Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

Pet dental health and good hygiene are extremely important to our dog or cat’s overall health. Pet owners should look for signs of dental disease by inspecting your pet’s teeth regularly. Bad breath, discoloration, a yellow-brown crust of tartar around the gum lines as well as red and swollen gums…
The ASPCA estimates that 7.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Many of these animals are strays, as shelters house about twice as many stray animals as pets given up by their owners. Lost animals also make up a significant portion of the shelter pet population. Although…
Furry dogs, cuddly cats, fluffy hamsters, and feathered birds may be the preferred pets of choice in homes across the country, but a fair share of pet lovers are enamored with reptiles and decidedly more unusual pets. The leopard gecko is one lizard that many reptile fans find is a…
What is palliative care? Is it hospice? How does it apply to our pets? Palliative care is care for patients that are facing a serious illness, and is focused on providing relief from pain and other debilitating symptoms. It is defined as relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease…
Horses are strong animals that have been relied upon for centuries to fill various roles. Once a primary mode of transportation for humans, horses also have helped farmers tend to their crops and entertained millions on the racetracks. Since they are social animals, horses need attention and consistent care. Keeping…
Fleas and ticks rely on blood for food. They are the vampires of the pet realm, silently stalking companion animals wherever they go. Once fleas and ticks find a victim, they are bound to stay around for a while, enjoying the free meal. Fleas, in particular, can grow quite fond…
November is a time of giving thanks. When we have lost a loved one (human or furry) we feel a deep sense of loss that may make it difficult to feel grateful for the blessings in our lives. Last month I wrote about how our pets bless us by being…
Owning a dog is a big responsibility, but one that also provides a companion whose love is unconditional. Dog owners quickly learn their four-legged friends respond differently than humans to certain situations, including the changing weather. Many dog owners may notice that their pets seem particularly attuned to the weather.…
Sunday, Oct. 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Day or Blessing the Animals Day. What is a blessing? Is it money, clothes, a fancy car or house? In the Bible a blessing is depicted as a mark of God’s relationship with a person, and in the scriptures…
Cats and dogs are the two most popular types of pets in the country, and while dogs have been dubbed “man’s best friend,” cat owners are quite vocal when expressing their love for their feline friends. Those looking for a cat may not have to look far. The ASPCA says…
What is bereavement? Bereavement is defined as the period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one. Bereavement is a state of intense grief and desolation. Bereavement may include emotional, mental, social and physical reactions. We go through bereavement to help us live life after…
Pets often make ideal companions. They are around when a person needs support, they can provide protection for those living alone, they’re always willing to lend an ear to problems, and many tend to offer unconditional love. Seniors facing an empty nest or the loss of a spouse may find…
Cats are considered great pets for city dwellers. Unlike dogs, cats don’t bark, meaning apartment dwellers won’t have to worry about upsetting their neighbors when cats want to grab their attention. Cats also can live indoors without needing to get any exercise in the backyards that many city residents simply…
No one wants to feel that giving care to a loved one (pet or person) is a burden. We all want to give our time, energy, and love to our loved ones when they need extra care. Sometimes, the care required can be overwhelming and exhausting. The simple logistics of…
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