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Pet CPR And First Aid – How To Care For Your Pet In An Emergency

Pet First Aid Basics How To Check Vitals And Keep Your Cat Or Dog Stable

What would you do if your pet’s life was in danger? Any pet can have a medical emergency, no matter their age or health condition. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to access emergency veterinary services, especially because there are so few emergency 24-hour vets, and even fewer pet ambulance services. Every pet owner should know first aid. You should know how to take your pet’s vitals, how to keep them stable in an emergency, and when to seek further veterinary care. How To Read Vital Signs In Pets It’s easy to read your pet’s vital signs. You can practice on[…]Read More…

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The Complete Guide To Traveling With Your Cat By Car

The Complete Guide To Traveling With Your Cat By Car

Does your cat hate going into her carrier? Does she scream so loud, your neighbors think you’re killing her every time you try to take her to the vet? Unlike dogs, cats are not naturally excited about car rides. It’s not unusual for your cat to protest being put in a carrier and traveling in an enclosed space. But you can teach your cat to calm down during car rides, and even enjoy the peaceful trip… as though it were their idea! Cats Should ALWAYS Ride In A Carrier You should never drive with your cat loose in the car.[…]Read More…

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How To Choose Between Grain-Free And Grain-Inclusive Pet Food

In recent years, pet foods have become complicated, to say the least.  With so many different formulas to choose from, dozens of new brands, and very little information on the label besides flashy marketing terms, you might feel like shopping for pet food has become extremely overwhelming. Here’s what you need to know when choosing the right food for your pet: Ingredients In Grain-Free And Grain-Inclusive Pet Foods The “grains” in grain-inclusive pet foods are usually corn, rice, wheat and barley. Grain-free pet foods contain other sources of carbohydrates that are included as an energy source and to hold the[…]Read More…

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe on Your Deck

The summer heat is here and our decks are ready for family, friends, sunbathing, barbeques, and of course, hanging out with our pets! While our pups love watching us barbeque on the deck or our cats enjoy basking in the sun, as pet owners we need to make sure they are completely safe. As amazing as our decks are, they can be dangerous. However, danger can be easily prevented! Let your dogs and cats be protected and happy this summer with these tips to keep your pets safe on your deck! Tip 1: Check the deck’s temperature Whether your deck[…]Read More…

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How To Dehydrate Your Own Healthy Pet Treats

How To Dehydrate Your Own Healthy Pet Treats

Cheap pet treats aren’t healthy, and healthy treats aren’t cheap. Ounce-for-ounce, biscuit-type treats are typically cheaper because they are made with fillers like flour or starch. Treats made with mostly meat tend to be healthier for cats and dogs, though some are made with artificial preservatives that can lead to chronic health issues when fed long-term. While it’s perfectly fine to offer your pet’s favorite store-bought “junk food” treats, especially if your pet finds them highly motivating for training, you need to feed them in moderation to prevent excess weight gain and watch out for pet product recalls. Making treats[…]Read More…

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How To Tell If Your Pets Are At A Healthy Weight

How To Tell If Your Pets Are Overweight

In 2017, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are clinically overweight. This epidemic is putting pets at greater risk for certain cancers, kidney failure, diabetes, and puts excessive strain on their bones and joints. We can only blame ourselves for these shocking statistics. Most of the time, pet owners decide what their pets eat, and when. We might be substituting food for love and attention when we’re busy, or choosing foods that are marketed as “healthy” when they’re really not. Sometimes we don’t realize when our pets are overweight because we see[…]Read More…

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Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevent The #1 Killer Of Domestic Cats

Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevent The #1 Killer Of Domestic #Cats #Cathealth

When you’re a cat lover, there are three words that you never want to hear from your vet. Chronic Kidney Disease.  Most common in seniors, some vets have accepted that 1 in 3 cats will be diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in their lifetime. A 2016 study found that over 60% of senior cats (over age seven) will develop some form of kidney disease, with prevalence in geriatric cats (over age 15) skyrocketing up to 80%. Fortunately, CKD can be prevented and may be managed for years with at-home treatment. Supporting your cat’s kidney health is essential to helping[…]Read More…

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Are Essential Oils Safe For Pets?

Are Essential Oils Safe For Pets?

