What You Need To Know About Heartworm Disease

What is Heartworm Disease? Heartworm disease is caused by the parasite Dirofilaria immitis, a type of roundworm that lives inside the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. It is a serious disease that primarily affects the heart and lungs but can also affect the liver, kidney, eye, and central […]

Do Cats Really Love You Less Than Dogs? 309 Share Pin Mail Share

Recently, I’ve seen a rash of concerning Internet headlines in reference to a new research study. The headlines might lead you to believe that cats love you less than dogs, however, these headlines are misleading and don’t give an accurate overview of what the study really found. The ‘Secure Attachment’ study According to the PLOS […]

5 “Silent” Killers of Cats Share Pin Mail Share

When it comes to caring for your cat, I have a few simple recommendations: Maintain A safe environment (keep him indoors) Feed a high quality food (e.g., a meat-based protein) Think about preventative care (e.g., an annual physical examination, laboratory tests, and the appropriate vaccines) Provide lots of affection and exercise By following these basic tips, […]

Do Dogs Dream?

Whether or not dogs dream isn’t known with scientific certainty, but it sure is difficult to imagine that they don’t. We’ve all watched our dogs demonstrate behaviors in their sleep that resemble what they do in a fully awake state. Paddling legs, whining, growling, wagging tails, chewing jowls, and twitching noses inspire us to wonder […]

Cat Behavioral Problems

Be realistic in your expectations. Certain behaviors are deeply rooted in the feline psyche and can’t be altered. Nighttime romps and furniture climbing, for example, are carryovers from nocturnal hunting and territory surveillance in the wild. Out of respect for the feline nature, you will need to make some accommodations yourself. If your cat makes […]

5 Tips for Introducing Kittens and Kids

They’ve been begging. Pleading. Even making promises you know they won’t keep, including vows to clean up their rooms every day for an entire year. Your kids would say just about anything to get you to agree to get a kitten. You’ve finally given in. After all, you know what joy and warmth a cuddly […]

How to Calm a Nervous Kitty

Nine years ago, my husband and I adopted two kitties: Molly and Agnes. Agnes has never weighed more than 6 pounds (2.7 kilograms) and is what our vet calls a “snuffler.” Because she started life as an alley cat, she has a virus in her lungs that makes her breathing sound labored. Agnes had a […]

How to Safely Clean a Cat’s Litter Box

Cleaning the litter box. It’s one of the most dreaded jobs of kitty lovers everywhere. If you’re saying Urgh! over the smell of your cat’s box, rest assured, he is too. Seriously, though. It’s important to regularly clean your cat’s litter box for two reasons: one no one wants a stinky house, and two – […]

4 Pro Tips to Picking the Right Dog Disc

Before you toss that disc for your dog to retrieve, do you know if it’s safe to play with? Here’s what you need to know before your dog chomps down on a dangerous piece of plastic. Discs and dogs go together like summer and sandals! With so many discs on the market, it can be […]

What You Need to Know About Hemophilia in Dogs

When your dog suffers from this disease, a small cut can cause big problems. Here’s what all pet parents should know about Hemophilia in dogs. When you cut or scrape yourself, the wound may bleed but it generally starts to clot fairly quickly before you suffer any serious blood loss – the same is true […]