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Cats Life at Home

Allergies Can Fray the Human-Cat Bond. Science Is Working on Fixes

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Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’ve ever had the triumph of a newly vacuumed floor disrupted by a tumbleweed of cat hair drifting around the corner, you know that a truly clean house is difficult to achieve when you live with pets. For the approximately 10 to 20 percent of adults worldwide who have allergies to cats, the consequences […]

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Dogs Veterinary Care

Prep School: Help Dogs Get Ready for Blood Draws

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Reading Time: 3 minutes By training your dog to accept the handling used by veterinary staff to draw blood, you can help to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress.

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Cats Dogs Veterinary Care

How Your Pet’s Weight Affects Fear, Anxiety, and Stress

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Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re a pet parent who finds it hard to resist that furry little face gazing up at you for treats, you’re not alone. The 2018 National Pet Obesity Survey estimates that almost 60 percent of cats and about 56 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. The same survey also indicated that the majority […]

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Senior Pets Veterinary Care

Fear Free Euthanasia: How to Say Goodbye Peacefully

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Reading Time: 3 minutes You’ll remember your pet’s euthanasia for the rest of your life, and if your pet is agitated or anxious, you’ll remember that, too. Taking these few simple steps to plan ahead will make help make the experience easier for your pet and your family. When you make the difficult decision to euthanize your pet, there […]

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Cats Dogs Veterinary Care

Prepping Pets for Annual Visits: Vaccines

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Before I moved to Texas, my allergies were like a normal person’s allergies–occasional sniffles, but no big deal. After living here for several years, I had to start getting 3 allergy injections into my upper arms every four weeks. I hate the sting of the needle and the feeling of cold liquid slowly going into […]

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Cats Training & Grooming Veterinary Care

Blood Draws: How to Prepare Cats for Them

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Once you’ve trained your cat to accept restraint, you can start training for blood draws. Depending on your cat’s age and lifestyle, they may need regular blood draws for wellness or to test for diseases such as FeLV/FIV. Of course, you won’t actually be poking them with needles at home, but by teaching them to […]

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Cats Training & Grooming Veterinary Care

Home Schooling: Preparing Cats for Their Annual Exams

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Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re anything like me, you probably hug your cat several times a day. It wasn’t until I became a veterinarian that I realized many cats don’t like being hugged, and if they do, it’s not by strangers poking them with needles at the vet clinic. Many cats also dislike having areas of their body […]

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Dogs Veterinary Care

Prep School: Help Dogs Get Ready for Annual Exams

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Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re anything like me, you probably hug your dog several times a day. It wasn’t until I became a veterinarian that I realized many dogs don’t like being hugged, and if they do, it’s not by strangers poking them with needles at the vet clinic. Many dogs are also uncomfortable with having areas of […]

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Cats Dogs Life at Home Other Veterinary Care

Feeding Tubes: A Fear Free Path to Recovery

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Have you ever developed a food aversion? To this day I avoid artificially flavored grape candy because that was the flavor of the cough syrup I had to choke down when I was sick as a kid. The same thing can happen to pets when they don’t feel well. Several months ago, my dog Dorie […]

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Cats Veterinary Care

It’s Not a Hairball: Fear Free Management of Feline Asthma

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Cats can be notorious for hiding illness from their owners, but if your cat is affected with asthma (also known as feline allergic bronchitis), their coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing will soon become apparent. This inflammatory disease of the lungs is thought to arise from an increased sensitivity to inhaled allergens such as dust, pollen, […]