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  • Cats normally spray to mark their territory and out of dominance. It is something that can be fixed. Spaying or neutering a cat at a youn...

    Cats normally spray to mark their territory and out of dominance. It is something that can be fixed. Spaying or neutering a cat at a young age can prevent further spraying. This is something you need to speak to your vet about since desexing a cat can reduce the motivation to spray.

    Multi-cat homes that seem overcrowded have territory marking problems, making castration extremely important. Have multiple litter boxes in various areas. Litter boxes must be cleaned often. If a cat appears outside the window, causing anxiety and spraying in your cat, prevent access to that window. Use an enzyme cleaner to clean areas that have been sprayed to be sure the cat will not return to the area. You may need to restrict your cat to certain areas to better monitor it until the spraying issue is resolved.

    Spraying can be stressed-related as well as insecurity, confidence and self-esteem. Your cat may need tons of reassurance from you through praise, attention and affection. Play with him as often as you can, talk to him, pet and massage him. Make him feel like the most wonderful cat in the world. The extra attention can work wonders to enable your cat to feel secure and self-assured to stop spraying. Speak with your veterinarian if your cat seems uncontrollably insecure and stressed. As a last resort, anti-anxiety drugs are available. 

     

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  • If your dog won’t eat, it may be due to a medical problem. If there is a sudden change in eating, contact your veterinarian to be s...

    why my dog wont eatIf your dog won’t eat, it may be due to a medical problem. If there is a sudden change in eating, contact your veterinarian to be sure your dog is not ill before trying to encourage food. Some medical issues may include cancer, dental disease, a systemic infection, liver problems or kidney failure. Sometimes a dog can’t eat after recent vaccinations. Travel and motion sickness, sometimes this has an effect on a dog’s appetite.

    Unfamiliar situations can cause your dog discomfort. Aside from certain situations, a dog may not eat just because it is finicky or feels uncomfortable. Once your veterinarian has ruled out any medical issues, consider feeding your dog in a comfortable area, away from distractions. 

     

    VIDEO BY Dr. Sam Meisler Possible causes of dog not eating

     

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  • Interesting feline facts and things you might be interested in knowing about your cat or kitten. If you have an interesting fact please...

    Feline Facts

    Interesting feline facts and things you might be interested in knowing about your cat or kitten. If you have an interesting fact please post it for review and help our community grow.

     

    • Cats can be blood donors for other felines.
    • Cats only meow at their humans and not other cats.
    • The feline can either be left or right-pawed.
    • Cats can jump seven times higher than their own height.
    • Cats have no sweat glands.
    • The brain of the feline is more similar to that of a human than a canine.
    • Cats have great night vision and see six times better than their humans.
    • The tongue of a cat is lined with papillae as a way to catch their prey; also helpful in self-grooming. 
    • Cats spend more than half their lives sleeping. The other half may be spent self-cleaning.
    • Egyptians thought of cats as sacred beings but also used them for their talents in hunting and killing rodents.
    • The eyes of kittens are always blue at birth and may change as they mature.
    • Cats have only four toes on their back paws and five on the fronts.
    • The female feline can give birth every four months, having up to seven kittens with every birth.
    • The feline heart beats as quickly as the human heart.
    • The memory of a cat is much more significant than that of the dog.
    • Packs of adult cats is known as a clowder while kittens are known as a kindle.
    • As humans are identified by their unique finger prints, cats can be noted by the unique ridges and patterns on their nose pads.
    • A cat named Dusty goes on record as delivering the most kittens in her lifetime; she had 420 kittens.
    • The body of the cat is very flexible and has 24 more pones than people.
    • The felines with white fur are frequently deaf in at least one of their ears. If they have one blue eye, their ear on that side of the cat is also without hearing.
    • Cats detect strong smells by opening their mouths. This is where their scent gland is noted on the roof of their mouths. This is especially true for the male seeking out his special female mate
  • Cancer is such a horrible word and something you never want to deal with in your family or pets. However, knowing the common symptoms can...

