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(2 days ago) Sign In to Pet Health Network or Create an Account. News. A Pet's Life When Prehistoric Cats and Dogs Competed, Cats Won A new study has revealed that prehistoric cats and dogs used to compete for food and the cats came out on top! Read More > A Pet's Life

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(1 days ago) Access pet owner materials:Pet owner education >>Order pet owner brochures >> By now you’re probably aware of all the reliable content that you can find on Pet Health Network’s website. While much of this content is designed especially for the web format, this section is unique. Here you can find Pet Health Network brochures ready and waiting to be printed and distributed.

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Declawing Cats

(3 days ago) At Pet Health Network, we agree with AAHA. It should be a last resort. However, if a cat is posing a threat to people or other pets and declawing is the only way for a cat to stay a member of a household, we support a pet parent's right to chose this option. It's certainly better than a cat landing in a shelter and risking euthanasia.

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Dog Diarrhea: When is It Serious and

(1 days ago) Mike has more than 35 years of experience in companion animal veterinary practice and is a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2013.

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The Ocicat

(1 days ago) HistoryThe Ocicat may look wild and exotic, but he's anything but fierce. You’ll find few breeds friendlier, and the Ocicat’s majestic spots are a sight to see! The Ocicat is a young breed, the result of a breeding project by a CFA breeder named Virginia Daly in 1964. Attempting to breed an Abyssinian-pointed Siamese, Daly watched as the first generation appeared as Abyssinian and the

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The Sphynx

(1 days ago) There were some early health problems in the breed because of a limited gene pool, but today the breed is very healthy. And while the Sphynx may not be the cuddliest cat breed around, it is one of the most popular cat breeds in America! Cat Facts The Sphynx is a pretty interesting breed, and here’s why:

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The Plott Hound

(6 days ago) Health The Plott Hound is generally a healthy breed but could be susceptible to: Hip dysplasia; Bloat; Gastric torsion (twisted gut) Takeaway points. The Plott Hound is extremely easy and quick to groom. The Plott Hound loves children and looks out for them as if they were his own.

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The Bombay

(1 days ago) The Bombay is the result of cross-breeding a Burmese and a black American shorthair in the 1950s. The result is an outgoing, playful cat who is great around kids.

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Why is My Dog Excessively Licking His Paws

(1 days ago) Justine has more than 18 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified emergency critical care veterinary specialist and toxicologist as well as the CEO and founder of Vetgirl.

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The Ragdoll

(2 days ago) The Ragdoll is a relatively healthy breed with just a few known health issues: Obesity; Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease; Urinary tract issues, such as bladder stones; Hairballs, due to a long coat; Right for you? If a Ragdoll sounds like a furry bundle of joy, you’re right! But there are always a few things to consider

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Should my pet be tested for COVID-19

(Just Now) Public health authorities and veterinarians are working together to determine if an animal should be tested. Right now, there’s no evidence that dogs or cats can spread the virus to people. But there is growing evidence that in rare cases people may be able to infect animals. In the past month, two dogs and a cat in Hong Kong, a cat in

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When is Dog Panting Abnormal

(7 days ago) Nancy has more than 30 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified veterinary specialist in internal medicine as well as a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health

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Dog Breeds

(4 days ago) The Pet Health Network offers leading info on dog breeds. Choose a breed and find out info on characteristics, behavior and health concerns.

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Kidney Disease in Cats: What Cat Owners Should Know

(2 days ago) The IDEXX SDMA™ Test is a breakthrough that not only screens for kidney disease, but can detect this devastating disease months to years earlier than previously possible. 3 [Editor’s Note: IDEXX Laboratories is the parent company of Pet Health Network.]

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The Cesky Terrier

(8 days ago) Health The Cesky Terrier is generally a healthy dog, but this breed sometimes suffers from the Scotty Cramp (a minor problem that causes awkward movement), it’s not painful nor life threatening. You should also watch for any of the following conditions:

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The Cornish Rex

(6 days ago) HistoryThe Cornish Rex may be a mutant, but he’s also one of the friendliest felines around!A natural breed and a cousin of the Devon Rex, the Cornish Rex is actually the result of a curious genetic mutation. In the 1950s, a kitten named Kallibunker was born in Cornwall, UK with a strange coat of the curliest, finest hair. Nicknamed “Kalli,” he was the first member of the Cornish Rex

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Kitten Care 101

(8 days ago) The first thing you need to do is have your kitten examined by your veterinarian to be sure there are no health concerns that need to be addressed right away. Many kittens come with hitchhikers like parasites and fleas or even infectious diseases. Your veterinarian is the best person to evaluate your kitten's health.

