Happy National Hairball Awareness Day!

 

cat is being combedThe last Friday in April is one that is important to our feline friends everywhere. It is National Hairball Awareness Day. This common kitty ailment is no light matter. Take the day to learn a few facts about hairballs in cats:

  • The scientific name for a hairball is a trichobezoar.
  • Most hairballs are not balls at all, but rather elongated cylinders that mimic the shape of the cat’s digestive tract.
  • Hairballs result from hair swallowed during the grooming process. Most of the hair passes through the digestive system, but that which is left behind can form a hairball. Continue…

Pets and Pests: It’s Springtime in the Rockies

 

doghikeWith Spring well on its way and summer fast approaching, protecting your pet from outdoor pests can be a matter of life and death.

More than just irritants, pests such as mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks pose a serious health risk to cats and dogs enjoying the great outdoors. Likewise, snakes, bats, and other critters lurking in the underbrush can carry risks of their own that should be considered as you gear up for the months ahead.

Knowing what you and your pet are up against is just part of the battle. The rest is to know how to keep your pet safe and healthy in the face of what may happen. Here’s our list of issues to consider: Continue…

Human Medications: Cheap Cure or Deadly Decision?

 

 

Tigger’s owner felt horrible as she watched her little kitty struggling for breath inside the thick plexiglass oxygen incubator, attached to several IV lines and monitors. She had never imagined that giving her cat a Tylenol to help her feel better after a minor injury could kill her.

It is tempting to medicate your pets. After all, many medications that your veterinarian prescribes are human medications. You might have the same antibiotic prescription that your dog does, or your cat might be prescribed Prozac for an anxiety disorder.  Continue…

First Aid Tips for Pet Owners

 

Do you know what to do for your pet in an emergency situation? Some emergencies are life threatening and others are just a little scary and can be handled at home. These guidelines can help.

  • Make sure everyone is safe and out of harm’s way. This includes you as well as the pet. If you must move your pet, take precautions so that you aren’t bitten. Even the sweetest pet may bite when it is in pain. You can fashion a makeshift muzzle out of a belt or strip of cloth. Continue…