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petmd editorial published march 26 2019 share this we spoke with dr ben carter from animal house veterinary center to get his professional insight on some important pet health questions if you are a pet parent you can use these recommendations and helpful info on dogs and cats to keep your pets in good health for years to come what are the recommendations for keeping your pets heart healthy dr carter recommends maintaining your pets healthy heart through exercise and proper nutrition some things we can do at home to make sure our pets have a healthy heart include taking them for a walk for…

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petmd editorial updated may 28 2020 published july 16 2008 share this pruritus in dogs pruritus is the medical term used to define a dogs sensation to itch or the sensation that provokes its desire to scratch rub chew or lick its hair and skin pruritus is also an indicator of inflamed skin intense scratching can eventually lead to partial or full hair loss but with treatment prognosis is positive the condition or disease described in this medical article can affect both dogs and cats if you would like to learn more about how pruritus affects cats please visit this page in the petmd health…

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petmd editorial published march 12 2019 share this reviewed for accuracy on march 12 2019 by dr katie grzyb dvm military dogs are elite k9 dogs currently there are about 2700 who serve who are trained to detect danger and protect their people with their acute sense of smell they are used largely as sniffing dogs a skill that has resulted in thousands of saved lives the handlers and others who have forged tight bonds with these dogs see them as much more than working military dogstheyre family members this national k9 veterans day learn how you can pay tribute to the military dogs who serve…

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petmd editorial updated march 03 2020 published october 22 2018 share this image via istockcombyakkaya reviewed for accuracy on october 22 2018 by dr katie grzyb dvm by nancy dunham is there a stray cat hanging out outside your home or slowly spending more and more time in your yard you might very well have been adopted by a local street cat and are now probably asking yourself can you turn a stray cat into a house cat yes that stray cat or alley cat can become your beloved house cat but there are some caveats you should consider first understand the difference between a stray cat an alley…

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petmd editorial updated august 31 2020 published october 22 2018 share this image via istockcomalexpapp by kathy blumenstock when spending time outdoors with your dog it is important to be aware of the wildlife that could pose a threat to your pets weve all been jarred by headlines announcing alligator attacks in florida or similar reports of bobcat attacks coyote attacks and even moose attacks these news stories are stark wakeup calls to pet parents on the issue of dog safety when it comes to wildlife encounters you have to be the smart one for your dog says veterinarian dr jeanne scarola of…

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petmd editorial published october 17 2018 share this image via goldiepaloozainstagram goldie palooza 2018 held in huntington beach california on october 14 grabbed the unofficial world record for having the most golden retrievers in one place with 681 in attendance the event took the title away from the 150th anniversary celebration in scotland where there were 361 goldens present this is like heaven attendee and golden owner laurie zerbonia tells the orange county register while at the event there was no way i was going to miss this goldie palooza is an annual event held by socal golden…

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petmd editorial updated september 23 2019 published october 15 2018 share this image via istockcomfotomania17 by cheryl lock in a world where there are endless dog supplies to pick from it can be easy to overlook the ecofriendly pet products category however taking time to research the best ecologically friendly products for your dog can truly help make a difference to the environment the most important thing to look for when it comes to ecofriendly products is the authenticity of the product says bob schildgen a longtime columnist for the sierra clubs sierra magazine in other words ask if…

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petmd editorial published october 15 2018 share this image via denver zoofacebook an ayeaye one of the rarest and hardest to see animals in the world was just born at the denver zoowhich now houses three of the 24 ayeayes in captivity according to the denver zoo there are an unknown number of ayeayes out in the wild the female ayeaye named tonks was born on august 8 to parents bellatrix and smeagol while tonks is currently healthy and thriving in her nest box her first few days worried scientists as bellatrix wasnt initially providing care for tonks we noticed that bellatrix wasnt showing…

