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Pancreatitis in Cats: a silent killer

Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on

Pancreatitis in Cats: a silent killer

Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) is a gastrointestinal disorder that can affect cats. While it’s reported to occur in only 2% of cats, it may be much more common than we think and a recent veterinary study suggests that more than 40% of all cats may be affected. Symptoms in cats are subtle and can be easily overlooked, making it hard to diagnose this silent killer.

We spoke with Dr. Michael Sterns of 4Paws Mobile Veterinary Services in Mountain View, CA about questions that come up frequently when cat parents have a sick cat.

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4 Holistic Pet Tips Your Pet Will Thank You For!

Posted by Alex Martin on

4 Holistic Pet Tips Your Pet Will Thank You For!

A holistic approach emphasizes preventive medicine by helping to decrease the risk of illness before the illness appears. By doing things like feeding your pet a high quality diet, providing regular opportunities for exercise, promoting a healthy gut and good oral hygiene, you are helping to support optimal whole body functioning within your pet.

Just as more humans are becoming interested in preventive health for themselves, many pet parents and veterinarians are considering the benefits of complementary holistic approaches in addition to conventional medicine for dogs and cats.

We offer some great (trustworthy) holistic pet tips to consider when thinking about the wellness of your fur-baby.

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22 New Bacterial Species Discovered with Help of Lil BUB

Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on

22 New Bacterial Species Discovered with Help of Lil BUB

We live in an era of discovery, especially as it relates to the microbiome and how microbial diversity influences our world, our health--and even our pet’s health. AnimalBiome is pushing scientific exploration to new levels in the world of cat and dog health. Now, with the help of one of the internet’s most famous cats, AnimalBiome is working to uncover new bacterial species in the most unusual of places—cat poop.

Thanks to a recent collaboration between Phase Genomics, AnimalBiome, and KittyBiome, Lil BUB helped to discover 22 new microbes living in cats. This discovery could in time reveal new insights into cat health and happiness.

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7 Ways a Healthy Gut Helps Your Pet Thrive

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7 Ways a Healthy Gut Helps Your Pet Thrive

As a loving pet parent you provide your cat or dog with food, water, exercise and lots of affection -- but do you keep in mind the importance of a healthy gut as well? From digestion to mental health, your pet’s gut health affects almost every aspect of their health and happiness. Countless bacteria living in your pet’s gut, collectively called the gut microbiome, provide a variety of life-supporting functions that can help your pet live a healthy life.  

We’ve gathered 7 ways a healthy gut keeps your pet thriving.

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9 Tips to Help Your Pet on the 4th of July

Posted by Jana Botelho on

9 Tips to Help Your Pet on the 4th of July

Firework displays during the Fourth of July can be highly stressful for dogs and cats. The loud bangs, whistles and explosive sounds can hurt their ears and frighten even the bravest of pets.

Many pets are so terrified of fireworks that they escape from homes, yards or kennels due to panic and anxiety. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help comfort your pet and decrease the anxiety caused by fireworks and neighborhood celebrations.

Check out these tips to help your pet cope during the Fourth.

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