How Long can a Cat be in a Hot Car? by Dr Dale Rubenstein

When 3-year old Zorro came in for a routine exam and to have the long hair clipped under his tail, his owner thought since she lived nearby, she didn’t need to worry about cooling off the car before driving over. It was a warm day, and Zorro proceeded to share Dawn’s water bottle, licking the water she put into the cap of t […]

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How Holistic Treatments Helped a ‘Cat From Hell’ Lead a Better Life

The Daily Vet is a blog featuring veterinarians from all walks of life. Every week they will tackle entertaining, interesting, and sometimes difficult topics in the world of animal medicine – all in the hopes that their unique insights and personal experiences will help you to understand your pets. Jul 16, 2013 How Holistic Treatments Helped a ‘Cat From Hell’ Lead a Better Life by Dr. Patrick Mahaney Share Save to mypetMDI was enthused to be requested again by Jackson Galaxy, of the Animal Planet …

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Heat Stroke in Cats: Know the Signs

Even though heatstroke is more common in dogs than in cats, cats can get it, and it is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate veterinary attention. Signs of heat stroke Panting or rapid breathing Restlessness Drooling Excessive grooming Sweaty paws Bright red gums and tongue Vomiting Stumbling Unresponsiveness High fever Collapse Extreme lethargy What to […]

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National Pet Preparedness Month

Important reminder to create an evacuation plan for the whole family Sometimes all of the unofficial national “holidays” and awareness months that keep cropping up seem excessive. Do we really need a National Hug Your Cat Day?! But I think the new movement to make June National Pet Preparedness Month is a really good one, and a nice complement to September’s National Preparedness Month for people. Earlier this year, I wrote an article in the magazine about disaster preparedness in light of lessons …

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Are You (and Your Cat) Prepared for an Emergency?

No matter where you live, there is likely some form of natural disaster that could potentially threaten your home and your family. Whether the disaster is a widespread event (such as a hurricane, tornado, wildfire, or flood) or a more focused threat (such as a house fire or gas leak), being prepared could mean the difference between life and death.

Make a plan ahead of time. Don’t wait for a disaster to strike. By then, it may be too late. Be sure to include your cat in your emergency plan as well. …

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Summer Travel Tips for Your Cat

While typically it’s the family dog that gets to go on vacation, cats are getting to travel, too. But whether kitty is going to visit Grandma while the family goes off on a cruise or is actually going along to the vacation destination, the same planning is involved to ensure that the travel arrangements are stress free. It’s a good idea to have two different…

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Cats Need the Right Environment

“Addressing environmental needs is essential (not optional) for optimum wellbeing of the cat.”

So says the Feline Environmental Needs Guidelines recently published by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and International Society of Feline Medicine. I whole-heartedly agree. Evidence continues to reveal that inappropriate environmental conditions play a huge role in the development of stress, illness, and unwanted behaviors in cats.

The Guidelines are structured around five pillars …

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The Importance of Playtime for Cats

Cats have a reputation for being low maintenance, which is probably one of the many reasons why they have surpassed dogs as the most popular pet in America. Unfortunately, because of this reputation, many people think cats don’t need as much attention as dogs do. They couldn’t be more wrong. Play is vitally important to […]

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The Agony of Arthritis – Is Your Cat Hurting?

Since May has been proclaimed Arthritis Awareness Month, it seems a good time to discuss the issue of arthritis in a place you might not expect to find it — your cat.

When I started practicing veterinary medicine over 20 years ago, we (the veterinary profession) believed that dogs frequently suffered from arthritis but cats rarely did. However, in the past 10-15 years, we’ve come to realize that this assumption is simply not true. We believe now that cats suffer from arthritis much more commonly …

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Pet Health For Less

Caring for your pet can be costly. Here are some tips to keep them healthy for less.