Tagged: pet health

Do You Suspect Your Pet Has Diabetes? 7 Warning Signs


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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, one in every 200 cats, and one in every 400-500 dogs in the US are affected by diabetes. Similarly to diabetes in humans, pet diabetes can be managed with medication, diet and exercise. These 7 warning signs are commonly seen symptoms of diabetes. If you suspect your pet has diabetes, you should consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
1. Increased Thirst
If your dog or cat suddenly cannot seem to drink enough water to quench its thirst, this may be an early warning sign of diabetes.
2. Increased Urination
Going hand…

12 Dealing with the Death of Our Pets


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My husband and I are huge pet lovers and started our life together by adopting two kittens who were litter mates. Having both come from families that included dog and cat siblings, it made perfect sense to start our family by adopting pets.  After I began a career in pet rescue and adoption, our family grew.  After seven years together (and no human kids), we had a brood of five cats: the two “originals,” another adoptee and two failed fosters.  These were our children.  This was our family.
Almost exactly one year ago, we had to deal with the hardest…

Holistic Pet Care: Flower Essences and Canine Massage

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Adopt & Shop dog trainer uses canine massage on client

This post was co-authored by Gabi, Cat Programs Coordinator at the Cat Adoption Center, and Jessica, Pet Services and Safety Coordinator for Adopt & Shop.
Animals experience stress just like humans do. When you move to a new house, take a trip to the groomer or bring home a new pet, be sensitive to changes in your pet’s mood. Their anxiety may be obvious — they may urinate inappropriately or display aggressive behavior — or it may be more subtle.
Our pet adoption centers, Adopt & Shop, and the Cat Adoption Center, pull animals from local shelters, many of them…

Keep Your Pet Happy & Healthy on the 4th of July!


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The 4th of July brings to mind images of hot dogs (the edible kind), beer, BBQs, fireworks and an overall patriotic good time. But as you celebrate the 4th in style, don’t forget about taking care of your furry companions. Whether you’re hanging out at home or taking your pet along with you to the festivities, here are a few tips to keep your pet safe and happy during the holiday:

Loud noises from fireworks can turn even the most chill cat or dog into a fraidy cat or terrified terrier. In addition to just being frightened, many shelters…

Microchip Monday: Spay4LA Community Health & Pet Fair


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Last Saturday, Spay4LA hosted an event called the South Los Angeles Community Health & Pet Fair. The fair was held at the Constituent Service Center in South Los Angeles, and it was a huge success!

Spay4LA provided free services to the public all day, such as vaccinations, microchipping, and pet grooming. In fact, the mobile clinic microchipped 75 pets at the event – so important when it comes to fixing this lost pet crisis.

There were also complimentary services for the pet owners. Everything from blood pressure tests to haircuts and manicures. And for the kids? They had a blast…

Does Spaying and Neutering Really Cost Too Much?


Cost of Spaying and Neutering

February is National Spay and Neuter Month. In honor of celebrating all things great about spay and neuter, we will debunk some of the most common myths regarding fixing your pet. First up, does spay and neuter really cost too much?
It is true, spay and neuter surgery can be expensive; full-price surgeries can cost anywhere from $200 up to $500 depending on where you live. The great news is many communities and organizations like Found Animals have recognized the cost issue and have banded together to make spay and neuter procedures affordable, and more widely accessible.
The Spay4LA Mobile…

Cancer in Pets: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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tabby cat getting checked by a veterinarian

These days, hearing about a friend who’s pet has been diagnosed with cancer, or worse, hearing the diagnosis from your own pet’s vet, seems to be less and less rare. It isn’t that the disease is cropping up like wildfire, but rather, due to better veterinary care and living conditions, dogs and cats are living longer lives, and cancer is a disease of the old. Further, veterinarians have better diagnostic and treatment tools than they did just a decade ago, so they are better able to detect the disease. If patients come in for senior or regular pet wellness exams,…

6 Thanksgiving Food Quiz: Is Your Feast Safe for Your Pets?


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Thanksgiving feasts bring the whole family together, sharing food around the table…and under it. Many pet lovers admit to sneaking human food to their pets (guilty here!), and who can resist those puppy or kitty eyes peeking up at them when the holidays roll around?

If you and your relatives are guilty of cross-species food sharing, it’s important to know which foods are safe for pets before you sit down to eat. We put together a little quiz of what common Thanksgiving food is safe for pets, what’s borderline and what is not. Test your knowledge below!
Thanksgiving Food Quiz…

2 Pet Food Review: By Nature for Cat and Dog


By Nature pet food dry and canned food

By Nature is one of the great cat and dog food brands that Found Animals’ Adopt & Shop store in Lakewood, California carries.  If you are looking for a high quality pet food with protein as its main ingredient, you may want to try By Nature.  They offer a wide variety of dry and wet food for dogs and cats, including puppy, kitten, weight control, active, grain free and organic. They also offer a line of dog treats.  You can view the nutritional labels for each type of food on the By Nature website. Of all the dog food and…

3 The Importance of Pet Wellness Exams


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This Guest blog was written by Dr. Annette LePere, Medical Director at Rolling Hills Animal Hospital in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
Every pet owner knows their cat’s or dog’s most coveted snacks, favorite window perches or places to go on walks. You even know which side of your bed they like to sleep on!  But as an owner, do you know when your pet’s kidneys start to slow down, or if their joints are really starting to ache because of hip dysplasia or knee pain?  This is why it is so important to schedule the time to have regular pet…