Simple Boredom Busters You May Never Have Considered

Simple Boredom Busters You May Never Have Considered

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Felines in the wild (including big cats and neighborhood feral colonies) are typically lean, lithe and on the move. It’s the nature of all cats to be active, and in fact it’s essential to their physical and emotional health. I believe the majority of housecats today are not only overfed and under-exercised, but also extremely bored, and boredom isn’t a healthy emotional state for kitties.

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Should You Stay Away From Your Pets if You Have the Flu?

Should You Stay Away From Your Pets if You Have the Flu?

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

When flu season rolls around, you may start to wonder if you can pass the virus on to your pets, perhaps perpetuating a vicious cycle of flu transmission within your own household. While not common, human-to-pet flu transmission, known as “reverse zoonosis,” has happened.

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How Your Dog Tells You He’s in Pain

How Your Dog Tells You He's in Pain

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Because humans rely so heavily on spoken communication, it can be challenging at times to understand what’s happening with the nonverbal members of our families — the ones covered in fur who bark but don’t talk. This can be particularly stressful in situations where a pet may be ill or hurting.

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How To Treat A Sebaceous Cyst On A Cat

How To Treat A Sebaceous Cyst On A Cat

By Dr. TB Thompson | Article Featured on Pet Life Today

When you’re cuddling with your cat, you expect to feel soft, smooth fur, not lumps and bumps! It’s alarming to feel unidentified bumps under your cat’s skin. If you’ve been told by your vet your cat has a sebaceous cyst, you may still be a bit confused about what it is and how to treat a sebaceous cyst on a cat.

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4 Sleep Disorders in Dogs

4 Sleep Disorders in Dogs

by JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

The average adult dog sleeps about 12 to 14 hours a day through a combination of daytime naps and nighttime sleep. Just like in people, sleep is key to a dog’s overall health. It also helps a dog feel more rested and energetic.

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5 Reasons Why Dog Dental Care Is Important

5 Reasons Why Dog Dental Care Is Important

By JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM | Article Featured on PetMD

How would you feel if you never brushed your teeth? Constantly having lots of plaque and an unpleasant taste in your mouth would probably be more than you could tolerate. Your wallet probably wouldn’t feel so good either after having to pay a hefty dentist bill to get your oral health back in good shape.

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Why a Cat Patio Is the Next Best Thing for Your Feline

Why a Cat Patio Is the Next Best Thing for Your Feline

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Cats are inherently wild creatures and hunters at heart who instinctively do what they’ve done from the dawn of time: No matter what size they are, from the majestic “king of beasts” to your fluffy indoor feline, they’re at their best in natural surroundings and are fascinated with the outdoors.

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Itchy Dog? You’ve Likely Missed This Culprit

Itchy Dog? You've Likely Missed This Culprit

Like us, dogs can be allergic to all kinds of things in their environment, but one common item many people never even consider as a source of allergens is their pet’s bed.

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How to Make Your New Pet Feel Loved and Welcome

How to Make Your New Pet Feel Loved and Welcome
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Bringing home a new dog or cat is a very exciting time, but it can also be a bit stressful for both two- and four-legged family members — especially when there hasn’t been much groundwork laid to welcome the new arrival. As I often say, preparation is priceless. Pre-planning for a new pet can go a long way toward reducing stress not only on the animal, but also on the human members of the household.

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Say Good Riddance to Nasty Pathogens That Riddle Pet Toys

Say Good Riddance to Nasty Pathogens That Riddle Pet Toys

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Dogs love to chew, fetch and carry around their favorite toys, which means those that are the most loved will also be those that quickly become covered in dirt, slobber and grime. Your dog may bury his toys in the yard, sleep with them at night and drag them around the floor, making them magnets for bacteria, yeast and mold.

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