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How to Treat and Prevent Summer Sores in Horses.

Summer sores in horses are on the rise. Learn more about these parasite-related skin infections. It started with a superficial cut—just a scratch, really—on your horse’s pastern. You cleaned it up and didn’t think much more about it. But the cut didn’t heal and now, weeks later, it’s an oozing, festering mess. Your horse keeps … Read more

12 Amazing Facts about Cats

  Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs. There is no doubt they are amazing animals. Did you know? 1. Female Cats Are Usually Right-Pawed After testing 42 cats—21 male and 21 female—psychologists D. Wells and S. Millsopp of Queen’s University Belfast determined that cat’s dominant paw is … Read more

Cat abscess treatment tips

  Every spring, my emergency calls escalate. Among cats, the most common complaint has to do with kitty playing too rough with the neighbors. It’s cat abscess season! A cat abscess is a name for an infection that festers under the skin and breaks open. Most of these abscesses are from cat fights. Although I … Read more

10 secrets your pet won't tell you

“I Hurt!” As you can imagine, this is a huge issue for veterinarians. Identifying pain can be hard to do when pets’ pain-relieving adrenaline is pumping and they’re obviously doing their very best to be sure that they don’t show any weakness. Just so you know, dogs’ and cats’ wild ancestors imbued them with the … Read more

Surprising facts about cats

Cats are adorable little creatures and amazing hunters, the majority of them are solitary animals outside of the breeding season, but doesn’t stop them from being amazing companions and a great addition to your family. They are always attentive, watching you and being aware of everything you do. Here are some amazing facts about your … Read more

Is Wound Licking Normal in Pets?

Image source: CC BY-SA, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=684259 Wound licking is an instinctive response in humans and many other animals to lick an injury. Dogs, cats, small rodents and primates all lick wounds. Saliva contains tissue factor which promotes the blood clotting mechanism. The enzyme lysozyme is found in many tissues and is known to attack the cell walls of many gram-positive bacteria, aiding in defense against infection. Tears … Read more