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Indoor Cats: The Keys to an Enriched Life

While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include urinating and defecating outside the litter box, anxiety, eating disorders, attention seeking, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching.

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Caring for Your Senior Pet

Would you wait seven years to get a physical check-up from your doctor? Most of us wouldn’t and our pets shouldn’t, either—especially as they get older.

On average, pets age seven times faster than people. This means that most dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two and middle age by four. By age seven, most dogs—particularly larger breeds—are entering their senior years!

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Cancer and Pets: What's the Cause?

Unfortunately, cancer is one of the most common causes of death in our pets. In fact, statistics show that one in four dogs and one in six cats will develop cancer during their lifetime!

In dogs over 10 years of age, 50 percent will develop cancer. In addition, large breed dogs have twice the cancer risk of small breeds. Mast cell tumors are the most common malignant tumor in dogs, while lymphoma is most common in cats.

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Pet Meds: Avoiding an Adverse Reaction

Just like humans, pets can experience adverse reactions to medications, vaccines and even seemingly benign topical substances, such as shampoo or ear cleaner. Do you know what to do if your pet has one?

Know the signs.

Symptoms of a drug reaction are often wide-ranging, as they depend on both the type of medication and the individual pet. Responses may vary from mild lethargy or nausea to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Common signs of a medication reaction include:

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What is Feline Hyperthyroidism?

One of the most common diseases affecting older cats, hyperthyroidism is caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormones that increase the body’s rate of metabolism.

These excessive hormone levels push the body’s metabolism into overdrive, resulting in weight loss and increased appetite. This disease also often leads to hypertension (high blood pressure).

Fortunately, hyperthyroidism can be easily managed and with treatment, most cats continue to live full, healthy lives.

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Separation Anxiety: How to Ease Your Dog's Fears of Being Alone

By pure definition, this condition does not indicate an ideal relationship between a dog and his/her human companion. What’s more, anxiety can lead to destructive behaviors, such as inappropriate elimination, barking, howling, digging, chewing or attempts to escape.

Dogs are balanced by having a harmonic rhythm within their pack. Humans can help their canine companions achieve this balance by providing clear boundaries and communicating with them on their level.

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