Cats are curious creatures by nature. They love to play, jump, and roam around the house or yard, but sometimes their inquisitive personalities get the best of them. They’re just drawn to that beautiful bouquet of stargazer lilies on your kitchen table or the colorful cluster of daylilies in your garden. However, here’s a spring reminder that lilies can be a safety threat to your feline friend.
It’s not unusual for pet owners to want to give their animals Tylenol or other medicine straight from their own medicine cabinet. Many people don’t realize that a medicine that’s safe for people may not be safe for dogs or cats, or that a dose that is safe for people may not be safe for their pets. In fact, some over-the-counter (OTC) human pain relievers can be toxic, or even deadly, in pets.
It’s cold and flu season and you have stocked up on cough drops and medicines to keep yourself healthy. While these remedies can help fight illness, remember to store these products away from pets. Cough drops can be especially dangerous for your pups.
The prevalence of canine obesity continues to rise with an overall rate of nearly 53 percent. Labrador retrievers are the most commonly overweight dog breed with approximately 60 percent facing obesity. A recent study finds there may be a genetic reason for this, noting that one-fifth of Labs are missing a portion of the POMC (proopiomelanocortin) gene.
Did you know that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the United States? Smoking is not only harmful to people; it’s harmful to pets, too. Both secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke hurts pets.
The number of dogs stolen each year in the U.S. has continued to rise every year since 2010. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently announced 831 dogs were stolen in 2015, an increase of 30 percent from 2014. In reality, this number is much higher considering the total only includes AKC-recognized breeds and doesn’t include cats and other pets.
Let’s take a look at those treats that we love but that can be a real threat to our pet’s health. The most popular found at this season’s celebrations are chocolate, candy and baked goods, and alcohol.
Many people have festive plants around the house for the holidays. Remember to keep your furry family members in mind when you display or dispose of your holiday plants. Three popular holiday plants that could pose danger to your pet are poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly.
Senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters which puts them at an increased risk for euthanasia. Puppies and kittens are cute and cuddly, but older pets are just as adorable, loving and loyal.
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Pet obesity continues to be a growing problem, affecting the majority of US dogs and cats. Research conducted in 2015 by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that approximately 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs were overweight or obese.
The ASPCA published a study about lost pets and the most effective methods for finding them. They surveyed more than 1,000 households across the country. Fifteen percent had lost a pet within the past five years, and 85% of those pets had been recovered. The survey results suggest three key activities for recovering a lost pet.
If you think your dog or cat has swallowed a penny, this is a medical emergency. Do not wait to see if the penny will pass. Call your veterinarian and arrange an emergency visit immediately. This also goes for other items with high zinc content.
Contrary to what a lot of us have heard, dogs are not color blind. However, their visual perception of color is a little different from that of humans, as shown in a study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
If you’ve ever wanted to train your dog to not dig up your yard, but thought it was impossible – it’s not. In fact, the method for training dogs to not dig up your yard is much like the method you use to housetrain puppies. Click here to read what to do!
The main thing all pet owners should do to protect their pets is to have pets fully vaccinated – even if the pets are strictly indoors. Rabies and distemper are deadly and present in the wildlife population. If a bat, or some other critter enters your house, your pet may have to go through quarantine if not vaccinated.
While some people are allergic to animals some animals are allergic to people. Usually, the allergic response is triggered by skin dander. While animals may not have a lot to say in choosing their people, people do have a choice in why kind of dog to get.
While indoor and outdoor cats age at the same speed for the first couple of years, an outdoor cat ages more rapidly after the first two years. An inside feline has about the same life expectancy of a small breed dog.
Multiple cases of canine influenza, or dog flu, have been reported by veterinarians in the Rapid City area. Dogs affected by the virus develop respiratory disease symptoms including fever and coughing.
Dogs in History (May 23, 1903): National heroes Horatio Jackson, Sewall Crocker, and Bud the pit bull were the first team to cross North America in an automobile. On May 18, Dr. Jackson, a wealthy physician, took a $50 bet to prove that a 4-wheeled machine could cross the country.
If you incurred expenses related to Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treat products containing ingredients imported from China, you are probably eligible for reimbursement from a class action settlement.
Summer is the perfect time for picnics and barbecues, sweet treats, and cold drinks but some of your tasty snacks are not particularly pet-friendly. Here is a list of some popular summer treats that you should avoid sharing with your pup.
Bad thunderstorm phobia is more common in dogs than in cats. Dogs have been known to develop thunderstorm phobias after having lived several years with relatively normal reactions to thunderstorms. Signs of excessive anxiety include hiding, trembling, whining, drooling, and pacing.
Heartworm disease is a very serious, and often fatal, condition caused by parasitic roundworms. These worms set up camp in the lung arteries and in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats, and other mammals. Pets become infected with heartworm through a bite from a mosquito.
Many authorities are arguing that shearing your dog in the summer can actually increase the body temperature. It’s an unsettled debate in hot-weather dog care. There does not seem to be any scientific research directly answering the question.
While many animals change body colors to protect or hide themselves in their environment, new research shows that chameleon color changes serve a different purpose: to communicate during social interactions with other chameleons.
Cats are very good at hiding discomfort and illnesses, making it hard for their owners, and sometimes even their vets, to pick up on their pain. It is important for feline owners to observe their pet's behavior and look for signs that they may be in pain.
Bang your hood. Save a cat. Cold cats like to sleep under the hoods of cars, exposing themselves to injury from the fan belt. Banging your hood on cold days gives them a chance to leave before you start your engine.
Walking in a winter wonderland can leave salt and deicer products on a pet's paws. They can make paws sensitive and worse yet, dogs and cats will lick and ingest these chemicals to get them off their skin.
Recent studies show that it is possible for a pet to contract the flu from humans. The concept of a disease being transferred from a human to an animal is called reverse zoonosis and flu cases have emerged involving dogs, cats, and ferrets.
We have received a progress report from the FDA regarding the Chinese jerky treat complaints. As of September 24, 2013, the FDA has received more than 3,000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which are imported from China.
Don't slack off on flea control now. As the weather cools, people start wondering if they can slack off on their flea control. Right now is actually considered the height of flea season. The colder it gets, the more determined fleas become to get in your house and on your pets.
If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or something yellow on the leash, this is a dog who needs some space. The yellow ribbon on the leash is a symbol that the owner is asking others to maintain distance or give them time to move out of your way.
Researchers at Colorado State University found that over 40% of the cats in their study were handed over to an animal shelter because of inappropriate elimination or soiling the house. This was the number one behavioral reason owners gave for abandoning their feline.
The answer is yes! While not as prone to sunburn as humans, dogs and cats can suffer from sunburn as well. This time of year, vets treat an increased number of pets with sunburn and other skin diseases that likely have come from a large amount of sun exposure.