Category: Pets

What You Need to Know About Feline Asthma

Feline asthma is the most common respiratory disease we see in cats. Many cats are only mildly affected, but any asthmatic cat can have a severe and life threatening respiratory crisis that necessities emergency care. Knowing the signs of feline asthma is important to any cat owner. Read on to learn how to do so, and how we diagnosis and treat this important disease.
Small Pet Wellness Exams: What to Expect During your Veterinary Visit
Small Pet Wellness Exams: What to Expect During your Veterinary Visit
Even our cars get regular tune-ups! We all know that preventing disease or catching it in its early stages is far better than treating it once it has had time to progress to a more severe stage. Preventive health care on a regular basis will help you do just that, and save you and your pet needless suffering and a larger financial burden.
How to Socialize Your Pet Bird
How to Socialize Your Pet Bird
CA-conure-header.jpg Most pet birds are social creatures that enjoy spending time with you and your family-after all, they're used to being part of a flock. Socializing simply means interacting with your pet bird in a way that makes him feel like he is a member of your family. Spending quality time is vital to your bird's overall health and well-being, develops mutual trust, and strengthens your bond.
Safe Gerbil Toys: Providing Mental and Physical Exercise for Your Gerbil
Safe Gerbil Toys: Providing Mental and Physical Exercise for Your Gerbil
Gerbils require physical exercise and mental stimulation Gerbils are very active and need physical exercise as well as mental stimulation. Good toys for gerbils include seesaws, climbing tunnels, gerbil wheels, and run-about balls; basically just about anything on which they can climb or explore. Exercise wheels Be sure that any exercise wheels you use are absolutely safe -- tails can easily get caught and broken or even torn off in open-wire wheels.
5 Ways to Rid Your House and Yard of Fleas
5 Ways to Rid Your House and Yard of Fleas
Puppy and kitten scratching fleas Just saying the word “flea” is enough to send shudders down a pet parent's spine. Even if you regularly check for fleas on dogs and cats and administer year-round flea prevention products, these barely-visible pests can infiltrate in huge numbers and set up camp in your home and yard.
Driftwood: How to Prepare, Cure, and Place Driftwater in Your Freshwater Aquarium
Driftwood: How to Prepare, Cure, and Place Driftwater in Your Freshwater Aquarium
Driftwood pieces positioned vertically enhance this aquarium Adding natural structures such as driftwood to your aquarium requires some preparation and thought to bring out their best aesthetic qualities. Driftwood and other natural structures may make up a large portion of your aquarium. Any adjustments needed can cause significant stress, and in some cases, require taking apart the aquarium and starting all over.
When Should Training & Housebreaking Begin?
When Should Training & Housebreaking Begin?
Puppy Some people believe that young puppies (those less than 16 weeks of age) should not be exposed to any sort of a puppy training program. They feel that people should be using this time to simply allow the puppy time to get acquainted with her new home and family. They believe that this should be a totally unrestricted period, one with few rules so the puppy can widen her experiences at her own pace.
Safe at Home for the Holidays
Safe at Home for the Holidays
Kittens safe at home It is a joyous time of the year filled with holiday festivities, decorating our homes, and preparing our favorite holiday foods. Poinsettias are placed appropriately, mistletoe is hung above doorways, and filled candy dishes are within an arm's reach. However, spirits can quickly dampen when a pet becomes ill from ingesting one of our favorite holiday decorations or food.
Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine EN-tabs®)
Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine EN-tabs®)
Sulfasalazine is used to treat inflammation of the bowel in dogs, cats, and other pets. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS, dry eye) may occur with long-term use of sulfasalazine, especially in the dog. Stop giving the medication and consult your veterinarian if your pet experiences discharge from the eye, redness of the eye, squinting, or other signs related to the eye.
Flight Attendants Save French Bulldog Struggling to Breathe
Flight Attendants Save French Bulldog Struggling to Breathe
Darcy the French Bulldog is enjoying the dog days of summer at her New England vacation home. But if it wasn't for some quick-thinking flight attendants, the 3-year-old pup might not be so lucky. Last week, Darcy began having trouble breathing while traveling from Florida to Massachusetts with her owners, Steven and Michelle Burt.
