Pet Talk

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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 […]

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Turtles and tortoises as pets

If you’re looking for a unique, low-cost pet that enjoys a relaxed lifestyle, a pet turtle or tortoise may be for you. What is the difference between turtles and tortoises? Most turtles have webbed feet or flippers and primarily live in water, while tortoises primarily live on land and do not have webbed feet. In […]

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), a type of skin cancer that commonly occurs on white-skinned areas of horses, can be difficult to treat. That’s why Dr. Leslie Easterwood, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said early detection and treatment are key. SCC most commonly occurs at mucocutaneous […]

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April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30, Helena Wayt, a veterinary student at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained some of the major reasons to adopt a pet from a shelter. For one, Wayt said, you are saving a life and giving an animal a […]

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Miniature donkeys as pets

If you live on at least one to two acres of grass and want a unique pet, a miniature pet donkey may be for you. However, like any pet, miniature donkeys need training, food, shelter, and veterinary care, which means you must be fully committed before getting one. Evaluating your commitment to a miniature donkey […]

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Chagas Disease in Dogs (2018)

Whether your dog stays outside for hours at a time or is primarily an inside dog, all dogs are at risk for Chagas disease, a potentially fatal disease that affects the heart and other organ systems. Chagas disease is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is spread to dogs through insects in the Reduviidae […]