The Special Bond Between Cats and Women

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:38 by Dr. Jane

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Have you ever wondered why women and cats have such strong relationships? Specifically, why some women (a very few, mind you) tend to collect large numbers of cats? While you’ve heard the term “crazy cat lady”, you never hear of “crazy gerbil ladies” or “crazy ferret ladies”!

In fact, some behavioral researchers wondered the same thing. A recently published study in the journal Behavioral Processes indicates the answer lies in a special bond that exists only between cats and women. Scientists from the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and the University of Vienna took a hard look at the behavioral interactions between 41 cats and their human companions, using individual personality assessments of both their human and feline subjects. Their findings might very well cause a paradigm shift in our understanding of these relationships. More...

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A Closer Look at Pet Anxiety

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 11:48 by Dr. Jane

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As pet parents, we’re all vaguely aware that we should minimize the stress our pet kids experience. As a veterinarian, I think it’s important that we also comprehend the health risks of prolonged anxiety, too. The fact is, living in a fearful or anxious state for long periods of time can take a dramatic toll on the health of a companion animal.

Any time your pet feels endangered, whether the threat is real or imagined, the body prepares to defend itself by unleashing a torrent of stress hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline, that have far-reaching effects on the whole body. These hormones release energy, increasing respiration while inhibiting digestion, the immune system, growth, reproduction and even pain perception. These hormones also decrease blood flow to areas of the body that are necessary for movement. This is appropriate for survival in a real crisis, but when fear, anxiety or stress continues More...

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Symptoms of Urinary Tract Illness

Friday, 19 June 2015 07:24 by Dr. Jane

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Urinary tract infections in people are fairly straight forward. Sufferers experience pain during urination or a frequent urge to go that is a false alarm. For us humans, going to the doctor is usually the next step, whereupon a course of antibiotics is prescribed which usually resolves the problem. Unfortunately, urinary tract infections for dogs and cats aren’t often a simple matter. These infections oftentimes have underlying causes, such as urinary stones, anatomical abnormalities, incontinence, hormonal conditions, stress or even cancer, any of which can contribute to recurrent disease. To ascertain just what’s causing your pet kid’s urinary tract issues really does require the expertise of your veterinarian. Urinary tract conditions can be painful and debilitating, and it is important to detect the signs early for the best chance of solving the problem. More...

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Grant Award Feeds Michigan Cats

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:37 by Life's Abundance

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It’s time once again for an update from our charitable wing, The Dr. Jane Foundation. This month, we’re excited to share news of another financial award to an amazing group of caregivers based in Highland, MI. Founded in late 2004, Community Sharing is an outreach organization that provides support and food assistance to hundreds of families and their companion animals. More...

Effects of Household Stress on Pets

Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:37 by Dr. Jane

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Like children, pet kids are susceptible to changes in family dynamics. Sometimes, stress can cause them to act out in unexpected ways. Changes in the household, such as separation and ‘empty nest syndrome’, can be particularly painful for companion animals. A dog has every reason to believe that their pack (humans and canines alike) will remain intact. When one member essentially ‘disappears’, it can lead to significant pet stress. More...

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Top 10 Reasons Why Your Pets Should Take Fish Oil

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 13:23 by Dr. Jane

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Fish oil supplements are an ideal complement to your pet’s diet because they supply omega-3 fatty acids, which your dog or cat’s body cannot sufficiently produce on its own. Still in doubt? Here are the top 10 reasons why it’s important to supplement your dog or cat’s daily intake with a quality fish oil supplement. More...

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Your Cat May Be Smarter Than You Think

Friday, 23 January 2015 07:15 by Dr. Jane

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As long as people have shared their homes with pets, dog and cat lovers have debated which animal is more intelligent. Canine enthusiasts tout that dogs have been trained and bred for thousands of years to herd, hunt, assist, protect, perform tricks and obey verbal commands. Cat aficionados, on the other hand, say that cats are simply too smart to do the sort of tricks that dogs eagerly perform. Whereas dogs have been bred for utility, cats have been bred mostly for appearance, leading many to believe that dogs have superior intellectual capabilities. But, really, is it feasible to accurately compare the intelligence of these two species? More...

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Foundation Award to TLC Humane Society

Friday, 23 January 2015 07:04 by Life's Abundance

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We’re delighted to share news of another grant awarded by The Dr. Jane Foundation. This month’s featured recipient is the Dahlonega Lumpkin County Humane Society (aka, TLC Humane Society), a devoted group of rescuers wholly committed to saving the lives of dogs and cats in Georgia.

Based in the town of Dahlonega, the TLC Humane Society is the only no-kill, non-profit shelter in town. They maintain both a physical shelter facility and a foster-care program. The shelter is nestled on six beautiful acres and features a ‘Puppy Palace’ with room for pups to roam and rest. More...

Special Announcement from our Foundation

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:27 by Life's Abundance

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Charitable work is central to our mission of well-being for all. It’s so important to us that every order placed on our site aids homeless animals.

As the charitable arm of Life’s Abundance, The Dr. Jane Foundation provides financial support to the small and medium-size rescue groups who work to prevent animal homelessness, abuse and chronic neglect.

Our non-profit proudly bears the name of our Pet Product Formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks, whose lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of companion animals serves as a continual source of inspiration for our good works. More...

Benefits of Dental Care vs. Anesthesia Fears

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:43 by Dr. Jane

February is National Pet Dental Month, and a great time to talk to your veterinarian about the state of your pet’s mouth and, if needed, schedule a dental cleaning.

There is a price to pay for neglecting your companion animal’s dental health. It’s a long-term cost that’s potentially much higher than the short-term fees associated with a dental cleaning. Several problem areas can develop as a result of poor dental care: excessive tartar, tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral abscesses. These conditions can be the gateway to other major medical conditions involving the heart, liver and kidneys. As with humans, such advanced dental disease can diminish your pet kid’s quality of life and even shorten lifespan. More...

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