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petmd editorial updated march 28 2019 published september 07 2016 share this theres no denying itfleas are gross they can multiply quickly and infest your pet causing him to feel uncomfortable for days or weeks on end until the infestation is properly treated if your dog or cat has never had fleas before but youve noticed him scratching more than usual one way to confirm a flea infestation is to look for the presence of flea dirt flea dirt is the feces of fleas which is a mix of blood meal and flea waste product says dr stephanie liff medical director of pure paws veterinary care of clinton…

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petmd editorial updated september 14 2016 published august 23 2016 share this at 28 pounds and 4feetlong samsona purebred maine coon from new york cityis quickly becoming a main attraction on the internet samson who also goes by the hilariously apt name catsradamus found the limelight alongside his owner jonathan zurbel aka splurt zillionz together samson and zurbel have become nothing short of a pop culture phenomenon zurbel who has been samsons pet parent since he adopted him in november 2013 when he was just 15 pounds tells petmd people really love him as much as i do he is a beloved cat…

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petmd editorial published august 22 2016 share this cat people and dog people have been fighting stereotypes like well cats and dogs recently facebook did some research to get to the bottom of the social characteristics of both cat lovers and dog devotees do these pet parents really have such major differences or are they the same on the inside this study unlike some other divisive ones may mend old wounds rather than keep the rivalry going by sampling data from approximately 160000 people in the united states who shared pictures of themselves with their cat or dog the social media company…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published august 15 2016 share this by vanessa voltolina considering adding a new avian member to your family you might be thinking about a cockatoo as they are one of the most popular types of pet birds while all birds have distinct personalities there are some common threads that run through the history behavior temperament and care requirements of cockatoos here find out what you need to know before you bring a cockatoo home the history of the cockatoo there are over 20 species of cockatoos each with their own behaviors and personalities said jody…

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petmd editorial published july 05 2017 share this by helen anne travis when it comes to understanding how our pets think much more research has been done on the minds of dogs than cats but that doesnt mean were completely clueless about cat cognition here are five facts we do know about how our cats understand and interpret the world heads up theyre smarter than you might think cats brains work a lot like ours if you want to compare cats brains to those of dogs or humans youll find a lot more similarities than differences says dr jill sackman head of behavior medicine service at bluepearl…

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petmd editorial updated october 14 2020 published june 30 2017 share this 10 ways to tell if your dog is part of the family by cheryl lock anyone who has ever owned a dog can tell you our canine companions are way more than just pets from the time we bring home a puppy that is a furry bundle of joy dogs become part of our families says dr mary burch animal behaviorist and director of the american kennel clubs canine good citizen program they grow up with our children move through phases of our lives with usand when it comes time to tell them goodbye for the last time we mourn over them just…

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petmd editorial published june 22 2017 share this whats the key to a good successful marriage mutual interests a solid foundation of trust or does it all come down to pictures of adorable puppies and bunnies a new study conducted by james k mcnulty of florida state university and a team of psychological scientists found that to break the monotony or resentment that can crop up in longterm relationships one can make better associations with their spouse through a positive stimulus one ultimate source of our feelings about our relationships can be reduced to how we associate our partners with…

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petmd editorial updated november 16 2016 published july 01 2008 share this videowistia|m2gatuyhov|true feline ischemic encephalopathy in cats feline ischemic encephalopathy fie is caused by the presence of a parasite the cuterebra larva in a cats brain entering through the nose the larva moves to the brain and may cause neurological damage to the middle cerebral artery mca in the brain and degeneration of other cerebral areas this can result in seizures circling movement unusual aggression and blindness the disease occurs only in areas where the cuterebra larvae of the adult botfly live…

