Why cats have more lives than dogs when it comes to snakebites

Article Featured on ScienceDaily

Cats are twice as likely to survive a venomous snakebite than dogs, and the reasons behind this strange phenomenon have just been revealed. The research team compared the effects of snake venoms on the blood clotting agents in dogs and cats, hoping to help save the lives of our furry friends.

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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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Have you caught your dog shaking his head a lot? Do you often see him tilting his head to one side? Is he constantly doing this even though his ears seem clean?

Unfortunately you won’t always be able to see what’s irritating your dog’s ears with the naked eye, but if he’s shaking his head frequently it means something is causing him discomfort. Most of the time this will either be an ear infection or an allergy, although there are other possible causes.

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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 dog’s ears? While not as notably or frequently smelly as their mouths and rear ends, dogs’ ears can sometimes get a little stinky. Fortunately, the typical causes of smelly ears are relatively benign, and the fixes are pretty easy.

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Article by Maura McAndrew | Found on PetMD

We’ve all heard the sayings that cats have “nine lives” and they “always land on their feet.” These old adages reflect our perception of cats as incredibly resilient creatures. They are graceful, careful, and they know how to take care of themselves. Right? But as cat owners learn, this is not always the reality. In spite of cats’ seeming ability to come out of danger unscathed, they are still vulnerable to injury. And when cats do get hurt, they need our help—even if they’re too proud to ask.

This includes head injuries as well. “Cats can get ‘concussion injuries,’” says Dr. M. Ryan Smith, assistant professor of emergency and critical care at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Victor Oppenheimer, director of the Perla del Sur Animal Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico, agrees. “Cats can get concussions at any time,” he explains. “Concussions are common due to the fact that they like to walk on ledges and climb trees.” Read more

Article by Eloise Porter | Medically Reviewed by Steve Kim, MD | Featured on Health Line

When to Worry About Your Pet

Your dog is part of the family: He’s your best friend, eats your leftovers, and accompanies you on morning walks. But your dog can’t complain, so how do you know when to seek medical help? How can you tell if that limp signifies a sprain, or that sneeze requires an antibiotic?

Learn the warning signs that mean you should take your pet to the vet.

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Caring for your Dog with a Broken Pelvis - Laurelwood Animal Hospital

Pelvic Fracture Care

Follow these guidelines to learn how to care for your dog with a broken or fractured pelvis

Your pet has a fractured (broken) pelvis. The pelvis itself consists of two halves that are joined at the bottom by the pubis, and at the top by the sacrum. This box-like shape means that more than one fracture must be present for the fragments to be displaced. This is very useful, as it means that in small dogs and cats, some fractures can heal without surgery.The pelvis acts to support the hindlimbs and protect the colon, bladder, and uterus or prostate as they pass through the pelvic canal. There are also nerves that run along the region of the pelvis. If any of these structures are in danger of being damaged by the fracture fragments, there are multiple fractures, or the fracture passes through a joint, surgical stabilisation is required.

In order for a fracture to heal without surgery, your pet requires:

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