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    Summertime Parasite Protection for Your Outdoor Cat

     

    If you’re going to let your cat partake in the great outdoors, it’s important to recognize the greater responsibilities that come with it. In letting them out of the house—especially to roam free—you’re opening them up to a wave of new concerns. Some you have no control over; others, like protecting them against parasites, are your responsibility.

    6 Reasons to Be Cautious with Your Pets Around Outdoor Water

    On warm, summer days, many pet owners like to let their pups take a dive in a nearby body of water to splash around and cool off. Although this can be lots of fun for your furry friend, not all bodies of water are safe for pets to swim in. A number of potential risks await in these water features and could cause your pet harm if you’re not careful.

    Is All That Scratching from an Ear Infection or Mites?

    Ear problems are somewhat common in cats and are generally easy to spot. If your cat is constantly pawing or scratching at their ear, shaking their head and acting otherwise unwell, there’s a pretty good chance that something is going on in their ears.

    Have You Given Your Pets Their Pre-Winter Pest Check?

    During the spring and summer months, pet owners are on high alert for signs of pests like fleas and ticks. When your furry friend is spending tons of time outside, their chances of picking up a pest and bringing it home are much higher.

    Just How Serious is Heartworm in Cats?

    One of the most commonly discussed dangers to pets is heartworm—a disease caused by parasitic worms that affect the heart, lungs and blood vessels of animals. Unlike worms that live in the gastrointestinal tract, heartworms find their way to your cat’s heart, blood vessels and lungs, where they can grow to around a foot long and cause damage. 

    Prevent Outdoor Adventures From Increasing Your Dog's Risk of Worms

    With warmer temperatures comes more frequent trips outdoors, from the park to hiking trails to the wilderness. If you’re the type of dog owner who loves bringing Fido along for every outdoor excursion, you should know about the health risks that await.

    5 Steps to Letting Your Cat Outside This Summer Without Worry

    Although many people consider cats to be “inside” animals, an increasing number of pet owners are allowing their cats to roam around outside or are taking them on outdoor adventures. This can be great, as long as your cat’s temperament allows for it.

    Warmer Weather Means Fleas Are Active: Be Wary of the Signs

    Spring is well underway, and summer is right around the corner. Pet parents know what that means: it’s flea season. Pests of all kinds run rampant in the warmer months, but one of the most prevalent and frustrating infestations to deal with is fleas because of their ability to spread quickly, reproduce consistently and hide for months on end.

    What is Heartworm Doing to Your Poor Pup?

    As a dog owner, you’re probably familiar with numerous intestinal parasites, such as the tapeworm or hookworm, but another common parasitic worm doesn’t affect your dog’s intestines—it affects its heart and lungs.

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