Rabies 101 for Pet Owners

The Indian flying foxMost everyone has heard of rabies, and while people generally understand that it’s dangerous, not everyone is aware of what rabies is, how it is transmitted, and what the risk is to people and pets.

Although rabies is largely controlled in the United States, it still remains a concern. Each year, hundreds of dogs and cats die of rabies in the U.S., as well as a few humans. Understanding rabies and learning how to protect your pets and your family are critical steps in the fight against this deadly disease.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals, including dogs, cats, and humans. The disease is considered zoonotic due to its ability to transfer between animals and humans. Rabies is generally spread by direct contact with an infected animal, usually through a bite. Wildlife, such as bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes, commonly carry rabies. Continue…

The Truth About Dog Bite Prevention

An owner of a mild-mannered, well-behaved dog might find it hard to believe that their dog could actually bite someone – and yet it happens all the time.

There are many things that can unexpectedly scare or upset a dog, leading them to react uncharacteristically aggressive or defensive. As a result, we recommend that every dog owner have a grasp on dog bite prevention, just in case it’s necessary someday.

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The Differences Between Feral Cats and Domestic Cats

feral catsPeople seem to know a stray cat when they see one, but it’s harder to pinpoint a feral feline. Certainly, stray cats occupy the space between house cats and feral cats, but to truly understand the differences between your own pet and their wild cousins, we have to look at behavior, cat psychology, and lifespan.

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