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What happens to my pet if I catch COVID-19? Photo: Myriams-Fotos In a matter of weeks, the world has changed beyond anything any of us have seen before. Quarantines, supplies, food rationing and fear are the name of the game right now during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. For those of us with pets, that fear
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Keep your gum away from your dog! Some types of chewing gum may contain an artificial sweetener that can cause xylitol poisoning in pets. Photo: Hans Xylitol poisoning in pets is on the rise. Anyone with a dog should be aware of xylitol and its potential to do harm. In this article, we will discuss:
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Certain packages for both dogs and cats of Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish Pure Fish Treats have been recalled. Maker: IcelandicPlus LLCCause: Potential for Clostridium botulinumAnnouncement: FDA announcement on March 23, 2020 (archived here)What was recalled: Any of the following treats with lot numbers falling between 02/2020 and 02/2022: Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish Pure Fish Treats
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it “has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.” However, although pets probably cannot become sick, they could serve as a “conduit” of viral infection. We explain more about this below. Photo: Lucia Romero COVID-19 is the name of the
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If you’re grappling with an end-of-life decision about your pet, your trusted pet sitter may be able to offer some heartfelt advice and a shoulder to cry on. Photo: Klymenok Olena Research has shown something those of us with pets have known all along: Losing a pet is as difficult as losing a human loved
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A white cat with 2 blue eyes has up to an 80% chance of having been born deaf. Photo: Daga_Roszkowska Is your cat ignoring you more than usual or acting oddly? From extra-loud meowing to no longer fearing the vacuum, the impact of deafness varies among cats. This article aims to answer all of your
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Does your cat really hate you? Probably not. But your cat may be unhappy, for reasons we discuss in this article. Photo: rongyos Pets don’t typically hate their people — but they can feel insecurity, fear, shyness, irritation and anxiety. Those negative feelings manifest in avoiding contact, scratching, biting and hiding. And all of this
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Can cats overdose on catnip? Photo: John Most cats love catnip — and the good news is that catnip is safe. The occasional use of catnip is safe and recommended as a lifestyle enhancer by feline experts and behaviorists. But can cats overdose on catnip? No. However, reactions can occur. We’ll discuss this below, so keep
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Special Kitty cat food recall Maker: J.M. Smucker CompanyCause: “Products don’t meet the Company’s quality and safety standards”Announcement: FDA announcement on Dec. 5, 2019 (archived here)What was recalled: Specific lots of Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner Paté cat food, in individual small cans as well as in variety packs: Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner Paté,
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Quest Cat Food Prey Model Beef Diet Maker: Go Raw, LLCCause: Potential for salmonella contaminationAnnouncement: FDA announcement on Nov. 14, 2019 (archived here)What was recalled: 2 lb. bags of Quest Cat Food Prey Model Beef Diet, frozen bite size nuggets (UPC #6-91730-17101-8), only Lot #N128 The company says this recall is limited only to a
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Having only 3 legs “never slowed down” this beautiful Vizsla named Reagan, according to her caretaker. Photo: tkerugger There’s an old saying that applies equally to dogs and cats: “Dogs [and cats] have 3 legs and a spare.” This neatly sums up how 3-legged pets cope with the loss of a limb: These tripods (or
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Getting a cat to be more affectionate starts with keeping them healthy, happy and comfortable. Photo: ibjennyjenny Cats show their affection in different ways from dogs, which is disappointing for some people who were hoping for a cuddly, affectionate kitty. Although some cats are quite affectionate and will happily cuddle up in a warm lap,
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Know the health implications if your dog is missing a testicle — and discuss it with your vet. Photo: Kullerkeks “Down below,” “down there,” “his junk,” “my dog’s nuts” … These are some of the more polite euphemisms people (especially guys) use with a veterinarian when alluding to problems of a testicular nature. Me, the
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As long as your reason for returning the dog or cat is reasonable, you’ll be welcome to adopt from that shelter again. Photo: speculummundi We’d all like to believe that every adoption story has a happy ending. But the truth is, not every pet adoption is a perfect match — and sometimes returning a pet
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Wondering how to help feral cats? There are a number of things you can do — which we discuss in this in-depth article. Photo: kissu We’ve all seen them — lean cats with large frightened eyes who move across our yards and parking lots like wind on the water. Feral cats have never had contact with
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Texas Tripe recall Maker: Texas Tripe, Inc.Cause: Potential for listeria contaminationAnnouncement: Company announcement on Aug. 3, 2019 (archived here)What was recalled: The following lot numbers of raw pet food products: 19148, 19419, 19150, 19151, 19154, 19155, 19156, 19157, 19158, 19161, 19162, 19163, 19164, 19165, 19168, 19169, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19175, 19176, 19177, 19178, 19179, 19181
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Have you thought about what you want to do when your pet dies? It was the height of a storm the other night. Wind gusts were frightening, our towering trees very close to the house, and my veterinary hospital reeking and bending. My beeper went off. “Are you kidding me?” said one of my kids.
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Choosing the right brush for your cat will make a big difference. Photo: yoppy Brushing your cat is an often overlooked task, but it’s an important one. But why is that? Well, because regular brushing not only keeps cat fur from getting tangled and matted, but it also encourages good blood circulation and gives you
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Before giving your pet medication, call your vet to check that it’s safe — and that you’re giving the correct dose. Photo: John Voo If your dog or cat has a minor wound, do you head straight for the veterinarian? This question has been on my mind recently. I was thinking about it partly after
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Curtis, a 5-month-old Lab/pit mix puppy, underwent tail amputation following unknown trauma. Photo: bullcitydogs Tail injuries happen. Whether your dog has “happy tail syndrome” or your cat’s tail has been crushed in a door, you may be facing tail amputation. This may sound drastic, but most pets are back on their paws quickly and all
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No, giving a bath is not the best way to treat fleas. Bathing just removes a small part of the problem. Photo: oritslama If you have a dog or cat, you’re probably wondering what’s the single best way to treat fleas. The truth is, anyone can get a flea problem. No matter how advanced and
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How Much to Tip a Veterinarian or Vet Tech Veterinarians and veterinary technicians and other staff members work in an office environment and handle the medical needs of your pets, from routine vaccinations to emergency services. They are on hand to answer questions about medications, treat minor and major injuries and illnesses, and perform wellness exams. The true depth
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Varo. The opinions and text are all mine. This Labradoodle named Skipper is one of my clients as a pet sitter. Photos: Melissa Smith/Petful One of the worst feelings in the world is when you’re sitting helplessly in front of a veterinarian, knowing
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