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5 Signs Your Cat Has Urinary Tract Disease

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Cat Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms and Solutions Urinary tract disease in cats is a big deal. In fact, one of the most common reasons cats are abandoned to animal shelters (and sometimes euthanized thereafter if they can't be re-homed) is due to urinary issues. Fortunately, there have been many medical and nutritional advances made to help resolve urinary tract disease. Let's take a look at some of the more typical symptoms of urinary tract disease in cats and then how it can be alleviated. 1. Straining to Urinate Feline idiopathic cystitis, also known as bladder inflammation, is the most common...

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Why Does My Dog Lick Himself All the Time?

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Obviously, our canine pals aren’t able to verbalize how they are feeling beyond the standard bit of barking or whining. If you have a dog that licks more than seems normal, you might be left wondering why. If you don’t see any logical reason for your dog to be licking and/or he is persistently licking, either himself or inanimate objects like floors, carpets or toys there may be something more emotional going on. General Anxiety Disorder: Dogs that are generally anxious may lick or chew their paws to release nervous energy or to obtain a more relaxed emotional state via the release of...

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Tips for Caring for Senior Cats

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It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that a senior cat has needs that are different than those of a young cat. But how do you know when your cat is a senior? Generally, cats over 7-10 years of age should be considered seniors. With increasing age, changes in the body occur as well. For instance, in one study, roughly 90% of cats over the age of 12 years were noted to have radiographic evidence of arthritis. Needless to say, with arthritis comes pain and mobility issues. If your older cat has become less active and is now reluctant...

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How to Keep Your Dog COOL When It’s HOT Outside

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Here are some guidelines to keep your pooch cool and ready to enjoy some much-appreciated fun in the sun! 1. Keep Water Easily Accessible at All Times This may seem obvious when at home but it’s easy to forget to bring fresh water along when playing outdoors. Dogs need to drink between 8.5 to 17 ounces of water per 10 pounds to ensure they’re properly hydrated. If your dog is panting excessively or seems sluggish, stop under a shady tree to rehydrate. If your dog is too hot and won’t drink, you can pour the water over his body, particularly his head to lower...

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How to Treat Arthritis in Dogs

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Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and other nutritional supplements are widely used to treat dogs with arthritis. The reason is simple: Arthritis will afflict most dogs as they age. Unfortunately, dog owners and veterinarians rarely notice the early warning signs of arthritis because dogs tend to hide soreness and discomfort until the arthritic changes in joints have become severe. But before we discuss glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and their effect on arthritis, it is important to note that no nutritional supplement will correct structural damage to a dog's joints (this is true in humans as well). If there are calcium deposits, scar tissue, missing or torn cartilage,...

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