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Would You Believe Cats Get Acne, Too?

July 22, 2021

Oh, the embarrassment of those unsightly blemishes. While often the source of teenage angst in humans, acne doesn’t have the same social repercussions for cats. In fact, feline acne has nothing to do with a cat’s teenage years or hormonal roller coasters going on inside the body. So what’s the deal with acne in cats? …

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Grapes Are Toxic to Dogs, and Now We Know Why

June 24, 2021

Among the many things on the no-no list for dogs are grapes and their relatives, raisins and currants. Accidentally feeding your dog any of these fruits could quickly lead to severe kidney failure and even death. For a long time, no one knew what, exactly, about these foods were toxic to dogs. The type of …

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Feeding the Skinny, Older Cat

May 20, 2021

Cats are living longer, with some of them ticking past their twentieth birthdays and. As they age, cats often lose weight, especially after about age 11, becoming frail, bony versions of their younger selves. Sometimes this can be attributed to one or more underlying diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism (overactive …

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Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Focus on Lymphosarcoma

May 13, 2021

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, nutrition and good daily care from owners like you, dogs and cats are living longer than ever before. But unfortunately, pets can be diagnosed with cancer, especially as grey creeps into the fur around their faces. One of the most common cancers in both dogs and cats is lymphosarcoma, …

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What’s the Right Way to Remove a Tick?

April 8, 2021

Only you know that special hollow, at the base of your dog’s neck, where you can scritch and send a hind paw banging on the floor, scratching at a phantom itch. But wait… what’s this? You part the hair. Eeewww, it’s a bloated tick. If it’s an adult deer tick, it can latch on with …

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A Taste of the Wild Guide to Choosing the Right Pet Food

March 31, 2021

Choosing the right pet food isn’t easy. Simply walking into the pet food aisle can be daunting. So many choices you need to make, and so many options for each choice. All life stages dog food. Senior cat food. High-protein food. Flavor. Price point. Quantity. Ingredient. Nutrient. Protein source. What’s it all mean? Anyone who …

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Does Daylight Saving Time Impact Your Pet?

March 11, 2021

Does your cat have an uncanny way of nestling on your chest five minutes before the alarm goes off? Does your dog station itself by the food dish at precisely the time dinner’s usually served? Do they gather by the door around the time you typically arrive home from work? If it seems like your …

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How to Help a Poisoned Pet

March 4, 2021

Curious pets have a way of getting into things they shouldn’t. Maybe your dog nosed through the garbage can. Or your cat gnawed on a new houseplant. Or a pet pried open the bottle of human medications in your backpack. Dogs and cats are often inadvertently poisoned by ingesting toxins, but like people, they can …

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