As pet owners, we’ve all seen or felt that nasty slime that forms in our pets’ food and water dishes (and on shower curtains, in toilets, and many other areas of your home). This slime is called bacterial biofilm and can contain deadly bacteria, such as: staph, E. coli, listeria, candida, salmonella, H. pylori, and many more. Your pets and family members are at risk–learn what to do about biofilm in your home!
A parasite is any animal that lives on or within a second animal, and for the most part, parasites live in harmony with their hosts in the wild. They derive sustenance or protection from them, and although they may not offer any benefit in return, this delicate balance between parasite and host in the wild takes on new meaning in captive reptiles. In some cases, a parasite that would not normally harm its reptile host in the wild can cause deadly disease in captivity.
With legalized medicinal and recreational use of marijuana on the rise around the country, veterinarians are reporting more incidents of marijuana poisoning in pets. Leaving cannabis or cannabis-laced foods in easy reach of your pets is asking for easily-avoidable trouble!
The more you can do to keep your pets healthy, fit, socialized, and engaged with you and other pets, the more your pets will benefit from improved health and mental and physical agility, which are especially crucial as pets age. Be creative finding ways to make your pet happy in cold or inclement weather, have fun and enjoy your time with your pet!