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11 Ways to Help Your Cat Live Longer
  By Helen Anne Travis   As the emergency veterinary medicine team leader at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Dr. Sonja Olson says she’s seen too many cats wind up in the emergency room with life-threatening injuries and health conditions that could have easily been prevented. In some cases, a few extra steps on the owner’s part could have saved the animal’s life.   While there will always...
5 Ways to Strengthen Your Dog’s Bones
  By John Gilpatrick   While pets require the same things humans need for bone health—calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, and exercise among them—they require very different strategies to meet those needs.   Bone health has generally gotten a lot better for dogs across the board, according to Dr. Felix Duerr, an assistant professor of small animal orthopedics and sports medicine at the...
8 Unusual Genetic Anomalies in Cats
  By Kate Hughes   When it comes to dogs, there is a lot of genetic variation. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and it is kind of mind boggling to consider that Chihuahuas and Great Danes are both members of the same species. When it comes to cats, however, there is much less variation—house cats are all unmistakably genetically related. This means that when a cat exhibits a...
9 Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Water
  By Lindsay Lowe   Many people assume that all dogs are born swimmers and love the water, but that is definitely not the case. Some breeds, whether due to physical build, temperament, or health issues, may not be too eager to dive into a pool or lake. (And, for that matter, even some Retrievers and other famously water-friendly dogs are not fans of swimming).   Here are some dog breeds that...
7 Summer Dog Walking Tips You Should Keep in Mind
  By Victoria Schade   Because our dogs are stuck wearing fur coats, summer heat requires a shift in typical leash walking routines in order to keep them healthy. Exposing your dog to high temperatures, prolonged direct sun, and intense exercise can lead to heat stroke, a dangerous and potentially fatal condition. Older dogs, dogs with shorter snouts, and dogs battling illness are particularly...
7 Ways to Treat and Prevent Back Problems in Dachshunds
  By Reyna Gobel   Dachshunds are adorable with their long backs, short legs, and floppy ears. Unfortunately, their long backs make them more prone to disc herniation, which can lead to problems ranging from minor back pain to paralysis. But it’s more than their body structure: 1 in 5 Dachshunds have a gene that creates mineral deposits within the discs in their spine that increases their...
8 Breeds Prone to Dental Disease
  By Paula Fitzsimmons   Dental disease is serious business. It affects not only a dog’s teeth and gums, but also can cause infection and ultimately result in organ failure, if left untreated. Periodontal disease is the most prevalent disease in all dogs, but some breeds are at higher risk, says Dr. Donald Beebe, a veterinarian with Apex Dog and Cat Dentistry in Englewood, Colorado.  ...
A Guide to Koi and Other Pond Fish Varieties
By Jessie M Sanders, DVM, CertAqV   A fish pond can be a grand addition to any home. Koi are one of the most commonly kept pet fish for large, outdoor ponds. Originating from grass carp, generations of breeding for color and shape have yielded the beautiful nishikigoi, or brocaded carp, also commonly called koi. These specific mutations have been bred for centuries into the magnificent fish you...
The Best Captive Bred Snakes That Stay Small
By Cheryl Lock   If you or your child are interested in taking home a snake as a pet, but not quite as interested in dealing with a pet that can grow to be humongous, there may be a compromise. While larger snakes might be difficult for a number of reasons — keeping them fed and housed, for one thing, can be quite the chore — snakes that stay on the smaller side can make great pets.  ...
Building a Cool Cage for Your Pet Rat
By Jennifer Coates, DVM   Who knew rats could be so amazing? Now that rats have stolen your heart, you want yours to have everything they need to be happy. Read on for what you need to know about putting together the coolest and best rat cage possible. Rats are social critters, so hopefully you have (or are planning on having) at least two. And this means that the small “starter” rat cages...