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Why Does My Cat… Blink Slowly at Me?

Have you ever noticed how a cat will sometimes seem to look at you and then do a “slow blink” and then maybe even look away? You might wonder all sorts of things: Is my cat bored? Is she sleepy? Is she content? This “slow blink” behavior is very normal, though, and I can help…

7 Most Overlooked Aches and Pains in Dogs

Headaches? Throat ache? Bellyache? Ever wondered if your dog’s got one? I do all the time. After all, It’s hard to tell just how much our dogs suffer these simple maladies. Though they’re common enough in humans to consider them likely enough occurrences in pets, we’re not sure how seriously our pets feel them. Other…

Help Your Cat Get Healthier This Year

I don’t know about you, but I often make New Year’s resolutions for my pets as well as for myself. Heck, we could all use a little improvement every year, whether we’ve got two legs or four. Resolutions for our pets are often similar to the ones we make for ourselves. We might have goals…

5 Ideas to Make Over Your Daily Dog Walk

Walks serve a greater purpose than a potty break and way to burn off a little extra energy. They also serve as a form of socialization and mental stimulation, and they have the power to positively impact a dog’s emotional state, behavior and bond with people. Incorporating a few additions to your walk can have…

Four Places to Pet Your Cat — and One to Leave Alone

Some things really do get better with age. I have long joked that my hairline isn’t one of them, but I know one thing that is: My ability to understand cats better, and to build a stronger, more fulfilling bond with the felines in my life and in my practice. Which is not to say…

“Are my mental-health issues having a negative effect on my dog’s behavior?”

I am frequently asked this question by my clients. They want to know if their mental-health disorder is contributing to their dog’s behavior problem. There is no clear-cut answer because it really depends on the relationship between the client and the pet. However, there are a few general things you should know. Mental Illness Is…

10 Ways to Ace Litterbox Maintenance and Keep Your Kitty Happy

It probably won’t shock you to learn that the most common behavior problem reported among cats is house soiling. It should also come as no surprise that a reluctance to stay within the box’s boundaries is one of the top reasons why some cats end up in shelters — one study found that 23 percent…

Why Flea and Tick Prevention Doesn’t Stop When Summer Is Over

Fleas and ticks are fighting back. It used to be that they would pester our pets between May and September — but now experts recommend that pet owners give parasite prevention products year-round to fight off the biting little buggers. What’s up with that? Warming Up to Ticks In the case of ticks, we are…

Forget Fido, Even Owning a Pet Fish Can Improve Your Health

Recently, James Wathen, a 73-year-old Kentucky man, lay in his hospital bed at death’s door. He had stopped eating and given up. But when nurses reunited him with his one-eyed Chihuahua, Bubba, Wathen rebounded, according to a report on Today. This heartwarming story is an example of the undeniable power of the bond between people…

8 Ways Your Pet Can Help Relieve Your Stress

Sometimes finding time to walk the dog or clean the litterbox seems like one more task to cram into your busy day. But it’s worth it. Here’s why: There are many ways our pets actually help decrease the stress we feel in our daily lives. To learn more about how and why animals help reduce…

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