We’re all familiar with the role the sun plays in contributing to skin cancer in people, right? But are you aware that sun exposure can also lead to the development of skin cancer in cats and dogs? It’s true, and the most common type is called squamous cell carcinoma (which is also a common sun-induced skin cancer in people!).
While any cat or dog that spends any time outside (or lounging on a windowsill) on a sunny day is at risk, there are certain other factors that increase their risk. Some of these include:Read More
With the outdoor activities you're partaking in and the recent talk of Zika and the ever-present West Nile Virus, you might be starting to think of ways to keep mosquitoes, flies, and other insects off of yourself and your dogs.
Dogs aren't (currently) known to get Zika, but they certainly can get West Nile and they (sadly) often get Heartworms... all from mosquitoes! While there are plenty of products out there to help keep insects off of you, when it comes to your dogs, there are only a handful that are both safe and effective. And many of the mosquito and bug repellent products for people are just downright unsafe for your pets!
You've taken the important step of having your pets microchipped, or they came already "chipped" from your local shelter... awesome!
But did you ever register their microchip? And do you know if your registration contact information is up-to-date in the registry?
Having your pets (including indoor-only cats) microchipped is a super important first step in increasing your chances that you'll be reunited with them should they run away, get lost, be stolen, or otherwise disappear in the blink of an eye from your life. Ever mistakenly leave a door open?
While having the microchip implanted is a super important step, it's not the only one. It's equally as important that you (1) register your contact information in one (or multiple) of the pet microchip registries listed below, and (2) check regularly to ensure that your contact information is always up-to-date in case the worst happens.
So, if you never registered your pet's microchip or if you're unsure if you did or whether or not your contact information is up-to-date, please read on. Your pet's safety, as well as your peace-of-mind depends on it. As do your local shelters and animal control! After all, properly registered and microchipped pets make their lives SOOOOOO much easier and help to keep the shelters less full.Read More
With the current and upcoming high temperatures in many parts of North America, and indeed the world, it's a good idea to focus on the things that can help your dog stay cool and safe.
Obviously if you’ve got air-conditioning in your home and your dogs are able to hunker down in there during any heat spells, that’s typically the best option. But not everyone has A/C and not every dog is able to spend their time indoors, so here are some ideas that may help dogs that need to spend time outside during the summer.
In case you missed it, some big news that benefits both animals and people recently came out of Florida…
In March, Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 131, making the “Sunshine State” just the second state where you now have legal protection to break into a locked vehicle to save a cat or dog (or other “domesticated pet” animal) that is in “imminent danger of suffering harm” due to their confinement in a hot vehicle. (Tennessee led the way in 2015, when their Governor, Bill Haslam, signed House Bill 537 into law.)Read More
A heartbreakingly large number of cats and dogs suffer terrible fear and anxiety from fireworks displays and thunderstorms.
Unfortunately, many of these pets are still given a medication called acepromazine (or as it’s more commonly called… “Ace”) in an effort to help them through these terrifying events.
Sunny skies and warm weather typically are important elements to a great day – for both people and pets. During an especially nice day, you may even be tempted to curl up in a sunbeam with your pet, soaking up the Vitamin D. But warm weather also encourages people to open their windows, and for pet owners that live in buildings with more than two stories, this can lead to a very sad and scary condition called High-Rise Syndrome.
High-Rise Syndrome is a term coined by veterinarians at The Animal Medical Center in New York City due to the number and nature of injuries they were seeing from pets – especially cats – falling out of windows or off of fire escapes.
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