What to Do About Hairballs

What to Do About Hairballs

Hairballs seem to be the bane of a cat’s existence. They are considered normal. But are they normal? Hairballs come from shedding. Shedding is believed to be normal. But is it? First, the origin of the hairball. Cats who shed frequently or excessively, also groom...
What is the Best Age to Get a Puppy or Kitten Neutered?

What is the Best Age to Get a Puppy or Kitten Neutered?

Oh – I can just feel the controversy in the air rising! Can you? Okay, let’s just get right into it! We’ll tackle dogs first. From the perspective of how small the incision is to how quickly they bounce back from surgery, 3-4 months of age is a great time for this...
“Treatment” of Feline Herpes Infection

“Treatment” of Feline Herpes Infection

Herpes virus causes recurrent respiratory infections in cats; many cats will have repeated problems affecting the eyes. These cats will have intermittent sneezing and discharge from the eyes and sometimes nose. This discharge may be reddish and does not respond to...
Why has my Black Cat’s Coat Turned Red?

Why has my Black Cat’s Coat Turned Red?

Black coat color is produced by a pigment called melanin. Melanin is the same pigment in human skin that turns our skin brown(er) when we are exposed to sunshine. Melanin is found in higher concentration in black coated animals than other color coats. Melanin is made...
Alternative Medicine for Your Pet

Alternative Medicine for Your Pet

One of the great things about alternative medicine is it helps so many patients and in so many different ways. I would like to share a few examples with you: Recently, a friend of mine was having vertigo, a terrible case of dizziness that did not stop. The neurologist...
Top Five “Cuddling” Breeds

Top Five “Cuddling” Breeds

So, you want a dog who could win “best cuddler?” Look no further than this unofficial list of the absolutely cuddliest of canines: The Beagle takes top spot. (In full disclosure, personal experience drives the answer to this question!) My little beagle is my best...

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