Few things are trendier than the latest nutrition fads, and these practices sometimes extend beyond people to their pets' case in point, raw diets. Some parents choose to give their pets raw diets due to the tragic and frightening pet food recalls that have occurred during the last few years. Others apply the logic that since their pet's wild ancestors lived on raw diets of meat and bones it must be the most natural choice. In reality, both of these arguments have merit, but they raise controversy, too, especially since the domesticated dogs and cats we love as pets today are very distant cousins of their wild relatives, with different nutritional needs.
Clouds gather; you see a strike of lightning in the distance, then a rumble of thunder. The next thing you know, your dog won't leave your side; she's panting and trembling, and you both can't wait for the storm to be over.
A fear of thunderstorms is common in dogs. Even some cats are affected—they may meow, tremble or hide. This fear usually gets worse over time, but there are treatments that can help manage the condition.
It's a sobering and heartbreaking fact that more than 2.5 million pets are euthanized every year simply because they weren't adopted before their time ran out in a shelter. With that statistic in mind, it seems like anyone looking to add a furry friend to their household would turn to the local shelter first, but all too often that isn't the case.
If you're a dog parent, chances are you've at least heard the term "Lyme disease." Transmitted to canines by the bite of a tick, Lyme disease is a bacterial-based illness that travels through the dog's bloodstream and usually centralizes in the joints. Although the deer tick is the most common carrier of the disease, other varieties of ticks can transmit it, too.
Untreated heartworm infection in pets can be fatal. Heartworm treatment is expensive and lengthy, and only available for dogs (infected cats currently have no options available). The best option for both your pet and you is to prevent an infection.
Mosquitoes carry the heartworm parasite, and one infected mosquito is all it takes. A mosquito can pick up the infection from a lot of different places: cats, dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes and ferrets are all known hosts to the parasite. If a mosquito bites an infected coyote and then bites your pet, tiny heartworm parasites enter his bloodstream. From there, the worms grow and spread to your pet's heart and the blood vessels around the lungs. These worms can grow to be up to a foot long.