Reverse Osmosis Units: Factors Affecting Output
Reverse Osmosis Units: Factors Affecting Output
Q. I've recently purchased a Kent Marine 35 gallon per day reverse osmosis unit and it is only producing 15 gallons per day. Is this unit defective? If it isn't, why is it not producing the rated 35 gallons per day? A. It's not likely that you received a defective unit due to Kent Marine's superior quality control.
Caring For Your Senior Ferret
Caring For Your Senior Ferret
Older ferrets, sometimes referred to as "senior" or "geriatric" ferrets, often have special needs and health care requirements. Most ferrets live 5-7 years, and serious health problems can start to occur as early as 3-4 years of age, so most veterinarians consider a ferret to be a senior when she is about 3-4 years old.
Rabbit Viral Hemorrhagic Disease (VHD): Symptoms and Prevention
Rabbit Viral Hemorrhagic Disease (VHD): Symptoms and Prevention
Rabbit Viral Hemorrhagic Disease (VHD) is a highly contagious disease caused by a calicivirus. Rabbits of the Oryctolagus cuniculus species (including wild and domesticated European rabbits) are the only rabbits affected. VHD is also known as RHD (Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease), RCV (Rabbit Calicivirus), and RCD (Rabbit Calicivirus Disease).
5 Pillars of Pest Control: Fast-Acting Solutions
5 Pillars of Pest Control: Fast-Acting Solutions
Dog-in-yard-with-fleas When it comes to treating the pests that can infect our pets, the faster the treatment works, the better. For some pests, such as heartworms, even the fastest acting treatments still take a few months to complete treatment. However, for fleas, many oral products begin to kill adult fleas within 30 minutes.
What You Need to Know Before Adding a New Pet to the Family During the Holidays
What You Need to Know Before Adding a New Pet to the Family During the Holidays
Holiday-puppy1-header.png When a new puppy or kitten appears at the top of your child's holiday wish list, you may be tempted to give in and add a new pet to your family. But, unlike other holiday gifts, getting any pet-whether it's a dog, cat, bird, hamster or reptile-takes a lot of forethought and planning.
Acute and Chronic Renal Disease: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis in Lizards
Acute and Chronic Renal Disease: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis in Lizards
This article is adapted from the information presented at the Western Veterinary Conference, 2003. Captive lizards are at most risk of developing kidney disease Kidney related diseases are a major cause of illness and death in captive lizards. Improper captive husbandry and diet are the most common predisposing causes of chronic renal failure which is typically seen in adult lizards.
Quiet is Necessary When Using a Stethoscope on Pets
Quiet is Necessary When Using a Stethoscope on Pets
Q. Why does it have to be quiet when a veterinarian listens to a pet's heart? A. Holding a dog's mouth shut while auscultating the heart Abnormal heart or lung sounds which could indicate disease can often be very subtle and difficult to hear. When a dog pants, the lung sounds heard through the stethoscope can drown out some of these more subtle sounds.
How to Find the Right Pet for Your Family at an Animal Shelter
How to Find the Right Pet for Your Family at an Animal Shelter
Shelter_pet_h.jpg An animal shelter environment can be a very stressful place for a homeless dog or cat. The constant barking and meowing and the continuous foot traffic from shelter staff and people looking to adopt can be both scary and intimidating. Many are also bewildered as to how they got there in the first place!
It is Unsafe for a Pet to Ride with His Head Out of the Car Window
It is Unsafe for a Pet to Ride with His Head Out of the Car Window
Q. Why is it unsafe for a dog to ride in the car with his head out of the window? A. NO! Dog riding in a truck with his head out of the window We definitely recommend you do NOT allow your pet to travel with his head out of the window for several reasons: If the dog's head can get outside of the window, chances are his whole body can.
How to Care for Your Veiled Chameleon
How to Care for Your Veiled Chameleon
How much do you know about the exotic veiled chameleon? Originally from Yemen and southern Saudi Arabia, these days you don't have to travel further than your local Petco to get up close and personal with a veiled chameleon. With their vivid colors, curled tails and striking head shapes (known as a casque), it's obvious why they are very popular pets among reptile lovers.
Animal Rescue Organizations
Animal Rescue Organizations
Man hugging a dog Animal rescue organizations are made up of concerned breeders and other citizens who work to find new homes for the particular species of animal in which they have an interest. In the case of dogs and cats, many rescue organizations are breed specific. Some rescue organizations will also place animals of mixed breeds.