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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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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,…

how to adopt a Maine Coon cat

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 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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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…

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…

Savannah cat

What are Savannah Cats?

There’s something unmistakably striking about the Savannah cat. Descended from African wild cats and crossed with domestic cats, these exotic hybrids are graceful, captivating and leave you wanting to know more. There’s much more to this charming rare breed than meets the eye. Here’s some interesting facts about these little leopards in disguise: 20 Things…

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Cancer in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little Although cancer in pets differs very little from cancer in humans, it remains a complex, misunderstood, and disheartening tragedy when our four-legged family members are diagnosed with some form of the dreaded “Big C.”  First, it might be productive to review terms that are part and parcel to these conditions. The…

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Which Cats are Hypoallergenic?

Most people think their allergic reactions to cats come from the animals’ fur. In reality, the source of the allergy originates in the saliva of the cat. When cats grooms themselves, allergens are transmitted throughout their coats and shed around the house. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic cat. However, there…

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Cat Sounds: What Do They Mean?

Every cat owner knows that cats are good at vocalizing their needs. Some cats talk more than others, but you know your cat wants something when he starts meowing. He might want to go outside, or maybe he is hungry. But beyond the typical plaintive “meow,” cats have plenty to say. Your cat will offer…

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5 Signs Your Cat is Sick

Some cats seem almost smart enough to talk – in fact, many of them have no problem vocalizing their needs. But cats in pain tend to do the opposite. They may grow quiet and reclusive. Therefore, it’s a good idea for you to know your cat’s habits and be aware of subtle changes in your…

halloween safety tips

Halloween Safety Tips

By Dr. Bruce Little Halloween is almost here! While Halloween is a joyous and thrilling time of year for us, it can create a lot of stress and anxiety for our pets. The constant doorbell ringing and strangely dressed people, with lots of scary costumes and elevated and unusual noises, can stress out many dogs and…

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Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little Fear and anxiety in pets can come from many different sources. Pets can become fearful of people, sounds, sights, and other pets, either within your home or out in public. The cause can usually can be traced back to inadequate handling and exposure during the first few months of their lives….

munchkin cat

What Are Munchkin Cats?

With its short legs and whimsical nature, the Munchkin cat is like a living cartoon. You’ve likely seen pictures of them on social media. These cats tend to generate a universal “awwwww!” response. Here are some fun facts about this breed: Their short legs are their most distinguishing feature. Although the Munchkin’s legs are approximately…

is my dog overweight

Is My Pet Overweight?

By Dr. Bruce Little Beginning in the 1990’s, it became obvious that an increasing number of dogs and cats were overweight or downright obese. Veterinarians began to diagnose this malady and to instruct pet owners that they needed to address the weight problem in their pets before the excess began to take its toll on…

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What Are Maine Coon Cats?

Sweet, gentle, and good-natured: all adjectives used to describe Maine Coon cats. They’re known as the “gentle giants” or the “dogs of the cat world” because of their playful personalities and large size. Plus, this breed displays the dog-like trait of loyalty to their family. They will bond with all family members, but especially their…

pet safety for fall

Pet Safety for Fall Months

By Dr. Bruce Little Labor Day is over, which means fall is almost upon us. It might be beneficial to review some precautions pet owners should take as we head into this next season.  If you haven’t already done so, get your pets vaccinated for rabies and other communicable diseases. Thursday, September 28 is World…

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Playing Games with Cats

Many cats enjoy watching out of windows or taking naps. But it doesn’t mean that they don’t need exercise. Your cat needs to be physically and mentally stimulated and would love to spend time playing with you. But playing games with cats isn’t just about fun. For a cat in the wild, playing is an…

Bengal cat

What is a Bengal Cat?

Ever want a wildcat as a pet? The Bengal cat is a cross between the wild Asian Leopard and the domestic shorthair. Bengal cats can weigh from eight to fifteen pounds. They have long, muscular bodies with broad muzzles and heads. Their whisker pads are pronounced, and they have high cheekbones. The have small, rounded…