Pet Talk

Finding the Purr-fect Pet Halloween Costume

With spooky season right around the corner, many pet owners have begun their hunt for their furry friend’s perfect Halloween costume. But finding a costume that is both festive and safe can be a challenge.  Dr. Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offers some […]

Preparing Your Cat For A Visit To The Veterinarian

As every cat owner knows, taking your feline friend to visit the veterinarian can be a challenge, but regular veterinary check-ups are one of the most important things you can do to keep your cat happy and healthy. To help make this process less stressful for both you and your cat, Paula Plummer, a surgical […]

Weighing In On Feline Obesity

Through grocery store tabloids and TV commercials inundating us with new fad diets it seems that we, as humans, are constantly focusing on our weight. But what about when it comes to where our feline friends fall on the scales? Dr. Ashley Navarrette, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine […]

Taking A Raincheck On Equine Rain Rot

While rain and drizzle can be good for crops and counting sheep at night, wet weather is also suitable for two less desirable things—fungi and bacteria. The spread of either type of organism can leave horses susceptible to developing rotten skin conditions, the most rotten and prevalent being rain rot.  As in the calm before […]

Big Animals Require Big Plans: Preparing Herds And Large Animals For Disasters

Preparation is always key in any type of emergency response, but this is especially true when taking care of large animals in a disaster situation. Unlike household pets, which can usually be relatively quickly and easily transported, moving large animals can take time, which is usually in short supply during a disaster.  According to Dr. […]

Take Action Now To Prepare Pets For Evacuation

When a disaster strikes, there’s often not much time to prepare yourself, let alone your pets, to evacuate to a safe location, and the stress of the situation only compounds the likelihood of forgetting something important. That’s why the best way to deal with a disaster is to plan ahead as much as possible. In […]

How To Protect Your Pets From Heartworms

Heartworms is a term many pet owners hear but few really understand. When left untreated, these infections, transmitted through mosquito bites, can slowly spread to the heart or lungs, damaging vital organs and eventually leading to death.  Fortunately, preventative medications can allow owners to fight back. Dr. Ashley Saunders, a veterinary cardiologist and professor at […]

What You Need To Know About Protecting Dogs From Parvo

Pet owners know that their beloved furry companions are susceptible to various health problems, ranging from heart murmurs to parasites to contagious diseases. But for dogs and puppies, in particular, there is one diagnosis that is the last thing any pet parent wants to hear—that of parvovirus.  According to Dr. Michael Hung, a second-year internal […]

Unearthing The Truth About Scorpions: How To Prevent Stings

Our curious cats and daredevil dogs are always eager to investigate anything moving across the carpet or in the grass. If that object of your pets’ curiosity is a scorpion, your pet may find itself in a situation worse than just getting painfully stung—your animal can be in a potentially dangerous situation. Dr. Dalton Hindmarsh, […]

West Nile Virus Doesn’t Pose A Huge Threat, But Animal Owners Should Remain Cautious

This summer, mosquitos sampled as part of routine surveillance in Texas have tested positive for West Nile Virus, a disease commonly associated with humans but that can also affect birds, bats, horses, cats, dogs, and rabbits.  Although the summer months are waning, because mosquitos remain active during warm months, people and pets are not out […]

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