Category Archives: Animal Insight

How Do I Teach My Dog to Come When Called?

Having your dog come to you when you call is one of the most important and useful behaviors that you can teach your dog, but it is also one of the most challenging. Dogs of any age can learn to come when called reliably but it is easier if you can start training at an […]

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Is Your Cat Drinking Enough Water?

As with all living creatures, water is one of the most important essential nutrients that your cat needs in order to thrive. Many cats are not good about consuming enough water on a regular basis. Our modern day cats evolved from desert-dwelling animals that had to try to survive on very little water and developed […]

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Dental Care

Plaque builds up on your dog’s teeth each time he eats and can turn into tartar, or calculus. These areas grow bacteria and can eat away at the teeth and gums. Halitosis, periodontal disease, oral pain and tooth loss can occur.

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Your Older Cat

Much like aging humans, geriatric cats need a bit more attention and help from their family members in order to enjoy the quality of life they deserve in their senior years. Your pet has served you well, and you can reward that devotion with some well-deserved pampering.

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Flea & Tick Prevention

Even if your dog spends very little time outside or your cat never leaves your house, you may still find fleas or ticks on your pet or in your home. Both of these external parasites can be transported into your house by hitching a ride on someone’s shoes or clothes, and fleas are small enough to enter through a screen door.

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Your Senior Dog

Due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits, pets are living longer now than they ever have before. One consequence of this is that pets, along with their owners and veterinarians, are faced with a whole new set of age-related conditions. In recent years there has been extensive research on the problems facing older pets […]

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Ear Disease

Ear problems in dogs are a common reason for a trip to the vet. The most common ear problem is otitis externa, which simply means an inflammation of the external ear canal. A diagnosis of inflammation does not necessarily mean that there is an infection present, but many dogs with otitis externa do also have […]

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Training Your Cat to Use Scratching Posts

Scratching is normal feline behavior. It's part exercise and part "marking" behavior. Your cat stretches, has a nice vigorous scratch, and leaves the spot marked as "mine”. It also helps to rid the claws of old layers, but doesn't really do much to sharpen the claws, as many people believe.

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Urinary Accidents

Litter box accidents are one of the top problems people may have with their cats. Cats are finicky creatures, not to mention they often will decide not to use their litter box if they are sick or in pain. Determining why they aren’t using the litter box is usually the first step before you can decide […]

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