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The Other End of the Leash

The Other End of the Leash begins with an eloquently simple premise: “All dogs are brilliant at perceiving the slightest movement that we make, and they assume each tiny movement has meaning.”

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Every Dog’s Survival Guide to Living with a Neurotic Owner

Pity the poor pup, so loyal and faithful, who gets stuck with a clueless owner. What’s a dog to do? Talk to Dear Gabby, of course, that sagest of canines.

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Common Feline Health Concerns

Mixed Breed Health Concerns

Non-purebred cats are usually referred to as mixed breeds, but these cats are not “mutts” or mixes of different breeds. All of the characteristics found in purebreds are actually derived from mixed breed cats, which are actually the most authentic or “pure” breed.
Historians now believe that all domesticated cats, which first appeared in ancient Egypt, once had tabby coats. And since all cats carry these ancestral tabby genes, all domestic cats are still genetically tabbies. The cat breeds that don’t look like tabbies simply carry other types of genes that prevent the tabby coat pattern from appearing. This helps to explain the enormous variety of colors and patterns found in cats today.

Breed Related Health Concerns

Every cat breed carries a distinct set of genetic advantages and health risk factors. The most common diseases found in mixed breeds, as well as problems that can affect all breeds, both mixed and pure, are listed below. Hopefully, your cat will not face these problems. However, early detection and preventive healthcare can make all the difference in helping your cat live a longer, happier life.

adultKitten (birth to 1 year)

  • Behavior problems
  • Diarrhea
  • External parasites
  • Eye infections
  • Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) infection
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
  • Upper respiratory tract infections

Adult (1 to 6 years)

  • Cat fight abscess
  • Dental disease
  • Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver disease
  • seniorObesity

Senior (7 years and older)

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney disease


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