Article Editor

Pet Talk

The feline kidneys are vulnerable to a wide range of serious disorders.  Kidney or renal disease is a major cause of severe illness and death in cats, especially after the age of seven years.


Knowledge is power.  To make yourself a better dog owner, it is a good idea to read up on various dog breeds before visiting the shelter.  Different dog breeds are associated with certain specific behaviors.


If your dog has a history of flying after squirrels or other small animals, it is safe to say that he has a fairly well developed prey drive or has simply learned to enjoy the thrill of the chase.  Either way, this poses a major challenge to your success in adding a cat to the household equation.


If your cat sneaks out and has a chance to hide, try not to panic, but do act quickly.  Chances are that your cat will be within a two-to-three house radius to begin with, but as time passes, he may venture farther and farther from home, especially if startled.

Pet Talk

What are the chances you will pick up a disease from your dog?  If you don't wash your hands after handling your dog, you are taking a risk.  If you have a normal immune system the risk is trivial.  But if your immune system is compromised, even the normal bacteria on the dog's skin can be dangerous.


Offering a cat attention on demand may seem harmless, but the reality is quite the contrary.  Cats learn that when a person is not busy, their solicitation attempts won't succeed.  When a cat determines that a person is not busy, say sleeping for example, they learn a loud meow will bring food and attention.


Fear-related problems are among the most common behavior problems in dogs. Like all behaviors, fearful behavior is a product of interactions between genetic tendencies and environmental experiences.  Fearful puppies tend to grow into fearful adult dogs.


Chronic snufflers are cats who have audible breath sounds emanating from their upper airways.  They have nasal discharge that sometimes is clear but more commonly is cloudy and thick.