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Don’t want to see your kitty suffer? A cat fountain can prevent urinary agony

Don’t want to see your kitty suffer? A cat fountain can prevent urinary agony

By Tony Johnson

Many cat parents have experienced it before: the heartbreak and feelings of helplessness that comes when a kitty can’t pee. They will strain, moan, cry, hiss, and try to hide, scampering away from any attempt to comfort them. Once they are wrangled into a carrier, it’s off to the pet ER for a long, expensive night. And often it’s only for want of water.

Male cats are especially prone to a blockage in their urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the litter box. Urethral obstruction in cats is a complex and poorly understood condition. Despite some intense scientific scrutiny, no single cause has been found. A dense plug of protein and mucus obstructs the urethra, but how and why some cats produce this gunk and some cats don’t is still a mystery. Some veterinary researchers think stress plays a role, and diet certainly has some impact, but the only...

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Even the most patriotic dogs and cats aren’t fond of Independence Day fireworks

Even the most patriotic dogs and cats aren’t fond of Independence Day fireworks

By Thomas Fraser

If you or your neighbors plan on getting all 1776 this Independence Day, remember that bombs bursting in air are more like bursting in scare for cats and dogs. What might seem like a harmless “pop” can be nearly deafening and threatening to dogs, and it will certainly send your cat scrambling for...

Water is key to good health for your pets

Water is key to good health for your pets

By Thomas Fraser

Make sure your animals always have access to fresh, filtered waterSummer means time on the water, by the water and in the water. But is your pet drinking enough of it? How can you be sure, and what are the signs your favorite furry family members are dabbling with dehydration?Good health and life...

Four Tips to Keep Your Dog Occupied While You’re Away from Home

Four Tips to Keep Your Dog Occupied While You’re Away from Home

Saying goodbye to your pooch each morning is always a bit of a bummer.You have to go to work, but you don’t want your pup to be bored while you’re gone. Long-term boredom can give your dog anxiety, and it could even spark destructive behavior—especially if your furry friend suffers from separation...

Five tips to cool your hot dogs this summer

Five tips to cool your hot dogs this summer

Keep them rested, hydrated and out of the carLet’s be frank: Hot dogs are not cool.All kidding aside (this is actually deadly serious), a late spring heat wave is a good time to review a few hot-weather guidelines for animals that pet parents can follow so dogs and cats don’t fall prey to the more...

Poison ivy can lead to dog rashes, but it’s avoidable – and treatable

Poison ivy can lead to dog rashes, but it’s avoidable – and treatable

By Thomas Fraser

Seven tips for the leaves of threeDogs can get rashes from poison ivy, but it’s more likely you’ll get a poison-ivy rash from your dog.That’s because dogs’ coats typically protect their skin from the inflammatory effects of urushiol, the poison ivy oil that triggers misery in many people. Their...

PetSafe® helps you and your pets break through glass barriers with our Freedom® Patio Panel Pet Doors

PetSafe® helps you and your pets break through glass barriers with our Freedom® Patio Panel Pet Door

By PetSafe Guest

We make more than pet doors. We make gateways to freedom for you and your pets.PetSafe® dog doors – DIY installation projects you can approach with confidence and complete quickly – can revolutionize your life. No more rushing home to let the dogs or cats out. No more guilt that you are letting...