Achoo! Could Your Pet Have Allergies?

Achoo! Was that you dear? No, it was the dog. Just like people, dogs and cats can have reactions to certain allergens common in our environment. Allergens can be problematic when inhaled, ingested, or contact your pet’s skin. As his body tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of skin, digestive, and respiratory…  
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What Is Your Pet Really Saying?

Have you ever looked at your cat or dog and thought, “What are they thinking?” Well, you’re not alone. Dr. Carlo Siracusa, Director, Animal Behavior Service at Ryan Veterinary Hospital, realizes that humans, dogs, and cats are species with enormously different communicative skills. In other words, cats understand cats, dogs understand dogs, and humans understand…  
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Pet Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

This week as we gather to celebrate the holidays, Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, Chief of the Emergency Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, offers the following tips to keep your pets healthy and out of the emergency room this Thanksgiving: Festive foods Maintain your pet’s regular diet. Treats of turkey, ham, gravy, cookies, and other goodies…  
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4 Steps To Help Your Overweight Pet!

Today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and as we discussed last week, obesity is an epidemic in America with humans and their pets alike. “A correlation can actually be drawn between the human obesity epidemic and pet obesity,” says Dr. Jules Benson, BVSc MRCVS, a veterinarian at the Doylestown Animal Medical Clinic and a…  
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OBESITY – An Epidemic for U.S. Pets!

My neighbor, Doris W., has a problem that affects many Americans. Her cats are obese, and Doris isn’t alone. According to new research released by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), veterinarians who assessed pets for the recent study recognized that more than half are overweight or obese. Cats carry the largest share of…  
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Take Your Cat to the Vet!

Did you know that August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day? You may be wondering why such a day is needed. Well, research shows that even though cats outnumber dogs as the most popular pet in the United States, they aren’t being seen by veterinarians as often as dogs. Therefore, this…  
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Penn Animal Blood Bank

Nothing is more frightening than the realization that your furry family member needs a life saving surgery and more than that, a blood transfusion. Where does the blood come from? With humans, the Red Cross provides blood to hospitals around the country. Well fortunately, Penn Vet offers a blood bank with a mobile bloodmobile to…  
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Lilies and Cats Don’t Mix!

Did you know that lilies are highly toxic to cats? According to Taylor Blackston at Penn Vet, all parts of the lily plant are considered poisonous, so it is important to be sure that lilies be kept away from cats because kidney damage can occur within 24-72 hours of ingestion. Dangerous Lilies Include: Easter lily…  
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5 Tips for Bringing Home Your New Cat!

So, you’ve decided to adopt a cat. Now what do you do? Well, it is important to be prepared before bringing your new arrival home. Here are a few tips that may help to ease the transition. 1. Prepare the Humans: Check to be sure that all family members want to adopt a cat. 2.…  
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Meow! It’s Adopt – A – Cat Month!

June is Adopt-A-Cat Month, and the CATalyst Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organizations, is concerned that the cat population is increasing while veterinary visits for cats are decreasing. Even though there are 10 million more cats owned in the United States than dogs, cats are less than half as likely…  
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