Frequently Asked Questions
Environmental Enrichment for a Happier Cat
Many indoor cats live in relative boredom and loneliness, contributing to stress that results in behavior disorders such as house soiling, urine marking, intercat aggression, owner directed aggression, and behaviorial overgrooming. Proper enrichment of the indoor environment gives the cat a more novel and complex life that encourages the cat to continue more typical species behavior leading to less behavior problems.
Bones - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Giving bones to your dog remains controversial. And that is because, like many things in life, they can be helpful and they can cause problems.
Warning about Adopting from Rescue Groups dealing with Foreign Countries
Adopting a rescue pet may just be the best decision you have ever made. You may find you have saved and enriched the life of a needy, unwanted dog or cat all while saving and enriching your life and that of your family. But there are some very scary loopholes in the rescuing community that may end up causing significant worries for an unwary adopter.
What is Canine Influenza? How worried should I be?
Canine Influenza (CID) is a recently recognized viral upper respiratory infection of dogs that causes licking of lips, reverse sneezing, sneezing, coughing, fever and lethargy. It is contagious through saliva and nasal discharge directly or indirectly through the air or left on objects. Symptoms often occur 2-4 days after exposure.
Budgeted Wellness Care is a new program that allows the dedicated pet owner to divide the annual preventative care package for their pet into affordable monthly chunks.
So why should I get my indoor cat vaccinated against other diseases?
Being an indoor cat provides protection from many traumas, misadventures, parasites and diseases. But that protection isn't complete!
Why do I need to vaccinate my indoor cat against Rabies?
Indoor cats do need some vaccines, even against Rabies! Their indoor status does mean they will be less likely to be exposed to some diseases, but that is not the same as protecting them.
Let's talk about Rabies first, because Rabies is a uniformly fatal disease that has no treatment and is transmitted to people by their pets. Rabies virus is transmitted generally by saliva to blood contact, most commonly by a bite wound. The virus enters the body and travels up nerves to infect the brain, effectively poking holes in the brain of the patient and causing death by encephalitis over 4-10 days. Rabies can be expressed in the dumb form- blankness, drooling, lack of expression or the mad form- drooling and blindly attacking/biting. The incubation time (from bite to sickness) can be days to months after the bite.
Litter Box Use… and Disuse!
Cats are typically fastidious creatures that learn to use the litterbox quickly and well! But through the cat's lifetime there are many ways they can get out of the habit of using the litterbox correctly, causing many problems for themselves and their owners.
How do I administer ear medications to my pet?
Most ear medications are a watery, oily or creamy liquid. They are meant to be placed at the top of the ear canal, into the ear opening we can see, and will run down into the ear canal. The vial should indicate a number of drops but this is not meant to fill the ear with medication, just get enough in to coat the ear canal when the pet shakes its head or gravity carries the liquid down into the ear. If the ear flap or side of your pet's head is getting greasy, unless you are not getting the applicator tip near the top of the ear canal, you are overapplying the medication, you may use less and still have good results.
How do I administer oral medication to my %*7#& cat?
Administering oral medication to a cat MIGHT be one of the most challenging aspects of being a cat owner. Most cats are extremely resistant to voluntarily taking medication, either because they are too smart to eat the medicine in a treat of some form or because they are agile and reluctant to cooperate in forceful pilling of the medication.
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