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7 Ways to Prevent and Treat Canine Knee Injuries
  By Monica Weymouth   If you’ve ever injured your knee—even just a simple twist—you understand how debilitating the pain can be. Unfortunately, many of our pups know the feeling all too well. The good news is that although canine knee problems are common, there are plenty of ways to both prevent and treat them. Here, the experts explain how to keep your best bud as healthy as possible....
8 Surprising Causes of Dog Coughing
  By Paula Fitzsimmons   Your dog has started to make hacking, honking, and whooping sounds, and you’re naturally concerned. That cough may be nothing more than a reaction to inhaling an environmental irritant. “Coughing is an important body defense to keep the respiratory tract free of harmful substances, foreign materials and debris, and excessive secretions,” says Dr. Camille...
10 Ways to Tell If Your Dog Is Part of the Family
  By Cheryl Lock   Anyone who has ever owned a dog can tell you: our canine companions are way more than just pets.   “From the time we bring home a puppy that is a furry bundle of joy, dogs become part of our families,” says Dr. Mary Burch, animal behaviorist and director of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program. “They grow up with our children, move through phases of...
5 Types of Liver Disease in Dogs
  By Mindy Cohan, VMD   The liver serves a role in many vitally important bodily functions. It is critical in the metabolism or breakdown of many drugs, enabling the body to use therapeutic medications. The liver detoxifies the blood, ridding the body of harmful chemicals and metabolites. In addition to its important filtration system, the liver is a very productive organ. By producing glucose...
8 Weird Cat Litter Box Habits
By Monica Weymouth   Mysterious creatures by nature, cats are especially cryptic when it comes to using their litter boxes—or, as is sometimes the case, not using their litter boxes. Have a kitty with some questionable bathroom habits? We asked the experts for the feline logic behind some of the most common bad behaviors. Fortunately, most are correctable with a little training—human...
How to Cat-Proof Your Couch
  By Helen Anne Travis   Even the most well-behaved cats can’t help but wreak havoc on our furniture. It’s not their fault they think our couches are giant scratching posts. Fortunately, there are ways to cat-proof your furniture and prevent further destruction. All it takes are a few supplies and some positive reinforcement training.   “Scratching is a natural part of feline...
6 Signs Your Flea Medication Isn’t Working
By John Gilpatrick   Fleas are extremely unwelcome intruders for pet and owner alike. When these pesky little biters make their way onto your pet and into your home, it takes some heavy duty stuff to get them gone.   But what happens if your pet’s flea medication proves fruitless? Or worse, what if a flea medication causes your pet to experience unfortunate side effects?   What are...
10 Helpful Ways to Calm Your Cat
  By Maura McAndrew   Cats are something of an enigma—intelligent, sometimes inscrutable animals whose sensitivity and perceptiveness make them fascinating and lovable pets. But as most cat owners can tell you, cats are also creatures of habit and comfort. They can become stressed or scared by a range of things, from a trip to the vet to a new person in the house.   To tell if your cat is...
8 Common Cat Fears and Anxieties
  By Maura McAndrew   There’s a reason the term is “scaredy-cat” and not “scaredy-dog”: cats are sensitive creatures, the pets we most tend to associate with timidity. But it’s important to recognize that fear and anxiety are not natural cat traits, but serious feelings with causes that need to be investigated.   According to Ingrid Johnson, a Georgia-based certified cat behavioral...
7 Tips for Treating Cat Eye Infections
  By Kate Hughes   As with most feline ailments, recognizing when there is a problem is the first step in diagnosing and treating eye infections in cats. But, since many kitties can be very private—even more so when they’re not feeling well—having an idea of what could go wrong and how to fix it can be very helpful. Here are some tips that pet parents can use to keep their cats’ eyes...