The Coughing Kitty: Is it More Than a Hairball?

iStock_000015945987_MediumVery few of us feline fanciers get away with not cleaning up a hairball or two (or two hundred) in our lifetime. You can hear it a mile away, that low hack that comes from the living room or on our bed with that fancy new quilt we just purchased… While it is easy to assume the common hairball is the cause of a kitty cough, it may instead be a persistent cough or frequent vomiting that can indicate underlying health issues.

There are numerous reasons for our cat to cough, sneeze, or vomit. Certainly, determining factors such as frequency, duration, recent exposure to boarding facilities or other animals, and overall health need to be considered before assuming it is a simple matter. Continue…

Helping Your Pet Beat the Back-to-School Blues

GirlAndDog3There are very few things that tug on the heartstrings more than those big, sad eyes of a family pet when his or her best friends head back to school. All summer long, he or she has had the undivided attention of your kids – from numerous walks and Frisbee games to ample snuggle time and crazy sleepovers. But, the kids must return to school and now Fido or Whiskers is developing some separation anxiety.

From chewing on your daughter’s Barbie to increased accidents and general malaise, your pet may exhibit behavioral changes when the daily summer routine gets switched up and the opportunity for play or attention diminishes.

So, how do you help your fur-friend through the very necessary scheduling conflicts and lifestyle changes presented during the new school year? Continue…

New Pet Parasite Prevention Options

iStock_000019714896_MediumParasites in pets are serious business. Some parasites, such as heartworms, can be deadly. Others, like fleas, are mostly just frustrating. Luckily, in modern veterinary medicine we have several options for pet parasite prevention, which will effectively prevent most parasite infections in our pets.

While there are many options for pet parasite preventatives, we have been somewhat limited in the way these had to be administered. Recently, two new parasite preventative options have come onto the market. These are changing the face of veterinary parasite prevention.

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Until earlier this year, if you wanted to protect your dog from fleas AND ticks, you needed to use a topical application of a product such as Frontline Plus. While these products are usually effective when used correctly, they can be a problem for pets with sensitive skin or those who bathe or swim frequently. Continue…