Dog vs. Cat: Are They Really Rivals?

laurelwood, vet clinic, beavertonArticle by Regina Boyle Wheeler | Found on Everyday Health

If you’re having doubts about adding a cat to your “dog house” or introducing a canine to your feline-friendly home, rest assured: Dogs and cats can live together in peace. The trick? Create a structured and healthy pet environment to smooth the transition. Continue reading Dog vs. Cat: Are They Really Rivals?

The 4 Things Every Pet Owner Needs to Do to Keep Their Home Germ-Free

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Article by Anthea Levi | Found on Health.com

No one expects pets to be pristine, but good hygiene is essential, not only for your dog’s or cat’s health but for yours, too. That includes everything from frequent litter changes to wiping down a pup’s paws, not to mention regular baths. Want your furry pals as clean as can be? Follow these routines to keep allergens and germs off your animal—and out of your home. Continue reading The 4 Things Every Pet Owner Needs to Do to Keep Their Home Germ-Free

5 Tips to Spot Heart Disease in Cats Sooner

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Article Found on PetHealthNetwork | Written by Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM, DACVIM

Heart disease in kitties is sneaky business. Without any warning symptoms, it can lay a cat low with life threatening, and sometime even life ending issues. Why is feline heart disease so difficult to detect in its early stages? In part, it has to do with the relatively sedentary lifestyle of cats. This makes it difficult to observe decreased stamina or tolerance for exercise. Unlike dogs, most cats don’t engage in a regular exercise routine that might include walks, fetching, or playing with their buddies at the dog park.  Continue reading 5 Tips to Spot Heart Disease in Cats Sooner

What Is Shaking Puppy Syndrome?

What Is Shaking Puppy Syndrome?

By Katy Nelson, DVM | PetMDArticle Featured on

Many things can cause your puppy to shiver or tremble. It could be excitement that you’re home, or it could be from ingesting a toxin. But what if it is due to something that your puppy was born with? Is treatment possible, and will he recover?

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The Science Behind Your Cat’s Scratchy Tongue

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By Ali Semigran | Found on PetMD

Anyone who has ever received a loving lick from a cat knows quite well that scratchy, sandpaper feeling. Recently, PBS explored the science behind the unique texture of a feline’s tongue—and it’s bound to fascinate every cat parent.

Researchers took a deeper look at the cat tongue, which is covered in tiny spines called papillae. “They’re made of keratin, just like human fingernails…The individual spines are even shaped like miniature cat claws with a very sharp end,” explained Georgia Tech researcher Alexis Noel. “They’re able to penetrate any sort of tangle or knot, and tease it apart.” Continue reading The Science Behind Your Cat’s Scratchy Tongue

Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac: Dangers for Pets


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By Maura McAndrew | Found on PetMD

In the summertime, you and your pets likely enjoy more time outdoors—playing in the yard, taking hikes, or going on camping or fishing excursions. While these activities are fun for all, there are hazards to watch out for, including poisonous plants like poison ivy, oak, and sumac. These common plants can cause allergic reactions in dogs, cats, and humans alike. To make sure you’re aware and prepared, we spoke with some experts about how these plants can affect your pet’s health, and what to do if you and your pet get exposed. Continue reading Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac: Dangers for Pets

Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe Near the Water

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Article by Hedy Phillips | Found on Popsugar.com

Despite the assumption that any dog can jump in the water and swim, many dogs actually can’t, and according to DogVacay, thousands of dogs drown every year. We’ve come up with a list of tips and things to keep in mind next time you and your dog are near a body of water to make sure that everyone stays safe. Continue reading Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe Near the Water

Fleas: Everything You Need to Know and More

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Article by Dr. Mike Paul, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork

Fleas are well known as voracious feeders. They’re small, fast, and cause irritation to pets and people alike. In addition to physical discomfort, they transmit a number of diseases. If that wasn’t bad enough, the flea is forever connected with the Black Death.  Continue reading Fleas: Everything You Need to Know and More

Why Microchip Your Cat?

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Should Kittens Get Microchip IDs?

Article By Jackie Kelly | Pet MD

It used to be that unless you had an identification tag on your cat your chances of finding the cat if he or she went missing were slim to none. With modern technology, however, that’s changing. Although some people may be opposed to microchipping their cats because of religious or moral reasons, having your cat microchipped will help animal shelters and animal control officers reunite you with your cat if ever he or she becomes lost. Continue reading Why Microchip Your Cat?

Pets and the Eclipse: What You Need to Know

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Article by Ali Semigran | Found on PetMD

On Aug. 21, 2017, millions of people across the country will have the chance to experience what’s known as the “Great American Eclipse.”

The rare occurrence (the last coast-to-coast total solar eclipse, according to CNN, took place in 1918), in which the sun is totally blocked by the moon, will cross through 14 states. People from all over are planning to—safely, of course—experience this phenomenon with their own eyes.  Continue reading Pets and the Eclipse: What You Need to Know