Thank this gene mutation for this endearing feline feature

Thank this gene mutation for this endearing feline feature

July 18, 2019

It's helped make Lil Bub and Maru online sensations and has helped Mistoffelees, Felix the Cat and even Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat achieve lasting fame. What sets these kitties apart from other felines? It all comes down to a mutation in the KIT gene that causes an unusual distribution of cells.

Pup throws his pal under the proverbial bus!

Pup throws his pal under the proverbial bus!

July 18, 2019

Asked which of them scattered the fuzz around, one 'squealed' without saying a word.

Brucellosis confirmed at Iowa dog breeder’s facility

Brucellosis confirmed at Iowa dog breeder’s facility

July 18, 2019

A contagious bacterial disease known as brucellosis was detected at a breeding facility in Iowa. Along with posing risks of infertility and abortion to dogs, brucellosis is a zoonotic disease that can be transmitted to humans, causing fever, joint pain and weakness.

Is your puppy an underachiever on the growth scale?

puppy not growing properly

July 17, 2019

If your puppy isn't filling out and growing properly, it's a problem that demands quick resolution, rather than a wait-and-see approach. Several different factors, including an underlying condition, may be at play and preventing your puppy from thriving.

Kissing parrots admire their reflections

Kissing parrots admire their reflections

July 17, 2019

A pair of colorful parrots take turns kissing a reflective oven door - and each other.

Why frequent hairballs may be a red flag

hairballs in cats

July 16, 2019

Don't let your veterinarian tell you that regularly vomiting hairballs is normal. It's not and it may be signaling something is wrong. Here's what you need to know if you're finding frequent upchucked hairballs. Plus, six ways to help reduce them from forming in the first place in a healthy cat.

Guy hits the trail with his blind dog

Guy hits the trail with his blind dog

July 16, 2019

A blind dog named Katana got her confidence back with the help of her favorite human.

The many ways homes can go to the dogs

benefits of owning a dog

July 16, 2019

Rather than the doghouses of yesteryear, homes are becoming more 'pet-centric,' such as laundry rooms combined with pet friendly spaces for bathing and grooming your dog, or storage space for pet supplies, medicines and food. While such features aren't yet the norm, perhaps considering the needs of households with one or more dogs is more than just a fad.

Dogs’ bodies change as they age, so should their food

senior dog

July 15, 2019

A life-long study of 80 large-breed dogs suggests that dogs' bodies do change with age and therefore, so do their nutritional requirements. Here's the dietary regimen most older dogs thrive on and the feeding tweaks I recommend as your pet ages to help protect cells and tissues.

Pup named Norbert does cute stuff

Pup named Norbert does cute stuff

July 15, 2019

Norbert, a sweet dog known for his floppy tongue, is up for tricks any day of the week.

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