Author: Jeanne Bennett

Tear stains are very common

Excessive tearing is a condition known as epiphora in dogs. Just like in humans, a dog’s eye reacts to irritants by producing tears. Some breeds have more sensitive eyes than others, which explains the tear stains on a snow-white Bichon with dark streaks on its nose. Your dog does not necessarily have to be small, or even all white, to suffer from epiphora. Some other breeds that might suffer from these pesky tear stains are the Westy, English Bulldog, Chihuahua, Maltese, Boxer, Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, Shih Tzu, Cockapoo, Poodle, Lhasa Apso, Havanese, Cocker Spaniel, and the King Charles...

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What to do when you have a ‘Smelly Cat’

Anyone who was around when “FRIENDS” was on air remembers the song, “Smelly Cat.”  For those who weren’t fans of the show, or who weren’t around, it was the story of a cat that smelled really bad and the author tried to figure out why. Well, the author of the song, “Smelly Cat.” Surmised that it wasn’t the cat’s fault that it smelled and she was right. If you have a smelly cat in your life, here are a few reasons why your kitty may not smell so fresh. Mouth Odor A healthy feline mouth doesn’t stink, but a...

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Indian summer can be bad for pets and owners

Who doesn’t love Indian summer? Trick or Treating with no coat on, long walks or just being able to go outside when it’s not too cold or not to hot. What’s not to like? If you are a pet owner, there are about a million reasons not to like good weather, and they are called fleas and ticks. By this time of year, most pet owners aren’t even thinking about fleas or ticks. When weather patterns are normal, we would have already had a frost or two that rid us of most of these pests that plague our pets...

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Don’t let Halloween be scary for your pets

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families, but for pets? Let’s face it; it can be a nightmare. Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year by following these 10 easy tips from our friends at PetMD.com. 1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even fatal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. 2. Don’t leave pets...

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Cat hair is good except when it’s not

No two ways about it: Hairballs in cats are unpleasant. And they’re not just disagreeable for the person who has to clean them up, they can cause intestinal blockages, which can be a serious health problem for your cat. It’s a given that your cat is going to groom herself, so what can you do to keep hairballs to a minimum? Hairballs may be disgusting, but they are quite commonplace and develop as a result of your cat’s healthy and fastidious grooming routine. When your cat grooms himself, tiny hook-like structures on his tongue catch loose and dead hair,...

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