Essential oils can be a wonderful alternative to traditional treatments for anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, allergies, pain and many other conditions – not only for people but our pets too. However, it can be unsafe to use certain oils, concentrations and application methods because animals, particularly cats, tend to be more sensitive to the concentrated chemical compounds they contain (yes, even natural products contain “chemicals”). Here are a few things you should know before using a new essential oil treatment in your home: Which Essential Oils Are Harmful To Pets? Essential oils are derived from plants. Just one ounce of oil[…]Read More…

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How To Keep Your Dog And Cat Warm This Winter

How To Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter

Dogs and cats may wear a warm coat of fur, but they can still be vulnerable to cold weather. This is especially true for breeds that do not have a double coat, and those with short fur and areas of skin with little or no fur at all. During the winter, pets are prone to hypothermia, frostbite, inflammation and dry, itchy skin. You can protect them from the elements by keeping them warm indoors and making sure they have the right gear when they spend time outside. Why Your Cat Should Stay Indoors Regardless of the weather, you should keep[…]Read More…

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Fleas On Pets – Remedies, Myths And Prevention

How To Get Rid Of Fleas On #Pets - About Chemical And Natural Remedies

You notice a tiny black dot on your pet’s fur, but before you can reach for it, it disappears into your pet’s coat or leaps into the air. Sometimes, you won’t be able to see the fleas on your pets, but they’ll be miserably itchy and may have flea dirt – flea droppings that consist of your pet’s blood, appearing as black pepper-like flakes – on their skin. Why Fleas Are So Hard To Get Rid Of You can use multiple methods of control to kill every flea you see – but if you’re not exterminating the ones you can’t see,[…]Read More…

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Independence Day And Your Pets: What You Need To Know Before July 4th

What You Need To Know Before #julyfourth when you have #pets

The best day of the summer is right around the corner. But before you fire up that grill, think of how your pets will be celebrating this Independence Day. Are you going to have a party? Leaving home to see the fireworks? Whether you’ll be home or not, you need to make plans for your pets, too. Your Pre-Fourth To-Do List Check your pets’ tags and microchips. Your address and phone number should be up-to-date. Many humane societies are offering discounted microchipping this time of year. Create a safe space where your pets can hide. Create a hideaway in the corner[…]Read More…

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What You Should Know About Arthritis In Pets

What You Should Know About Arthritis In #Pets

It happens in stages. First, you notice that your pet takes a few moments to get out of bed in the morning. Then you notice they’re no longer charging ahead on walks the way they used to. Easy jumps have become a struggle, and you’re beginning to notice that your pet is suffering during normal activities. Up to 90 percent of cats over 12 years old have arthritis, and a similar number of senior dogs suffer from it, too. It seems inevitable; if your pet lives to an old age, you’ll see some signs of pain and stiffness in at[…]Read More…

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Why You Should Ditch Your Cat’s Food Bowl

Why You Should Ditch Your Cat's Food Bowl

Our cats are lucky. As skilled hunters, they once risked their lives going after live prey. Now, all they have to do is meow loudly and persistently to make sure their meals are always on time, delivered from pet store, to bag, to food bowl. This pampered lifestyle is not optimal for our cats, though they’d happily protest otherwise. About 58.3% of US cats are overweight. Many are in danger of being given up to shelters because of stress and boredom-related behavioral issues such as scratching and relieving themselves outside the litter box. Making your cat work for their food can[…]Read More…

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Ticks On Pets – Symptoms, Treatment And Prevention

Pets like dogs and cats are likely to get ticks if they go outdoors even for a short period. When ticks attach themselves to a host, they can transmit infection within 24 to 48 hours. That is why you have to be prompt in removing these parasites. As a matter of fact, a Tick Check should be part of your everyday pet care routine especially if you have wooded areas or long grass nearby. Ticks are Ectoparasites, meaning they are the parasites that live outside of the host animal. Identifying one is not hard because they have some unique characteristics.[…]Read More…

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All About Puppy And Kitten Vaccinations In Grand Prairie, Texas

Grand Prairie veterinarians for puppy and kitten vaccinations

You brought home a new addition to your family, and you want to keep them healthy for a long time. The best way to get your pet off to a good start is to get their vaccinations as soon as possible. It’s easy and affordable to have your dog or cat vaccinated in Grand Prairie, Texas. Why And When To Take Your Puppy To Your Grand Prairie Vet Ideally, your puppy will receive their first set of shots at 6 weeks old, before they are separated from their mother. If your puppy’s previous owner did not get them any shots,[…]Read More…

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Voluntary Recall Of Certain Cat Food By The J.M. Smucker Company Due To Low Thiamine Levels

UPDATE: January 6, 2017 – The J.M. Smucker Company Expands Its Limited Voluntary Recall On Certain Lots of Canned Cat Food Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1). The original recall was on January 3, 2017, which can be found below. The additional impacted Product codes is as follows: – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  January 3, 2017 – The J.M. Smucker Company of Orrville, Ohio Announces a Voluntary Recall of Certain Lots of Canned Cat Food Due to[…]Read More…

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Aeris – The Short Film About An FIP Kitten’s Final 12 Days

Aeris, Paul and Aly

Each one of us knows what it’s like for an animal to touch our lives. If we’re lucky, we get to enjoy our animal companions for decades, but Aeris the white Bengal kitten was only with Paul Castro Jr. and Aly Miller for twelve days before she passed away from Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). In those 12 short days, she made a powerful impact on her owners, forever changing the way they view love, responsibility, life and death. The young New York couple knew they had to help Aeris live on. By writing, directing and starring in their own upcoming short film, they’re hoping[…]Read More…

