Category Archives: Pets and their Issues

Articles about pet health and companionship.

Making sure your pet is a cancer survivor

When a family member is sick, the whole family is affected. And when the family member happens to be the family pet, it is not much easier.

Like humans, pets can suffer everything from common colds to cancer. You know when your pet has the sniffles, but how would you know that your pet has cancer, and how would you treat it?

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Help your pets enjoy growing older

web-pet-graphicRecent headlines about Guinness World Records naming a new “World’s Oldest Cat” has sparked some questions about the longevity of pets.

A 26-year-old feline named Corduroy was named the current record holder. Corduroy was born Aug. 1, 1989. and grew up on a farm in Oregon.

The oldest cat ever recorded was a 38-year-cat named Creme Puff (Aug. 3, 1967-Aug. 6, 2005), according to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records.

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Things to know when adopting pet goats

Which animal is normally considered a farm animal, but is tame enough to be a pet?

Goats!

Goat kids are curious and independent, and they are ready to adopt you as a caretaker. Similar to other pets, goats are acceptable to human touch and love interaction, but there are a few things you need to know before you consider adopting pet goats.

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Happy belated Microchip Day!

A LITTLE CHIP’LL DO YA — A microchip about the size of a grain of rice is planted under the skin between the shoulder blades. The animal doesn’t know it’s there, but you do, offering peace of mind should your animal get lost or stolen. (PHOTO: www.vetwest.com.au)
A LITTLE CHIP’LL DO YA — A microchip about the size of a grain of rice is planted under the skin between the shoulder blades. The animal doesn’t know it’s there, but you do, offering peace of mind should your animal get lost or stolen. (PHOTO: www.vetwest.com.au)

August 15th was “Check the Chip Day,” a day set aside to remind people of the importance of micro-chipping their pets.

The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), with support from HomeAgain, designated this day as a reminder for pet owners. The purpose of “Chip Day” is three-fold:

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Health issues your pet rabbit can face

Fluffy, soft, gentle and friendly — rabbits are intelligent, social animals that love affection, making them the ideal pet for some families. A rabbit requires regular grooming and proper, balanced nutrition when living as a household pet.

As generally healthy animals, rabbits exhibit fewer health problems than most other household pets. However, as a direct result of improper grooming and unmet nutritional needs, health issues can arise in your pet rabbit.

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Why your puppy bites; how to make him stop

One thing that can be a constant headache for dog owners is a puppy that just will not stop biting. No matter how friendly and cute the little guy is, if he is always trying to gnaw on something or someone, then there is a problem.

A dog that is still biting people when he grows up can lead to serious trouble when he nips people. It is never a good idea to have a biting dog around young children, either.

As his master, you must teach the dog that biting is not acceptable. The best way to do that is by using dog language to teach him. It is ideal to train him when he is still a puppy, so that you can nip the habit in the bud.

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Canine flu has hit NC; what you need to know

web-dog-flu-colorCanine Influenza has hit North Carolina. The virus was confirmed in a dog from Winston-Salem and in 3 dogs from Asheville.

There have been numerous suspected cases in Greensboro, but as of the NCDA press release on July 17, they have not been confirmed. A suspected case in Raleigh has also been reported.

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How to set up a fish tank

Owning a fish tank is a fun and entertaining experience for people of all ages. When it comes to aquariums, there are many different options in size, type and cost that are determined by the amount and kind of fish you want to keep.

Choosing your fish

First, decide which types of fish you are interested in keeping in your fish tank. You should research to find the fish you like that are similar in size, temperament and care requirements.

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Thunderstorms, fireworks: A tough time of year for pets

I hope that all the readers of the HUB had a wonderful Fourth of July. This column is for those among us who didn’t enjoy the holiday — this is a very tough time of year for dogs that have fireworks and/or thunderstorm anxiety.

This anxiety can range from mild to intense; some dogs become very fearful and destructive and these anxieties can interfere with their (and their owners’) quality of life.

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Dealing with pet misbehavior

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There are many ways your pet may misbehave, but obsession compulsion, separation anxiety and phobias can really cause problems for pets and their owners. There are many ways to resolving this type of behavior, but calming the urges is really what should be your best solution. Continue reading Dealing with pet misbehavior

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