It is estimated that 80 percent of people brush their teeth every day, but far fewer pet owners do the same for their pets. Pet Dental Health Month, celebrated every February, teaches pet owners that proper dental hygiene is equally as important for their pets.
It is common practice for pet owners to bring their new puppies and kittens to see a veterinarian for an examination, vaccines, and even to have them spayed and neutered. These puppies and kittens will then go home with their new families and typically don't see a veterinarian again until it is time for their booster vaccines or they become ill.
Foods containing raw meat and raw meat by-products have been available for many years to zoo's and other privately used facilities. Over the past few years there has been an increasing awareness of raw meat foods in the general dog and cat community. These foods are now available commercially and gaining widespread popularity.
Perhaps the most anticipated time of year, summer is a time of relaxation, rejuvenation, and activity for both people and their animals. It is the most popular time of year to travel and participate in outdoor sports and activities, many of which involve pets.
The holiday season is a time of celebration, appreciation, and tradition for all of us. Our homes become filled with decorations while our stomachs become filled with holiday cookies, chocolate, and candy. These new sights, sounds, and smells are all part of the holidays but many of the traditions we enjoy can be dangerous and even life threatening to our pets.
Thousands of dogs and cats are reported missing every day. Some of these animals will be euthanized, others will find new homes, but very few will be reunited with their original owners. Perhaps the most disturbing thing is the relatively easy steps people can take to ensure their beloved pets are reunited with them in the unfortunate circumstance they were to be separated.
The Center for Disease Control estimates 50 million children and as many as 65% of adults in the United States have some form of parasite. These parasites can cause fever, coughing, asthma, vomiting, blindness, and even mental retardation in children. Parasites in humans are most often acquired through the ingestion of uncooked meat, contact with fecal material, gardening without gloves, walking barefoot in sand or dirt, and from our beloved dogs and cats.
There are more than 81 million pet cats in the United States, easily making them the most popular pet in our country. Cats make wonderful pets because they are affectionate, playful and intelligent. They are also notorious for being independent, requiring little day-to-day care, and for retaining many of their wild instincts.