Archives for August 2014

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease affecting millions and millions of people.  Type 1 diabetes is usually found in young people under  the age of 40.  With type 1 diabetes the body produces little or no insulin and the type 1 diabetic must inject insulin daily. Type 2 diabetes  occurs very often as a result of […]

Cats Need Toys

  Cats are naturally curious, active, athletic creatures with wonderful agility.  They love to stalk and capture prey.  Of course, there are no prey for an indoor cat to capture so you need to provide some toys to stimulate and satisfy this urge. There are all types of toys your cat might enjoy.  Some cats […]

Cat Scratching

Scratching is a normal part of a cat’s behavior.  They scratch to leave a scent and to mark their territory, to flex their feet and claws and to get rid of the dead outer layer of their claws.  You do not want to try and stop your cat from scratching rather you want to provide […]

Cat Safety

Cats should not be allowed to roam freely outdoors.  They should be kept indoors and maybe allowed in an enclosed screened area for short periods of time outdoors.  There are leashes available if you would like to take your cat for a walk outside. Everyone who has been exposed to a cat’s behavior knows there […]

Cat Litter Box Problems

Most cats routinely use their litter boxes all the time and do not present any problems for their cat parent. There are, however, a percentage of cats who develop a problem about using a litter box. If the cat has been successfully using the litter box and then starts eliminating outside the box you need […]

Cat Hairballs

Hairballs are a common problem in cats.  They are especially prevalent in long haired breeds and with cats who groom themselves excessively and with cats who shed a lot. When a cat grooms himself the tiny hook like features on  his tongue will remove dead and loose hair.  This is then swallowed. Most of the […]

Vomiting In Dogs

When a dog vomits it may mean nothing except that he has gobbled down some food too fast or has eaten something which does not agree with him.  On the other hand, a dog vomiting may signal a serious health problem.  A dog vomiting  once in awhile is probably not cause for alarm.  If the […]

Dental Disease And Bad Breath In Dogs

Approximately 80% of dogs over the age of three have experienced some kind of dental disease.  Bacteria accumulating in your dog’s mouth which causes periodontal disease can also travel through the blood stream and cause more problems throughout the dog’s body. You can check for dental disease in your dog simply by looking into his […]

Arthritis And Joint Pain In dogs

When you notice a difference in your dog’s ability to move this may be the first sign of joint pain.  You may notice he is walking stiffly.  Perhaps he is having difficulty climbing stairs or getting in the truck or jumping on the couch.  He may no longer enjoy being petted and he may not […]

Weight Management For Dogs

A great many of our pet dogs are suffering from the problem of  being overweight.  If you cannot feel the rib cage on your dog with only a thin layer of fat on it then your dog is overweight or may even be obese.  A dog who is more than 15% above his ideal weight […]