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petmd editorial published october 12 2018 share this image via istockcombovalentino tens of thousands of frogs and toads are now living near north carolinas coast partly as a result of an especially rainy summer while some are claiming that the explosion of frogs and toads is due to flooding brought on by hurricane florence experts say this is partially true yet not entirely accurate state biologist jeff hall tells the charlotte observer that there is a convergence of two types of frog and toad population explosions along the coast which is causing a sudden increase in frogs and toads in the…

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petmd editorial updated september 23 2019 published october 11 2018 share this image via istockcomgollykim by nancy dunham its not unreasonable to want to save some money by shopping for used pet supplies but it might not always be wise to buy secondhand dog houses cat trees pet apparel and other items almost anyone who visits a yard sale will find all types of used gear for dogs cats and other pets and of course there are websites where you can buy and sell secondhand cat trees dog houses and other pet supplies some veterinarians think its fine to buy such supplies while others have an…

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petmd editorial published october 04 2018 share this silver stars brands inc issues voluntary nationwide recall of animal and human drug products due to microbial contamination company silver star brands inc brand name petalive recall date 10032018 petalive plumpup pet oral spray upc 818837013908 lot k011617e expiration date 0120 petalive allergy itch ease oral spray upc 818837011102 lot k111617b expiration date 1120 reason for recall administration or use of drug products with microbial contamination could potentially result in increased infections that may require medical intervention and…

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petmd editorial published october 04 2018 share this image via istocktracielouise on monday october 1 governor john carney of delaware signed a landmark bill into law that would give stray cats the same protection under animal cruelty laws as domestic cats the bill was a collaborative effort between best friends animal society brandywine valley spca faithful friends animal society delaware humane association forgotten cats of delaware the office of animal welfare the veterinary community the wildlife community and the public this bill will provide more support for humane stray cat population…

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victoria schade cpdtka updated february 10 2021 published september 26 2018 share this image via lestudioshutterstockcom by victoria schade opting for a dog harness instead of a dog collar is a great choice for dogs that pull on the leash are hard to control or have potential health concerns due to the shape of their heads and necks like brachycephalic dogs such as pugs and boston terriers a dog harness prevents strain because pressure from the dog leash is distributed rather than concentrated around the dogs neck the variety of different types of dog harnesses can make choosing the right…

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petmd editorial updated february 22 2019 published september 24 2018 share this image via mary swiftshutterstockcom by paula fitzsimmons most of what you read about pit bull dogs is likely along the lines of pit bull attacks child or unprovoked pit bull seriously injures chihuahua these pups are portrayed in the news as unpredictable aggressive and vicious like most stereotypes however this one is steeped in misinformation those who work in animal shelters dog rescues and pit bull shelters have very different stories to tell from the ones you may be used to hearing they say these dogs are…

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petmd editorial published september 24 2018 share this image via cbc news it has been five months since the humboldt broncos bus crash tragedy and many of the 16 survivors are still learning how to readjust to normal everyday life for one of the survivors this means finding a new teammate to take on the world with graysen cameron recently met his new companion chase a labrador retriever who will serve as his service dog video via cbc news itll be amazing to have someone around all the time cameron explains to cbc news if im going through hard times or anything like that hell be right by my…

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petmd editorial updated december 03 2020 published december 18 2018 share this reviewed and updated for accuracy on december 18 2018 by katie grzyb dvm you may have started to notice that your senior cat doesnt move as quickly or easily as she once did older cats are at increased risk for conditions like arthritis bladder issues and vision and cognitive problems so navigating the home can be tricky and even dangerous for them making a few easy adjustments to your home can make your cat more comfortable and safer during her golden years before rearranging anything be sure to discuss your cats…

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petmd editorial updated november 25 2020 published december 18 2018 share this the pomeranian is a small dog breed that is big on personality it is a miniaturized relative to the spitz family of dogsie the akita alaskan malamute chow chow samoyed and shiba inu which are working dogs that came from colder arctic climates this small dog breed originated in a now defunct region of germany and poland known as pomerania and made its way to england during the mid19 th century where it earned the pomeranian name when they first arrived they were much larger weighing in at around 30 pounds and…

