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I believe the biggest problems most cats face today are boredom, inactivity, and obesity. Think about it. We've taken a species whose ancestors spent countless hours each day procuring enough food to survive and moved them indoors with near continuous access to food that doesn't try to escape from them. Is it any wonder so many cats are fat and a touch neurotic? Credit: Edwin Lee / Flickr The solution to these interrelated problems lies in promoting the activity that every cat enjoys - hunting. No, I'm not advocating that we all let our cats outdoors (local wildlife would not be appreciative) or introduce a mischief of mice into our homes, but we can make some simple changes that support a...

I just had a disturbing conversation with a neighbor about his dog Maggie. Maggie is an elderly black lab who is doing surprisingly well despite suffering from diabetes mellitus, lumbosacral stenosis (causing extreme hind end weakness), protein-losing nephropathy (a disorder that causes her to spill protein into her urine), and allergies. She also recently recovered from a nasty bout of diarrhea, which her veterinarian suspects was a result of some changes she made in Maggie's medication protocol. Credit: Getty Creative My neighbor often asks for my opinion about his animals' health, so I didn't think anything was out of the ordinary when he stopped me as I walked past his house... until h...

When I discuss the possibility that a cat might be suffering from a food allergy, owners will often say "that's not possible, I changed his food and he didn't get any better." This has no effect on my tentative diagnosis for a couple of reasons: Credit: Thinkstock 1. The chance that the food change removed the ingredients most commonly associated with food allergies is slim. 2. Even if the ingredient list looks appropriate, over the counter foods are often mislabeled. The most common ingredients associated with food allergies in cats are, in descending order: 1. beef 2. dairy products 3. fish 4. lamb 5. wheat 6. chicken 7. corn gluten/corn 8. egg Cats can be allergic to one or more of t...

Dogs love treats, but wouldn't it be great if you could make your dog work a little more for those tasty treats? Food-dispensing (also known as treat-dispensing) dog toys could help you accomplish that goal. Even better, the mental and physical stimulation food-dispensing dog toys provide may decrease the chances your dog develops boredom-related behavior problems - barking and chewing, for example. Before you go out and buy a food-dispensing toy, however, you should consider the following. Credit: Associated Press 1. Food-Dispensing Dog Toys Should be Durable "For most dogs, getting hold of food is the single most interesting and satisfying activity in the world," says dog trainer Jolant...