It's true: reading this article could save your dog's life. If you're a dog guardian, chances are you have at some point heard the term "bloat"; however, many dog lovers still don't understand exactly what this condition is, or how fatal it can be. We hope the following information helps you in understanding how to help prevent, recognize and treat this life-threatening condition to give your dog the best chance at life...Read more »
To many Americans, it may come as a surprise that declawing a cat is illegal in countries across the world, where it is recognized as animal cruelty. It may also come as a surprise that it is indeed cruel. After all, we love our pets. We love our cats. And yet, many Americans continue to subject their feline friends to a barbaric procedure simply because they don't fully understand the procedure and its implications...Read more »
Spring is the beginning of what I like to call “crazy season” for cats. Females have spent all winter reproductively dormant. As the days grow longer and the nights become shorter, a specialized gland in the female cat’s brain recognizes that spring is coming and turns on their reproductive system. What does this mean to us as a community? That as spring approaches, every unsprayed female feline comes into heat, like clockwork, in unison...Read more »
So you’ve gone green: you recycle, carpool, filter your own water and buy recycled paper. But is your pet green? After all, with our natural resources at stake, it’s important to reduce the carbon paw print, too! Fortunately, it’s easy providing natural and earth-friendly products for your pet pals thanks to the vast variety of eco-friendly beds, toys, leashes, grooming products, litter and more...Read more »
The scenario: You wake to your fluffy feline friend head-butting you to beg for breakfast. You do your normal morning routine and she sees you off to work just like every other day. When you get home, however, kitty doesn’t greet you, and after searching and calling you find her lying in the closet breathing really hard. You grab her up and head to the emergency vet. After an exam, EKG and radiographs, the veterinarian tells you that Snickers is in heart failure and that, even with therapy, she not pull out of this...Read more »
Take a good look at your cat. Sure, he’s utterly adorable, but what else do you see? A shiny, soft, healthy coat—or a dull, flaky, lifeless one? The skin and fur of a cat are the outward manifestation of inward health. While this may sound philosophic, it’s quite true. Skin is the last organ on the priority list with regard to where the body will shunt energy and nutrients. If infection, inflammation, cancer, deficiency or toxicity is present, the body has bigger problems to deal with than maintaining the skin and fur...Read more »
If you surf the Internet, chances are you’ve seen the viral videos and photos showing off the “World’s Fattest Cat” or the “Chunkiest Dog”. In fact, there are contests crowning the most obese among the world’s cats and dogs. Sadly, while many may have a chuckle at the expense of these poor critters, the phenomenon points to a troubling epidemic...
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