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petmd editorial published december 17 2018 share this image via facebookflorida wildlife corridor via pierson hill a salamander found in northern florida and southern alabama known scientifically as the siren reticulata has been identified as a new species named the reticulated siren this twofootlong vertebrate is one of the largest to be scientifically described from the united states over the last 100 years according to a study published in plos one its also the first new member of the siren genus of salamanders since 1944 the genus was previously known to contain just two species but…

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petmd editorial updated september 27 2016 published july 16 2008 share this physical characteristics you will first notice how massive the siberian forest cat is usually weighing between 17 and 26 pounds with the male being generally larger than the female much bigger and heavier than most cats it is both powerful and strong the siberian cats coat is long and heavy with a tight undercoat which becomes thicker to adapt to the cold weather its coat is also oily and water resistant and often seen in a variety of colors personality and temperament the siberian cat breed is affectionate and…

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petmd editorial updated august 31 2020 published december 12 2018 share this reviewed and updated for accuracy on december 12 2018 by jennifer coates dvm walking your dog is one of the key responsibilities of pet parenthoodand it comes with huge health benefits for both dogs and humans in fact a study from michigan state university concluded that dog owners are 34 percent more likely to get in the recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week compared to nondog owners a study done at george washington university school of public health and health services found that individuals who walk dogs…

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petmd editorial published december 12 2018 share this company the jm smucker company brand name 9lives recall date 12102018 the best if used by information can be found on the bottom of each can product 9lives protein plus with tuna chicken 4 pack of cans 55 oz each upc 7910021549 best by date code mar 27 2020 nov 14 2020 product 9lives protein plus with tuna liver 4 pack of cans 55 oz each upc 7910021748 best by date code apr 17 2020 sept 14 2020 no other 9livesr products or products of the jm smucker company are impacted by this recall reason for recall the jm smucker company today…

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petmd editorial published december 11 2018 share this image via facebookred canary tattoo red canary tattoo in thurmont maryland is offering certain types of cat tattoos for one weekdec 1016and the money raised will go towards cuddles cat rescue cuddles cat rescue is a nonprofit that takes in cats from the community gets them spayed and neutered and tries to get them adopted into a permanent home this is the third year that red canary tattoo has hosted this fundraiser getting a tattoo in general is really an exciting process for a lot of people so this is a cool experience for us to give…

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petmd editorial published december 10 2018 share this image via istockcomchendongshan by helen anne travis sometimes despite our best intentions and efforts were no longer able to care for our pet maybe someone in the family develops an allergy or maybe were no longer able to provide the care and attention the pet deserves due to an illness no matter the reason pet rehomingfinding a new home for your cat or dog as opposed to bringing them to a sheltercan help your pet start a new life in a new safe place here are tips for rehoming your dog or cat safely the case for rehoming pets first know…

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petmd editorial updated february 25 2019 published december 10 2018 share this image via istockcomkazc by rebecca desfosse potty training dogs to use a litter box like a cat sounds like the craziest idea yet but it may just be crazy enough to work picture yourself running into gridlock traffic on the way home from work instead of driving whiteknuckled all the way home stressing about when you can get home to let your dog out you can provide them with their very own potty place using dog litter thats right dog litter is really a thing and it can be a lifesaver if you work long hours or are in…

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petmd editorial updated august 05 2020 published december 10 2018 share this image via istockcomflutter97321 by kathy blumenstock when it comes to games for cats our felines often like watching us chase the newest cat toy ball weve brought home over actually playing with it themselves but playtime is essential for physical and mental exercise for cats and a cat interactive toy can be a great option for this interactive toys can bridge the gap between ordinary play and excited play says yody blass of companion animal behavior who suggests asking yourself these questions when considering cat…