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petmd editorial published october 30 2019 share this by now you have probably seen the viral video of cinderblock the overweight cat doing the absolute least when it comes to her exercise regime the video hit reddit and instantly went viral with cinderblock showing up on local and national news channels for her complete lack of commitment to her workout the 8yearold cat was surrendered to northshore veterinary hospital in bellingham washington after her owner could no longer care for her due to health issues and having to care for her father who suffers from dementia dr brita kiffney the…

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petmd editorial published october 29 2019 share this dog training is an important part of being a responsible pet parent our dogs need to be given the tools they need to adapt and respond to any circumstance they are introduced to while everyone can agree that dogs need to be trained theres a tense debate about the best way to train dogs on one side of the argument you have positive reinforcement trainers that believe that dogs learn more effectively using only positive rewards for successful behaviors on the other side of the argument you have trainers that believe discipline is needed to…

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petmd editorial published october 21 2019 share this cats are typically considered to be independent creatures that will seek attention on their own terms most people think that cats are pretty indifferent to their caretakers and lead a pretty solitary life however a recent study has found this to very much not be the case researchers at oregon state university recently published a study in current biology in which they examined the bonds formed between cats and their humans they found that cats have the capacity to form attachments to their caregivers in the same way that children and dogs…

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natalie stilwell dvm ms phd updated july 09 2020 published september 19 2019 share this dogs have an excellent sense of smellat least 10000 times stronger than that of a human some scent hound breeds such as the bloodhound and beagle have as many as 225 million olfactory receptors due to their incredible sniffing abilities scent hounds are regularly used for hunting search and rescue and explosive detection recently there has been increased interest and research into how dogs can use their noses to help detect diseases here are the most recent developments in the science of cancersniffing…

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monica tarantino dvm updated june 11 2020 published september 13 2019 share this with pets living longer than ever cancer has become a diagnosis that we see more commonly in older dogs the american veterinary medical association avma reports that one in four dogs will develop cancer at some time in their life and that 50 of pets over the age of 10 will develop cancer while there are treatments and methods for achieving remission or even curing cancer in dogs each case is different and the quality of life of the dog needs to be paramount however once treatment is no longer an option it is…

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petmd editorial updated november 25 2020 published september 13 2019 share this as your dog ages and their health declines it can be difficult to figure out when its the right time to put your dog down the quality of life scale allows you to evaluate your dogs wellbeing to help you make difficult endoflife care decisions originally known as the hhhhhmm scale this evaluation tool was created by dr alice villalobos dvm founder of pawspice a quality of life program for terminal petsas a scoring system for a pets life quality the scale gives you tangible ways to measure your pets appetite…

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laci schaible dvm msl cvj updated december 09 2020 published august 27 2019 share this as the holidays roll around and our plates overflow with homecooked goodness remember that many holiday foods are bad for dogs and can even be toxic from savory mashed potatoes and gravy to sweets and treats learn which foods to avoid sharingwhether its letting them lick the plate or setting aside a bowl full of scraps holiday foods that are bad for dogs videowistia|dd85380h5a|true while we may consider these six foods to be staples of a good holiday meal we should keep them on the table and out of our dogs…

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petmd editorial updated may 28 2020 published august 27 2019 share this reviewed for accuracy on august 27 2019 by dr jennifer coates dvm its a terrifying headline that keeps popping up lately harmful algal bloom kills beloved pet according to the national oceanic and atmospheric administration noaa website harmful algal blooms habs have been reported in every coastal us state bluegreen algae spottings are on the rise the environmental protection agency epa says that its a major problem in all 50 states heres what you need to know about harmful algal blooms and how you can keep your pets safe…

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liz bales vmd updated may 28 2020 published august 06 2019 share this now more than ever pet parents think of their dogs and cats as members of the family so it comes as no surprise that they are giving a lot of thought and attention to the handling of their pets endoflife care if your pets quality of life is declining or you know that your pet is suffering or in pain you are probably wondering how youll know when its the right time to put your pet down your local veterinarian has experience with this issue and knows you and your pet well they are there to support both of you during this…

