Pets Health

  • Time To Put Kitty On A Diet?

    We laugh about our fat cats, but it’s no joke that 45 percent of cats in the US are overweight or obese, and that the incidence of feline diabetes has increased fivefold in the last 30 years. Like their tubby human counterparts, cats gain weight because of lack of exercise and a poor diet, and those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart and renal failure, and arthritis.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Out Spot's Damn Spot

    Tail between his legs, and shamefully cowering in the corner, your pup’s eyes convey his apologies and embarrassment about his accident. Oops. You give him a reassuring scratch on the head and let him outside while you clean up his mess.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Nontoxic Noshing

    We have a dream: happy dogs frolicking with PVC- and phthalate-free plastic, organic cotton, sustainable hemp, and recycled dog toys. Only a few companies are helping this dream become reality, so we rounded up the best of what the natural world has to offer and then turned the eco-toys over to our four-legged editorial advisors for testing.

    The Dogs:

    Nontoxic toys for dogs
  • Prevent Kennel Cough Naturally

    Anyone who uses doggie daycare, boards their pup, or has visited their local animal shelter has heard the telltale honking cough of Bordetella bronchiseptica, or kennel cough. Luckily you don’t need a DVM degree to protect your pal from this highly contagious bug—just take the following steps.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Help! My Cat Has Stopped Using Her Litter Box!

    First off, don’t take it personally. Ten percent of cats develop a litter-box problem, and the sooner you address this messy issue the better your chances of resolving it, says Helena Kokes, animal behavior education coordinator at the Denver Dumb Friends League. The bad news? There’s no surefire path to success.

  • Look Before You Hop

    Including a real bunny in your child’s Easter basket may seem like a great gift idea. But each year, far too many bunnies end up in animal shelters when families realize that little Peter Cottontail is pretty high maintenance. According to the House Rabbit Society, a national nonprofit rescue and education group, rabbits are not ideal pets for children.

    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • Take a Bite Out of Plaque

    Does your dog’s breath make you cringe every time he comes in for a cuddle? Love those big, sloppy kisses—but need to wash your face immediately after? Just because bad breath is common in dogs doesn’t mean it’s normal, says Larry Bernstein, VMD, a holistic veterinarian in North Miami Beach, Florida, and president of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.

    Eighty percent of dogs have some form of dental disease by the time they’re 3. But proper care can turn your pet’s mouth—and health—around.
  • Grass Eating Pooches

    Finding your pooch grazing in the backyard like a Jersey cow isn’t always bad and actually quite normal, explains veterinarian Randy Caviness, DVM, of the Integrative Animal Health Center in Bolton, Massachusetts. “Dogs eat grass because it acts as a natural antacid and is usually soothing for the stomach,” Caviness says.

    My dog Charlie eats grass to make himself throw up. Is this healthy? What can I do?
  • The Scoop on Natural Kitty Litters

    You’ve installed a low-flush toilet in your bathroom and only use recycled toilet paper and eco-friendly cleaners. But is your cat’s bathroom earth-friendly, too? Billions of pounds of conventional clay kitty litter end up in landfills every year.

    By O’Rya Hyde-Keller