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Dog, Cat and Pet Health Tips

How to Choose the Best Cat Food
By Lorie Huston, DVM As cat owners, we all want to keep our pets as healthy as we can for as long as possible. Most of us realize that feeding a high quality diet is one of the best ways to do that. However, finding the best food for your cat can be confusing. The choices seem endless and there is no shortage of controversy and disagreement when it comes to debating how best to feed cats.  ...
How to Read a Dog Food Label
By Vanessa Voltolina With numerous terms making their way onto your pooch’s pet food label — “natural,” “beef flavoring,” and “gluten-free” among the many — how do you know which ones to say yes to, which to avoid, and which ones are just marketing?   Learn how to decipher 10 important statements your pet’s food label, with expert advice from Ashley Hughes, Doctor of...
How to Read a Cat Food Label
By Vanessa Voltolina   Whether you’ve just brought a new kitten into your home, or your fussy feline demands a re-evaluation of the dinnertime goods, it’s important to be knowledgeable on deciphering pet foods labels. Does grain-free mean lower in carbs? What’s a Guaranteed Analysis?   Questions abound when it comes to pet food label analysis. Expert Ashley Hughes, Doctor of Veterinary...
Five Steps to Preventing Dog Separation Anxiety
Kids and dogs are often the best of friends. It's no wonder so many dogs get in a tizzy when their diminutive friends go back to school once summer ends. The distress can even lead to separation anxiety in dogs, a psychological disorder of hyper attachment that manifests as barking, crying, urination, defecation, and other destructive signs when the dog is left alone in the house.   Here are...
Helping Homeless Cats
Helping Homeless Cats
Spending time every week with homeless cats is a great way to help them build trust. However, it’s important to respect their limits. Some cats may eventually allow you to pet or play with them while others will never let you get much closer than a couple of feet away. Either way, your presence is benefitting the cats. Whether it’s basic health exams, rabies vaccinations, or spay/neuter...
10 Common Poisonous Plants for Dogs
Reviewed for accuracy on May 14, 2019, by Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM, PhD   When your dog eats something dangerous, like poisonous plants, it’s a terrifying situation. And it’s even more dangerous if you don’t know which are toxic and which are safe.   Knowing which plants are toxic to dogs can help you avoid bringing them into your home or planting them in your yard if your dog is a...
10 Common Poisonous Plants for Cats
Dealing with a cat that has been poisoned by a plant is a scary situation. Who do I call? What do I do? How could I have prevented this? To help you on that last one, here’s a list of 10 of the most common poisonous plants for cats.   More to Explore5 Dangerous Foods for Cats Pet Emergency Care (VIDEO) Pet Emergency Rooms: Lifesavers For Our Animal Friends (VIDEO) The Autumn Crocus can cause...
How to Prepare for a Hurricane With Pets
When disaster strikes, making sure you’re stocked up and ready to face a natural disaster is the best way to keep your family safe. But what about your pets?   Your pets can’t fend for themselves and rely on you to protect them from during a natural disaster. Here are 10 items to include in a pet emergency kit so that your entire family can weather the storm safely. When bad weather strikes,...
Top Five Calm Cats for Kids
We know from studies that children who grow up with pets are greatly benefitted. They tend to be more caring and empathetic towards people and animals, and more outgoing, with better communication and social skills. The following are five cat breeds that are known to interact well with children, especially quiet kids who are less likely to need an active playmate.   Just remember: Bringing a cat...
Three Nutrients Your Cat Needs to Stay Energized
You cat's food serves many purposes. It contains essential nutrients – amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. – that the body needs to function. Food is also fuel, providing the energy that cats need to grow, maintain their bodies, reproduce, stay warm, and be active. Use MyBowl tool to determine whether or not your cat’s food is made from a healthy balance of fat, protein and...