Pet Talk

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Before adopting a pet rabbit, make sure you are committed

If you’re looking for a new furry friend this spring, then a pet rabbit may be for you. However, Selena Zalesak, a veterinary student at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, says before making that commitment, it is best to do your research. “Rabbit purchases are very popular around Easter,” Zalesak […]

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Cats are carnivores, so they should eat like one

Diet can have a big impact on health. Just like humans, cats have special dietary needs to help them stay healthy. However, feline diets are a lot different than human diets. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require meat in their diet and need little carbohydrates. In the wild, cats usually prey on small animals, […]

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Preventing Lyme disease in pets

We all know that pets are prone to getting fleas and ticks, but did you know that these pesky parasites could transmit dangerous diseases to your pet? Maria Esteve-Gasent, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained everything pet owners need to know about Lyme disease, a tick-borne […]

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Snakes as pets (2018)

If you’re not into furry animals with four legs, perhaps a pet snake might be able to “slither” into your heart. Some people may feel squirmy around snakes, but these reptiles offer company and stress relief for many people. Snakes are also low maintenance; they do not require daily walks and they are quiet during […]

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Losing a furry friend

For many of us, pets are considered a part of the family. While no one wants to think about their pet’s eventual death, it is an event that all “parents” will face as loving pet owners. Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), said that acknowledging […]

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Pets can have allergies too

With spring right around the corner, many of us are bracing ourselves for pesky allergies. Just like people, pets can suffer from allergies, too. While humans tear, cough, and sneeze their way through allergy season, pets usually deal with allergies differently. Dr. Adam Patterson, a clinical associate professor and chief of dermatology at the Texas […]

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February is Pet Dental Health Month

Dental health in dogs and cats may sometimes be overlooked by pet owners. However, just like humans, pets need regular dental cleanings to keep their gums and teeth healthy. As part of pet dental health month, Dr. J.R. “Bert” Dodd, a clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained […]

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Pets celebrate Valentine’s Day every day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us can’t help but look at our pets and remember the day we fell in love with them. We are fortunate to share our lives with such caring (and cute) animals, which is why we do everything we can to keep our pets happy and healthy. […]

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Exercise with your pet this New Year

If your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, then consider including your dog in your routine. Just like humans, dogs need daily exercise to stay fit and healthy—no matter their age or breed. Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offered some insight on […]

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Therapy pets spread love through the community

Therapy pets are similar to the average pet because they offer stress relief, comfort, and affection. However, therapy pets differ because they are specially trained to travel to and remain calm in various environments, such as nursing homes, hospitals, and college campuses. Because therapy pets must be able to tolerate potentially stressful situations, such as […]