty except in cases where it is medically necessary according to njcom the bill states that veterinarians caught declawing a cat and people who seek them out would face a fine of up to $1000 or six months in jail violators would also face a civil penalty of $500 to $2000 the ban of the controversial procedure in which the claw and sometimes the…

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petmd editorial published november 15 2016 share this in the wake of the controversial and contentious 2016 presidential election many have found themselves dealing with stress anxiety and depression in the aftermath in fact many recent articles have been devoted to how those who are not coping well with the results can practice selfcare in a world of the 24hour news cycle in addition to the think pieces and advice being given to american citizens feeling uneasy it seems some have been calling on therapy dogs to relieve stress and lift spirits on wednesday november 8 therapy dogs were…

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petmd editorial updated november 28 2016 published november 11 2016 share this by terry kaye dogs help us to stay fit keep us company and offer unconditional love and companionship families with kids have yet another reason to own a dog according to the american pet product associations 20112012 national pet owners survey 58 percent of pet owners say their pets help teach their kids to be responsible but what do the experts say can dogs really teach kids responsibility overwhelmingly the answer is yes as long as its done the right way create age appropriate tasks older kids and teens are able…

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petmd editorial updated july 31 2018 published november 11 2016 share this by cheryl lock if youve ever heard anyone say cats are so much easier than dogs i would have to respectfully disagree in the nearly three years that ive had my own cat penny ive spent thousands of dollars on vet bills mostly due to the fact that she was recently diagnosed with asthma countless hours grooming her cutting her nails and cleaning out her cat litter box and trust me she can be just as needy as any dog is if not more so when the topic comes up about getting a pet cat for little kids its obvious theres a lot…

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petmd editorial published november 08 2016 share this by john gilpatrick a cancerous tumor is among the most devastating diagnoses a veterinarian will give to a dog thats because cancer is both extremely common in dogs and a leading cause of death the national cancer institutes center for cancer research says that about 6 million of the 65 million pet dogs in the united states will be diagnosed with cancer each year additionally in 2011 researchers at the university of georgia college of veterinary medicine found that cancer was the most common cause of death in older dogs its also the…

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petmd editorial updated october 15 2020 published november 08 2016 share this 6 dog conditions that may not be as scary as they seem by john gilpatrick if you notice something wrong with your dog or you suddenly get a frighteningsounding diagnosis from your veterinarian its easy to start preparing for the worst but not all conditions are lifethreatening emergencieseven if the medical term makes you think of nothing but doom and gloom thats not to say that a visit to the veterinarian isnt recommended or that your feelings arent validit just means that panicking is not the best course of action…

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petmd editorial published november 07 2016 share this its been a long and exhausting journey towards freedom for a 2yearold belgian malinois named jeb and the family that wouldnt stop fighting for him according to the associated press over the summer jebwho is a service dog for his owner kenneth job of michiganwas found standing over the body of a neighbors deceased pomeranian authorities said the pomeranians injuries suggest he was picked up and shaken by a larger animal from there jeb was taken away by animal control and was sentenced to death but the job family wanted to prove that not…

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jennifer coates dvm updated january 15 2020 published november 03 2016 share this reviewed and updated for accuracy on january 15 2020 by dr jennifer coates dvm according to the centers for disease control and prevention cdc each year in the united states there are millions of cases of the common cold in people the cdc states that adults have an average of 23 colds per year and children have even more human colds are so common that its natural to wonder whether dogs can catch colds too and if so can dogs catch human colds heres everything you need to know about dog colds and what you can do…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published october 31 2016 share this in unlikely companions the adventures of an exotic animal doctor or what friends feathered furred and scaled have taught me about life and love veterinarian laurie hess dvm takes readers along for a week in the life of what goes into taking care of a variety of different pets the book documents hesss care of animals big and small everyday and unusual including one particular visit from a snake and the pet parents that were a little bit out of their depths in anticipation of the release of unlikely companions which…

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petmd editorial published october 31 2016 share this in her new book unlikely companions the adventures of an exotic animal doctor or what friends feathered furred and scaled have taught me about life and love laurie hess dvm gives readers an unprecendented look into the life of a veterinarian who deals with some outoftheordinary pets from her unqiue challenges at work including solving mysterious cases involving the tragic deaths of sugar gliders in her area to balancing her home life hesss memoir which she cowrote with samantha rose provides insights into all kinds of animals and the people…

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petmd editorial updated october 15 2020 published october 26 2016 share this is your dog smarter than the average dog by elizabeth xu your pup is obviously the cutest most wellbehaved smartest dog on the planet right thats what dog owners like to think anyway but how can you tell if your pup really is extra intelligent as opposed to just normaldog smart be careful what you wish for having an intelligent dog can actually have some downsides says debby mcmullen a dog trainer and behaviorist in pennsylvania you need to be observant and notice when theyre bored and set the environment up for…

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petmd editorial updated october 14 2020 published december 27 2016 share this do cats like to be alone by elizabeth xu chances are your cat likes to stay to him or herself most of the time so you might think they dont even notice your absence each day after you head to work actually youd be surprised at how much they do notice if youre a cat person it might appear pretty easy to set things up for your cat while youre away and in general for a lot of cats it is pretty easy however there are special considerations to keep in mind if you leave your cat every day to go to work or school or plan…

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petmd editorial updated february 11 2021 published december 20 2016 share this the words green lipped mussels might not mean a lot to you but if you share your home with a dog suffering from arthritis learning about green lipped mussels might be beneficial these special mollusks can help manage inflammation and pain caused by arthritis in your canine companions what are green lipped mussels simply speaking green lipped mussels are a species of mussel found in new zealand according to dr michael petty dmv past president of the international veterinary academy of pain management and a certified…