    Cancer is such a horrible word and something you never want to deal with in your family or pets. However, knowing the common symptoms can help in identifying a problem in its earliest stages which results in a better prognosis. Cancer occurs when the cells in the body grow uncontrollably, invading other good cells and body tissues. Chances of cancer in dogs are as common as it is in humans. It is most common in older pets over the age of 10, and since causes are unknown, it is a difficult disease to prevent. The most common cancer problems and symptoms are – 

    Skin tumors which are quite common in dogs. The most frequent tumors are basal cell tumors, melanomas and lipomas. They will be known as lumps or masses anywhere on the body. 
    Lymphoma affects a dog’s digestive system as well as the chest, resulting in lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing and coughing. Lymphoma can also affect the liver with additional symptoms of a yellow tinge of the skin and gums. 
    Abdominal tumors are difficult to diagnose early on. Some tumors are complicated to note in its early stages such as prostate cancer, hemangiosarcoma and mast cell tumors of the stomach. Be aware of any unusual weight loss, pale gums, weakness, protracted vomiting, uncontrollable diarrhea and a notable enlargement of the abdomen.
    Mammary gland tumors can affect the older female dog. These tumors are very common and half of them are malignant. An examination can detect a lump felt in the breast tissue. It happens predominantly to the female dog that was not spayed although spayed animals can be affected as well. 
    Male dogs in fact can be prone to testicular tumors and the most common signs and symptoms are an unusually large testicle as well as weakness, weight loss and change in appetite.

     

    If you notice any of these cancer syptoms in your dog please contact your vet immediately to make an appointment for your dog.

  • Put out several bowls of fresh water to encourage it to drink. Pet water fountains are a great investment as well. They keep the water fr...

    Put out several bowls of fresh water to encourage it to drink. Pet water fountains are a great investment as well. They keep the water fresher longer, making it more appealing to the cat. Cats prefer to drink from stainless steel or glass bowls rather than plastic.

    You can try to make a “soup” by mixing equal amounts of canned cat good with water. This is something a cat won’t refuse and you get more liquid in them. For a cat that likes milk, add some of the milk to water to give it that flavor. You can also add ice cubes to the water to encourage more drinking. Many cat owners find it best to let water trickle out of a faucet for the pleasure of their cat’s drinking needs – and many felines prefer this method. If you think there’s a bigger problem please consult your veterinarian.

     

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  • If your dog is diabetic, you will want to feed it a special diet which is high in fiber and low in fat. The diet should also be high in c...

    If your dog is diabetic, you will want to feed it a special diet which is high in fiber and low in fat. The diet should also be high in complex carbohydrates for better digestion. Be sure the fat is not too low, below ten per cent, or it will affect the pet’s skin and coat. A diabetic dog needs to be feed at least two to three times per day to prevent high blood sugar levels. Twice a day at breakfast and dinner is usually sufficient. Monitor what your dog eats as well to be sure it eats the full portion and prevent hypoglycemia.

    Avoid obesity in your diabetic dog as well. Your veterinarian may need to prescribe a specific diet to control the diabetes as well as stabilize its weight. Pet stores also provide specific diets for the diabetic dog. A dry form of diabetic food is preferred since they have a higher fiber content. 

     

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  • It is not unusual to want to feed your cat table scraps as he/she peers at you with those big brown eyes. However, feeding your cat any p...

    It is not unusual to want to feed your cat table scraps as he/she peers at you with those big brown eyes. However, feeding your cat any people food will cause more harm than good. Table scraps are destructive to your cat’s digestive systems and can cause severe stomach upset such as fatal pancreatic inflammation. 


    Avoid giving your cat any chicken or turkey bones, do not add any table scraps to your pet’s food dish, never feed chocolate to pets due to its toxicity to animals and discard all table scraps in a tightly covered garbage can. The best thing you can do for your cat is to not give in to those pleading eyes. Feed it the proper diet, provide plenty of exercise and give your cat an extra helping of love and attention when meal time is over. He or she will live longer and happier. 

     

    You can also watch the video on the best and worst foods for your dog or cat

     

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  • Hairballs are known as trichobezoar or fur balls. They are more common in the long-haired cats. Hairballs are the result of a cat’s...

    Hairballs are known as trichobezoar or fur balls. They are more common in the long-haired cats. Hairballs are the result of a cat’s self-grooming antics. That hairball can form into a mat which can lead to gastrointestinal problems in your cat and possibly constipation. Hairballs are quite common but there are steps you can take to keep your cat safe from any digestive problems as a result of all that grooming. To help, you should groom your cat frequently with daily brushing which can reduce the amount of hair the cat will ingest. Many pet supplies on the market, petroleum-based, that act as a laxative to pass hairballs more easily. Also with these products you add them to a cat’s food, some pet food companies also provide cat foods and treats with specific remedies for the recurrent hairball and fur ball problems.

     

     

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  • When you get a new cat, you need to be sure it is protected health-wise through preventative vaccinations. For the health of your cat, th...

