pet care

Cherry Eye in Dogs

~by Nomi Berger~ The condition commonly called “cherry eye” occurs when a tear gland protrudes from your dog’s eye socket. Easily spotted, it appears as a pink or red mass bulging from the corner of the eye nearest your dog’s nose. It can affect either one or both eyes AND can be recurrent. Located underneath the nictitating membrane (known as the third eyelid) which

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ADOPTING CATS WITH FELINE LEUKEMIA

By Nomi Berger A cat diagnosed with Feline Leukemia (FeLV) is still an ADOPTABLE cat. What, then, is FeLV? FeLV is a virus that weakens a cat’s immune system, predisposing it to certain infections, severe anemia, and potentially leading to cancer. Most at risk are kittens born to FeLV positive mothers, cats under the age of one, cats living with an infected cat, and

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Holiday Health Hazards for Pets

By Nomi Berger With the holidays approaching, it’s time to think not only about celebrating, but also about dog safety. Read below to learn about holiday health hazards for pets. To ensure that the season stays merry and bright, plan ahead and start early. Change the appearance of your home from everyday to holiday gradually, over a period of several weeks. This will allow

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Why Spay and Neuter Your Cat

By Nomi Berger The problem of cat overpopulation is a global one and requires a solution on a global scale. But like every journey that begins with a single step, this particular journey must begin with every cat owner in every community, town and city in the country. Those conscientious owners who act responsibly by spaying and neutering their cherished family pets. Spaying (ovariohysterectomy)

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A Tale about Hope

Once upon a time, in a town not so far away, a dirty, thin, black-and-white cat was found wandering around in someone’s garden. Townspeople flocked to the scene to have a look at the magnificent animal with piercing green eyes, wondering how it came to end up in this particular garden on this particular day. “Perhaps it is just visiting, and will go home

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Getting a Microchip is a Must

By Nomi Berger Millions of dogs and cats go missing each year. Unfortunately, very few of them are ever reunited with their owners. Many of them become and remain strays. Others are taken to pounds or shelters, where they are either adopted out to new homes or, all too often, euthanized. Now protective pet parents, no longer content with relying on collars and tags

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Consider the Pet Sitter

By Nomi Berger Are you hesitant about planning a vacation because of your dog? Are you stopped by images of your cherished family companion in a boarding kennel run by well-meaning strangers? Consider another possibility: your dog, safe and snug at home, cared for by someone who’s qualified and experienced. Consider a pet sitter. Pet sitters are paid professionals who come to your home

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Dental Care for Pets

by Nomi Berger Protect Your Pet: Provide Proper Dental Care Did you know that 80% of dogs and cats over the age of four have some form of dental disease? As with people, the main culprit is a build-up of plaque, which eventually hardens into tartar, leading to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontal disease. The result? A bacterial invasion of the gums

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Cottage Safety Tips for Dogs!

Written by Lindsay McGill Photo above is of Brandy, taken by her foster mom Sharon at the cottage. With a few long weekends and the warm weather coming up lots of people plan on going camping and up to the cottage with their furry side-kicks. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there are lots of potential safety concerns that they must

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10 Ways To Protect Your Dog This Summer

By Nomi Berger According to the calendar, it’s officially summer! And with the hot days comes hot dogs. Imagine yourself on a sweltering, summer day wearing a full-length fur coat. Are you hot? Itchy? Thirsty? Are you anxiously looking around for shade? Now imagine dogs outside on the same sweltering day. And you’ll have some idea of how THEY feel. Protecting your own dog

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