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Dog, Cat and Pet Health Tips

Dog, Cat and Pet Health Tips

7 Essentials Your Kitten Can’t Live Without
By Kate Hughes   One of the greatest days in a person’s life is the day they bring a tiny, adorable ball of kitteny fluff into their homes. While cats are a relatively easy pet to care for, it is imperative that owners have everything that Mittens needs to grow and thrive before bringing her through the front door.   If you’re new to cat ownership, you might not be sure where to start when...
6 Reasons Your Dog Is Depressed
  By John Gilpatrick   The unconditional love dogs show their owners is a constant source of joy. And it’s reliable: Dog owners know they can walk through the door after a long day at work and have their pup shower them with kisses while she barks, cries, and jumps excitedly and almost uncontrollably. There’s nothing quite like that feeling, which makes the rare occasions when your dog...
10 Common Household Hazards for Cats
Curious cats will play with anything. If you dropped it, chances are they will find it and think it’s the greatest toy ever. Usually, that’s really entertaining to watch—as long as they don’t eat it.  Luckily, cats are pickier than dogs about the things they swallow. But, that doesn’t mean they won’t chew on something dangerous. From electrical cords to rubber bands to plants, there...
7 Dog Breeds at Risk for Heart Disease
  By Heather Larson   Knowing what health issues your dog is susceptible to gives you the chance to catch a malady early when you have ample time to modify it. When the issue concerns the heart, you can slow down the disease before it progresses to heart failure, says Dr. Christopher Stauthammer, associate professor of veterinary cardiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the...
6 Signs Your Dog Isn’t Getting Enough Exercise
  By Teresa K. Traverse   Dogs need regular exercise, just like people. If your dog isn’t getting enough physical activity, he may put on too much weight, become bored or frustrated, or release his pent-up energy in undesirable ways.   Keep in mind that individual dogs have different needs. Your dog’s age, breed, size, and health status will affect how much exercise he needs, says Dr....
The 7 Best Cleaner Shrimp for the Home Aquarium
By Jessie M Sanders, DVM, CertAqV   Planning and developing your tank environment by taking all biome contributors into consideration will make the healthiest home for your new pets, and the best home aquarium systems flourish through diversity.     One of the most overlooked components of healthy and diverse fish tanks are crustaceans; specifically, those in the cleaner shrimp family. Even...
6 Simple Tips for Cleaning Up Cat Poop
  By Paula Fitzsimmons   Cleaning the cat’s litter box is not on anyone’s list of favorite things to do. It’s a tedious and messy job—even more so if your cat goes outside the box. But it’s also essential to the health and well-being of your family, both furry and human.   As long as you share your life with a cat, you won’t be able to get out of cat litter box duty. But there are...
How to Tell Your Cat’s Age
  Reviewed and updated for accuracy on November 18, 2019, by Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM, PhD   When you adopt a cat whose history is a mystery to the shelter or rescue organization, it’s hard to determine how old your new feline friend may be.   Once your kitty reaches adulthood, pinpointing a birthday becomes increasingly difficult. However, there are some indicators that can help you and...
6 Things You Should NEVER Do When Adopting a Dog
  By John Gilpatrick   Adopting a dog is a joyful decision. You’re choosing to bring home a new family member that you will love unconditionally.   But just because it’s an overall positive and pleasant experience doesn’t mean you should act on a whim. A new dog needs attention, physical and emotional support, and requires new financial commitments. “Pets are not an accessory, a...
7 Signs Your Cat May Need a Feline Companion
  By Lindsay Lowe   “Should I get a second cat?” If you have one kitty at home, chances are you’ve asked yourself that question at some point.   It’s true that many cats can benefit from having a feline buddy. Although cats have a reputation as solitary animals, they are social creatures and can thrive on forming close bonds with other creatures.   Certain changes in behavior, such as...