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How To Plan For Emergencies: Pet

(2 days ago) Ruth has more than 15 years of experience in the veterinary industry as a companion animal veterinarian in private practice. Along with being a writer and media personality, she is also a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team

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Blood Work and Your Pet

(7 days ago) signs and regular preventive health screens, including a physical exam and blood work, are the best ways to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy, and happy life. When Is Blood Work Necessary? • Sick and emergency situations. Blood work provides you with a valuable picture of your pet’s health and is often the first step when

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What to Expect During Your Pet’s Annual Exam

(1 days ago) Routine wellness visits are a great way to help your pet live a healthy life for as long as possible. These visits can also help to catch potential health issues earlier and may help you avoid additional costs associated with treatments if disease goes undetected. A typical wellness visit might include: A physical examVeterinarians look for changes in your pet’s teeth, weight, joints, skin

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Pet Articles

(5 days ago) All Pet Health. What do we know about COVID-19 and Pets? Dog Behavior. Do Dogs Dream? A Pet's Life. How My Former Puppy Mill Dog Changed All of My Pet Health Assumptions. Cat Checkups & Preventive Care. 5 "Silent" Killers of Cats . Cat Surgery A-Z. Thyroid Tumor Surgery in …

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Feline Tooth Resorption

(5 days ago) With February being Dental Awareness Month, I thought I would write about feline tooth resorption: one of the most common dental problems affecting cats. What is tooth resorption? Historically called feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORL), cervical line lesions, neck lesions, feline caries, cervical line erosions or feline cavities the current term, according to the American Veterinary

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My pet's perfectly healthy! Why should I see my veterinarian

(1 days ago) The following is a list of things your veterinarian should check and health risks that can be screened for: Age Matters. In younger pets, it’s important to get that first veterinary visit under your belt. With a new puppy or kitten, your veterinarian will perform an initial physical exam to look for any signs of illness or disorder, and will

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The Bluetick Coonhound

(3 days ago) Health The Bluetick Coonhound is generally a healthy breed but you should always watch for the following conditions: Bloat; Bloat is a condition that can occur while the dog is digesting. Something goes wrong, causing gases to build up in the stomach and cutting off …

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The American Staffordshire Terrier

(5 days ago) Background:The American Staffordshire Terrier finds his ancestors in the brutal days of dog-bull and dog-bear fighting. Europeans of the time found dog fighting to be an entertaining sport, and were always on the lookout for new breeds to enter into the ring. In 1835 a cross between the Old English Terrier and the Bulldog produced a dog breed called “Bull and Terrier.”

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Our Experts

(5 days ago) Did you know that 100% of Pet Health Network's medical content is veterinarian-approved? In fact, in addition to our many talented veterinary writers, the Pet Health Network team has a dedicated review board of veterinarians who help ensure that our content meets the highest standards in education for pet parents. Check out the team below, including our fabulous veterinarian writers

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Feline Distemper Virus

(4 days ago) Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper) is an extremely contagious and deadly disease spread by infected fleas or bodily fluid. Symptoms include Anorexia, diarrhea, blood in stool, lethargy. Treatment varies as there is no cure, a vaccine is available.

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Mitral Insufficiency: A Leading Cause

(7 days ago) Mike has more than 35 years of experience in companion animal veterinary practice and is a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2013.

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The Scottish Fold

(Just Now) The Scottish Fold is a pretty healthy breed, but there are some hereditary health problems in the breed: Osteochondrodysplasia, a developmental abnormality that affects cartilage and bone development Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)

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Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Hamster Healthy

(Just Now) Whether you're a hamster veteran or just welcome a new furball into your home, these tips will help you keep your hamster healthy and happy!Let your hamster eat well! However, what they eat is just as important as how much they eat. Hamsters like to pick out the tasty fattening food first out of the dish. Often you’ll see the sunflower seeds disappear first, followed by the less fatty (and

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The Chihuahua

(4 days ago) Background ¡Yo quiero un Chihuahua! (I want a Chihuahua!Perhaps best known for his stint as the Taco Bell® front man, the Chihuahua has a long history. The Chihuahua is named for the state in Mexico from which he originated, but he likely descended from the Techichi, a companion prized by the ancient Toltec civilization (which predated the Aztecs).

