Why Does My Cat Do That? Explaining Common Feline Behavior

Cute cat in a boxIf you’ve ever had the pleasure of streaming funny cat videos, or scanning the latest on sites like cheezburger, you know well the power of feline behavior. Some experts think the reasons why funny cat videos are so amusing to us lie in the fact that cats are either unaware of the camera, or just don’t care (does this sound like a cat you know?). However, just because there is so much online coverage of funny feline antics, it doesn’t necessarily mean people understand why cats have certain quirks. Continue…

Just One Bite: Understanding Pet Safe Foods and Avoiding Toxins

Slice of lemon with vitamin C - strange food for young dogYou are in the kitchen and suddenly glance over to see “the look” – the one that just begs for a bite of your sandwich or a dollop of those cheesy potatoes. Our pets are experts at begging, and we often feel compelled to give in. But, what people foods are pet safe foods?

Because of the health complications associated with pet obesity, many pet owners have become wary of feeding their pets the occasional people food items. In general, this is a wise approach. Many foods we eat can be toxic to pets and cause other problems, such as pancreatitis, to arise. Continue…

Ticks, Lyme Disease, and the Risks to Your Pet

BeverlyHills_iStock_000011902691_Medium (1)In Michigan and other parts of the Midwest and Northeast, we are literally crawling with ticks. Those who like to spend time outdoors with their dogs understand the high prevalence of these Lyme disease carrying pests.

And, while there is no fool-proof way to evade the tiny invaders, there are some precautions you can take to protect yourself and your pooch from the risks.

The first place to begin is education and awareness.

Talking About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the US, is an infection transmitted by the deer tick – specifically, the subspecies Ixodes scapularis. Lyme disease affects humans, of course, but also our dog companions and is becoming a much greater problem over the past 10 years.