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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in Cats & Kittens

Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith FIP is a viral disease of cats that can affect many systems of the body. It is a progressive disease and almost always fatal. It is found worldwide and affects not only domestic cats, but many wild ones as well, including cougars, bobcats, lynx, lions, and cheetahs. What causes FIP? FIP is caused by a virus.
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Winter Shelters for Cats

Tips for keeping community cats safe and cozy during the winter months. All good shelter designs share two qualities: Strong insulation – needed to trap body heat, which turns the cats into little radiators. Use straw, not hay or blankets. Minimal air space – a smaller interior area means that less heat is needed to keep the occupants warm. Shelter size is very important.
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Pumpkin Smoothies for your Dogs and Cats

During this holiday season, while your guests sip cocktails, dogs and cats can wet their whistles with this creamy pumpkin drink that’s packed with fiber and digestion-friendly probiotics. Bonus: freezes well for longer-lasting licking! Ingredients ½ c. canned pumpkin puree ½ c. plain non-fat yogurt Directions Place pumpkin and yogurt in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Evenly pour mixture into 8
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How to Help Stray Animals

At Best Friends Animal Society, we care for thousands of animals each year. Many are dogs and cats who were separated from their families somehow and were brought to a shelter, where they remained unclaimed. Cats and dogs can become lost quickly for a variety of reasons, and even the most careful, thoughtful pet lovers can lose track of their pets. Cats are especially prone
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Stop Animal Abuse

It is a tragic reality that many dogs and cats around the world are suffering from cruelty and abuse. In becoming involved with a humane organization, I have come to realize how deeply spread animal abuse is. Cats in particular, have been the subjects of especially unjustified cruelty over the centuries. This cruelty unfortunately is worldwide and is still taking place today. The problems
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National Prevent a Litter Month

February is National Prevent a Litter Month. Since it’s such an important topic, I’m very glad we have a month to bring it into the spotlight. Everyone knows that the absolute best way to prevent a litter is to have your pets spayed or neutered. I’m not going to get into the spay/neuter debate as some animals cannot be fixed and current research suggests
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Cold Weather Pet Safety

You are probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets’ health? Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather: Winter wellness: Has your pet had his/her preventive care exam (wellness exam) yet?  Cold weather may worsen some medical
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Put Your Best Paw Forward For National Homeless Animals Day

Many pet owners consider their pets to be an important part of their family, and therefore, treat them the same as they would any other family member—spoil them on their birthdays with special treats and toys, take them on fun family vacations to the beach or up north camping, even sharing their darkest and deepest secrets with their furry friends. However, not all pets
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Summer Sizzlers

It’s summertime, and you can bet that your pets are feeling the heat just as much if not more than you yourself are, especially if your pets are long- haired or have tons of hair in general. Even the short-haired animals among us can suffer during the summer months. It is up to us, as their human companions, to make sure that they have
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Adopting Cats from an Animal Shelter

Animal shelters can be a good source of many different types of fine quality pets. Most shelters accept cats and dogs, and some also accept birds, small mammals, and even horses. Types of shelters Not all shelters are alike. Some shelters are actually part of your local government, supported by your tax dollars. Animal Control Officers or the police may be responsible for bringing
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