The 4th of July holiday prompts celebration all across the United States, but for dogs and cats the festivities carry with them inherent dangers. We’ve gathered together important tips to help you and your pets stay safe and happy this 4th of July.
Whenever I see a dog on a retractable leash prancing between interesting-smelling bushes and squirrel-filled trees, I roll my eyes. No, I’m not cold-hearted. To me, it always looks as though dogs on retractable leashes are pulling and then being rewarded by reaching what they were trying to reach (e.g., interesting-smelling bushes and squirrel-filled trees). It turns out I was half right—but the full picture is much more complex.
Stress can negatively impact feline physical and emotional health, but since cats don't show many symptoms, it may be difficult to detect in your pet. Making an effort to reduce common household stressors can make for a healthier and friendlier feline.
Lyme disease, heartworm, and hookworm usually strike when pets are outdoors in the warm weather. The good news is that most parasitic diseases can be cured if caught early. “Annual screening for Lyme disease and heartworms along with preventive therapy are essential to protecting your pet’s health,” says Dr. Peter Kintzer of IDEXX Laboratories and [...]
Nearly every second dog develops cancer from the age of ten years onward. A few therapies derived from human medicine are available for dogs. A very successful form of therapy by which antibodies inhibit tumor growth has not been available for animals so far. Scientists have developed, for the first time, antibodies to treat cancer in dogs.
When summer thunderstorms roll in, some pets dive for cover. If your dog or cat is among those terrified by storms or other sudden, loud noises, such as fireworks, there are steps you can take to help reduce your pet's anxiety.