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natalie stilwell dvm ms phd updated november 12 2020 published july 25 2019 share this its normal for cats to groom on a regular basis after all cat selfgrooming is an important behavior that helps cats remove loose hair dirt and parasites from their coat cats typically spend up to 50 of their waking hours grooming but excessive amounts of licking biting chewing or scratching may mean that your cats selfgrooming habits have become problematic if your cat is licking too much they can lose fur in strips along their back belly or inner legs the affected areas may be completely bare or have very…

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natalie stilwell dvm ms phd updated april 15 2020 published july 19 2019 share this in recent years veterinarians have been noticing an upsurge in cases of enlarged heart in dogs also called dilated cardiomyopathy dcm its a serious and often fatal heart condition the fdas investigation of grainfree dog food and heart disease many of the cases of dcm have involved dogs that were fed grainfree diets suggesting that diet may play a role in this disease this alarming trend led the us food and drug administration fda to launch an investigation into whether diet and other factors are putting pets…

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laci schaible dvm msl cvj updated september 29 2020 published june 27 2019 share this while canine cushings disease can be difficult to diagnose and treat it can be controlled and pet parents can effectively manage the disease through a special diet along with traditional medicinal therapy the traditional treatment method your veterinarian will recommend depends on the type of cushings disease your dog is diagnosed with pituitary or adrenal treatment options for the two types of cushings disease treatment of an adrenal tumor can be done through major abdominal surgery if the mass is…

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petmd editorial updated november 25 2020 published june 19 2019 share this cat vaccinations can get confusing not only are there different schedules and needed vaccines for cats and kittens but there are also some extra vaccines for different lifestyles its difficult for pet parents to understand their cats vaccination schedulefrom which ones they need to how often they need them while there are certain mandatory or core vaccines for cats there are also noncore vaccines for different lifestyles or vaccines that are only recommended during the kitten years your veterinarian is your best…

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liz bales vmd updated may 28 2020 published june 12 2019 share this are you still seeing fleas after using a topical flea prevention treatment what should you do now this is a question asked by frustrated pet parents with itchy pets every day you might be wondering if you applied it incorrectly and if so whether you should reapply or maybe the flea treatment stopped working for your pet heres why you might still be seeing fleas and what you should do about it is it safe to reapply a flea treatment early if you are finding fleas on your pet even after applying your pets topical flea treatment…

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petmd editorial updated august 31 2020 published may 22 2019 share this reviewed for accuracy on may 22 2019 by dr katie grzyb dvm in the case of a major disaster would you know where to go with your pet pet disaster preparedness is about more than just having an evacuation kit ready you should also know where you and your furry companion will be seeking shelter together because you should never leave your pet behind when evacuating for an emergency the time to prepare for a disaster is before it happens according to elizabeth richer campo senior vice president of pasadena humane society…

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petmd editorial updated december 12 2019 published may 17 2019 share this videowistia|41ulix42rs|true reviewed for accuracy on may 17 2019 by dr katie grzyb dvm succulent plants are more popular than ever because they are easy to care for and work well as houseplants marked by their thick fleshy leaves succulents are native to desert environments but adapt easily to a variety of conditions these hardy plants can thrive both indoors and outdoors making them a favorite among both experienced gardeners and budding green thumbs while succulents can be great lowmaintenance houseplants for humans…

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petmd editorial updated may 28 2020 published october 22 2018 share this videowistia|t6oa3fetau|true reviewed for accuracy on october 22 2018 by dr katie grzyb dvm weve seen the videos one quick search on youtube for cats swimming and next thing you know thats two hours youll never get back since cats have a reputation for not liking water we seem to be collectively mesmerized by cats that like water so whats going on here certified cat behavior consultant ingrid johnson of fundamentally feline says its rare but there are some cats that like water she believes its the curiosity factor and…

