Pet Talk

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Training your pet parrot

The benefits of training parrots extend well beyond the entertainment value of owning a talking bird who can do entertaining tricks. Training strengthens the bond between owner and parrot, provides companionship, and increases the health and well-being of the parrot. Connie Woodman is a bird enthusiast and a graduate student at the Texas A&M College […]


Protect your pets from coyotes and other wild animals

Although most wild animals mind their business and don’t bother humans, some wild animals, such as coyotes, can wander into human environments and cause harm to pets. “It’s pretty amazing how much damage coyotes can do to pets, especially when you consider that coyotes are roughly the size of a domestic dog,” said Christine Rutter, […]

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Could your pet benefit from acupuncture treatment?

If you’ve ever wanted to try a safe and effective form of alternative medicine for your pet, consider acupuncture. Part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, the act of inserting small needles in certain parts in the body, can offer many benefits to a variety of pets, according to Dr. Daniel Eckman, a veterinarian at the […]

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Heartworms in cats

Heartworms, which are spread by mosquitos, can cause serious health complications in pets. Although heartworms are more commonly diagnosed in dogs, cats are also at risk for this disease. Megan Arroyo, a veterinary student at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how heartworms can harm our feline friends. “The adult […]

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Texas A&M Seeks Healthy Dogs for Second Phase of ‘Aging Project’ Trial

Veterinarians from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) are seeking middle-aged, healthy dogs of any breed, or combination of breeds, to participate in a clinical trial as part of its Dog Aging Project. The growing focus of the aging research at Texas A&M—led by Dr. Kate Creevy, an associate professor […]

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Mammary tumors in dogs

Many of us know someone affected by cancer. Unfortunately, cancer in the mammary glands (similar to breast cancer in humans) can also occur in both male and female dogs. In fact, mammary tumors are the most common type of tumor seen in intact (not spayed) female dogs. Dr. Brandan Wustefeld-Janssens, assistant professor of surgical oncology […]

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Kittens born to feral cats can still be “purr”-fect pets

Feral cats may look cute and cuddly, but they are a lot different than a typical house cat. While feral cats are considered wild animals and prefer to live their lives outdoors, their kittens can be rescued from the streets and put into loving homes. Feral cats have never been socialized to humans. In fact, […]

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June 3-9 is Pet Appreciation Week

While every day with our pets may be special, we celebrate with extra love and attention to our pets during Pet Appreciation Week, June 3-9. Kit Darling, the infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said pets offer more than just companionship. “We should remember to recognize our […]

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Does your dog have poor potty manners?

No matter how well-behaved your pet is, chances are that your pet has inappropriately urinated at least once in its life. But before blaming Fido or Fluffy for bad behavior, ask yourself how often you are taking your pet outside. Inappropriate urination may just be an “accident,” especially if your pet’s potty breaks aren’t frequent. […]

Benefits from essential oils

Many people have turned to essential oils as part of their holistic approach to well-being. As the popularity of these products grows, some pet owners may wonder about incorporating essential oils into their pet’s healthcare routine. Although essential oils may be beneficial to pets, Dr. Murl Bailey, a professor at the Texas A&M College of […]