Few dog owners will dispute that dogs are, in fact, “man’s best friend.” For most, they’re even family. And now they’re an important key to helping find cures for cancer in humans, as comparative oncology seeks to find treatments for cancer in humans through research with dogs diagnosed with cancer.
Heartworms—can you imagine actually having worms in your heart? Not a pleasant thought, but that’s exactly where they are. Heartworm disease is one of the major health problems affecting dogs in the United States, and it is now being found in cats. The disease develops when a pet becomes infected with parasites transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
On the Run: Pets Who Run and Hide Don’t Have to Be a Lost Cause
Veterinarians and animal shelter workers agree that an animal with a microchip implanted under the skin has the best chance of making it home. It’s routine for veterinarians and shelter workers to scan an animal for a microchip when it turns up lost. If an owner’s contact information is current, it’s easy to reunite him with his animal.
There are literally thousands of different pet foods available. No wonder it can be so challenging to pick the “best” food to tantalize our pets’ palates!
The truth is, there is no “right” diet. Just like us, our pets’ diets need to be tailored to their particular life stage, take any medical issues into consideration, and only provide enough energy (calories) to maintain a healthy body weight.
Regardless of whether your cat spends time outdoors, exposure to dangerously high temperatures, environmental hazards and physical dangers is possible. Knowing what to look for is the first step toward protecting your cat from potential summer hazards.
Fleas and ticks are external parasites that can cause extreme discomfort for your pet and can also cause serious diseases. They are easily prevented from bothering your pet through the use of safe, easy to administer, effective products. Parasite prevention also may require treating your home and yard and keeping pets out of areas where fleas and/or ticks are likely to lurk.
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