Many of our members adopt adult shelter dogs having never owned a pet before. And, while we commend them for their good deed, it is important to point out there will be a period of transition and it’s likely there will be a few challenges along the way. Understandably, some shelter dogs will experience stress when they move to a new home and consequently might be apprehensive or fearful about social interactions with people and other animals. Don’t be put off. It’s your job to show them a loving environment in which they can flourish.… Read more
The condition where urinary calculi (uroliths) or stones form in the urinary tract is called urolithiasis. Just like in humans, the disease can cause extreme discomfort during urination and other associated symptoms. Uroliths can form anywhere in the dog’s urinary system (kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra) but in 85% of cases the stones occur in the bladder. Stones are made up of minerals, commonly calcium oxalate, struvite, urate and cystine in dogs.… Read more
Most pet owners recognize emergency circumstances when they absolutely must take their pet to the vet – difficulty breathing, vomiting or consuming toxic substances, for instance. But there are less obvious indications that your pet might have underlying medical issues that need to be dealt with.
Cats in particular are masters at hiding ill health so it becomes even more challenging for pet parents. Throw in their aversion to car travel and it’s too easy to avoid the ‘dreaded’ vet visit and miss an opportunity to tackle important health needs. Don’t forget that preventive care is always the best option. Cats age much faster than humans, so regular check ups with your vet may help weed out potential issues before they become larger, more serious ones. Here are five signs your cat might need to see the vet.… Read more
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) is an inflammatory condition of the bladder. And, as the term “idiopathic” implies, it isn’t exactly known what causes the disease. FIC is one of many medical issues that fall under the banner of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) and some veterinarians may use the two terms interchangeably. Generally speaking, cats between the ages of 2 – 6 years are at risk and both genders can be affected. Cats suffering with FIC commonly display problems with urination or with pain and irritation around the genital region.… Read more
Leptospirosis is a zoonotic infectious disease caused by leptospira bacteria which affect domestic pets and wild animals including rats, raccoons, opossums, deer, skunks, cattle, pigs and foxes. Wild animals often function as asymptomatic reservoir hosts for leptospirosis, and as dogs and people gain greater exposure to wildlife, their risk of getting leptospirosis increases. The disease is somewhat rare in cats, but felines do produce antibodies against leptospirosis serovars (bacteria).… Read more
SAN DIEGO and SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2017
Pet tech brands, PetCoach and Whistle, today announced the finalists for Pet Project 2017, the first national pitch event dedicated to innovations in the pet industry announced on June 6, 2017.… Read more
Over the past 20 years, obesity has increased in dogs and cats, despite myriad efforts by veterinarians, veterinary societies, academicians, technicians, drug companies, and entire organizations devoted to the problem (e.g. the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention). The question is: Why? In my experience it is usually down to perceptions of the issue and willingness to change behaviors.… Read more
Hypothyroidism refers to the insufficient production of T3 and T4 hormones from the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped organ located in the neck. This can lead to a decreased metabolic rate in pets – meaning they don’t burn calories as quickly.
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Raw food diets have gained huge popularity among dog owners in recent years. Supposedly because they are more in line with what a canine’s ancestors (wolves) consume. But haven’t dogs’ digestive systems adapted since they first became domesticated? And, if this is true, wouldn’t feeding them foods they’re no longer used to eating be harmful? Let me be clear: raw diets are a fad, and they may be endangering your pet.… Read more
The idea of pet adoption is appealing for most people. And with good reason – there are many fine shelter animals out there just waiting for a new home. And who wouldn’t want a cute new dog/cat/bunny/parrot in their life? But before you jump head first into adoption, there’s a few important things to consider. First and foremost – are you and your family ready for the responsibility of adding a family member – a new life which demands care and attention?
Activ4Pets has put together this handy guide to help walk you through the process of shelter pet adoption.… Read more