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How To Trim Your Cat’s Nails Without Getting Scratched

Trim your cat's nails without getting scratched using counter conditioning and desensitization

Your fluffy, cuddly kitty is equipped with 18 long, razor-sharp claws of death – maybe more if your cat is a polydactyl cat. If you don’t trim your cat’s nails, they’ll continue to curve downward as they grow. They’ll be more likely to get caught in fabric and cause serious, painful scratches on your skin that can easily become infected. In extreme cases, the nail begins to grow into the cat’s paw pad, making it difficult for them to walk. Veterinarians are happy to trim your cat’s claws for you. However, your vet will need you or a vet tech[…]Read More…

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Why Spraying A Cat With Water Doesn’t Work (Do THIS Instead!)

Using a spray bottle to train your cat won't solve bad behavior - but there's many great alternatives that won't ruin your relationship

It’s the suggestion you’ll see in many articles, blogs, books and even TV shows – if your cat is doing something wrong, fill a spray bottle with plain water and give them the swift squirt of justice. Spraying your cat with water seems to work. The cat will almost always run out of the room – stopping the very behavior you wanted to discourage. However, this is not an effective long-term training solution. There’re many alternatives that will teach your cat even faster, without destroying your relationship with them. When Water Spraying Doesn’t Work Punishment can stop problem behaviors. That’s why so[…]Read More…

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Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Wet Cat Food Recalled

Ainsworth Pet Nutrition of Meadville, PA recalls five varieties of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet cat food voluntarily due to potentially higher levels of vitamin D. The recalls include Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection, and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver. [View All Recalls In Reverse Chronological Order] Company: Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. Note: Click on the picture to see all the photo labels of this recall. Brand: Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Recalled products: Single packs of Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection, and[…]Read More…

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Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Cat Food Recalled

Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Cat Food Recalled by Primal Pet Foods. [View all Recalls In Reverse Chronological Order] Company: Primal Pet Foods Brands: Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula Recalled products: Primal Pet Foods Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula 3-pound bag (UPC# 8 50334-00414 0) with Best By date 060815 B22 Why recalled? The testing of two bags of the above lot resulted in a low thiamine level. Note: This is a voluntary recall by Primal Pet Foods. FDA tested this product in response to a single consumer complaint, found low levels of thiamine and alerted Primal Pet Foods. No other product manufactured[…]Read More…

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Raw Pet Food Recall By J.J. Fuds Expanded Again

This pet food recall update is an expansion of the previous pet food recall by J.J. Fuds Inc. J.J. Fuds is expanding their recall to include all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food. [View All Recalls In Reverse Chronological Order] Company:  J.J. Fuds, Inc. Here is an example of the label from one of the recalled products. Click Here >>> J.J. Fuds Expands Recall Of Pet Food Labels to see more on the labels of all the recalled products. Brand: J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends Recalled products: The product can[…]Read More…

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Pet Food Recall – J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks

J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Recalled. [All Recalls In Reverse Chronological Order] Company:  J.J. Fuds, Inc. [Click on the image to see a larger version of the Labels] Brand: J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends, Chicken Tender Chunks. Recalled products: The product can be identified by the batch ID code (manufactured date) and UPC code printed on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label. This product is a frozen raw poultry product (see Safe Handling Instructions on package) and has a shelf life of one year if kept frozen. The recalled product is as follows:[…]Read More…

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Pet Food Recall – Purr Complete Feline Poultry Meal

Purr Complete Feline Poultry Meal is recalled by Oma’s Pride due to potential salmonella contamination. [All Recalls In Reverse Chronological Order] Company:  Oma’s Pride of Avon, CT Brand: Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal Recalled products: Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal is sold frozen. It is packaged in clear 12 oz. (UPC: 8 79384 00017 9) and 2 lb. (UPC: 8 79384 00018 6) plastic packaging under the Oma’s Pride brand as a poultry blend with code #1524. It was manufactured on September 12, 2014 with a use by recommended date of September 12, 2015. Why recalled? possible Salmonella Contamination. Notes: Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal was distributed[…]Read More…

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Pet Food Recall – Evo ® Dry Cat And Ferret Food

Evo ® Dry Cat And Ferret Food recalled by Natura Pet Products due to insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals. [Recalls In Reverse Chronological Order] Company: Natura Pet Products Brands: EVO ® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken formula for Cats, kittens. EVO ® Grain Free Ferret Food. Recalled products: Here are the details on the affected products: PRODUCT SIZE UPC EXP DATE LOT CODE EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 15.4 LB 5148 541400 02/19/2016 4300A700D2 EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700A4 EVO® Grain[…]Read More…