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Lily Toxicity

Easter Lily Dreamstime / Fedor Kondratenko

Spring is here and plants and flowers are popping up everywhere. One seasonal plant, the Easter Lily, is deadly to cats. Learn about the dangers here.

Poisonous Plants and other Hazards
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All Ears - Questions About Common Ear Problems

Friday April 18, 2014

Nero the Boston Terrier / BL4d3RuNr on FlickrItchy ears, scratching, shaking, and swollen ears are a common problem for dogs. Cats too, suffer from various ear problems. Some ear conditions are primary (mites), and some problems are secondary -- hematomas, bacterial infections from scratching, etc.

Whatever the cause, most ear problems require assistance to clear up, since the frequent scratching, rubbing, and shaking of the ears only add to the problem.

Learn more about: Ear infections, ear mites and aural (ear flap) hematomas in dogs and cats.

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Photo: Nero the Boston Terrier / BL4d3RuNr on Flickr

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Lily Toxicity in Cats

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Easter Lily Dreamstime / Fedor KondratenkoAt this time of year, Easter Lilies are everywhere. These lilies, and their botanical relatives, including Stargazer lily, Day lily, Asian lily and Tiger lily, are popular choices for holiday bouquets and are the favorites of many gardeners.

What makes lilies poisonous is still unknown, but it is known that lilies are very toxic to cats and the toxin is soluble in water. Read More...

Why (and what) is my senior dog "leaking"?

Monday April 14, 2014

Old Blonde Retriever by chriswsn on FlickrMany dog owners have been startled to find a wet spot on the floor or bed after a pet gets up after a nap. The dog is usually feeling fine otherwise and may not seem to notice the leakage.

This is different than other types of soiling accidents; the dog isn't aware that the leakage is happening. Have you noticed this with your dog?

Learn more: Urinary incontinence in senior dogs

Photo: Old Blonde Retriever by chriswsn on Flickr

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Cat Fights Part 3 - Help at Home and Beyond

Friday April 11, 2014

Bacon the Cat / Theresa DePorter, BS, DVM, DECAWBM, DACVBVeterinary behaviorist Theresa DePorter, BS, DVM, DECAWBM, DACVB continues the discussion on reducing feline aggression in the household with more tips to make cats feel comfortable and secure, hopefully reducing inter-cat stress and aggression. Also in this interview, learn about the clinical trial that Dr. DePorter is working on to assess management and resolution of aggression between familiar housemate cats with a new pheromone formulation.

Learn More: Cat Aggression Interview Part 3

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Photo: Bacon the Cat / Theresa DePorter, BS, DVM, DECAWBM, DACVB

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