What Dog Owners Need to Know About Parvovirus

This article is in memory of the Copeland’s beautiful, sweet puppy that passed away after unknowingly coming into contact with the parvovirus. The Copeland’s hope that future pet owners understand the nature of parvovirus, the symptoms and how to prevent it. What is Parvovirus? Known simply as ‘parvo,’ the canine parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that can spread between dogs. Puppies and inadequately vaccinated young dogs are at high risk of contracting this virus, which often wreaks havoc on the digestive tract, occasionally heart muscles and can result in death. Mature dogs and dogs 100% vaccinated can also fall victim to this virus, but recovery is more likely. How it Spreads Par

Happy Paws, Happy Cats

For our cats to be the happiest and healthiest they can be, we need to let them be cats. That means letting them express normal cat behaviors like kneading, taking cat naps, and yes, even scratching. Scratching is a normal, healthy behavior for cats. It makes them feel good, helps to keep their nails and paws healthy, and is a way for them to stretch and mark. [1] It’s good for cats to scratch, but we need them to do it in an appropriate manner. It can be difficult to sit back and watch your beloved cat use your new couch as a scratching post. The good news is that you don’t have to. There are ways to help your cat express her natural need to scratch all while keeping your couch safe and sou

Welcome Home, Rodney

Four years ago, Dorian Lambert received a phone call from her aunt about a stray cat that had found his way into her yard. Knowing Dorian loved cats and not being able to keep him herself, Dorian’s aunt asked her if she would like to take him in. Dorian gladly welcomed Rodney into her home and cared for him for a year. Like many cats that grow up as strays, Rodney had the natural inclination of wanting to explore the outdoors. As fate would have it, he found his way outside and didn’t come back. Dorian looked for her sweet Rodney for a full month before believing he may never return. She was heartbroken to think he may have gone to ‘cat heaven.’ Little did she know, Rodney had found his

Lions and Tigers and Bears, No More

This past January, a new South Carolina law came into effect, illegalizing the owning, purchasing, possessing, importing or selling of “a large wild cat, non-native bear [or] great ape.” South Carolina is now one of the 46 states that ban private possession of these exotic animals. Alabama, Nevada, Wisconsin and North Carolina are the only four states that do not regulate or restrict captive, dangerous wildlife. This is a partial ban that allows the ownership of some exotic species, like snakes, and exempts “federally licensed zoos, circuses, research facilities, handles and exhibitors,” acknowledging that wildlife preserves are a prominent tourist attraction in South Carolina. This law,

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