Real, Safe, Effective? A Look at Alternative Medicine for Pets

An animal receives acupuncture

The idea of alternative medicine for pets is becoming more popular as a less invasive way to treat various illnesses and injuries. There are numerous modalities under the umbrella of alternative or complementary medicine, and each has the potential to add something of value to the body as a whole. However, as with any approach to your pet’s health and wellness, each modality should be “vetted” by a trusted veterinarian

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Don’t Leave Me! The Overly Affectionate Cat

Most of us love to cuddle and pet our cats. In fact, studies show that petting cats can increase the human animal bond and reduce our stress and anxiety. Although cats are individuals and enjoy different degrees of attention, they all need social contact with us in order to thrive. 

But what if your cat suddenly becomes overly affectionate? Let’s explore the reasons and what to do if you have an overly affectionate cat.

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Question of the Day: Can Humans Catch a Cold From a Cat?

Unlike humans, cats don’t generally catch colds and other illnesses multiple times per year. It can be understandably unsettling when kitty is suddenly dealing with coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, or is lethargic. 

There are certain bacterial and viral infections that can be passed from pets to people in a process called ‘zoonosis’. Because the common cold is so easily transmissible between people, it’s only natural to wonder if we can also catch a cold from a cat. Let’s find out!

Feline Upper Respiratory Virus

Bacteria or viruses, or sometimes both, are to blame for cat colds. In some cases, cats who have suffered a cold will become lifetime carriers of the virus, meaning they can become sick again during times of high stress (such as a move or the introduction of a new pet). Immunocompromised cats are also at greater risk of upper respiratory infections.

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A Practical Guide to Renting to Pet Owners

Whether you’re a pet-owning renter or a landlord, there are many questions surrounding the topic of renting and pets. Sadly, housing problems are some of the main reasons pets are surrendered to animal shelters. On the other hand, landlords are understandably nervous about renting to pet owners.

Still, there may be good reasons to allow renters who own pets. Let’s explore the pros of renting to pet owners, as well as how to spot a great renter and how to protect your property.

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