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  • Many liquid potpourri products and essential oils, including oil of cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, tea tree (melaleuca), wintergreen, and ylang ylang, are poisonous to cats. Both ingestion and skin exposure can be toxic.

  • Dogs will have their first estrus cycle when they reach puberty. Estrus is the stage of the reproductive cycle in which the dog can become pregnant. Most dogs come into heat twice per year, or about every six months, although the interval can vary between breeds, and from dog to dog. Pregnancy lasts approximately 9 weeks (63 days) in the dog.

  • Our culture has evolved to embrace the human-animal bond with love and respect. Our cats are members of the family, and many of us describe ourselves as pet parents.

  • Our culture has evolved to embrace the human-animal bond with love and respect. Our dogs are members of the family, and many of us describe ourselves as pet parents. Because of advances in veterinary medicine and preventive care, as well as the migration of dogs from the backyard to the house and even into our bedrooms, dogs are living longer and in closer relationships with humans than ever before.

  • Losing weight is often a difficult process and animals, like people, often take weeks or months to shed those unwanted pounds. Feeding a prescription weight reduction diet is certainly a good start in a weight loss program for your cat, but it is important to remember that food intake is only one part of the problem.

  • Getting a dog is a long-term commitment. Before choosing a pet, consider initial and recurring costs, home environment, size, temperament, and physical characteristics of the dog. Consider training, exercising, and grooming needs, along with your lifestyle.

  • The veterinary profession now understands that many cats do not receive the veterinary care they need and deserve. The veterinary behavior community has clarified that many cats experience fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) when faced with a visit to the veterinary clinic. FAS can be a problem at many points leading up to and during the veterinary visit. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done for cats who experience FAS around their visits to the veterinarian.

  • Many dogs experience fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) when faced with a visit to the veterinary clinic. FAS can be a problem at many points leading up to and during the veterinary visit. Your veterinarian can guide you in conditioning the dog to better enjoy time in the car, helping the dog not to associate car rides with bad things.

  • Kittens are typically weaned off of their mother's milk at about 8 weeks of age and become reliant on pet owners for their nutrition. The goal of feeding growing kittens is to lay the foundation for a healthy adulthood.

  • Puppies are typically weaned off of their mother's milk at about 8 weeks of age. The goal of feeding growing puppies is to lay the foundation for a healthy adulthood.