This is the time of year when many people look forward to spending free time outside, enhancing their surroundings with lush plants and flowers. As many pets enjoy being outside in the warm spring and summer months, too, some thought must be given to their safety in the lawn and garden. With a little careful planning, you and your pet can enjoy a safe and relaxing garden environment.
Category Keeping your cat healthy
Our question this week was: A couple of weeks before Christmas, Cleo began licking rocks and clay pots but seemed to be fine otherwise. We were away for several days over Christmas but had a pet sitter stop by once or twice a day to feed and water Cleo. Upon returning, Cleo would not get out of his bed unless I picked him up.
Our question this week was: Doctor - I have a female cat her age is not know she was a stray but she is an adult cat. I have noticed that she has really bad breath so bad it turns my stomach. She is constantly trying to do something that appears to be tasting or swallowing and her saliva seems to be really thick or she has cotton mouth, it is really annoying me cause she wants to get in my face and love on me and I can't stand how she smells.
Everyone would love to have their cat live a long healthy life. However, many cats are taken away from us far too soon. Sometimes it is due to preventable causes, but other times it's the result of a preventable problem. Taking care of your cat's life is a lot like taking care of your own. There are genetic factors, but there are things in the environment that change life expectancy as well.
Our question this week was: Are there any new foods recalled? Paul Gersen Answer Hi - thanks for your email. I think that there are new foods recalled. I'd recommended checking the list as it is frequently updated. There are multiple press releases here and there and data on the news but I'd recommend just checking the recall site or calling the number if you have questions.
We get several questions about canned vs. dry cat food. It seems most owners have their preferences. The MOST important thing is that your cat be eating a good quality food formulated to meet their needs. As long as she is feeding a good quality and nutritionally balanced food -then any food is okay - canned, dry, or pouched.
Brand/Company Product Formulation Americas Choice, Preferred Pets Flaked Tuna 24x3oz Can Americas Choice, Preferred Pets SL Beef/Gravy 24×5.5oz Can Americas Choice, Preferred Pets SL Chicken/Grvy 24×5.5oz Can Authority Adlt Sl Chk/Sauce Form 24x6oz Can Authority Adlt Sl O Fsh/Sauce Form24x6oz Can Authority Adt Sl Chick/Sauce Form 24x3oz Can Best Choice Flaked Tuna 24x3oz Can Best Choice Sl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.
Maybe you have heard about it but some humane societies and shelters are doing what they call "early age neutering". This means spaying and castrating kittens as early as 6 weeks of age. There are several issues associated with this topic. First, is it safe? Do kittens have problems with the anesthetics?
Our question this week was: Do you have any contact information for Hill's - I heard one of their diets was pulled - one for cats? Answer Hi - thanks for your email. I do have some information - this was a press release from the FDA released March 30, 2007. Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Single Product, Prescription Diet™ In accordance with its over-riding commitment to pet health and well-being, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
What would you do if you knew a controversial treatment could use your cat's own body to heal itself? Would you take on the risk and expense, or would you opt for more traditional methods? Some cat owners have taken the former road with the development of stem cell therapy. This newly popular technique puts aside traditional surgery and medication in favor of small injections of your pet's own cells.
Our question this week was: Dear Doctor, I received your e-mail regarding Food causing Kidney Failure in Animals and have some questions that I would like to have answered and I am hoping you can assist me. Our angel 'Sadie' died in January from ARF. She started getting sick in December but we didn't realize the severity of the illness until it was too late.
5 Ways to Help Animals This Winter It won't be long before the temperatures start dropping and the winter kicks in at full force in this part of the world. And let me tell you, pets dislike the cold as much as we do. But not all animals have the luxury of being loved by a caring human who provides for their needs.
Feline heartworm disease is a serious parasitic disease caused by a long, thin worm, Dirofilaria immitis, that lives in the blood vessels and heart of infected cats. There are several myths associated with this important disease. Let's discuss them. Myth #1. Cats don't get heartworm disease. This is not true.
We have gotten a lot of email about what is a good homemade diet to feed cats with heart disease. Before feeding this diet, discuss it with your veterinarian and get their approval to ensure it is right for your cat. Source Pocket Companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 4th Edition Editors: Michael S.
We have gotten a lot of emails about what is a good homemade diet to feed cats. The following is a diet that meets AAFCO guidelines. Before feeding this diet, discuss it with your veterinarian and get their approval to ensure it is right for your cat. Source Pocket Companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 4th Edition Editors: Michael S.
Our question this week was: Do you know anything about a food recall by Drs Foster and Smith? I think it may affect dog food only but am not sure - I got worried because I feed my cat their food. Answer Hi - thanks for your email. I'm glad you asked - because the food recall affects both dog and cats.
What is flea dirt? Flea dirt is not really "dirt" at all. It is the feces of the flea that can be found on pets. It appears as small black flecks. Its appearance is similar to fresh ground pepper. Flea dirt is the bowel movement of the flea, and since fleas bite your cat and eat the blood, the bowel movement primarily contains digested blood.
We have gotten a lot of emails about how to create a good homemade diet to feed cats with kidney disease. Before feeding your cat this diet, discuss it with your veterinarian and get their approval to ensure it is right for your cat. Source Pocket Companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 4th Edition Editors: Michael S.
If you have a pet, you know how frustrating pet hair can be. My cats leave hair everywhere. I vacuum, dust and clean the house only to see new tumbleweeds of hair rolling across the floor. I go out to dinner and look down to find beautiful cat hairs firmly attached to my suit. In an attempt to learn tips about the most effective ways to deal with pet hair, we surveyed hundreds of site.
Deciding whether to declaw your cat may be one of the most important choices you make as a cat owner. And for many feline lovers, it's a thorny issue. Why Cats Scratch Cats scratch to smooth out the rims of their claws, which gradually get frayed. Scratching is also an instinctive method of marking territory.
If you are not looking forward to the pitter-patter of little paws, there is a simple solution: Neuter or spay your pet. For cats, the most reliable and effective method for birth control is the removal of the reproductive organs. For some people, however, the procedure is too permanent. They may want their pet to breed some time in the future, and are looking for a way to suppress the sex drive.