Dr. Laurie Hess of the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics, an AAHA-accredited referral practice in Bedford Hills, NY, is joined by Aiden, the ferret, who was diagnosed with cancer.
Most people know that wild animals can give rabies to people, but what they may not realize is that pets like cats, dogs and birds can pass diseases to people. That may sound scary, but prevention isn’t all that hard. Here’s what to know about keeping pets and people safe from each other.
When it comes to your pet’s food, you spend a lot of time and energy making sure that your pet has a healthy diet. You consider all of the brands, compare labels, debate moist-versus-dry, and consult your veterinarian.
But pets do not live by food alone. An ever-present bowl of clean water may be the most important part of your pet’s diet.
Pets age at a much faster rate than people. So when you think about how important it is for us to be seen regularly by a doctor, it’s even more important for our pets—especially if they are on medication. Pets age five to seven times faster than we do. This makes having your pet examined at least once a year or more frequently before having prescriptions refilled the logical and right thing to do.
Beware: Though a flea is puny, its effects on pets and people can be mighty. Learn more about their bad habits and health consequences--and why you should talk to your veterinarian about keeping your pet flea-free all year long.
How many times can a flea jump without stopping?
- Fleas jump?
How many times can a flea bite in one day?
- 125 times
- 40 times
- 1 time, but really hard
What is the best way to get rid of fleas on my pet?
- Use a veterinary-grade product to kill adult fleas
- Use a growth inhibitor to prevent fleas from maturing
- Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum