Taste of the Wild Blog

Cat Eat the Canary? Foreign Body Surgery for Pets

Thursday, February 16, 2017 |

Twenty-six golf balls. A wad of Gorilla Glue. Seventy-five coffee creamer cups. A toy dinosaur. Knives, needles and fishhooks. These are among the items dogs and cats have swallowed, as shown on X-rays submitted to an annual “They Ate What?” competition held by Veterinary Practice News. Add to that: steel wool soap pads, 23 pacifiers, …

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Pet Kisses: Should You Exchange Smooches on Valentine’s Day?

Thursday, February 9, 2017 |

A kiss is a kiss… or is it? Are “licks” from dogs and cats the same as kisses? And are there any health dangers to you from cat and dog kisses? A Sign of Affection For cats and dogs, licking can have many purposes and meanings. Researchers who study wolves, coyotes and other wild canine …

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Secondhand Smoke and Pets: Another Reason to Kick the Habit

Thursday, February 2, 2017 |

Some dogs and cats have a smoking problem: they live in a house with someone who smokes. So in a way, they become smokers, too. Secondhand smoke causes more than 41,000 human deaths each year and contributes to lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory infections and asthma. While few studies exist on the effects of secondhand …

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Animal Blood Donors Make Life-Saving Transfusions Possible

Thursday, January 26, 2017 |

Dogs and cats, like people, sometimes need emergency blood transfusions. But you never see bloodmobiles parked on the street with a line of animal blood donors waiting to make a deposit. So where do veterinary clinics locate blood for pets, and what goes into collection and preparation for a transfusion? Transfusion Medicine – Vital but …

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Anal Glands

Thursday, January 19, 2017 |

How could that ghastly scent emanate from your lovely cat? And why does your dog shockingly splay his legs and scoot his rear along your Berber carpet? Few people consider anal glands when they sign up for a pet, but, like it or not, they’re part of the package. What Are Anal Glands? Anal glands, …

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Is Pet Anesthesia Really Necessary for Veterinary Dentistry?

Thursday, January 12, 2017 |

Why do pet dentists (or veterinarians who also take care of dental issues) suggest anesthesia? Imagine if your dentist lifted your lip, took a quick scan around your mouth and excused you from the dental chair in a minute or two. Some people might be delighted, but most of us would look for another dentist. …

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Dos and Don’ts of Winter Pet Vacations

Thursday, January 5, 2017 |

Let’s face it: there’s only so much shoveling you can do before your arms go on strike and demand a winter vacation. Whether you want to surf the waves at the beach or rip through the moguls at a ski resort, your dog or cat shouldn’t always have to stay behind. Why not consider a …

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‘Tis the Season to Avoid Pancreatitis in Pets

Thursday, December 22, 2016 |

With all the parties, events and gatherings this holiday season, who can resist those buttery rolls or that second helping of pork roast and gravy? Certainly not most of us. Nor our pets, who cast their beseeching brown eyes at us from under the tablecloth. And the holidays are all about sharing, right? The trouble …

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Winter Safety Tips for Pets

Thursday, December 15, 2016 |

If you live in a region that’s expecting cold weather, you’ve probably already battened down the hatches for winter. You’ve fluffed up the down comforter, mounted snow tires or resurrected the thermal underwear from the bottom of your drawer. But what about your dog or cat? How can you help promote pet safety for them …

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