Kitten Basics 101 – Taking Care of Your New Kitten

Kitten Basics 101 - Taking Care of Your New Kitten

Raising a kitten is one of the most fun things you’ll ever do, but it’s also a big responsibility. The following guide will walk you through the basics of how to take care of that playful, purring bundle of fur.

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Dog Exercise: Keeping Your Pup in Good Shape

Dog Exercise: Keeping Your Pup in Good Shape

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Daily walks, jogs, or play sessions can pay huge dividends when it comes to your dog’s health. Not only will exercise help keep your dog fit and trim, regular activities can help channel your dog’s energy into a positive direction, like playing games or taking walks, rather than destructive ones like digging holes in the yard. Check out this guide to get tips on creating a safe and healthy canine workout plan.

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Bulbs, Corms, Tubers and Rhizomes: What Potential Toxins Are Lurking Below the Soil?

Bulbs, Corms, Tubers and Rhizomes: What Potential Toxins Are Lurking Below the Soil?

BY DR. TINA WISMER DVM, DABVT, DABT | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

Springtime flowers are beautiful, but some are potentially dangerous to our pets. The “bulb” plants can be toxic. Botanically speaking, flower bulbs come in many forms: true bulbs, corms, tubers, tuberous roots and rhizomes. With some bulb plants, only the part below the ground is problematic; with others, it is the whole plant. The plants discussed in this article are toxic to both dogs and cats unless otherwise specified (some are toxic only to cats), but keep in mind that just about any plant material, even grass, can cause mild stomach upset if eaten and a pet is sensitive to it.

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Flea and Tick Prevention in Cats & Dogs

Flea and Tick Prevention in Cats & Dogs

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What Are Fleas and Ticks?

Fleas and ticks are external parasites that can cause extreme discomfort for your pet and can also cause serious diseases.

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Don’t Make These 5 New Dog Owner Mistakes

Don't Make These 5 New Dog Owner Mistakes

By Dr. Marty Becker, DVM | Article Featured on Vetstreet

I love meeting first-time dog owners. They’re so enthusiastic about their pups — or their adult dogs, if they’ve adopted from a shelter. I want to do everything I can to make sure they get off on the right paw with their new pet.

Because I talk to so many of them, I see some of the same mistakes over and over. They probably don’t seem like mistakes, especially to a new pet parent, but they sure can cause problems with a dog’s health and behavior in the long run. If you have just acquired a dog or know someone who has, here are five common mistakes new dog owners make and my doggy do-list for doin’ it right.

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9 Secrets to Keeping Your Indoor Cat Happy

9 Secrets to Keeping Your Indoor Cat Happy

Article by Bethany Dean | Featured on Vetstreet

There is a long-held misconception that cats need to be able to roam outdoors to be happy, but we think most modern felines would disagree. All the kitty luxuries available today make the great outdoors just seem a little less… great. Whether munching on catnip, traversing indoor climbing systems or watching made-for-cat DVDs, today’s indoor felines seemingly have it made. And as an added bonus, indoor cats have potentially longer life spans because they are are less likely to be exposed to cars, predators and some diseases than outdoor cats.

Check out the tips below to unlock some of the best-kept secrets of supremely happy indoor cats and use them to enrich the life of your own indoor kitty companion.

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How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching the Sofa

How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching the Sofa

By Mikkel Becker | Article Featured on Vetstreet

My cat likes to hide under our couch and claw at the underside of it. It’s driving me crazy. Can I get him to stop?

You absolutely can teach your cat to not use your furniture as a scratching post — but before we delve into the specifics of how to change your cat’s behavior, let’s start by talking about why he may be doing this in the first place.

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5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Pet's Dental Health

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Pet's Dental Health

Article By Laura Cross | Featured on VetStreet

Are your pet’s pearly whites more yellow-brown in color? Does his breath make you plug your nose? We wouldn’t be surprised if many of you answered yes and yes. By the time they’re 3 years old, most dogs and cats suffer from some degree of dental disease — and yellow-brown tartar and stinky breath are just two of the warning signs. But your pet doesn’t have to be part of that disheartening statistic! There are steps you can take at home — and with the help of your veterinarian — to help combat dental disease.

Read on to learn how you can improve your dog or cat’s dental health.

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Heartworm Treatment for Dogs: What You Need to Know

Heartworm Treatment for Dogs: What You Need to Know

Article by DR. Marty Becker, DVM | Featured on Vetstreet.com

Odds are, you’ve visited at least one veterinary office that prominently displayed a photo or drawing of a canine heart infested with heartworms. This gruesome image illustrates what can happen to your dog when the spaghetti-like worms clog his heart.

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Ehrlichiosis: What You Should Know About This Tick-Borne Disease

Ehrlichiosis: What You Should Know About This Tick-Borne Disease

By DR. MARTY BECKER DVM | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

Ticks are trouble! We all know that they spread the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, but another tick-borne disease that is steadily increasing is ehrlichiosis. Once limited to western Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, the incidence of ehrlichiosis is expected to rise in those areas, as well as in southern California and the southeastern United States, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

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