August 22 is “national take your cat to the veterinarian” day. Tips to get your cat to the office.

Dr. Ruth MacPete, DVM There are more cats in American homes than dogs, yet despite their popularity, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that cats are brought to the veterinarian less often than dogs. Why is this true? Don’t cat parents love their pets as much as dog parents do? Of course they do,…

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Kennel Cough: Signs and Symptoms

Infectious tracheobronchitis, commonly known as kennel cough, is a canine respiratory infection caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus. These pathogens attack the cilia lining the respiratory tract and cause inflammation of the upper airway. This leads to irritation of the airways and a dry cough. It also makes the animal more susceptible to…

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Heartworm Prevention Key to Reduce Disease Threat in 2013

by Christopher Carpenter DVM, MBA – Executive Director of the Companion Animal Parasite Council Most veterinarians recommend year-round heartworm prevention, yet only half of surveyed pet owners follow these recommendations, risking infection and broken hearts. The year-round recommendation is based on these points: • Heartworm transmission occurs throughout the year in portions of the United…

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Unruly Behaviors in Dogs

Jumping, Digging, Chasing, and Stealing Behaviors in Dogs All of these actions are within the range of normal dog behaviors. However, a dog that is not kept active enough or has had poor training may behave excessively in one or more of these ways. This can be especially true of dogs that are normally high…

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How People With a Cat Eat

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Hot Spots on Dogs! Just What Are These, Anyway?

Hot Spots are one of many skin irritations seen in pets. Often, you’ll hear your veterinarian refer to them as moist pyoderma. They occur when your dog itches, scratches or licks him or herself excessively, eventually forming a wet scab on the fur. But what do you with a hot spot? Hot Spots can seemingly…

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Dehydration and Overheating in Dogs

Potentially serious if left untreated, dehydration and overheating can be prevented by recognizing early warning signs. While field dogs are especially vulnerable, these conditions can impact all dogs. Dehydration A excess loss of body fluids, dehydration involves the loss of water and depletion of electrolytes, which include the essential minerals of potassium, sodium and chloride.…

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Historic hospitals: Veterinarians share stories of three practices

Dr. Fred Pomeroy treats dogs and cats in the same spot in the heart of St. Paul, Minn., where his grandfather set up shop to treat horses in 1886. Many other veterinary practices across the country have stood the test of time, even if they haven’t stayed in the family. Coffee Memorial Animal Clinic, whose…

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Catification: Build Your Own Custom Cat Tree Using Re-purposed Dresser Drawers

  Wendy and David from Oregon were inspired by a creative re-purposing project they saw using old dresser drawers to build a display shelf. Since cats love to nap in drawers, this is a perfect Catification project! They found five matching dresser drawers on Craigslist for just a few bucks and created the frame with some…

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How to keep your pets calm, safe over July 4th holiday

Every year around Independence Day, animal shelters fill up with pets that have strayed from home after being spooked by the loud bangs of fireworks. Terrified animals can run for miles, trying to escape the noise. Pets don’t understand what the noise is all about, and they can get frightened very easily. In addition, their…

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