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petmd editorial updated september 24 2019 published october 22 2018 share this image courtesy of megan and michael wilson by nicole pajer in april of 2018 megan hanneman and mike wilson visited the humane society of west michigan where they stumbled upon an unexpected new family member a 33pound polydactyl cat named bronson at the age of 3 bronson weighs as much as three fullgrown domestic cats we walked through the doors and couldnt help but gravitate to this adorable giant he was the largest cat we had ever seen wilson says right after leaving we couldnt stop talking about him when the…

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petmd editorial updated april 16 2020 published october 11 2018 share this image via istockcomwings by teresa k traverse as technology plays a larger role in our lives its no surprise that we are seeing more advancements in pet technology as well from pet cameras and dog gps collars to dog water fountains and automatic cat feeders the pet supplies market is filled with tools designed to solve everyday issues that pet parents encounter these new pet products can help us keep an eye on our beloved pets when were not home provide them with food or water or just entertain them these are a few of…

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petmd editorial published october 11 2018 share this dallas the k9 pit bull image via jen deana by nancy dunham dallas is among the latest k9 dogs set to join a police force in the us however dallas is different from typical k9 dogs he is not a german shepherd or belgian malinois but actually falls under the pit bull label whats unusual about dallas is that he was born after his mother was removed from a fighting ring in ontario canada she and her unborn litter including dallas narrowly escaped euthanasia due to a breed ban in the province we are so thankful that we are able to get dallas…

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victoria schade cpdtka updated february 10 2021 published october 11 2018 share this image via istockcomwhitneylewisphotography by victoria schade finding a petfriendly rental is hard enough but trying to find one when your best friend is a pit bulltype dog is close to impossible thats why a minneapolisbased nonprofit called my pit bull is family is working to help families keep pit bulls and other large breeds they are doing this by compiling a list of rental properties that welcome fourlegged tenants no matter the size or breed type my pit bull is family was founded in 2011 to address the…

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petmd editorial updated june 11 2020 published october 09 2018 share this reviewed and updated for accuracy on october 9 2018 by jennifer coates dvm has some extra weight snuck up on your dog or cat recently if your pup is looking a little on the plump side its possible that you are the culprit here are seven common pet parent mistakes that could pile the pounds on your furry one youre guestimating how much to feed if youre not measuring your dogs food and instead just filling the dog bowl theres simply no way to know if youre overfeeding or not when i ask owners how much they feed most have…

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petmd editorial published october 02 2018 share this image via istockjohnandersonphoto the rats in new york are notorious for their large size and fearless attitude from carrying pizza up a staircase to climbing onto unsuspecting subway passengers new york rats are as much a part of life in manhattan as traffic is for one graduate student and his colleagues the rats in new york are proving to be a very interesting subject matter for study matthew combs and his colleagues from fordham university are conducting a study that involves trapping and sequencing the dna of new york rats in order to…

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petmd editorial updated november 25 2020 published september 25 2018 share this multum in parvo is a latin phrase that is aptly used to describe the pug it means much in a little and perfectly sums up the pug dog breeds vibrant personality and diminutive stature the pug is a brachycephalic dog breed like the shih tzu and french bulldog which means they have broad short skulls and flat faces that leave them predisposed to snoring snorting and generally loud breathing while this can certainly be cute it does mean that they are more susceptible to respiratory distress and do not handle high…

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petmd editorial published september 25 2018 share this image via ginger and kimchifacebook kimchi a blind spanieltype rescue depends on ginger an 11yearold golden retriever to act as his seeing eye dog after going blind three years ago ginger is often steering him away from obstacles and danger and kimchi doesnt mind being led around for the most part anyway the dogs ownersa couplewrite in a facebook post they are always paired when we go out the post says a guide dog for a blind dog kimchi was adopted after the family visited the cara welfare philippines rescue in 2012 ginger and the family…