Why Do Cats Grind Their Teeth?

cat teeth ianBy Langley Cornwell

While tooth grinding is generally considered to be a human problem, cats also do it. In fact, tooth grinding in cats even has a special name – it’s called Bruxism. Have you ever seen or heard a cat grinding his teeth? It’s not a pretty sight and it sounds downright painful. Any loving cat owner who has heard this sound will want to know what’s causing this behavior. They’ll also want to know how to make their cat stop doing it.

With cats, tooth grinding is not usually a habit or a “tic” like it can be with humans. If your cat is grinding or gnashing his teeth, there is likely a root cause and the Bruxism is simply a symptom. Here are some possible causes.

Oral Pain

If you’ve ever watched a cat play, you know they will put just about anything in their mouths. This could lead to dental problems, abscesses, burns and jaw problems. When your cat grinds his teeth, especially if the grinding is accompanied with drooling or excessive salivation, it’s likely that he is experiencing some kind of oral pain. If you can, check your cat’s mouth for sores, broken teeth or any inflammation. You may need to visit your veterinarian to safely and thoroughly check the cats mouth and throat, after all those teeth and claws can do some damage.
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How Pets Help People With Chronic Pain

pets help pain anne beaumontBy Linda Cole

Growing up with a parent who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, I saw firsthand the difficulties someone with chronic pain lives with each day. It can be hard to get up in the morning, do daily chores and give 100% at work. My mom did the best she could with everyday activities. I know how tough it was at times, but her pets gave her motivation to crawl out of bed each morning. Pets are beneficial to our health in many ways, and they can help people with chronic pain.

We all experience pain at some point in our lives. Whether it’s chronic pain or acute pain from an injury or medical issue, pain is a normal sensation in the nervous system that says pay attention. Acute pain is generally something that can be treated. Chronic pain is much different, and defined as pain that lasts for at least three months or longer. The impact of chronic pain can range from mild irritation to life changing restrictions that can affect a person’s emotional and social outlook as well as physical health.
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5 Good Reasons to Brush your Dog

dog brush taroBy Laurie Darroch

No matter the type of coat your dog has – long or short, thick or thin – it’s a good idea to brush them on a regular basis. Brushing your dog’s fur is part of a healthy grooming routine that will not only help keep them in good condition, but help prevent other skin or pest problems from becoming debilitating. Here are five good reasons for brushing your dog.

Removes Loose Hair

Although some dogs shed a great deal more than others, brushing can help remove loose fur from any dog. Dogs with double layered thick coats are not the only ones who leave fur all over. Short wiry haired dogs shed it as well. This shed fur ends up all over your furniture, floor and your clothing. Routine brushing will help keep the fur from dropping all over the house.
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What If Pets Could Text?

pet texts daniBy Linda Cole

Most people never leave home without their phone these days. Having the ability to communicate at any time by calling or texting is convenient. Pets don’t have opposable thumbs, which makes it difficult to type…but what if your pet could send a text to let you know what’s going on when you aren’t at home? Here are some of the exchanges that might occur:

Dog: The cat’s being mean 2 me
Human: What do you mean?
Dog: Exactly
Human: No. How is the cat being mean?
Dog: Hissed at me and said KMFB
Cat: Yes, I told the dog to kiss my furry behind
Human: Why?
Cat: I was asleep in his bed when he yanked it out from under me
Human: Well, it is his bed
Cat: He wasn’t using it
Human: Go sleep in your own bed
Cat: Pfffft! That dinky thing? HAW
Human: What’s HAW?
Cat: Look it up on my text abbreviations for tech-savvy felines
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How to Recognize and Prevent Canine Car Sickness

car sick grantBy Langley Cornwell

Most dogs love to ride in the car, no matter whether it’s a short trip to the dog park or on a long road trip. The key phrase here is “most dogs.” For those of us who have dogs that get motion sickness – also called car sickness – it can be a challenge to even take the dog to the vet when necessary. If your dog does not do well in the car, you’ve probably driven past happy dogs with their head sticking out of a car window enjoying the wind, and thought: wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do that with my dog? So, why do some dogs enjoy car trips while other dogs get sick riding in the car?

Fear and Anxiety

If your dog is not accustomed to riding in the car, he may become anxious and essentially work himself up into being sick. Many times, especially in the case of anxiety motion sickness, it can take about 15 minutes before the dog vomits. To alleviate fear and anxiety and help your dog enjoy trips in the car, you will have to train the dog to associate the vehicle with good things.
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Five Smells That Dogs Don’t Like

dog smells joaquinBy Laurie Darroch

When your dog is getting into everything, you can use particular smells she doesn’t like to help keep her out of trouble. If she is in a hyper pestering mood, ruining your personal belongings, digging in your yard or messing up any other area, there are smells you can use to deter her. It’s natural behavior for a dog to chew and dig, but with the help of their sensitive sense of smell you can train them to stay away from places or things you don’t want them getting into.


Chili peppers get their kick from capsaicin, the main ingredient that gives them their spicy flavor and smell.  The spicier the pepper is, the more likely your dog will not care for the smell.

My dog hates jalapeno peppers. When she is being a pest, all I have to do is hold one up in front of her to make her back away. It works like a charm and as an added bonus, there is no mess. If she wants attention when I can’t give it to her and tries to get on me or in the middle of something I’m working on, I simply hold up the pepper and she stays away until I’m done. It doesn’t hurt her. Watching her stick her hind quarters in the air and make faces at the dangling pepper always makes me laugh, but it works.
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