Keeping Your Pets Safe When You Foster

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:21
Dog and cat next to one another in a foster home

Foster home situations help homeless dogs and cats by, among other things, decreasing their stress and limiting their exposure to infectious diseases, which can occur when many animals are housed together in an enclosed area (such as a shelter). Of course, most people who foster pets do so because of their love for animals, and that means they usually have their own pets at home. So, how do you keep your own pets from becoming ill when you foster an animal?

Cat Vomiting: Types, Causes and Treatments

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:18
Gray and white cat on a cat tree shelf looking at the camera

If you have cats, you’ve probably seen one of them throw up at one time or another. It is common for cats to vomit, but it’s never normal for them to do so. With that said, it is also not always something that has to be treated, nor does the cat need to be rushed to a veterinarian every time she vomits. In this resource, you’ll get the scoop on when to take a vomiting cat to the vet, why cats vomit and what treatments are available to help felines feel better.

Cat Body Language: Communication and Expression

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:09
A brown tabby cat lying upside down inviting interaction

Ask any young child what a cat says and she’ll tell you confidently, “meow.” But is that all that cats say? Meowing is actually just a small part of how cats communicate. Mostly, cats use their bodies to tell us, and each other, how they feel. Everything from their ears, eyes and whiskers to their toes and the tips of their tails give us clues as to what’s going on inside their heads.

Cataracts in Dogs: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:02
Tan and white dog with cataracts in his eyes

A dog develops a cataract when the lens of the eye clouds, which is caused by changes in the water balance in the lens or changes to the proteins within the lens. When the lens becomes cloudy, light can’t reach the retina, causing blindness. A mature cataract looks like a white disk behind your dog’s iris. The part of the eye that usually looks black will now look white.