How to Prevent and Treat 5 Common Parasites in Dogs and Cats

Parasites are something most pet owners would rather not think about. It's not pleasant to consider something living in your pet's digestive system or on their skin, and getting a diagnosis often involves the unpopular task of collecting a stool sample.

However, parasites are a common issue facing pets who go outdoors, and while they can cause serious problems if left unchecked, your vet can help treat them successfully. Here are some of the parasites your pet is most likely to encounter.

Obesity in Dogs & Cats: What You Need to Know

It's tempting to give our dogs or cats a few extra treats, a snack from the dinner table or a little bit more food at meal time. After all, you love your pets and you want to show that by providing something they'll enjoy. But just like with humans, too many calories in and not enough exercise can lead to your pet packing on a few extra pounds.

Pet obesity is a bigger problem than you might think. It's a problem for a lot of domestic animals. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, a group founded by concerned veterinarians and vet techs, estimates that in the U.S., 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. That's a lot of pudgy pets!

How to Stop Your Pet from Eating Too Fast

It always seems that the moment you put your dog’s dinner bowl on the ground, seconds later he has already gulped it down. Sometimes this speedy eating—and the resulting swallowed air—can cause vomiting.

What’s even worse is that this intake of air may also contribute to bloat or a very serious issue known as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus. This condition causes your dog’s stomach to twist. And without skilled veterinary care and usually surgery, your dog could die.

Cats can also eat too fast, which can lead to vomiting. Fortunately, bloat doesn't affect felines, but it's still not fun cleaning up the mess. So, how do you get your beloved pets to slow down?

What You Need to Know About Feline Leukemia

You may have heard some scary things about Feline Leukemia (FeLV), however, cats exposed to the virus don't necessarily have an automatic death sentence. Seventy percent of felines exposed to FeLV resist the infection. Others eliminate the virus from their bodies on their own. And FeLV cases have decreased over the past 25 years due to vaccination and testing.

While the FeLV statistics are looking brighter than in the past, it's still best to arm yourself with knowledge for peace of mind. So, here is everything you need to know about this potentially dangerous disease.

How to Cope with the Loss of a Pet

Friends and relatives understand why we are sad when a person close to us dies. Unfortunately, people may not show that same level of sympathy after someone loses a pet. Some people don't understand that pets become our family members. They provide us with unconditional love, friendship, and support. It's never easy to lose companions that have brought us so much joy.

Here are some strategies that can help you cope with the loss of your pet.
How to Potty Train Your Puppy or Kitten

Some pet parents don't realize that adopting a new kitten or puppy comes with enormous responsibilities. And even those that do can find it overwhelming. Unfortunately, one of the top reasons kittens and puppies end up in shelters is due to poor training and behavior. Dogs and cats need their owners to teach them rules and set boundaries.

House training a new puppy or kitten requires months of dedication and patience. But, the good news is that once your pet gets the hang of it, it should be smooth sailing from there. Here are some tips on how to potty train your new puppy or kitten.
8 Hidden Household Pet Hazards

As a conscientious pet owner you want to provide the best care for your furry friends. This includes feeding them a healthy diet, regular grooming, giving them adequate play and exercise, and scheduling routine check-ups at your local veterinarian. 

Sometimes, however, the safety of the household environment they spend most of their time in is ignored until a curious pet eats or is exposed to an overlooked hazard. Most accidents results from the pet parent's lack of knowledge rather than negligence. Here's a list of eight hidden household pet hazards to be aware of as you seek to create a safe and happy home for your pet.

How To Crate Train Your Pet

Your pet deserves safety and security within your home. In a bustling household, especially one with many visitors or small children, it's important to give your dogs or cats a place of their own to retreat to if company, noises or unwanted attention are troubling them.

Providing your pets a comfortable crate and training them to enjoy its privacy and safety is a great way to encourage good bathroom and sleep habits. It's also important for keeping your pets out of trouble if you can't supervise them.

Which Houseplants are Toxic for Pets?

Plants and floral arrangements brighten any home's interior. Unfortunately, these natural additions present hidden dangers for your dog or cat. Poisonous household plants can have systemic effects when a dog or cat ingests them. Symptoms may range from mild GI issues to life-threatening problems.

The Best Toys to Get Your Dog or Cat This Holiday Season

Recent headlines reveal the toy marketplace for pets is now a billion-dollar-a-year business with sales reaching historic highs. While dog toys account for around 75% of these annual purchases, cats still enjoy their fair share of these practical playthings.

While pet toys are an excellent gift for animals, they also provide a source of exercise, stimulation and increased activity, giving our animals intellectual and interactive benefits leading to a longer and healthier life.