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petmd editorial published october 31 2018 share this 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 biodiversity over the years zsl explains using a…

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jennifer coates dvm updated april 14 2020 published october 31 2018 share this 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 needs to be answered…

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petmd editorial published october 30 2018 share this image via remy the humanities catfacebook harvard universitys newspaper the harvard gazette recently published a profile piece on a feline fixture at their university remy the humanities cat this scholastically inclined cat spends his days wandering around campus and throughout the various department buildings where he is always greeted with smiles and enthusiasm funnily enough however remy is actually the pet cat of a local family living in cambridge massachusetts not a freeroaming feline who lives at the university his owner sarah watton…

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petmd editorial published october 29 2018 share this image via juliareinsteintwitter therapy dogs were sent to comfort the people of squirrel hill in pittsburgh following a shooting at the areas largest and bestknown synagogues according to the hill the go team an active group that oversees therapy dog teams sent 13 certified therapy dogs from pittsburgh and youngstown ohio to squirrel hill in order to provide support for the surrounding community the dogs arrived early sunday morning and set up shop on the corner of murray and wilkins avenues providing comfort to passersby were just here to…

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petmd editorial published october 26 2018 share this image via istockcomartran in order to keep zoo animals healthy the oregon zoo makes sure to perform regular health checks since animals cannot tell the zookeepers and veterinarians what ails them they will often use xrays to make sure everything is copasetic and also to catch health issues before they become critical to give us an insiders peek into their health checkups the oregon zoo has shared some of the animals xrays in a facebook videojust in time for halloween snakes hedgehogs beavers mongooses tigers owls and turtlesthe oregon zoo…

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petmd editorial updated september 24 2019 published october 25 2018 share this image via istockcommarrio31 by kenneth wingerter given their exotic forms and intense coloration its not difficult to understand the appeal of live corals for reef tanks indeed many aquaristsespecially marine aquaristsat least consider acquiring corals at some point the difficulty level of different coral species varies considerably even so most experienced reef aquarists would agree that successfully maintaining any type of coral over the longterm requires a certain amount of skill and diligence thus to ensure an…

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sarah wooten dvm updated february 10 2021 published october 24 2018 share this can cats find their way home if they are lost i have heard many stories of cats that wound up back at an old address after a family moved and i regularly counsel clients to keep their cat indoors for at least a month after moving to ensure that the cat does not try to go back to the old home a cats ability to find their way home mystifies their families veterinarians and scientists alike how do they do that as far as we can tell cats have a homing instinct which means that they can perceive direction using…

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petmd editorial published september 19 2018 share this image via good morning americatwitter journalist julie wilson from abc local station wtvd was reporting on hurricane florence on friday when she interrupted the broadcast to save a therapy dog from the flooding wilson was streaming over facebook live reporting on how the people of new bern north carolina were affected when she noticed a woman trying to save her rottweiler the woman told wilson that the dog was her daughters therapy dog and it was absolutely necessary to save him despite the looming danger of the storm i have no choice…

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ken lambrecht dvm updated august 05 2020 published september 19 2018 share this my 15yearold cat lance sits next to me as i write this piece he is special to me because he is the oldest of my four cats and we have shared quite a bit of time together caring for him helps me to crosscheck the guidance i give to anyone who is sharing their life with a senior cat and wants to provide them with the very best care owner observations and vigilance regular veterinary exams and wellness testing are the four cornerstones of excellent senior cat care according to the american association of feline…

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jennifer coates dvm updated january 18 2021 published september 18 2018 share this many pet food brands label their products as being humangrade but what does this really mean is humangrade cat food or humangrade dog food safer or healthier than traditional pet food lets take a look at the ingredients manufacturing and packaging requirements that pet foods claim to meet when they use the term humangrade and whether or not they offer any real benefits to pets what is humangrade dog food and cat food until recently the term humangrade has not been welldefined but in 2018 the association of…

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petmd editorial updated november 25 2020 published september 18 2018 share this hurricane season is a stressful timeespecially for people with pets from mandatory evacuations to deciding whether you want to leave when youre not in an evacuation zone things can get pretty hectic all at once if youve never been in a hurricane or have never experienced one since becoming a pet parent you might feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to hurricane preparation heres a helpful pet safety hurricane checklist for what to do before the storm and which pet supplies youll need to gather

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petmd editorial updated september 23 2019 published september 17 2018 share this image courtesy of lucas hixson by paula fitzsimmons the chernobyl nuclear power plant is not a place most people associate with life when one of its reactors exploded in 1986 it released radioactive material into the atmosphere creating one of the most catastrophic nuclear disasters recorded in history image courtesty of lucas hixson more than 120000 residents in nearby communities were evacuated and pets too big to be carried were abandoned animals who remained were ordered to be killed but some survived giving…

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petmd editorial updated august 31 2020 published september 17 2018 share this hurricane season can be scary with the threat of an impending storm its important that you take all precautions necessary to keep your family safeand that includes your pets whether youre staying in place or planning to evacuate stocking up on the right pet supplies can ease the stress of hurricane season and ensure that your pets have what they need heres a hurricane checklist you can use to make sure you have all the pet supplies youll need in case of a hurricane hurricane checklist for pet supplies all pet owners…

