Pet Health


What To Do When Your Kitten is Fainting or Falling (Video)

It’s scary when a pet is ill. Your kitten is precious to you, and fainting and falling is a serious condition. It can indicate something is wrong with her inner ear or nervous system. If your kitten is fainting and/or falling, you need to call your veterinarian. Only a vet can diagnose what’s wrong, and immediate treatment may be needed to avoid life-threatening illness. The following outlines a few of the conditions that may be what’s causing the fainting and/or falling. You Kitten May Have an Inner-ear Infection Of all the following conditions, inner-ear infection is the least likely to […]


How to Bathe Your West Highland White Terrier (Westie)

You’d think with such perfect white coats, westies would require frequent bathing, but they don’t. In fact, it can be harmful to bath a westie too much. They’re prone to sensitive skin, and over-bathing can cause irritations. In general, you should only bathe your westie three to four times a year. If you prefer a short cut on your westie, you can take him to a groomer and have him cleaned every four to six weeks. The Westie’s General Appearance From AKC.org: “The West Highland White Terrier is a small, game, well-balanced hardy looking terrier, exhibiting good showmanship, possessed with […]


Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?

Emma adopted seven-year-old Shelby from a local pet shelter. “I went there looking for a puppy,” Emma said. “But, I fell in love with Shelby instead.” Shelby, a golden retriever, was slightly underweight and shelter volunteers worried that one of her owners maybe abused her. Despite her reluctance toward strangers, Shelby took to Emma immediately. Despite their kinship, the volunteers warned Emma that Shelby had to be rehomed numerous times and was frequently returned for behavior issues. They didn’t want her to follow through with adoption unless she was absolutely sure she was up for the challenge. “Even if I […]


Should You Keep Cats Indoors?

I’d argue that yes, you should keep your cat(s) inside. Although it isn’t easy to change the habits of a formally indoor/outdoor cat, it’s not impossible either. All cats can be discouraged from going outdoors, especially if you cultivate an enriching indoor habitat.  Don’t Add to the Feral Cat Problem If your cat isn’t spayed or neutered, you’re risking reproduction. The feral cat problem is huge, but population isn’t the only concern. Mating is actually dangerous for males and females, and may ultimately cause fatal injuries. In his search for a female to mate with, a male cat will encounter […]


The Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Dog Breeds (INFOGRAPHIC)

It only took a moment for thieves to lure Keymo, a purebred husky, from his front yard in Jacksonville, Florida. His owner had let Keymo off-leash to do his business while she got ready for bed. When she returned, Keymo was gone and there was food on the sidewalk indicating he was lured away. Despite every effort, such as speaking to television stations and offering large rewards, Keymo was never returned. Unfortunately, a growing number of dog owners are coming to realize that their purebred pups are targets for thieves. Their pedigree is valuable because they can be sold for […]

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Can a Spayed Mother Cat Still Mother Kittens?

Key, may she rest in peace, was my American shorthair who died about six years ago. She was very old and lived a full life. I love her bunches and still consider her one of the best friends I’ve ever had and probably ever will have. One of my favorite things about Key was her mothering instinct. She was drawn to kittens, and despite being spayed would lick and nurture every new kitten who crossed her path. It was adorable, but it got me wondering; do all spayed cats mother kittens? Is Key the rule or the exception to the […]


The Green Pet Shop’s Kat Pak Review

So… I just learned about something awesome… Apparently, for about $0.67 a day I don’t have to ever change a dirty litter box again. And, this disposable litter box isn’t a plague on landfills. Nope, these boxes are 100 percent biodegradable and disposable. Sign me up. Cleaner than a Traditional Litter Tray Cleaning litter boxes is a chore and a half. It requires multiple hand washes, and it’s my least favorite chore of all, which is why my husband does it. It’s just a dirty task, but he’s more willing to put up with the smell and general ickiness of […]


How to Build a Homemade Hamster Feeder 1 comment

Feed your hamster a single tablespoon of store-bought pellets once per day. Supplement pellets with a few treats per day, such as a once-daily apple slice or a couple raisins. Hamster food should be served from a BPA free bottle feeder/dispenser. Ensure the feeder is tall enough that both your hamster and your children can reach inside the cage to easily fill it with food or water. More details on feeding your hamster can be found on the Humane Society’s website. Supplies Needed: Two ½ liter plastic bottles, Small scale precision knife, Marker, and Duct tape Step 1: Using your […]


What and How to Feed Baby Turtles

  Like all newly born creatures, a baby turtle requires nutrients to survive. During the first week of his life, he won’t need you to feed him. Instead, he’ll gather nutrients from his yolk sack, which is located along the bottom of his shell. Once the yolk sac disappears inside of him, you will need to begin a diet specially formulated for his age and species.           Baby Turtles Eat Commercial Turtle Food Both water and land turtles thrive when fed commercial turtle food, a vitamin and nutrient rich flaked food that is readily available at most […]


Do I Need Pet Insurance?