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petmd editorial updated october 15 2020 published december 20 2016 share this 8 cat soundsand what they mean by teresa traverse from purring to hissing cats communicate with their pet owners in part by making many different sounds sounds are a key part of how cats communicate but it can be tough for pet owners to interpret just what those sounds mean cats live in the moment theyre assessing am i thirsty and number one am i safe says lana rich a dallasbased cat behaviorist but we often attribute some of our own emotions we often project onto the cat based on whats going on in our lives that…

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jennifer coates dvm updated february 11 2021 published december 16 2016 share this common genetic disorders in cats by jennifer coates dvm with so much emphasis being placed these days on understanding our pets dna what breed are they where exactly did they come from pet parents are naturally beginning to wonder what diseases their companions might have inherited along with their blue eyes or sassy stripes lets take a look at seven common genetic disorders in cats their symptoms which breeds are affected and how they can be prevented and treated feline lower urinary tract disease in a…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published december 15 2016 share this by samantha drake mobile veterinary services for dogs and cats may be best known for providing lowcost spay and neuter services as well as basic medical care like those deployed by the aspca in underserved communities in new york and los angeles some private practice vets also make house calls to provide endoflife services for pets anyone who has ever transported a panicked cat or dog to their veterinarians office however knows that having a vet come to them could save a lot of anxiety for all parties fourlegged and…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published december 13 2016 share this by vanessa voltolina for the unsuspecting pet parent having a lizard lose or drop its tail can be unnerving however the good news is that like magic most lizards can regrow their tails completely but why does it happen in the first place and can you prevent it we spoke with two experts to learn more about why lizards lose their tails and how you can keep your pet as healthy as possible during this situation do all lizards lose their tails most but not all lizards have the ability to drop their tails according to…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published december 07 2016 share this image via nagydodoshutterstock by vanessa voltolina imagine this scene youre walking down the block with your dog and suddenly you see a pet parent strolling along with his or her reptile while it may seem outlandish many pet parents wonder if this is a possibility for themselves and their scaly friends here we ask the experts whether leash training a reptile is a good idea and how to go about doing it can i leash train my reptile the short answer yesbut with some major considerations to keep in mind in theory just…

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petmd editorial updated october 14 2020 published december 06 2016 share this 7 dangerous foods for dogs and cats used in holiday meals by maura mcandrew with the holiday season comes the urge to throw caution to the wind and indulge in comfort foodsbaked goods stuffing turkey and other traditional dishes our pets often try to get in on the fun begging unsuspecting relatives for table scraps or nosing around the pantry while youre distracted by the holiday fuss you might not realize that they may be eating dangerous foods for dogs and cats but its important to remember that our pets are not…

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petmd editorial updated august 17 2017 published december 05 2016 share this by elizabeth xu there are many reasons people give their dog treats from training rewards to something to keep them occupied for a bit no matter the reason your dog is likely to be happy to have something tasty to munch on as fun as treats can be though dog owners should be aware of how many treats theyre givingand realize that the treats arent actually necessary experts say due to obesity i advocate feeding both dogs and cats high quality nutrient rich balanced diets with appropriate calorie contents to support and…

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petmd editorial updated october 14 2020 published november 25 2016 share this why rats and mice make great pets by dr laurie hess dipl abvp avian practice if youre looking for an unusual pet with lots to offer a pet rat or mouse might be right for you these tiny rodents are not commonly thought of as pets but as any rat or mouse owner will tell you they make wonderful companions and are available at pet stores and shelters nationwide why would you want a pet rat or mouse here are seven reasons why they make great pets they are interactive and affectionate these small rodents love to hang out…

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petmd editorial updated october 06 2020 published june 27 2008 share this fumes and aerosol poisoning many fumes and other aerosol poisons that affect your bird can be found either in your home or outside it from your cookware to your carpet freshener the fumes not only irritate your pet bird but can poison it symptoms and types you will know if your bird has suffered from fumes or aerosol poisoning because it will have difficulty breathing tremors and other neurological symptoms in severe cases there may be sudden death unfortunately the time between the bird exhibiting symptoms and death is…

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petmd editorial updated october 14 2020 published november 21 2016 share this treating your dogs anxiety by jennifer coates dvm just like people dogs suffer from different types of anxiety pet parents know that something has to be done to help our anxious dogs but are faced with so many treatment and medication options that making an appropriate choice feels almost impossible lets take a look at what dog anxiety looks like and the most common types of medications and other treatments used to treat it common symptoms of anxiety in dogs close observation of behavior is the best way to determine…

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petmd editorial published november 21 2016 share this by katherine tolford cats are resourceful creatures with good survival skills but when the cold chill of winter sets in they are vulnerable to a host of hazards dr jessica trimble from fuzzycom an inhome veterinary preventative care service has a list of cold weather mistakes to avoid that will help keep your kitty comfortable throughout the winter months letting your cat outside when its cold if you cant go outside in a regular jacket then your cat shouldnt rain not just snow can cause illness and hypothermia your cats fur coat only…

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petmd editorial updated march 23 2016 published july 01 2008 share this avian iodine deficiency if pet birds are not given a proper diet they can suffer from nutritional disorders one such nutritional disorder is iodine deficiency which is common in budgerigars iodine deficiency affects a birds thyroid gland enlarging it from its usual size of three millimeters to about about one centimeter or more the swelling of thyroid gland due to iodine deficiency is called goiter for birds the thyroid gland is located in the neck and is one of the glands that maintain proper function for various bodily…