    When you get a new cat, you need to be sure it is protected health-wise through preventative vaccinations. For the health of your cat, the vaccinations necessary are for the prevention of Rabies, the Feline Calicivirus or FCV, Panleukopenia virus or distemper and Feline herpes virus. Distemper, FCV and the herpes virus are typically started when your kitten is about 8-10 weeks old and repeated at 12-14 weeks and a year old. These vaccines are then repeated every three years. Rabies is given when a cat is about 3-4 months old and repeated every year (or every three years, if you choose that option.) Please consult your vet about this.

     

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  • Dementia affects many dogs each year and is associated with reduced brain function. Clinical studies have shown that diet has an impact o...

    Dementia affects many dogs each year and is associated with reduced brain function. Clinical studies have shown that diet has an impact on your Dog with Dementia. Choose a food for your dog that is rich in antioxidants and nutrients. These types of foods have shown positive results in the behavior changes in the dementia canine. Some suggestions are made by Hill’s Science Diet. The Prescription Diet Canine b/d, after feeding your dog for a year, showed a 58 per cent improvement in learning abilities. Speak with your veterinarian about a special diet to help brain function for your dog with dementia. 

     

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  • As soon as you get a dog, it is important to get your pup vaccinated for the prevention of common animal diseases. Puppies usually begin ...

    As soon as you get a dog, it is important to get your pup vaccinated for the prevention of common animal diseases. Puppies usually begin a vaccination regiment by the time they are six weeks old. Your puppy will receive the distemper vaccine, canine adenovirus vaccine as well as parvovirus. These vaccines will be repeated at 12 and 16 weeks of age at which time the rabies vaccine will be administered. Thereafter, your dog will receive a booster shot yearly and the rabies shot is given either annually or once every 3 years, depending on the protection and budget you have.

     

    Some other vaccines are available, dependent upon circumstances in your life. If you frequent heavily infested tick areas like mountains and woody areas, the Lyme disease vaccine may be recommended. If your dog is in close quarters with other pets often, you may want to prevent kennel cough with the bordetella vaccine. Speak with your veterinarian regarding the recommended vaccinations for your dog in your particular area.

     

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  • Heartworm can be a fatal disease for your dog if they are not protected. Although veterinarians recommend prevention year round, during e...

    Heartworm can be a fatal disease for your dog if they are not protected. Although veterinarians recommend prevention year round, during early spring, it is important to get your dog in for a routine blood test to be sure your dog is heartworm negative. Once the results come in, it is simple to begin a preventative plan for your dog. Your veterinarian will prescribe a once-a-month oral medication for your dog such as Interceptor, Sentinel or HeartGard.

     

    Ask your vet about these particular medications as there are some available that work in multiple ways to repel heartworm, fleas and ticks. A topical medication, Revolution, is also available. More recently a vaccine is offered, ProHeart-6, given once every six months to protect your dog against heartworm disease. Either way, testing is recommended annually to manage the disease and protect your pet.

     

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  • The first thing to do to stop your cat from pooping on the floor is to be sure the litter box is cleaned regularly and often. Cats are ve...

    The first thing to do to stop your cat from pooping on the floor is to be sure the litter box is cleaned regularly and often. Cats are very fussy about this. Always put the litter box in the same place once cleaned and disinfected. If you find “accidents” on the floor, place them in the litter box to send the message, “this is where it goes.” 

    You can try using spray repellents around the home where the cat frequents. Most sprays are labeled for dogs but work for cats as well. You may also need to restrict your cat to certain areas of the home where you can monitor the situation more closely until the cat stops having accidents. Thoroughly clean any accident spots with an enzyme cleaner so there are no repeat offenses. If there is still a problem and you can’t get it under control, you may need vet assistance.

     

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  • If you are concerned about what to feed your dog, it is recommended that you choose a high-quality dog food with a specified meat as the ...

    If you are concerned about what to feed your dog, it is recommended that you choose a high-quality dog food with a specified meat as the number one ingredient. Avoid meat by-products, bone meal, corn, wheat or other fillers. The best dog food is grain-free with high protein and high fiber, it may cost a little more but fills your dog up with lesser amounts. It is important to read labels and provide food with the least amount of ingredients.

     

    Dry food is a better option most times as it helps to keep teeth and gums in better health than a wet food. This does not mean that you cannot give wet food now and then or mix it with dry food for variety. Most high-quality dog foods are found at your local pet store and they can help you with a choice to fit your dog’s particular needs.  Your veterinarian can also be able to assist you with a brand of food. Most vets carry dog food products.

