Does This Belly Pouch Make Me Look Fat?

Does This Belly Pouch Make Me Look Fat?

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 At 12 weeks old, Ivan was a bear of a kitten, hinting at his full adult Siberian size. He had the most adorable baby fat paunch I took as a sign that the husky boy never missed a chance to belly up to the milk bar. We adopted Natasha from our shelter the day after […]

Experts, Cat Lovers Gather for FIP Symposium

Experts, Cat Lovers Gather for FIP Symposium

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The 2019 FIP Symposium: PURRsuing FIP and WINNing might be the most significant event in feline health ever! That’s a mighty powerful statement to make, but it’s likely true. Here’s why that’s so, for me and for many other cat lovers. A Devastating Day I recall the exact moment when Dr. Sheldon Rubin called to tell […]

The Itchy Dog, Part 3: Taking the Stress Out of Fall Allergies

The Itchy Dog, Part 3: Taking the Stress Out of Fall Allergies

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The joy of fall! he sun rises a little later and sets a little earlier, temperatures start to drop, and the ragweed pollen counts skyrocket. As people and pets spend time outdoors together, dogs are exposed to environmental allergens. Fall allergies to environmental allergens lead to itchy skin, a condition called atopic dermatitis. The uncomfortable […]

Why Your Indoor Cat May Need Vaccinations

Why Your Indoor Cat May Need Vaccinations

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Your cat stays indoors only. Do you really need to vaccinate her? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. You want your cat to be protected from disease, but you don’t want to give her a shot that she doesn’t need. How do you make a good decision for your cat? The American Association […]

Leptospirosis Threatens Dog, Human Health

Leptospirosis Threatens Dog, Human Health

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One of the lesser known and hidden dangers of hurricanes and tropical storms is a waterborne bacterial infection called leptospirosis, which can be deadly to humans, dogs, and other animals. It’s likely that following Hurricane Dorian, the incidence of leptospirosis will increase in the Bahamas. It’s not the only place at risk. Rising ocean temperatures […]

The Itchy Dog, Part 2: The Roller Coaster of Emotion

The Itchy Dog, Part 2: The Roller Coaster of Emotion

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Itch can erode the bond between you and your dog. Itchy dogs are often up at night scratching and preventing others in the house from sleeping, or are banished to separate rooms of the house because their skin smells bad. This can make you desperate to try anything for relief from the itch and skin […]

The Itchy Dog, Part 1: Your Questions Answered

The Itchy Dog, Part 1: Your Questions Answered

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You are not alone if your dog is itchy with skin or ear problems. Itch is the number one reason pet owners seek help from a veterinarian.1 In fact, 7.5 million dogs were treated by veterinarians last year for skin and ear problems.2 We know skin disease can decrease quality of life for a pet […]