when to visit your veterinarian

When to Visit Your Veterinarian

By Dr. Bruce Little All dogs and cats are individuals and require specific care and attention. Many times, pet owners fail to recognize aggression and/or health problems until it is too late to correct the issue and the pet suffers or may even die. No one knows your pet like you and the members of…

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Cat Twitching During Sleep

Cats are known for their independence and lovable charm – and as any owner will tell you, cats make fascinating pets. Big or small, compassionate or conservative, they are known to have their quirks about them too; from having a favorite person, to loudly vocalizing their annoyance, to bringing home dead animals as gifts for…

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5 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Dog

For starters, senior dogs are much easier than puppies By Samantha Grossman When getting ready to welcome a dog into their home, many people gravitate toward puppies and rarely consider adopting an older pooch. This means that senior dogs are overlooked in shelters and have a difficult time getting adopted. What many people don’t realize,…

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Secrets of Being a Dog Walker

Secrets Your Dog Walker Wants You To Know … and a couple they probably don’t. By Laura Stampler As of December 2018, research from IBISWorld shows that dog walking has officially become a $1 billion business in America with approximately 52,000 people working in the field. (Or, more appropriately, dog park.) And even though pet…

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February is Pet Dental Health Month

By Dr. Bruce Little February is National Pet Dental Health Month created through a joint effort by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). This annual event provides information and recommendations about the most frequently diagnosed disease that effects dogs and cats, dental and gum disease, collectively called oral disease….

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Cats and Dogs in the Cold Weather

By Dr. Bruce Little The past couple of weeks have been brutal for our pets who have had to cope with the onslaught of winter weather across the country.  First, a winter storm delivering up to 18 inches of snow hit the Midwest then moved off into the Northeast causing power outages, impaired driving conditions,…

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How to Adopt a Maine Coon Cat

The Maine Coon Cat is one of the oldest breeds native to America, famous for their large size, bushy tail, and semi-long coat that has a glossy sheen to it. They come in many colors, from orange to black, white to tabby. The Maine Coon is known for its long hair and hunting skills. Dubbed the gentle…

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How to Retrain a Rescue Dog

In the US, more than 3.3 million dogs enter animal shelters every year. It’s a sad fact that some people aren’t able to look after their pets. This may be due to age, new or existing disabilities, lifestyle change, financial burden or many other unfortunate reasons. In other cases, dogs are retrieved due to abandonment, or…

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Amazon Parrots as Pets

There may be more than 350 different types of bird species known to man, but there’s one in particular that bird owners flock to for pets: Amazon parrots! This beautiful and exotic pet breed is made up of 30 different species, known for their striking looks and active personalities. As with all pets, before owning…

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How Long are Cats Pregnant?

Whether you’re a cat breeder or owner, if you have a female cat that is not spayed, it’s possible that you may experience cat pregnancy at some point. There’s much to consider during the gestation period of your cat, here we look at some of the issues surrounding your pet’s pregnancy, and what you can…

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What are Siamese Cats?

Delightful and charming, cute and clever, the Siamese cats are much-loved with a popular following. They are instantly recognizable with their sparkling blue eyes, characterized by their darker points on their head, tail and legs. If you have one, find a veterinarian here. There are many interesting facts about this unusual breed, from their Asian…

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9 Signs Your Dog is Sick

We all have off days, but when you’re able to talk it’s easy to explain your alignments and seek help. However, it’s less easy for dogs to communicate their feelings especially when they are unwell. It’s important to understand some of the sounds, actions and behaviors from dogs, and how they communicate with us. If…

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What Are African Grey Parrots?

One of the most distinctive breeds of parrot is the African Grey. This gallant bird is known for its stand-out smoky grey tinted feathers that give it such an unusual appearance, and of course, it’s chatty persona. Background The African Grey is part of the ‘psittacidae’ family of birds, and includes the ‘Congo Grey’ and ‘Timneh African…

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Medical Marijuana and Pets

By Dr. Bruce Little Much has been written and discussed over the past two years about marijuana and other plant derived products regarding the use of these products in pets.  Since January 2017, records indicate that as many as 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. In addition, eight states and…

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Signs of Pain in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little There has been much studied and written by researchers and clinical veterinary practitioners regarding the issue of pain in these pet family members. So much so that organizations such as the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) have joined forces to write and publish…

12 Cats That Look Like Croissants

1) Imagine you’re just minding your own business and then you see this! You’re like “oh! what a tasty croissant!”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by October Person (@octoberx6) on Sep 13, 2018 at 4:12pm PDT 2)  But then you’re like “oh wait, that’s a cat.”   View this post…

Why Do Cats Like Catnip?

Why Do Cats Like Catnip?

For a special occasion to celebrate your cat, or even as an everyday treat, you know just the thing: catnip. For centuries, humans found – and continue to find – pleasure in this mint-smelling plant and the way felines react to it. When you expose your cat to even a small sprinkling of a dried…