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petmd editorial updated september 07 2018 published july 01 2008 share this image via vcstockstudioshutterstockcom feline hyperesthesia syndrome fhs also known as twitchskin syndrome and psychomotor epilepsy is an obscure cat disorder resulting in intense biting or licking of the back tail and pelvic limbs the nervous and neuromuscular systems along with the skin are affected symptoms may occur any age and can develop in any breed of cat purebreds especially siamese abyssinians burmese and himalayans seem to be predisposed to develop the syndrome symptoms and types symptoms of fhs typically…

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amanda ardente dvm phd published july 30 2020 share this can dogs eat nuts they might seem like a perfectly sized tasty treat option for your dog but are nuts safe heres some insight on whether you can give nuts to dogs and the risks that you should be aware of can dogs have nuts are they safe many of the nuts we have in our pantries are technically safe for dogs but there are a few types of nuts that are toxic to dogs and any nuts that have gotten moldy are toxic to dogs while small amounts of certain nuts and nut butters may be safely fed to your dog it is important to be aware of all risk…

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petmd editorial updated june 21 2016 published february 19 2016 share this by joe cortez often considered an interactive and intelligent companion turtles can bring years of joy for those who are seeking a longterm pet that doesnt require a lot of space however many new turtle owners often find themselves asking a lot of questions about their shelled pets have you ever wondered where turtles come from moreover do you know how to identify what kind of turtle you may have at home whether youre a firsttime turtle owner or have cared for a bale of turtles in the past there is still plenty to…

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jennifer coates dvm published february 19 2016 share this youve researched your cats nutritional needs compared brands and purchased the best option for your favorite feline now the question arises what is the best way to store the food to keep it fresh and wholesome for as long as possible first lets take a step back all cat foods should have a best by or best before date printed somewhere on the bag or can whenever possible purchase bags or cans with dates that are as far in the future as possible when you do this you are buying the freshest food on the shelf keep in mind that these dates…

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petmd editorial updated march 31 2016 published february 16 2016 share this by cheryl lock if youve ever seen snakes in the movies or on television you might believe that they spend their days slithering around in the wild searching for mice to eat while some snakes do eat mice the fact is that not all snakes do and its important to determine exactly what type of food your pet snake would eat before buying one snakes are carnivores so they do eat other animals said mike wines herpetologist and lead reptile keeper at the turtle back zoo in new jersey the difference though is that the niche a…

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petmd editorial updated march 10 2016 published february 16 2016 share this by matt soniak rabbits are sometimes seen as lowmaintenance starter pets that can get by in an outdoor hutch with a few carrots and little monitoring however this couldnt be further from the truth domestic rabbits are indoor pets that require as much attention as any other pet including a specific diet and daily meals regular cleaning of their quarters daily monitoring and time out of their cage and medical care from a veterinarian with knowledge of and experience working with rabbits rabbits are also highly social…

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petmd editorial updated march 30 2017 published february 16 2016 share this by helen anne travis when you adopt a cat from a shelter or take in a stray its usually impossible to know the exact age of your newest family member sure theres a clear difference between a kitten and a senior catizen but to the untrained eye the years in between might look a lot alike youll likely bring her to a veterinarian who will conduct a physical exam and maybe run some tests to help determine your kittys approximate age but what exactly do doctors look at and how precise are their estimates to learn more we…

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petmd editorial updated march 10 2016 published february 16 2016 share this by kellie b gormly barking can be a noisy nuisance to dog parents and their neighbors and is often tops the behavioral problem list however canine vocals arent all bad sometimes a barking dog can provide a safety warning and other times teaching a dog to bark on command can make for a fun party trick a lot of people would absolutely want their dog to bark when there are strangers around or something is out of order in the neighborhood said los angelesbased certified dog trainer and behavior consultant jonathan p klein…

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jennifer coates dvm updated august 24 2016 published february 15 2016 share this by dr jennifer coates dvm zika is all over the news these days while evidence that the virus is linked to severe birth defects in some babies is understandably alarming getting an accurate picture of all the viruss effects is important zika in people zika virus is transmitted primarily through aedes aegypti mosquitos a mosquito bites a person carrying the zika virus who may or may not have symptoms and when it subsequently bites someone else passes the virus on to this person evidence is mounting that zika can…