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Feline Eosinophilic Complex

(9 days ago) Although most people have never heard of it, feline eosinophilic complex is actually a relatively common skin disease that afflicts cats. Technically, eosinophilic granuloma complex refers to three related dermatological diseases: indolent ulcer, feline eosinophilic plaque, and feline eosinophilic granuloma. While each of these has a unique clinical appearance, they all share a characteristic

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Cat Health

(7 days ago) The Pet Health Network offers leading vet advice on cat health. View our complete list of important and informative cat health articles.

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Canine Cryptorchidism

(8 days ago) Leaving a cryptorchid dog intact, i.e. not neutered, can cause severe health problems. One is called testicular torsion, a fairly rare situation. A testicle that is retained in the belly is free floating, instead of being secured in its intended location, so it could suddenly twist on itself. This is …

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Is Your Seemingly Healthy Senior Cat

(6 days ago) Mike has more than 35 years of experience in companion animal veterinary practice and is a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2013.

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A Senior Cat Checkup: What to Expect

(5 days ago) According to Pet Health Network’s feline age chart, younger cats age, or shall we say mature, at a much faster rate. A 4-year-old cat is considered to be equivalent to a 26-year-old human being. The process slows down after that. By the time a cat reaches senior status she is 9-years-old (the presumed equivalent of a 52 year old human) and at

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The Ragamuffin

(5 days ago) Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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Holiday Pet Dangers: How to Keep Your Pet Safe This Year

(Just Now) Dr. Justine Lee, the Pet Health Network's very own pet poison specialist, dishes on holiday pet safety.. The holidays are stressful enough without you having to worry about rushing your dog or cat to the ER on Christmas Eve, right? Before you put any presents below the Christmas tree, do your pet a favor – learn about the common holiday dangers that are poisonous to dogs and cats.

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Dr. Jeff Werber, DVM

(2 days ago) Jeff has more than 30 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a licensed veterinarian as well as a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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Do Cats Get Colds

(9 days ago) Unfortunately, like us, our feline friends can get colds too. In fact, a cold (or upper respiratory infection [URI]), is one of the most common illnesses seen in kittens.Colds are especially common in settings where many cats live together, like pet stores, shelters and breeding facilities. Like kids in daycare, kittens in pet stores or shelters are more likely to develop upper respiratory

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Feline Gastroenteritis and Stomach Irritation in Cats

(2 days ago) Gastroenteritis, an irritation of the stomach and intestines, usually results in vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms include cat vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and blood in the stool or vomit.

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Feline Bladder Stones

(1 days ago) Bladder Stones are microscopic crystals aggregating to form stones found anywhere in the urinary system. Symptoms include pain while urinating, urinating frequently and in smaller amounts, blood in the urine. Treatment may involve surgery.

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5 Reasons Why Your Pet Should Be Your Workout Buddy

(4 days ago) Only 1.2% of Americans met the seven cardiovascular health habits recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) in a 2012 Journal of the American Medical Association study. The guidelines included healthy eating routines and walking for 30-minutes five times a week.

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7 Reasons Why Dog Obesity is Dangerous

(8 days ago) Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a traveling, board-certified surgeon in Allentown, PA. His website is www.DrPhilZeltzman.com.He is the co-author of “Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound” (www.WalkaHound.com).Kelly Serfas, a Certified Veterinary Technician in Bethlehem, PA, contributed to …

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The Shetland Sheepdog

(2 days ago) BackgroundLively like a roving Scotsman, The Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) is a miniature version of a Collie that originated on the small but rugged Shetland Islands northeast of Great Britain. The Sheltie’s history is a little fuzzy, but it could possibly be traced back to the Rough Collie of Scotland. The Sheltie was probably created by crossbreeding the original Sheltie – similar to the

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Why is My Cat Getting so Thin

(9 days ago) Nancy has more than 30 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified veterinary specialist in internal medicine as well as a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health

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The Turkish Angora

(9 days ago) Background: The Turkish Angora is a breed of domestic cat and is one of the most ancient natural breeds. Originating in the Ankara region of Turkey, which was historically known as Angora, this breed had been documented as early as the 1600s and is often referred to as the Angora or Ankara cat.

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