Author: Jeanne Bennett

Portion control is not just for humans

Every pet owner dreams of having their beloved cat or dog with them for many, many years. But most pet owners are doing something every day (sometimes several times a day) which might decrease their pet’s longevity? That something is overfeeding. Every living creature needs food to survive. It is the rare animal (humans included) that will correctly ration their daily caloric intake. But research has shown overweight and obese pets do not live as long as their thinner counterparts. Maintaining your pet at an ideal body condition score will help to lengthen and greatly improve its quality of...

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From early civilization to now, cats have played a major role

The history of cats, the world’s most popular pet, starts way back before the modern 20th century right to the beginning of known and recorded history. The ancient history of the domestic cat starts at the time of the ancient Egyptians, 4,000 years ago where they were regarded as sacred creatures. The origins of cats (domestic cats) are thought to have come from the African Wild Cat. The breed was domesticated in ancient Egypt to control vermin that was harming crops and causing diseases. The cats controlled the rat population, which reduced disease and deaths and also allowed a...

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Dogs On The Boat

With Labor Day just a few weeks away many families are planning their last big trip before its time to pack away everything that symbolizes the carefree days of summer and get back to tight schedules and not enough hours in the day. While for most of us this might include a visit to an amusement park, a simple celebration in the backyard or maybe at a local park, there are some lucky dogs that get to say goodbye to summer with their families from the deck of a boat. This sounds simple enough; after all, dogs are natural...

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Pets left in sweltering cars can get owners into real hot water

The dangers of leaving a living being in a hot car – be it an animal or a person – cannot be overstated, yet stories of babies and animals who perish after being left in a hot car flood news reports. Sometimes it is an honest mistake; where a person doesn’t realize that they have their pet in the car, but most of the time it is because no one thinks it could happen to them. After all the intention was to be gone for just a few minutes, unfortunately sometimes that is all it takes for tragedy to...

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Beware of Lyme disease in cats and dogs this summer season

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world but not exactly the easiest to diagnose since it only causes symptoms in five to 10 percent of affected dogs or cats. It is caused by a spirochete (bacteria) species of the Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferii) group. When infection leads to disease in dogs or cats, the pet owner may notice a recurrent lameness de to inflammation of the joints. There may also be a lack of appetite and depression. More serious complications include damage to the kidneys, and rarely, heart or nervous system disease. Many...

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