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petmd editorial updated march 15 2016 published july 02 2008 share this thrombocytopenia in dogs thrombocytopenia is a medical condition where blood platelets become too low in animals platelets are produced in the bone marrow and then released into the blood stream they also serve the important function of maintaining hemostasis low platelet counts can be found in any breed of dog and at any age treatment options do exist and unless the cause of the condition is serious prognosis for the dog is positive thrombocytopenia affects both dogs and cats if you would like to learn how this disease…

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petmd editorial published september 17 2018 share this image via anatolii brohovskyishutterstockcom the house passed the dog and cat meat trade prohibition act of 2018 on wednesday sept 12 making it illegal in the us to kill cats and dogs for the purpose of consumption the passing of the bill is a win for animal rights groups who say there is a small underground market for dog and cat meat in the us the bill states that individuals will be fined $5000 for knowingly killing transporting possessing buying selling or donating cats and dogs or their parts for human consumption prior to the…

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petmd editorial published september 13 2018 share this image via inbetweentheblinksshutterstockcom according to a study published in plos one animal shelter staff correctly identify a dogs primary or secondary breed 67 percent of the time when asked to identify more than one breed their accuracy dropped to just 10 percent breed identification at shelters is often made based on the dogs visual appearance it is not common for animal shelters to conduct genetic breed testing to conduct the study dna was collected from over 900 shelter dogs from the arizona animal welfare league and society for…

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petmd editorial published september 12 2018 share this image via standardexamineryoutube at the mt ogden golf course in ogden ohio an unlikely duo is helping to retrieve lost golf balls from all over the course a 6yearold yellow labrador retriever named gabby and her owner arnie smith like to spend quality time together while walking the course and collecting lost golf balls from the woods next to the fairways smith and gabby used to just walk the course but one day arnie thought that it might be fun for gabby to learn how to retrieve golf balls so he started training her to bring him back…

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petmd editorial updated september 23 2019 published september 12 2018 share this image via brian kinneyshutterstock by helen anne travis the first month is the most critical time for new pet fish the adjustment to a new fish aquarium and tank can be stressful for pet fish but with the proper fish tank setup your new fish can thrive this fish guide will help you figure out which aquarium supplies you need to set your new pet fish up for a long and happy life it all starts with a little research determine tank size and fish type before you go out and get new pet fish you need to decide which…

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laurie hess dvm dabvp updated february 10 2021 published february 12 2019 share this rabbits are one of the most popular exotic animals kept as pets these days andwhen adopted into the appropriate homethey can make terrific companions bunnies come in all colors shapes and sizes and are readily adoptable from shelters and breeders they are perfect pets for small living quarters as they dont take up a lot of space dont need to go outside and are generally very quiet typically cute and cuddly looking rabbits can bond to their owners closely and respond to them by sight and sound unfortunately…

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petmd editorial updated november 20 2020 published february 11 2019 share this by paula fitzsimmons with erect ears a thick tail and an athletic build the korean jindo is a wolflike dog breed originating in south korea jindo dogs are excellent problem solvers are fiercely loyal and have a strong drive to hunt traits that have secured their position as hunters and guardians in their homeland they continue to serve in these roles to a certain degree in the us but jindo dogs have primarily become cherished family members the american kennel club akc has not yet recognized the korean jindo as a…

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petmd editorial published february 06 2019 share this by paula fitzsimmons with a distinctive tail and ears lively gait and a bold orangeonwhite coat the nederlandse kooikerhondje is hard to miss this newly inducted dog breed of the akc sporting group originated in 17th century netherlands as a duck decoy dog but has since become cherished as a companion considering this dog breeds endearing qualities that include intelligence sensitivity and a kind nature its easy to understand why these pups are so beloved physical characteristics one of the nederlandse kooikerhondjes most easily…

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petmd editorial published february 06 2019 share this image via alysia burgio tvfacebook the essexville public safety department in michigan is offering victims of domestic violence a place to temporarily their house pets while they make arrangements to separate themselves from their abuser according to nbc 25 news their decision to open their doors to the pets of domestic violence victims is in response to a startling statistic within a study released by the american society for the prevention of cruelty to animals aspca in 2008 the study showed that onethird of domestic abuse survivors put…

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petmd editorial published january 31 2019 share this image via istockcomskynesher when it comes to twitter there is always a new hashtag that pops up and takes over the internet for a day or sometimes even a week currently the hashtag unscienceananimal is being taken over by the scientific communityfrom scientists biologists and ecologists to museums and aquariums posts showing the anatomy of a wide array of animals with their features cleverly renamed are popping up all over twitter the humorous and creative images are a great way to brighten your mood and inject a little fun into your day…

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petmd editorial updated august 05 2020 published january 29 2019 share this image via istockcomcasarsaguru by monica weymouth is your cat obsessed with birds does he routinely attack your electrical cords while ignoring his gigantic pile of cat toys sounds about right although it can be easy to forget when theyre curled up and purring in our laps cats remain wild animals at heart and animals are driven to hunt prey the important thing to remember is that all cats are born hunters whether they act it or not says dr shelby neely director of clinical operations for whiskerdocs to stimulate…

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petmd editorial published january 29 2019 share this image via istockcomcreativemoments two lawmakers from the us house of representativesrep ted deutch dfla and rep vern buchanan rflaproposed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony according to cnn the preventing animal cruelty and torture pact act gives authorities the ability to go after wrongdoers if they cross state lines because they have federal jurisdiction authorities can also prosecute criminals if the cruelty occurs on federal property the pact act also makes crushing burning drowning suffocating and impaling animals and…