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Animals will often chew plants to get some roughage. For dogs this is because they are omnivores and actually enjoy plant foods. Plant roughage can be a good source of vitamins and can be helpful for passing food through the intestines. Cats are strictly carnivorous, but eating plants can benefit them by helping to bind hair in the stomach and carry it back out when they hack the hair out through their esophagus and mouth. However, animals also eat leaves for reasons we do not always understand. This is especially true for pets that are kept indoors most or all [...]
Mon, Dec 01, 2014
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Shelter, food, and water are especially important to stray and feral cats in cold weather. Who are those cats you see outside on cold days? They may be pets whose owners let (or put) them outside. Or they could be community cats, a group that includes ferals (who are afraid of people) and strays (who’ve been lost or abandoned). No matter how resourceful these outdoor cats are, they need help surviving winter. Follow our tips for making sure your local outdoor cats have shelter, food and water during the cold months. Give outdoor cats shelter from the cold Yes, their thickened winter coats help feral [...]
Mon, Nov 17, 2014
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With the spread of Ebola in the United States, many pet parents are concerned about the risk of their animals becoming infected with the disease or becoming infected from their pet.  At this time, the Centers for Disease Control has no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of the disease being spread to people by their animals. Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola. The Washington State Department of Agriculture has sent the following information to SCRAPS regarding the risks of Ebola being spread [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
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