Learn how to keep your pets safe with these tips from American Humane

On National Pet Fire Safety Day, it’s important to remember to include your furry family members into your emergency plan should a fire ever occur and Fido needs to find a way out. Each year, more than 500,000 pets are affected by house fires, with 1,000 house fires started by pets themselves. It’s no fun to think about, but it’s necessary to take a few minutes and make sure you are doing all you can to ensure your pets get out safely.

PREVENTING A FIRE

Open flame exposure is one of the most common ways that your pet may accidentally start a fire in your home. Never having unsupervised candles or fires in your fireplace, or having flameless candles and an enclosed fireplace instead, are good ways to prevent open flames from causing trouble. Additionally, putting covers over or removing stove knobs and discouraging climbing in the kitchen can help prevent your pet from bumping up against a dial and accidentally filling your house with gas.
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From Ellen Malmanger, DVM on PetMD

NOTE: If you are thinking of breeding your male or female dog, please contact your veterinarian about important steps that need to be taken to ensure safe and healthy breeding practices. In addition, female dogs should not be vaccinated while they are pregnant, so please confirm with your veterinarian that your dog is up to date with her vaccinations and heartworm/flea prevention before breeding.
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Is one human year equal to seven “dog years” when it comes to a dog’s age? Recent studies have shown that this isn’t exactly true.

From Celine on Pawshake

Have you noticed that cats like to drink from strange places? You might give them a bowl of fresh clean water every day, but they still like to drink from the shower or the base of a plant. Why is this? And how do you ensure that a cat drinks enough water?

Cats don’t drink a lot of water by nature. They are descendants of desert-dwelling felines that would have been able to withstand drought quite well. As such, cats should be able to get their moisture from their food. It is vital for cats not to become dehydrated in order to prevent bladder and kidney problems. Bladder grit and urinary tract problems are painful and potentially fatal for a cat. Drinking water is therefore essential for your cat to remain happy and healthy.

Note that if you are a cat sitter and suspect a cat might be having difficulty urinating during a cat sitting booking, always contact the vet. Read more

 

Sourced from PETA.

Fireworks have been a traditional part of America’s Fourth of July celebrations since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. But as popular as fireworks displays are, animals don’t understand that the bursts of light and deafening explosions are just for fun. To them, Independence Day seems more like the end of days! Read more

source:https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/fourth-july-safety-tips

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including furry friends. While it may seem like a great idea to reward your pet with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and activities can be potentially hazardous to him. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips: Read more

A gene defect associated with a severe canine lung disease identified

Article Featured on Science Daily

A severe hereditary lung disease has been described in Finnish Airedale Terriers with a failure to thrive during the first days of lives. Researchers discovered the underlying gene defect in the LAMP3 gene, which may also be associated with the lung problems of certain newborn babies.

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10 Ways You Might Be Stressing Out Your Dog

Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Dogs become stressed for a lot of different reasons, and many humans are oblivious to canine stressors because, well, we’re human! For example, dog-to-dog greetings involve a lot of circling and sniffing, neither of which is easy to accomplish while on a leash.

This is probably why leashed dogs often appear anxious when they encounter other dogs. They can’t greet each other in a natural manner, which means they can’t size up the other dog as friend or foe, and they can’t prepare to fight or run if necessary because they’re tethered to their human.

Another thing many people don’t realize is the extent to which we, as pet parents, create stress in our dogs. Some of the following human-induced dog stress triggers may surprise you.

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This Rare yet Aggressive Malignancy Mostly Strikes Big Dogs

Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Histiocytic sarcoma is an aggressive cancer in dogs. The most commonly affected breeds are the Bernese Mountain dog, flat-coated retriever, Rottweiler, golden retriever, Labrador retriever, miniature schnauzer and Pembroke Welsh corgi. Most dogs are middle-aged or older but histiocytic sarcoma is reported in young dogs as well.

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Ultrasounds for Dogs and Cats: Everything You Need to Know

Heidi Kos-Barber, DVM | Article Featured on PetMD

Ultrasounds can be very useful in diagnosing health issues in dogs and cats. Here’s what you need to know about ultrasounds for pets.

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