Recently I wrote about why veterinarians love fluids. This week I am turning the tables and writing about three things cats love: catnip, cardboard boxes and their favorite human. Catnip Nepeta cataria looks like a weed with its toothed leaves and square stem. This cat favorite is related to mint. Neptalactone, an organic compound found in the catnip … Continue reading Why Cats Love Catnip, Cardboard Boxes and You!
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It is no secret that humans and their pets share a variety of diseases, such as ringworm, staph infections or food borne illness. Over the past few weeks, health news has been dominated by the Zika virus epidemic and lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan. Concerned pet owners will want to know if these illnesses can affect their pet and … Continue reading One Medicine: Zika Fever and Lead Poisoning in Pets
In addition to February being National Pet Dental Health Month, we celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day about love. To expand on the theme of love, todays’ blog highlights the reasons veterinarians love fluid therapy for their patients. Fluids Treat Dehydration Serious cases of vomiting and diarrhea often result in dehydration. Fluid is lost in both vomit and … Continue reading Five Reasons Veterinarians Love Fluid Therapy
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Tooth and gum disease is commonly diagnosed in dogs and cats. During routine veterinary examinations, dental tartar was the second most common problem identified; the number one problem is obesity. Last year we highlighted common dental problems in our photo blog for National Pet Dental Health Month 2015. For this year’s celebration, … Continue reading New Research Helps to Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Healthy
One way small animal veterinary medicine differs from human medicine is in the field of obstetrics. Human hospitals have entire floors devoted to labor, delivery and the newborn nursery. Most litters of puppies and kittens make their entrance into this world at home. Last week at The Animal Medical Center, a mother dog having a difficult delivery arrived … Continue reading Dangerous Delivery: Signs Your Birthing Dog Needs a Veterinarian
For anyone with a pet, hair accumulating on your clothes, furniture and corners of every room in your house is a reality of life. Ok, maybe not quite everyone. According to the American Kennel Club, there are 13 breeds of non-shedding dogs, and there is also a hairless cat breed, the Sphynx. This unusual cat has very little to … Continue reading Shed Happens: Tips for Controlling Pet Hair in Your Home
After a balmy Christmas and New Year’s where many New Yorker’s turned on their air conditioning, winter finally seems to be here. With the arrival of winter, we get out our warmer clothing, the lip balm and the electric blanket. Pets, too, need special provisions in the winter months to be comfortable and safe. Here are just … Continue reading Protecting Your Pet Against Winter Weather
Veterinary research results in new treatments, procedures and tests leading to improved pet healthcare. For the first blog of 2016, Fur the Love of Pets will review some of the research published in 2015 which has had a positive impact on the care of dogs and cats. Rabies Vaccination While it is important to keep both … Continue reading Veterinary Research: A Year in Review
The holiday season is all about family – special dinners, gifts, visits from far away relatives and a sense of belonging. Moo never had a family. Through the windows of the houses in his neighborhood, he could see families in their cozy homes and longed to be part of a family. The closest he came to a family of his … Continue reading Moo’s Christmas Wish
At least every day, if not more often, I am asked by a worried cat family, “Is my cat in pain?” This is probably a more difficult question for me to answer than the other one I hear every day, “Why did my cat get cancer?” Signs of Pain Many of the current recommendations to … Continue reading Can You Recognize Pain in Your Cat?