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if youve adopted an adult or senior dog you may assume that he is potty trained but find out otherwise when you get home dont stresspotty training an older dog is possible so how do you start when it comes to potty training methods crate training for older dogs can be just as effective as it is for puppies plus having a crate available for your dog is not just for potty training these havens give your dog a safe calm place where they can relax or even relieve their anxiety crating should not be… read more

image via istockcomaonip by carol mccarthy brown spots on a dogs coat are adorable but brown spots on your lawn not so much if one or more of your family members is a dog chances are that your lawn might feature some patches of dead grass caused by dog pee so how do dedicated dog parents maintain a lawn that doesnt look like a dog urine minefield is your dog to blame for your lawns brown grass spots before blaming it on your dog first confirm that he is indeed the culprit says missy henriksen… read more

image via istockcomdidesign021 reviewed for accuracy on november 13 2018 by dr katie grzyb dvm by rebecca desfosse the thyroid is a small but important gland in the neck a cats thyroid or dogs thyroid consists of two segments one on each side of the windpipe this gland produces the hormone thyroxine along with several other important thyroid hormones in a healthy pet these hormones automatically work together to coordinate your pets energy levels growth body temperature and heart rate cat… read more

feature image via istockcomnynke van holten by dr sandra mitchell perhaps you have seen an unusual hairless cat with tall pointed ears and patches of fur and immediately thought it looked like a werewolf cat what you saw might have actually been a lykoi history and background the name lykoi roughly translated means wolf cat in greek this is a fitting name for these cats which many describe as a feline werewolf this cat is an experimental new cat breed created from a mutation in domestic… read more

nopull dog harnesses offer a gentle way to manage dogs that pull while on a lead but because there are so many different dog harness options available trying to select the perfect one for your pulling pooch can be overwhelming whether youre dealing with a dog thats been pulling for years or youre leash training a puppy a nopull harness can help both you and your dog find a more comfortable way to walk together management vs leash training a dog to stop pulling a nopull dog harness can… read more

john ohurley with a bergamasco a muscular herding dog with a shaggy coat image courtesy of simon bruty by nicole pajer john ohurley used to think his favorite gig was playing j peterman on seinfeld but then he got a call that changed his life forever jon miller president of programming at nbc sports reached out and asked if hed like to be the voice of the national dog show presented by purina an avid dog lover himself ohurley knew that it was a gig that he could not turn down and 17 years… read more

not all dog toys are created equal from their country of origin and the materials theyre made of to the way dogs interact with them the dog toy market is overflowing with options that range from phenomenal to potentially harmful and dont forget about the toys that look like winners to us that our dogs leave ignored in the toy basket if youre investing in quality dog toys choosing the wrong one can be pretty frustrating with 18 years of dog training experience and six years as the owner of a dog… read more

image via facebookyahoo lifestyle julie the cat was finally reunited with her owners lorinda roberts and son jon gulla earlier this month after the cat exited the home six years ago in early 2012 gulla went to visit a stray cat that was posted on the pawboost lost found pets earlier this month in hopes that she was julie gulla called her name and she came out and came right to him neighbor and witness christine mckeon tells current she wasnt that friendly she wouldnt come running up to us… read more

sharing your life with a cat is certainly rewarding theres nothing quite like cozying up with your fourlegged fluffball after a long days work but being a pet parent carries with it a lot of responsibility too especially when it comes to determining how much food to feed a cat feeding cats is more complicated than simply ladling out a few kibbles here and there you need to consider several factors especially if you choose to give your cat wet food determining how much wet food to feed a cat can… read more

image via istockcomdamocean the world wide fund for nature wwf just released their living planet report for 2018 and it documents the sobering decrease of wild animal populations across the globe according to forbes the report shows that populations of vertebratesanimals with backbones including fish and mammalsfell 60 percent on average between 1970 and 2014 the wwf collaborated with the zoological society of london zsl to devise a way to conduct the census of wild animal populations and… read more

feeding dogs seems so simple you just offer an appropriate dry or wet dog food and never anticipate a problem except its really not that simple as pet parents we care about our dogs wellbeing and health we monitor how theyre feeling we take them to the veterinarian we give them all the attention in the world but if were not paying attention to their dietnot just what were feeding them but how much were feeding themwe could be doing our dogs harm the question how much should i be feeding my dog… read more

when it comes to having small mammals as pets guinea pigs are one of the animals i recommend most especially for families with children but many families are not able to have animals so a childs first exposure to a pet is often at schoolin the classroom guinea pigs are one of my favorite class pets for several reasons why guinea pigs are great for kids guinea pigs generally interact well with children not as fragile as rabbits and usually less skittish than smaller rodents such as hamsters and… read more

