Monthly Archives: January 2011

Dogs aren’t color blind — and 10 other surprising myths about pets

Myths about petsCats always land on their feet? A warm nose means a sick pet? We sort out fact from fiction

Regardless of whether you own a pet that barks or purrs, you still have probably heard a myth or two about them. Here are some truths,

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Feline Hyperthyroidism

Since the late 1970’s, there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of feline hyperthyroidism, making it the most common feline endocrine disorder in the world. What causes hyperthyroidism, and why is it so common? Previous studies of cats in the U.S., Great Britain and New Zealand have identified a number of risk factors for the development of hyperthyroidism,

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Why are Pet Food Giants Suddenly Adding Sugar to Pet Treats?

It is estimated about 90 million dogs and cats in the U.S. are not only overweight, but obese, and part of the problem is the sugar pet food manufacturers are now adding to pet treats.

Limiting treats to a very small percentage of a pet’s diet is a key to helping your dog or cat stay fit and trim.

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When Pets Become Heroes

The stories of Digger, the hound mix; Peaches, the boxer/shepherd mix; and Inky the cat are truly amazing.

These three pets, all rescued from shelters, returned the favor by saving the lives of their owners, or in Digger’s case, a neighbor.

Stories about the heroic acts of adopted pets are far from unique.

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Litter Lessons to Please Your Fickle Feline

Cat in Litter BoxBy Kirk McKay

A variety of cat litters are available commercially, including those made of clay, plastic, wheat, sawdust, newspaper pellets and corn cobs. The choice depends on what matters most to you and your cat. You may have to try a few to see what you and your cat like.

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Celebrating Cultural Differences in World Veterinary Year

2011 World Veterinary yearBy Jen Reeder

A few years ago, there was a serious dog problem in Todos Santos, Guatemala. Large numbers of dogs were roaming the streets and sometimes biting passersby, making locals feel unsafe and causing a decrease in tourism in the rural Mayan town.

Members of the community contacted Veterinarians Without Borders –

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Brushed Your Pet’s Teeth Lately?

Pet tooth brushBy AAHA Practice Accreditation

Can you imagine what your teeth would be like if you didn’t brush them for a year? Talk about bad breath! Considering your pet can’t brush his own teeth, this is kind of what he experiences. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and a great reminder that dental health is more than just teeth;

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Beware of the “Chocolate Season”

ChocolateBy Jack Sommars

The folks at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Poison Control Center don’t need a calendar to know when it’s Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Their phones ring off the hook. Yet another pet — most likely a dog —

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