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Cat Dental Health: What Cat Lovers Need to Know

According to the Veterinary Oral Health Council, periodontal disease in pets is a big problem. In fact, over 30% of cats have dental health problems by the time they're just 3 or 4 years old! This is because your kitty's teeth are subject to tartar and plaque build-up just like yours, and feline resorptive lesions can start to occur very young. Yet many cat lovers don't think about cleaning their cat's teeth or having professional dental care.

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Puppy Biting: Why They Do It and How to Curb It

Have you ever held a dog toy in front of a puppy and let him “mouth” it? As you’ve probably noticed, puppies will put their mouth on most anything, and it’s completely normal since they use their teeth to explore the world around them and play with one another.

If you’ve watched puppies in a litter with their littermates, you’ll see that they climb all over one another and nip each other in an ongoing bout of exploration. When they’re a few weeks old, this can seem harmless, maybe even cute, until one of those sharp teeth nips your hand a little too hard!

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Lumps and Bumps? Get Them Checked!

Are you seeing lumps, bumps or growths on your pet? No matter what you call them, masses of all kinds, from harmless skin growths to malignant tumors, are actually fairly common in our furry friends.

How Does Your Veterinarian Examine Lumps and Bumps?

While most masses are benign, we recommend examinations and fine needle aspirates for most new growths. This simple procedure allows the veterinarian to determine the nature of the growth by collecting a sample of cells and viewing them under a microscope.

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Laser Pointers: A Good Idea for Your Cat But Not For Your Dog

Most cats love laser pointers. You can press the button and let the red laser land in a pinpoint on the floor, or the wall...just out of reach of your cat, and watch him pounce. It’s entertaining to watch and it’s entertaining for your cat. They’re not so good, however, for your dog. But first, let’s look at how they benefit your kitty. 

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Cat Grooming: What's Unusual?

If your cat is like most felines, she spends hours every day grooming herself. Lick the paws, check. Use the damp paws to clean behind the ears, check. Your cat is capable of bending and contorting herself into all manner of funny positions to aim that rough tongue “just so” at a particular problem area.

In general finicky cats are pretty good at keeping themselves clean.  However, it turns out there are other reasons your cat grooms him or herself besides cleanliness.

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Integrative New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Most personal New Year’s resolutions are centered on health and relationships. You may promise yourself that you'll work out regularly, eat healthier or call your family more often. But what if you broadened your resolutions to include your pets? What would that look like? Could you find resolutions that would truly benefit both you AND your pets?

These resolutions are integrative in nature as they address various aspects of the pet’s well-being, such as diet, exercise and social and emotional needs.

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5 Fun Homemade Dog Treats

As the peak of winter hits, we spend more and more time in the kitchen, whipping up goodies made with seasonal produce such as pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and cranberries. So why not let your pup in on the fun of enjoying some seasonal treats? We compiled 5 easy, yummy, and healthy dog treat recipes you’ll want to try out with your best furry friend!

**Pro Tip: Make a big batch and put the extra in the freezer. Pull out about a week's worth at a time and always have healthy, preservative-free dog treats on hand!

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Dog Anal Glands - What Every Dog Lover Needs to Know

You’re not alone if you wrinkle your nose at the idea of “dog anal glands”. After all, “anal glands” are not approved dinner conversation in most circles, and they're probably something you’d rather not think about. 

However, some dogs have problems with theirs and if you’re reading this, your dog may be one of them. You may also know that if left ignored, anal gland problems can develop into a painful medical condition. 

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