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petmd editorial updated january 08 2020 published february 11 2016 share this setting up an aquarium can seem intimidating at first but once you get your feet wet youll see that they are much easier to get started and maintain than you might have thought with a good routineplus a little elbow greaseyou can operate an attractive freshwater aquarium with relative ease heres a stepbystep guide on how to set up a fish tank and keep it clean as well as some answers to common questions about fish tank maintenance before you start setting up the tank first you will need to decide which type of fish…

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petmd editorial updated march 10 2016 published february 11 2016 share this by kali wyrosdic betta fish also called siamese or japanese fighting fish are beautiful to look at fun to watch and dont require much space at all most bettas sold in pet stores can be kept in small fish bowls sometimes with plants and even other fish depending on the species keep reading to learn all about betta fish plus some fun betta trivia a fighting fish throughout history bettas have always been used as fighting fish bred for their aggressive nature and later for their brilliant colors in fact it was a…

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petmd editorial updated june 21 2018 published february 10 2016 share this by vanessa voltolina want to let your cat explore the great outdoors without fleeing the scene you might want to consider leashtraining him being able to take your cat for a leisurely walk outside can create the perfect balance between having an indoor cat thats safe and protected but bored and an outdoor cat thats pitted against the elements and unfriendly critters on a daily basis before you put on your and your felines walking shoes here are some key tips for leashtraining your cat and gear youll need to make…

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victoria schade cpdtka updated february 11 2021 published february 10 2016 share this victoria schade dogs like to get comfortable when they take a break so when they see the opportunity to snuggle up on a soft couch it often proves to be too great a temptation to resist theres nothing wrong with allowing your dog to hang out with you on the couch but not everyone enjoys sharing the space with their furry best friend unfortunately once your dog has a taste for the good life it can feel like an endless battle to try to keep him off the couch the following tips will show you how to keep your…

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petmd editorial updated november 25 2020 published february 10 2016 share this at the front line of canine royalty is the german shepherd this extremely loyal and noble guard dog is part of the herding group of working dogs originally bred in germany to herd a shepherds flocks the intelligence and versatility of the german shepherd dog breed is unmistaken and cherished in their owners they can be protective often asserting dominance over other dogs but are friendly toward their own family and other dogs in the home german shepherds tend to portray an aura of aloofness towards strangers but…

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jennifer coates dvm published february 05 2016 share this herpesvirus infections in cats also called feline viral rhinotracheitis can be a big problem most cats are exposed to the virus at some point in their lives usually the illness that results looks a lot like the human cold infected cats sneeze have a runny nose and eyes and feel poorly for a few days to a week or so but then they recover uneventfully but herpesvirus is sneaky once a cat is infected the body can never completely eradicate it the virus is always there waiting for a chance to cause problems some cats have intermittent…

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cathy meeks ms dvm dacvim published july 30 2020 share this dog fevers are defined by having a higherthannormal body temperature and they have a variety of causes so how can you tell if your dog has a fever how do you take their temperature and whats considered a fever in dogs what causes dog fevers and how do you treat them how to tell if a dog has a fever dog fevers can be very difficult to detect at home and are often discovered at the veterinary office this is because a dogs temperature is naturally higher than a humans and it is almost impossible to detect a fever by touching a dogs skin…

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joanne lynn intile dvm ms dacvim published january 27 2016 share this there are many gray areas in veterinary cancer care rarely am i certain that a particular treatment option or surgical strategy or chemotherapy protocol is the absolute best plan of action for any given patient my uncertainty stems not from a lack of knowledge or experience it arises from a dearth of evidence based information to guide my decision making process practicing evidence based medicine means i would conscientiously explore only the current best proof in making decisions about the care of my patients this requires…