PetMD Editorial

pulmonary edema in dogs pulmonary edema is identified as the buildup of fluid in the lungs it is often associated with pneumonia although there are many other possible causes normal lungs have fluid that is moved from the lungs into the internal space of the body an ongoing process for normal healthy function any added pressure in the dogs lungs can damage this mechanism which leads to fluid buildup in the lungs if this excess fluid is not removed edema forms damage can occur if this condition… read more

taking care of a pet who is always sick or debilitated can be a huge burden on a pet parent any pet parent who has cared for an animal that is chronically ill can tell you that while it can be rewarding it can also be incredibly draining and lonely at the same time if you are already tapped out from giving to other people or simply trying to adult in our stressed fastpaced society the addition of caring for a chronically sick cat or sick dog may be enough to put you over the edge and this is… read more

image via jaromir chalabalashutterstock by jennifer coates dvm the pancreas is not an organ that many pet parents have reason to think aboutthat is until something goes wrong with it pancreatitis is the most common disease of the pancreas in dogs lets investigate the causes and symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs and what can be done to prevent and treat this serious condition including the role that a lowfat dog food can play causes of pancreatitis in dogs dogs can develop pancreatitis for a… read more

image via denisproductioncomshutterstock by russell hartstein cdbc cpdt and owner of fun paw care in los angeles if youre like most pet parents getting your dog to lie down and relax while out in the real world can be frustrating but if we become frustrated we are not at our best and the dog is not learning in an ideal setting not only is it important to teach a dog the down cue but its also important to transition your dog from lying down in your living room to following the cue in realworld… read more

image via jasnabshutterstock esther abrami is a young professional violinist and instagram sensation with over 155000 followers this awardwinning violinist travels the world performing with worldrenowned orchestras recently she used her talents for a fundraising campaign to help a french cat rescue called le feline meyreuillase for the fundraiser abrami shared a video of herself playing her violin for two very adorable kittens while one kitten is preoccupied with kitten things and another is… read more

previous next view all slides 10 weird cat behaviors that could be signs of a sick cat reviewed for accuracy on august 17 2018 by jennifer coates dvm cats are naturally conditioned to mask when theyre not feeling well so it can be difficult to detect signs of cat illness right away however when a cat is sick there can be some noticeable changes in their behavior in fact cat behavior often changes long before you start seeing any physical symptomsso be on the lookout for fluctuations in the way… read more

PetMD Editorial

perianal fistula in dogs perianal fistula is a disorder in which the anus rectum and perineal regions of a dog or cat are inflamed and irritated this disorder is often painful for the animal as well as progressive dogs and cats are both susceptible to perianal fistulas if you would like to learn more about how this disorder affects cats please visit this page in the petmd health library symptoms some of the common symptoms can include diarrhea anorexia weight loss constipation inability to… read more

according to the aspca around 65 million animals pass through the doors of us animal shelters every year and while there are approximately 32 million shelter animals adopted each year there is still a very large gap between the two numbers to help try to close that gap an annual campaign called clear the shelters was launched in 2015 this campaign spreads awareness about pet adoption and encourages people to adopt shelter dogs and shelter cats peoplecom says clear the shelters is an annual… read more

image via spca of solano countyfacebook according to the sacramento bee the nelson fire started around 5 pm on friday august 10 and burned through 2162 acres between fairfield and vacaville in solano county in california thankfully as of sunday morning the cal fire website reported that it has been 100 percent contained however while the fire was tearing through vacaville it started to edge closer and closer to the spca of solano county where around 60 animals reside the vacaville police… read more

previous next view all slides these 6 halloween candies top the list of dangerous foods for dogs by lisabeth weber while the annual tradition of trickortreating on halloween is one that children and adults look forward to yearround it isnt always safe or fun for everyone for dogs the extra candy around the house and the neighborhood can be a hazard to their health when halloween comes around its best to be extra vigilant for your dogs sake pet nutritionist and proprietor of ask ariel pet… read more

image via nyrangerspupinstagram meet the newest addition to the new york rangers hockey teama 6monthold labrador retriever puppy named ranger it was announced on august 7 that the yellow lab would join the nhl team for a year to learn the unique skills needed to become a professional service dog for autistic children the arrangement came about through a partnership between the new york rangers and bluepath a nonprofit organization that provides autism service dogs for safety companionship and… read more

image via cressida studioshutterstock the american pet products association appa released their annual report on the pet industry market size ownership statistics and it shows that pet parents are spending more than ever on their fur babies in 2017 pet parent expenditures totaled $6951 billion however for 2018 the appa is estimating that pet parents will have spent around $7213 billion the appa estimates that within us markets the majority of spending will be on food followed by pet supplies… read more

image via estherthewonderpiginstagram esther the wonder pig made history on august 8th when she became the largest animal to receive a ct scan in canada estherwho is 650 poundscame down with a mystery illness in november however due to her unusually large size veterinarians from the ontario veterinary college at the university of guelph said she could not be diagnosed we thought she was having a heart attack esthers owner steve jenkins tells the toronto sun he says it was the worst feeling… read more