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Heart Disease in Cats

In contrast to dogs, the majority of heart disease in cats affects the muscular part of the heart, rather than its valves, electrical system or the sac surrounding the heart. Most of the heart is a muscle that serves to constantly pump blood throughout the body. Cardiomyopathy refers to diseases that affect the heart muscle. […]

Considerations When Choosing Food for Your Pet

Pet Nutrition The safest and most convenient way to feed your pets is by choosing to use a commercially produced pet food brand. These food brands are typically produced by companies that employ a veterinary nutritionist, invest in research and development, maintain consistent stability and quality control standards, and are closely monitored by the U.S. […]

How to Enrich Life for Your Indoor Cat

People sometimes mistakenly assume that cats don’t need or benefit from our attention the way our canine pals do. While dogs need our seemingly constant attention, our cats are described as being self-sufficient. This just isn’t so! Studies have shown how cats benefit from the same enrichment efforts that we provide for our dogs. Cat […]

The Importance of Wellness Exams for Pets

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure A wellness exam is a medical examination, such as a yearly physical check-up, that is aimed at early detection of disease and helping to ensure a healthy life for your pet. Recent studies done by both the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American […]

Egg-Binding in Birds

Egg-binding occurs when a female bird (hen) fails to lay an egg within the standard period of time. The egg delivery period varies between species and even amongst individual birds. However, if your hen attempts to lay an egg but it has been several days since her last egg, she may be egg-bound. While any […]

Life Stage Nutrition for Pets

Nutritional needs for dogs and cats vary based on which stage of their life they are in. These life stages include growth, adulthood, senior care and / for reproducing females. Utilizing a diet that is complete and balanced for a specific life stage is important to help reduce the incidence of nutritional problems. Puppies and […]

The Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Our relationships with our pets have been proven to create measurable biological effects on your health. Medical research has documented many positive impacts that your cat, dog and even pet fish can have on your well-being. Here are some of the amazing things our pets do for us and our health: Pet owners may feel […]

Weight-Loss Diet Plans for Dogs and Cats

At least 25 percent of dogs and cats in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese,1,2 making obesity the most common form of malnutrition in American pets. Obesity can contribute to multiple adverse health effects in pets, including diabetes, skin conditions, problems and issues. Weight loss is recommended for overweight or obese dogs and cats […]

Pet Vaccine Clinics: What You Should Know Before You Go

We all appreciate opportunities to save our hard-earned money. And all of us with school-aged children are familiar with the continual request for fundraising support, whether for the PTA, the band, a sports team or some other school-related organization. A fairly recent phenomenon in fundraising that is growing in popularity is vaccine clinics for our […]

Behavior Tips: Begging

My dogs can tell time. No kidding. At 6 p.m. every night, the antics start. Buster starts happy-dancing around the room if I even look toward the food bowls. Marcy follows me from room to room, staring fixedly at me, willing me toward the crunchies. Tiny and polite whines escape from Abby as she lies […]