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Learn how kids can help animals in shelters. Photo: donnieray Most kids we’ve met want to hug and pet every fuzzy 4-legged critter they can wrap their arms around. Children love animals. And that’s precisely why it’s a great idea to get kids involved with helping animal shelters when they’re young. It’s not always simple
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Consult with a veterinary nutritionist or veterinary food therapist to ensure complete and balanced nutrition in your home-prepared pet food. Photo: Katrina_S The largest recall in pet food history occurred in 2008, when melamine was found to be a contaminant that caused illness and death in thousands of dogs and cats. Since then, there have
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Pet insurance can give you peace of mind. Photo: Melinda Nagy Should you get pet insurance? The simple answer is yes — but what kind of coverage and from which company? The correct policy for your needs from a reputable pet insurance provider should: Help you with your veterinary bills Provide better medical care for
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Woody’s Pet Food Deli recall Maker: Woody’s Pet Food DeliCause: Potential for salmonellaAnnouncement: Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announcement dated Jan. 28, 2019 (archived here) and expanded/corrected on the company’s Facebook page (archived here)What was recalled: 15 oz., 2 lb. and 5 lb. packages/tubs, as well as bulk orders over 25 lbs., of Woody’s Pet Food Deli
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Want to remove mats from a long-haired cat? Read this article first, and put away those scissors. Photo: izik/Flickr We received this question from a reader, who wanted to know how to remove mats from a long-haired cat: “I was wondering if you have any advice on removing my long-haired cat’s mats on her back. They
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The sun can’t help cats create Vitamin D in their bodies because of their fur. By: marchnwe In May 2015, the University of Edinburgh vet school announced the results of a study showing that seriously ill cats with high levels of Vitamin D in their blood were more likely to be alive 1 month later than cats
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The Werblow family needed some good news. Residents of Paradise, California, the family of four lost the home they were renting in the devastating Camp Fire that tore through northern California in November, destroying 13,972 residences and killing 85 people, according to Cal Fire. According to a GoFundMe page set up for the family, the Werblows
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Worms in dogs and cats: An unpleasant experience for everyone involved. Photo: SneakyElbow We can all agree that worms in dogs and cats — or wriggling in their poop or vomit — ranks pretty low on the list of awesome things about keeping pets. That’s why your veterinarian asks you to bring in a stool
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Maker: J.M. Smucker CompanyCause: Possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1)Announcement: FDA announcement dated Dec. 7, 2018 (archived here)What was recalled: The following specific lots of 4-can packages of 9Lives Protein Plus cat food: Tuna & Chicken, UPC #7910021549, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans, best by dates of March 27 – Nov. 14, 2020 Tuna &
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Maker: Columbia River Natural Pet Foods Inc.Cause: Potential for listeriaAnnouncement: FDA announcement dated Dec. 5, 2018 (archived here)What was recalled: 2 lb. packages of Cow Pie with Lot #81917 (processed on Aug. 19, 2017) “Cow Pie is a fresh frozen meats product intended to feed raw to dogs and cats,” according to the recall announcement, which added that
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Climate change affects pets, too — not just humans. Photo: Pixabay Climate change affects our pets, plain and simple. And the news gets worse: Higher temperatures and fiercer weather patterns will bring more suffering. In other words, our animals will endure the same hotter weather, hurricanes and floods that afflict humans. But unseen dangers, like
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Pandora syndrome in cats involves urinary tract infections plus one or more additional diseases or disorders co-occurring with it. Photo: coyot Urinary problems plague many house cats — and they are among the most common reasons a cat takes a trip to the vet. Recent research indicates that many of these cats may suffer from
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