By Ashley Watson
Feline dental disease is one of the more common health concerns for domestic cats. According to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, nearly 90% of cats over 5 years of age will have some type of dental problem. Unfortunately, many pet owners are not aware of the warning signs of periodontal disease, mostly because cats are known for their ability to hide pain.
Tooth decay and gingivitis can become very painful, and in severe cases, the end result is extraction (removing the tooth). If you know what signs to look for and take your cat to the vet for regular checkups, you could avoid many dental issues. This week’s post will cover some of the common feline dental diseases, the symptoms, and prevention tips.
By Ashley Watson
You might be wondering why we’re posting a blog post about fleas in the fall when the weather gets cold. Many pet owners don’t realize that flea season doesn’t end when cooler temperatures arrive in autumn. Your pets are actually more likely to carry fleas in the fall than in the spring or summer, when most people are using flea and tick products regularly.
Dr. Michael Dryden, a professor of Veterinary Parasitology, calls the surge in flea populations the “fall flea surge,” and this surge is caused by certain conditions that encourage fleas to reproduce.
By Susie DiDonato
You may be wondering what we mean by a “yellow dog.” Are they all blonde? Cowardly? Slightly jaundiced? And what is that bow all about?
In fact, the yellow ribbon is exactly what it is all about. Yellow dogs are as variable as individuals. They come in all shapes, sizes, breeds, and temperaments. Owners tie a yellow ribbon to their best friend’s leash to denote their status and support the campaign, so that anyone who passes will be aware.
By Adrienne Bombard
Pet Naturals® of Vermont is starting a new series of posts for people who are thinking about getting a dog. In addition to being a lot of work, especially for puppies, certain dog breeds have special needs that many people may not be aware of. After dog sitting a co-worker’s huskies one weekend, I got a taste of what it’s like to take care of some of the most misunderstood but beloved dogs.
This week, I’ve asked our Interactive Marketing Coordinator, Adrienne Bombard, to write a few things about her two huskies—Achilles and Hadley (featured in the images). Achilles is an 8-year-old male Siberian Husky, and the darker Alaskan Husky, Hadley, is nine. If you’ve ever considered owning a husky, read this post first.
By Ashley Watson
Now that school is starting again, pets may experience some anxiety when kids go back to school. However, there’s a more serious back to school danger for pets. The ASPCA warns pet owners about leaving out backpacks with “enticing smells.” Many of the snacks we love are poisonous for cats and dogs, and one common sweetener—xylitol—can be particularly dangerous for dogs. Xylitol can be found in sugar-free products and in some brands of toothpaste because of the anti-cavity properties, and it doesn’t take a large amount to cause Xylitol Toxicosis.
Although it is perfectly safe for humans, xylitol ingestion has been known to cause liver failure and death in dogs. Find out what you can do to prevent this from happening and what symptoms to look for in this week’s post.