If you have decided to change your pet's diet, feed your pet a combination of the new and old food over a 10-day period to get them used to the new texture and smell. Abrupt changes to a pet's diet can trigger diarrhea and other intestinal upsets, especially if your pet has a sensitive stomach, so be deliberate and & Read more �
Hip dysplasia is a defect of the hip joint found most often in giant and large breed dogs. The normal hip is a ball and socket type joint. The socket is part of the pelvis. The ball is at the upper end, or head, of the femur (thigh) bone. With dysplasia, the normally rounded head of the & Read more �
Does hybrid vigor, the notion that dogs which are less related have increased fertility and health, really exist? Sure. It just doesn’t occur quite as often as people think because it is more than a matter of not mating the same breed. People assume that as long as the female and stud are different breeds, the offspring will be healthy, but & Read more �
Ear mites are microscopic parasites that live in the ear canals of infected dogs and cats. These mites are highly contagious and can be found in whole litters of kittens or, less frequently, in puppies. Adult pets can also be infected.
Signs of ear mites include:
· A dark, crusty material is usually found in the ear canal of & Read more �
If you have a social dog who loves to run and play, there are few places that top the dog park in terms of fun. If you do decide to head out for some romp and roll, here are a few tips on what to leave behind to ensure that you — and your pet — maximize the pleasures of & Read more �
Developed by the founders of the National Dog Registry, tattooing is a simple, affordable means of permanently identifying your dog. It is painless to a dog because as dog’s skin structure is so different from a human’s that the tattoo marker doesn’t need to be inserted very deeply into the dog’s epidermis, or outer skin layer. The best & Read more �
You can’t take your pet along every time you leave town and there’s not much you can do to lessen how much you'll miss your four-legged family members when you’re away. But making sure your pet and her caretaker have everything they need for a pleasurable and safe time together can help lessen how much you worry while you’re gone. & Read more �
Reverse sneezing (aka pharyngeal gag reflex) is a common phenomenon in dogs, especially toy breeds. It is called a reverse sneeze because air is rapidly pulled into the nose; whereas in a regular sneeze, air is pushed out through the nose. It looks and sounds like the dog is actually inhaling sneezes.
Good old fashioned fun doesn’t have to harm our environment. Buy durable, long-lasting toys that your pet won’t tear up or shred in a matter of minutes. You can even find toys made of recycled materials and sustainable fibers, organic cotton or even recycled plastic bottles.
Most cat owners are well aware that their furry little divas can be finicky. The wrong type of cat food can result in a turned up nose and a very temporary hunger strike. Buy the wrong type of litter and your cat could boycott it by finding an entirely new place to eliminate like perhaps the oriental carpet in the & Read more �