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Northtowns Pet Blog: Spring Fever Can Prove Fatal to Cats

Northtowns Pet Blog: Spring Fever Can Prove Fatal to Cats

Article from Catster.com

As the weather warms up, everyone wants to be outdoors, including your cats. However, springtime is the season when cats are most vulnerable to predation.

The predators most likely to be a threat to your cats include cougars, bobcats, foxes, owls, eagles, hawks and coyotes. Later in the Spring, they’re also more likely to be sprayed by skunks when protective new mothers have their skunkettes in tow.

Warm Weather Workarounds

This doesn’t mean that you can’t let your cat enjoy the sunshine. Here are 6 alternatives that will keep your cat safe while she enjoys Spring:

Follow These Five Steps When Bringing Home a New Pet

Follow These Five Steps When Bringing Home a New Pet

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is one of life's highlights. “Getting the relationship with a new pet off to the right start requires equal parts care, nurturing and guidance,” says veterinarian Dr. David Cook. “All of these things contribute to the physical and emotional well-being of your pet.” 

Dr. Cook suggests pet owners follow these five steps to build a healthy foundation with their new puppy or kitten.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Pet Poisons in Your Home

Northtowns Pet Blog: Pet Poisons in Your Home

There may be common foods and substances in your home that could poison your pet- ones you didn't even know were dangerous! Read on for a full list of common household products that are poisonous, and possibly even fatal to pets.Use this list to help recognize potentially dangerous foods and substances in your home.

When pet proofing your home, be sure to get down to your pet's level to see their point of view. While everything may look safe from your perspective, your pet may be able to get into areas you can't see.

Also, keep your pet confined to a crate or small safe area when you aren't home.

Living With Your Pet Without Unleashing Allergies

Living With Your Pet Without Unleashing Allergies

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Allergies no longer have to prevent pet ownership. By taking a few simple precautionary steps, it is possible to comfortably live with both pets and allergies. Here are a few helpful tips:

Shut the door. Keep cats or dogs from your bedroom — and not just when you are sleeping. If you keep the door closed, it will prevent cat or dog hair from drifting in during the day. This also applies to a guest room if you happen to be hosting a guest with allergies.

Keep pets off the furniture. You can do this by placing a plastic cover on the furniture or by placing pieces of aluminum foil on areas where pets settle. They find the noise disturbing.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Sick as a Dog? What about a Cat?

Northtowns Pet Blog: Sick as a Dog? What about a Cat?

Has anyone ever told you that they’re as sick as a dog? Well, that claim is much more realistic than you probably thought.

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, revealed the top ten pet medical conditions from last year. The findings indicate that pets visit the vet for many of the same reasons you might visit your doctor.

Check out the following list to see how similar you and your pets really are. You might just start wondering when Fido or Fluffy will complain about being as sick as a human!

Top Dog Conditions

1. Ear Infection

2. Skin Allergy

3. Skin Infection/Hot Spots

4. Gastritis/Vomiting

5. Enteritis/Diarrhea

6. Bladder Infection

7. Arthritis

8. Soft Tissue Trauma

9. Non-cancerous Tumor

10.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Do Pets Feel Grief over the Loss of a Loved One?

Northtowns Pet Blog: Do Pets Feel Grief over the Loss of a Loved One?

This article courtesy of petinsurance-101.com.

It’s a documented fact that pets experience grief when they lose a loved one. Many pet owners will corroborate this. Regardless of whether it is a cat losing a kitten or missing a deceased pet friend; the distress signs are there for all to see.

Pets have a deep significance not just for pet owners but also other animals in the household. The passing away of a human or a pet member of the family is disconcerting to all involved. Humans can understand the expression of grief by their fellow humans; however, it can be a little confusing to deconstruct the behavior of pets on certain occasions because pets cannot speak.

Read the Signs of a Healthy Puppy or Kitten

Read the Signs of a Healthy Puppy or Kitten

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Bringing a puppy or kitten into your home is like welcoming a new baby into your family. You will feel joy, perhaps a little uncertainty and an overwhelming desire to do everything possible to get your new pet off to a happy and healthy start in life.

“Meeting your pet's health needs starts with good prevention at home,” says veterinarian Dr. David Cook.