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Why Cats and Cow's Milk May Not Mix

Did you know that most cats are lactose intolerant? It’s true. While they’ll happily lap up the white stuff if you present it to them, for many cats this “treat” will result in stomach cramps, and that’s no fun.

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Hairballs in Cats: Causes, Symptoms, and What You Can Do About Them

If you’ve ever seen your cat gagging and eventually cough up a hairball, then you know the situation. You know they’re no fun to clean up, and worse, they can cause health problems for your cat. What you might not know is what causes hairballs, what symptoms to look for and what you can do to prevent them.

What is a Hairball in Cats?

You already know that your cat spends hours every day grooming himself. What you might not realize is that your cat swallows a lot of hair in the process!

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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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