3 Top Cat and Dog Health Issues

By JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

Taking care of our pets, especially their health, is an important part of responsible pet ownership. Understanding the basics of some common problems affecting dog health and cat health can help you take even better care of your pets, helping them lead happy and healthy lives. Here . . . → Read More: 3 Top Cat and Dog Health Issues

How to Help a Puppy Who Isn’t Gaining Weight

By Paula Fitzsimmons

You’re feeding your puppy a nutritionally-balanced diet and following the directions on the label with precision. You watch as your new best friend voraciously eats his dog food, and surmise his appetite isn’t the problem. Despite your best efforts, however, he’s not gaining weight as he should. Puppies grow at different . . . → Read More: How to Help a Puppy Who Isn’t Gaining Weight

The Best Ways to Treat Kennel Cough in Dogs

By Mindy Cohan, VMD | Found on PetMD

Kennel cough, also known as infectious tracheobronchitis, is one of the most common respiratory diseases seen in dogs. The disease is highly contagious and typically affects dogs in close contact such as boarding kennels, daycare, dog parks and competitive events. The disease is caused by both . . . → Read More: The Best Ways to Treat Kennel Cough in Dogs

5 Ways to Help a Hiding Cat

By John Gilpatrick | Found on PetMD

It’s hard to say if Garfield started the stereotype of the mischievous, anti-social cat, but he certainly reinforced it, and to be fair, there’s some basis in truth.

While some cats are friendly and cuddly, many others spend their days in dark enclosed spaces and prowl . . . → Read More: 5 Ways to Help a Hiding Cat

What Makes a Cat’s Coat Feel Greasy?

By Cheryl Lock | Found on PetMD

There’s almost nothing better than snuggling up to our furry feline friends at the end of a long day, which is why most cat owners are sure to notice when something is different about their pet’s fur.

“Cats are generally incessant self-groomers, and not for vain reasons,” . . . → Read More: What Makes a Cat’s Coat Feel Greasy?

Cat Cold Weather Mistakes to Avoid

By Katherine Tolford | Found on PetMD

Cats are resourceful creatures with good survival skills. But when the cold chill of winter sets in they are vulnerable to a host of hazards. Dr. Jessica Trimble from fuzzy.com, an in-home veterinary preventative care service, has a list of cold weather mistakes to avoid that will . . . → Read More: Cat Cold Weather Mistakes to Avoid

4 Tips to Keep Your Dog Pain Free

Article by Dr. Phil Zeltzman, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork

Dogs are very good at hiding pain. Remember, in the wild, the weak or painful may become the prey of another animal. We believe this is the reason why pets try to mask their pain. The best way to make sure your dog isn’t . . . → Read More: 4 Tips to Keep Your Dog Pain Free

How to Properly Pick Up a Puppy or Kitten

Article by Paula Fitzsimmons | Found on PetMD

Who doesn’t jump at the chance to pick up and hold a puppy or kitten? “They are so cute, and they look like little stuffed toys,” says Dr. Robin Downing, hospital director at The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management in Windsor, Colorado.

Pick one up . . . → Read More: How to Properly Pick Up a Puppy or Kitten

Common Reactions to Vaccines and How to Handle Them

Article by Jennifer Coates, DVM | Found on PetMD

For the vast majority of pets, the benefits of appropriate vaccination far outweigh the risks, but as with any medical procedure, adverse reactions are always possible. Vaccine reactions are stressful and scary for pet parents but will be less so if you know what to . . . → Read More: Common Reactions to Vaccines and How to Handle Them

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?

Article by Kimberly Alt | Found on Canine Journal

Have you ever taken your dog to the groomer and then noticed its whiskers are gone? Your dog probably feels a bit disoriented afterward. The technical term for whiskers is vibrissa, and they are more important than the hair that humans grow on their faces. What . . . → Read More: Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?