Cuterebra

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Parasites

Has your dog or cat suddenly developed a nickel to quarter sized lump along the trunk (side)? Is your pet irritating the site further or excessively grooming the site? If the cyst contains a circular hole in it, you may be dealing with a parasite called Cuterebra or the warble worm.

Boer Goats

Filed Under: General Care

The most popular breed of meat goat in North America is the Boer. The breed was originally developed in South Africa by a Dutch rancher by crossing the native African goats with the European dairy breeds of goats. The name “Boer” comes from the Dutch word for farmer.

Afghan Hound

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Looking for glamour? Want a dog with presence? Don’t mind spending several hours a week combing and brushing your pet? Then, the Afghan hound may be right for you.

The Afghan hound is one of the oldest breeds of sighthounds. A sighthound pursues prey by sight and speed, rather than by scent. Believed to have originated in Afghanistan or perhaps Egypt, this breed developed its thick, fine, and silky coat as protection against the cold mountain winds of the desert.

Abyssinians

Filed Under: Cats, General Care

Are you looking for an active, playful cat that is definitely not a lap cat? Are your searching for a cat that prefers constant exploration and play? Believed to be one of the most intelligent breeds of cat, the Abyssinian or “Aby” may be just what you are looking for.

Bunny Language

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, General Care, Rabbits

Do you think of bunnies as just quiet, docile companions that are good Easter basket ornaments? Maybe you should reconsider that image. Rabbits actually have active and lively personalities. More active at dawn and dusk (at which time bunnies may become quite rambunctious!) they love running, jumping, digging, and climbing.

Pets and the Science of Aging

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

Remember those not so distant days spent studying American history? It was always tough to keep all of the early explorers straight. It seems like they were always on the hunt for gold, with a few notable exceptions: Ponce de Leon trampled all over the state of Florida looking for what the Indians told him was the “Fountain of Youth.” Obviously that wasn’t the case, but today we may have the first nutritional supplements that just might help us keep a youthful appearance and vigor in the form of antioxidants.

In Defense of Purebred Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

The Labrador retriever is again the top breed in the United States, having maintained that coveted spot for most of the last two decades. The German shepherd has, however, replaced the Yorkshire terrier for the number two spot, moving the Yorkie to number three.

Rounding out the top ten are golden retrievers in the number 4 spot, followed by beagles, boxers, bulldogs, dachshunds, poodles, and the Shih Tzu.

Advantages and Disadvantages to Spay and Neuter Surgery In the Dog and the Cat

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

When is the best age to have your pet spayed or neuteredShould you even get your dog spayed or neutered?  Does having your dog or cat spayed or neutered enhance their life and prevent the onset of disease?   The answer may be more complicated than you think.  Do you think there are only advantages to having your pet altered?  Guess again.  There may be a larger downside than you expected. 

Testicular Tumors in the Dog

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Have you noticed recently that one of your dog’s testicles looks larger than the other or does a portion of the testicle appear swollen? Is your dog middle-aged or older? If so, your dog may be suffering from a testicular tumor.

Chytrid: a Deadly Fungus Threatens Endangered Amphibians

Filed Under: Reptiles, Parasites

The chytrid fungus, whose scientific name is Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), is decimating amphibian populations worldwide, especially in Central America and Australia. The fungus has contributed to the extinction of nine frog species native to Australia and almost 200 species worldwide. When B. dendrobatidis affects a community, up to a 50% morbidity rate is seen in the native amphibian population and 80% of the affected animals will die within a one year period (mortality rate).