Pet Talk

The Truth About Feline AIDS

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is commonly known as Feline AIDS because of its similarities to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). FIV is relatively uncommon, but it can have serious impacts on a cat’s health and well-being. With proper care, cats with FIV can live many years and usually can share a household with other, FIV-negative cats. […]

Managing Feline Acne

Acne may be most common with teenagers, but many cats also develop this skin condition on the chin and lips. Fortunately, feline acne is usually minor and easy to treat. Brandi Miller, a veterinary student at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has advice for managing cat acne and avoiding infections. […]

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The Joys and Challenges of Adopting an Animal

Adopting a pet from a shelter is a great way to find a new best friend. But it’s also a great way to make a huge difference for an animal, and potentially even save its life. Sadly, many of the animals that end up in shelters come from bad situations. Adopting a mistreated animal can […]

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Don’t Horse Around When it Comes to Hoof Care

Proper hoof care is essential for a horse to be comfortable and active. Comprising a large part of horse veterinary care, the maintenance of horses’ feet is performed by a farrier, a skilled tradesman who specializes in equine shoeing and other hoof-related issues. Jason Maki, the farrier at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine […]

What to Know Before Bringing Home a Puppy

For National Puppy Day on March 23, dog lovers may be considering adding a new puppy to the family. Before you bring home a new companion, make sure you are prepared for everything that comes with owning a puppy. Dr. Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & […]

Toxic Plants to Avoid at Home

Dogs and cats often nibble on plants in the house or yard, but not all plants are safe to be eaten. As you are shopping for plants this spring, keep in mind that many common options are very toxic, and even deadly, to pets. Murl Bailey, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary […]

Scratching Beneath the Surface of Allergic Skin Disease

Spring is coming, and it’s bringing allergy season with it. While you may suffer from all of the excess pollen in the air, your pets may also be affected by seasonal allergies, or they could be allergic to a more permanent feature of their environment. There are several causes of allergic skin disease in pets, […]

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Conquering the Silent Killer–Hypertension

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, affects pets as well as people. Pet owners are often unaware that their pets may be at risk for this condition, and that it can be very dangerous if not treated. Dr. John N. Stallone, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, studies […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Feeding Pets People Food

When a pet is begging for food, it is sometimes hard to resist giving them a little taste of your meal. Before you do this, though, it is important to know which foods are OK to give as treats and which can cause serious health concerns. Kaitlyn Upton, a veterinary student at the Texas A&M […]

The Unconditional Love of Pets

The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and their animals, influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has spent years studying […]