Kidney Diets for Cats: What to Look for

By Jennifer Coates, DVM | Featured on PetMD

Kidney disease is extremely common in cats. It can develop quickly, because of something like an infection or exposure to antifreeze, or over many years for no apparent reason. Symptoms and treatment for kidney disease vary depending the specifics of the case, but oftentimes, a diet . . . → Read More: Kidney Diets for Cats: What to Look for

10 Common Myths About Animal Shelters Debunked

By Jaime Lynn Smith | Featured on PetMD

Animal shelters are a huge asset to the communities they serve as well as surrounding residents – and, of course, to the animals. Unfortunately, their purpose and contribution to society are often misunderstood. Here, we explore some prevalent myths about animal shelters and the precious pets . . . → Read More: 10 Common Myths About Animal Shelters Debunked

Why Do My Dog’s Ears Smell Bad?

By Matt Soniak | Featured on PetMD

Dogs bring a lot of joy into our homes, but they also bring an array of odors to contend with. We’re used to many of them, from bad breath and “Frito feet” to farts and wet dog smell. But what about a funky smell coming from a . . . → Read More: Why Do My Dog’s Ears Smell Bad?

6 Common Illnesses to Watch for in Puppies

By Amanda Baltazar | Featured on PetMD

Your puppy is brand new and you want to protect him. The best thing you can do is to feed him a healthy, balanced diet, says Dr. Jim Dobies, a veterinarian with South Point Pet Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., and a member of the North Carolina Veterinary . . . → Read More: 6 Common Illnesses to Watch for in Puppies

How Many Calories Does a Dog Need?

Article By Dr. Jennifer Coates | Featured on PetMD

A couple of weeks ago in response to my post about the new AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) labeling requirement to include calorie counts on all pet foods, Tom Collins asked for “guidelines for recommended daily calorie intake for various pets, age groups, . . . → Read More: How Many Calories Does a Dog Need?

Tips to Keep Pets Safe from Fireworks

Article Featured on Oregon Humane Society

Fireworks can drive pets, especially dogs, into a state of panic. Every year, animal shelters have their hands full dealing with pets who bolted from their homes because they were terrified of fireworks. Sadly, many pets are never reunited with their owners. OHS suggests that pet owners take . . . → Read More: Tips to Keep Pets Safe from Fireworks

7 Questions to Ask Before Signing Your Dog up for Daycare

Article By Brielle Gregory | Found on PetMD

These days, the number of doggie daycare facilities—and amenities—seem endless. Pet owners can now choose from doggie daycares that boast swimming pools, memory foam mattresses, home-cooked treats and even tennis courts for their dogs to play ball in.

But with all the bells and whistles, it . . . → Read More: 7 Questions to Ask Before Signing Your Dog up for Daycare

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