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Encouraging Cats To Use The Litter Box

Despite the cat’s reputation for fastidious cleanliness, house soiling is the number one behavior problem of our feline friends. Many cats are turned outside, given away, or even put to sleep for this behavior problem, and it behooves the veterinary profession to address it.

Urinating in odd places can mean either a behavior problem or a […]

Guide to Feline Dental Care

Feline dental care is perhaps the most overlooked and under-treated area in small animal medicine. Cats are affected by many of the same dental problems that affect dogs (periodontal disease, fractured teeth, and oral masses) in addition to special syndromes (tooth resorption, gingivostomatitis).

More than fifty percent of cats over three years old will be affected […]

Guide to Canine Dental Care

What would happen if you stopped brushing your own teeth?
Even if you only ate hard food as most dogs do, there still would be problems. You should be brushing your dog’s teeth twice daily if you can manage it. It’s not as difficult as you might imagine.

What are the benefits?
Brushing removes the daily accumulation of […]

Fleas: Know Your Enemy

Despite numerous technological advances, fleas continue to represent a potentially lethal plague upon our pets. Current products are effective so there is little reason for this; the problem seems to be one of understanding.

There are over 1900 flea species in the world. Pet owners are concerned with only one: Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea. This […]

Animal Food Allergies

Your Dog or Cat’s Itchy Skin

Itchy skin in the small animal is often more than just a minor annoyance. Red, oozing bald patches; rashes; and large expanses of hair loss are unfortunate markers of very real discomfort for which a cause should be sought and dealt with.

The food allergy is one of the itchiest conditions […]

Heartworm Treatment

It has been said that the treatment of heartworm infection is somewhat of an art. There are several strategies that can be used depending on the dog’s medical condition including the option of not treating at all. The important concept to realize is that harsh arsenic-based drugs are necessary to kill adult heartworms and that […]

Insurance: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good:
Many options now exist that make the cost of insuring your pet’s health quite affordable. Policies range from less than $300 to over $600 per year.

The Bad:
You usually get what you pay for! Policies that promise the world for peanuts and seem too good to be true almost certainly are. Insurance companies are in […]

Spay and Neuter Behavior Benefits

Why do we spay female dogs and neuter male dogs?

Spay/neuter helps produce healthy and good-tempered purebred dogs. Spay/neuter allows a breeder to remove dogs from breeding who should not be bred because some of their puppies and the people who lived with those puppies would suffer. Spay/neuter puts a stop to passing on undesirable genetic […]

Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats

ASPCA Poison Control Center
Please note: this list is not all inclusive
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, an operating division of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), is the only animal-oriented poison control center in North America. It is a unique emergency hotline providing 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week telephone assistance. The Center’s hotline […]

Preventing a Health and Safety Crisis

Nutrition and Feeding
Good nutrition is essential for a healthy pet. Nutrients in pet foods should provide what is needed for metabolic body processes and should help fight off disease.

Proper feeding habits with nutritious food on a regular schedule can prevent:

Disease
Nutritional deficiencies
Irritation or malfunction of the digestive system

Improper feeding habits can cause or contribute to:

Obesity
Dental disease
Heart […]