Okay, Alabama isn’t a dumb dumb (not one bit). She’s learned how to open the gate, which we’re now closing with a bungee. She’s also learned to crawl under the porch, and escape our gated backyard (she outsmarted us and our bungee)… I’m not planning on her becoming injured, but if she ever escaped my gaze she could end up hit by a car. Is Pet Insurance the Answer? It occurred to me that over the years, she may need emergency medical care. I asked myself, do I have the savings for that? I quickly realized I have enough savings […]


Can Fleas Survive Winter?

Alabama still has fleas. Just when I thought fleas were a late summertime problem, I’m heading into winter and she’s itchier than ever. Unfortunately, indoor fleas don’t go into hibernation like outdoor ones do. Luckily, it’s easy to get rid of fleas in the wintertime. Once I’ve treated Alabama for her fleas, I can let her outdoors without fearing new fleas will attach themselves to her. This is due to the low humidity levels, which kill off outdoor eggs, larvae, and adult fleas. Here’s a breakdown of how I’m planning to eliminate our indoor infestation, and protect our home from […]


Animals With No Tear Ducts

Contrary to popular belief, not all mammals have tear ducts. Some mammals are missing these tubes that regulate and distribute tears to the spaces between their eyeballs and eyelids. Although only humans can produce emotional tears, animals produce tears to moisturize the cornea and wash away any irritants that may be present. Animals missing tear ducts often produce a great deal more tears, but the tears rarely impact what’s causing dryness or an obstruction because there’s no tear ducts to guide the tears. Note to readers: Certain irritants can cause companion animals to suffer from itchy or burning eyes. Talk […]


The Two Types of Canine Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a term used to describe recurrent seizures. Seizures most often occur when brain activity is changing, such as when your dog is excited. A seizure could occur for a more serious reason, such as a brain tumor. There are two types of canine epilepsy: idiopathic and acquired. It’s important to contact your veterinarian if your dog is suffering seizures, so your vet can diagnose what type of epilepsy your dog is experiencing, as well as prescribe medications to control the epilepsy. Idiopathic Epilepsy Idiopathic epilepsy is the most common form of epilepsy and occurs in up to 3 […]


Bactoderm: The Leading Prescription for Canine Skin Infections

Bactoderm is an antibiotic prescribed by veterinarians to treat canine skin infections. Federal law prohibits using Bactoderm, unless first prescribed and instructed by a licensed veterinarian. If your dog is suffering from a serious skin infection, such as staph or pyoderma, your veterinarian may prescribe Bactoderm to treat the infection. Function Bactoderm is a topical antibiotic ointment, which contains mupirocin. Mupirocin prohibits bacteria from spreading, as well as heals the infected area. Your veterinarian may ask you to apply Bactoderm twice daily, for a maximum period of 30 days. Precautions Some dogs may be sensitive to Bactoderm ointment. It’s imperative […]


IDD Effects, Symptoms, and Treatments

Intervertebral disc disease, or IDD, is a condition marked by bulging or herniated disks. Many small dog breeds, such as dachshund, Shih Tzu, and beagle are predisposed to IDD. This predisposition comes from a unique genetic form of dwarfism. The dwarfism causes a defect that doesn’t allow cartilage to mature, which can result in degenerative damage of disks. Oftentimes, IDD is painless, but if it does begin to cause your dog pain, a veterinarian is needed to diagnose and treat the illness. Effects Thankfully, most dogs suffering from IDD don’t experience any effects. Everything is happening under the skin, and […]


Understanding Your Dog’s Bulbus Glandis

Neutering your dog does not remove his bulbus glandis. The bulbus glandis, also called the knot, is erectile tissue that is located at the base of his penis, and that becomes engorged when your dog is excited. It is completely normal for the bulbus glandis to swell, even after neutering your dog. The Aroused Male Dog When your dog becomes excited, or aroused, the bulbus glandis swells. A stimulated bulbus glandis looks like two swollen lumps under the skin. When your dog’s bulbus glandis is not swollen, this area is hardly noticeable. This is why some dog owners become concerned […]


Detecting and Treating Mites in Rabbits

Rabbits can contract three different types of mites: fur mites, mange mites, and ear canker mites. Each species of mite is capable of crossing over to other species, including humans, so it’s imperative to thoroughly rid the infestation. Mites can be treated with medications, as well as their habitat will need to be meticulously cleaned and then treated. Early detection is the best way to prevent a full-blown infestation. DETECTING MITES Because mites are spread through direct contact, rabbits are more likely to become infested with mites when they’re kept with other susceptible hosts. The symptoms of fur mites include: […]