Does Your Cat Have a Hanging Belly? A Vet Explains the “Primordial Pouch”

Obesity is a common problem in domestic cats, but your cat’s hanging belly doesn’t necessarily mean that she is overweight.  The low hanging flap of extra fur, skin, and fat that you may notice on some cats’ undersides is called a primordial pouch. The primordial pouch is common to all cats—male and female--including big cats … Continue reading Does Your Cat Have a Hanging Belly? A Vet Explains the “Primordial Pouch”

“Purrfect Weight” App Helps Cat Owners Track Feline Obesity

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Feline Health Center has developed a free iOS app called Purrfect Weight that lets cat owners track the progress of a feeding program designed to promote weight loss in overweight cats. An app for Android phones is in the works. Obesity is a common problem in many cats, … Continue reading “Purrfect Weight” App Helps Cat Owners Track Feline Obesity

Risk for Heatstroke Rises in Certain Dog Breeds

With summer now in full swing, pet owners need to be more aware of the heat-related dangers that can impact dogs, cats, and other pets.  Did you know that some dog breeds are at higher risk for heatstroke than others? A recent article in Nature’s Scientific Reports studied the incidence and risk factors for heat-related … Continue reading Risk for Heatstroke Rises in Certain Dog Breeds

Large-Scale Study Examines Elbow Joint Disease in Dogs

The Royal Veterinary College recently completed a large study on elbow disease in UK dogs.  Researchers examined the records of over 455,000 dogs under veterinary care to determine the risk factors for elbow disease in dogs. Here are some highlights of the study, you can read the full text of the results, published in Canine … Continue reading Large-Scale Study Examines Elbow Joint Disease in Dogs