Category Archives: Pets and Family

How to Raise a Child with a Cat Safely

A toddler pets a cat outside

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are over 58 million pet cats in the United States. Undoubtedly, many of these cats live in households with children, and the benefit of a pet for a child’s development has been well documented. Pets teach children responsibility and kindness. The presence of a cat in the

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Should I learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for pets?

A veterinary professional with a dog

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency first-aid technique that sustains blood flow to the brain and heart in the event of cardiac arrest. Many Good Samaritans will learn this technique as part of a first aid course in hopes of saving a life in the event of an emergency. But what about pets? Should we

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Prepurchase Exams for Cats: What You Need to Know

A cat being examined

In equine medicine, a prepurchase examination is a common veterinarian task. It’s designed to help the buyer of the horse determine the health and fitness of the horse for sale. Is it a horse for a beginner rider, for family trail riding or for competitive jumping? Recently, a friend of mine called with an unusual

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