    As far as how often to feed a dog, it is best to split the recommended amount of food between two feedings a day rather than all at one time. Optimum times are at breakfast time and dinner time with a good chew bone or dental bone prior to bedtime.

     

    You can also watch the video on the best and worst foods for your dog or cat

     

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  • A puppy usually starts out with dry foods at about three to four weeks of age. At that time you can mix the dry with some water, which is...

    A puppy usually starts out with dry foods at about three to four weeks of age. At that time you can mix the dry with some water, which is easier for the puppy, and fed three to four times a day. How much you feed your puppy depends on the breed of the dog and should be followed according to the recommendations on the bag of food. Be sure the puppy food you choose is high in nutrients with proper protein, calcium and calories necessary for your dog. Again, the first ingredient on the label should be meat. By the time your puppy is three to four months old, choose a feeding schedule of twice a day, at breakfast and dinner.

     

    What the video on the best and worst pet foods to feed your dog or cat. By Dr. Karen Becker.

     

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  • The last thing you want is for your cat to be affected with any type of cancer. Cats can have many of the same cancers and symptoms as do...

    The last thing you want is for your cat to be affected with any type of cancer. Cats can have many of the same cancers and symptoms as dogs although there are some differences. You can help your cat with a better prognosis if you know the signs and symptoms of cancer. The disease is described as uncontrolled cells in the body that spreads to invade other cells and tissues. Older cats over the age of 10 are prone to cancer which is a difficult disease to avoid. The most common cancers, signs and symptoms in cats are – 

    Skin tumors are not most common in cats and if one is detected, they are most often malignant. You should examine your cat’s body often as tumors will be evident with a lump or mass on the skin – anywhere on the body.
    Abdominal tumors are complicated to detect, just as they are in dogs and the best you can do is note any unusual signs and symptoms such as weight loss, a change in eating habits, protracted vomiting, constant diarrheal issues and an enlargement of the abdomen.
    Mammary gland tumors are common in older female cats, especially one that has not been spayed. Over 85 per cent of mammary gland tumors are malignant and this type of cancer is the third most common cancer disease in cats. The most common types of cancers affecting a cat are skin tumors and lymphoma. The most common symptom of this cancer type is a lump in the breast tissue.
    Lymphoma in cats is most often associated with the feline leukemia virus and can affect the digestive system. Normal symptoms are vomiting, lethargy and diarrhea. At least 25 per cent of cats with the feline leukemia virus are prone to lymphoma.

  • Be sure your dog always has their identification on in case it gets lost or stolen. You can choose a microchip or a collar with tags cont...

    Be sure your dog always has their identification on in case it gets lost or stolen. You can choose a microchip or a collar with tags containing up-to-date phone. If your dog has a microchip and you need to find your dog, you can call the microchip provider to report the lost pet. Start searching your neighborhood immediately and talk to anyone you meet about the dog. The more people that know your dog is lost, the more people that will keep an eye out for it. Have a current photo of the dog and how you can be reached. 

    Make flyers of the lost dog with a photo on it, pet information and a phone number. Post the flyers everywhere on post as well as grocery stores, veterinary offices, community centers and high traffic locations. Place ads in newspapers and with radio stations. The Humane Society suggests filling out a missing pet report in case the dog shows up in a shelter. Also remember to call the police and report your lost pet. Just a note – when someone calls to claim they found your dog, ask the caller to describe your dog in detail to avoid prank calls. 

     

    Make sure your animal wasn’t picked up by animal control services.

     

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  • Obesity is a huge problem for many pets. It can be difficult because humans love their pets so much that they give in to the pleading eye...

    Obesity is a huge problem for many pets. It can be difficult because humans love their pets so much that they give in to the pleading eyes and feed them anything they want. However, this is extremely harmful for the animal. To help your obese cat, it may be necessary to switch to a lower calorie diet, per the advice of your veterinarian. Follow portion control exactly as specified on the package of the food.

     

    Along with diet change, you will need to increase your cat’s daily exercise. Cats are notorious for excess weight gain because they do lead very sedentary lives. Choose a daily playtime with your cat, most often in the evenings before bedtime. There are many interactive toys available for your cat to enjoy during an evening of activity. If you are one of the lucky ones that can take your cat for walks, this is a great option for much needed exercise while enjoying the great outdoors. Any fitness plan is successful by incorporating less calories and more activity – including that of your cat.

     

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