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What to Do If Your Cat Sprays/Marks?

By Dr. Al Townshend Despite a cat’s reputation for cleanliness, house soiling is the number one challenge cats, and their Guardians can experience. Urinating outside the litter box can damage furniture, create offensive odors that are hard to locate and can require constant searching and cleaning for the Guardian. Many believe inappropriate urination is exclusively […]

Introducing New Cats to Your Home

By Dr. Al Townshend Cats have become one of the most popular pets. There are more household cats than dogs in the US. The average cat family has more than two cats. There are many reasons why Guardians love cats: they’re relatively low maintenance, do well in apartments, and they’re just plain adorable! In the […]

Cats and the Unavoidable Litter Box

By Dr. Al Townshend An estimated 95 million live in US households, and another 8 million reside in Canadian homes. Approximately 68% of US and 38% of Canadian households have at least one cat. The vast majority of cats are kept inside or spend a significant amount of their time in the home. Statistics suggest […]

Spending Time with Your Pet

By Dr. Al Townshend The most important reason to spend time with your pet is that it is Quality Time for both you and your pet. Dogs have long been called Man’s Best Friend. Today, studies suggest that all pets are our best friends. That includes men, women, and children. It’s been estimated that over […]

The Importance of Fun and Play

By Dr. Al Townshend Dedicating time during each day to play with your pet is essential for the health of the pet and for your relationship with the pet. Both dogs and cats have evolved as active, intuitive animals. They need physical and mental stimulation to maintain their physical and mental health. Inactivity and boredom […]

Loving Your Favorite Chewer

By Dr. Al Townshend Dogs love to chew, and it’s their instinct to spend time doing just that. The impulse to chew begins early, and it is crucial to direct the chewing away from the furniture and other inappropriate items. Like human infants with teething toys, puppies frequently chew as their baby teeth fall out, […]

Integrating a New Pet into the Household

By Dr. Al Townshend There are many reasons why families get a pet. It may be the first pet for the family. There may have been the loss of a cherished pet, and for most Guardians, it’s hard not to have a pet. That’s why over 60% of North American homes have pets. Many families […]

Caring For Your Senior Pet

Aging is a process we will all experience. Unfortunately, our beloved pets will age much faster than we do. Many Guardians wonder how much time their pets have left and how they can slow down the process of aging. By ages 7-8, Veterinary Medicine considers most dogs a senior, and cats a senior by age […]

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) 

By Dr. Al Townshend Pet Planet Staff Veterinary Released: 07/12/19 On June 27, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued their third update on the issue of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and a potential link with specific diets. The investigation began in 2014 but picked up in 2018 when an increase in the number […]

Finding the Right Leashes, Collars and Harnesses for Your Pet

By Dr. Al Townshend When bringing a new pet into your home, a leash, collar, and harness are essential. It’s the first thing you put on your pet, that set the tone to welcoming your pet home, and starting your journey together. The right leash, collar and harness will also be key in teaching your […]

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