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petmd editorial updated february 22 2019 published november 27 2018 share this image via istockcomandrey nilkitin by kenneth wingerter upon hearing any mention of bacteria some people immediately think of germs indeed certain pathogenic microbes can be quite dangerous on the other hand there are many types of helpful bacteria that can be rather beneficial in fact without them life on earth as we know it would probably not be possibleand neither would recirculating aquarium systems given the… read more

sarah wooten dvm updated december 14 2020 published november 26 2018 share this if you are noticing that your cat is all of a sudden making messes with her cat food pulling food out of her bowl to eat on the floor or is more finicky about her food some say that whisker stress could be to blame the whiskers on your cats face are sensitive feeling organs that cats use to gather information about their environment cat whiskers collect and send information to their brainyou can think of them as… read more

petmd editorial updated september 24 2019 published november 26 2018 share this image via istockcomjulialine by john virata aquatic turtles are some of the most popular reptiles in the hobby and proper care of their environment goes a long way in regard to their health because they live most of their lives in water it is imperative that you choose not only the right turtle tank but also the right turtle tank filter picking a turtle tank the turtle tank setup that you choose for your pet turtle… read more

petmd editorial updated october 26 2020 published november 26 2018 share this reviewed and updated for accuracy on november 26 2018 by katie grzyb dvm if you live with an arthritic dog you know all too well that cooler weather can aggravate her symptoms while there is no cure for arthritis in dogs there are actionable vetrecommended steps you can take to help relieve the pain stiffness joint popping and other dog arthritis symptoms because your pup has specific health needs always discuss any… read more

petmd editorial updated february 22 2019 published november 26 2018 share this image via istockcomgroomee by kate hughes dog training is a critical component of responsible dog ownership beyond simple cues like sit stay and roll over a welltrained dog knows how to behave around unfamiliar people pets and environments positive reinforcement is key during the dog training process and many pet owners use dog treats to reinforce desired behaviors and responses in their pups but with a seemingly… read more

petmd editorial updated september 24 2019 published november 26 2018 share this image via istockcomdarunechka by carol mccarthy bath time is no fun for most pets and if your pet hasnt been properly introduced a dog dryer can add insult to injury with its startling noise and unwelcome blasts of air but professional pet groomers and pet parents who groom and bathe their dogs at home often use dog hair dryers to speed up the grooming process with patience expert advice and the right tools your dog… read more

petmd editorial updated february 25 2019 published january 14 2019 share this image via istockcomnadisja by rebecca desfosse do you enjoy taking your dog on exciting adventures or do you just need a safe way to take her to the vet either way a good dog carrier is essential there are so many types of dog carriers available that its easy to get overwhelmed when trying to find the best carrier for your dog according to dog trainer and founder of fun paw care russell hartstein cdbc you dont have… read more

petmd editorial updated february 25 2019 published january 10 2019 share this image via istockcomwhitneylewisphotography by paula fitzsimmons if you plan to live with a parrot youll need to find ways to keep him occupied it is not natural for birds to do nothing at all if they are not doing something productive then they will find destructive behaviors to fill their time says dr kenneth welle a clinical assistant professor at the college of veterinary medicine at university of illinois at… read more

petmd editorial updated march 28 2019 published january 10 2019 share this image via istockcomprofessor25 by kathy blumenstock its the least favorite part of cat parenting cleaning the cat litter box kitty can you please diy until that happens the emergence of selfcleaning litter boxes for cats creates an option to have the litter box itself clean up after your cat but are these selfcleaning litter boxes for cats really less work with multiple styles and designsincluding an actual flushitaway… read more

victoria schade cpdtka updated february 10 2021 published january 08 2019 share this image via istockcomstevecoleimages by victoria schade admit ityoure reluctant to have friends over because your dogs greeting behavior is a bit embarrassing she jumps so high that shes nearly eyetoeye with your guests which might be okay with your kids friends but its a hazard when your great aunt visits this can leave pet parents in a tight spot when company comes over its difficult to balance being a good… read more

petmd editorial updated february 25 2019 published january 07 2019 share this image via istockcomzbynek pospisil by rebecca desfosse january is national train your dog month and theres no better way to celebrate the bond you have with your pup than by teaching him a few tricks in an exciting new way thats exactly why the association of professional dog trainers created the national train your dog month in 2010to remind pet owners to make training a part of everyday life with their dogs when it… read more

petmd editorial published january 04 2019 share this image via istockcomgarysfrp the washington state department of transportation wsdot has been working to increase animal safety through the construction of wildlife overpasses and underpasses on busy highways according to the spokesmanreview wsdot has put into motion a billiondollar project to construct 20 animal crossings on the busy i90 interstate to help animals safely follow their natural migration patterns smithsonian magazine explains… read more

petmd editorial published january 02 2019 share this image via facebookjustice for buddy this week the illinois senate approved a bill that aims to protect pets against dangerous dogs by restricting the activities of dogs who are classified as dangerous as outlined in the bill in senate bill 2386 also known as the justice for buddy act a dog owner is classified as a reckless dog owner and thus penalized if their dog is deemed dangerous for killing another dog and is found running at large twice… read more

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petmd editorial updated june 27 2012 published july 16 2008 share this physical characteristics the somali is endowed with more than its fair share of good looks it is an attention getter from the start an abyssinian with long hair often full at the chest and around the chin the area referred to as the ruff ending in a thick fluffy foxlike tail and topping with large foxlike ears if one judged by appearance the somali appears feral but one look into its eyes and it is clear that this cat has a… read more

petmd editorial updated february 22 2019 published november 08 2018 share this 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… read more

victoria schade cpdtka updated february 10 2021 published november 08 2018 share this 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… read more

petmd editorial published november 05 2018 share this 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… read more

jennifer coates dvm updated october 20 2020 published november 02 2018 share this 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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more