MelindaStriyle, Author at PALS

Valley Fever In Dogs

Valley fever is a disease caused by the fungus Coccidioides Immitis. This fungus is found in the dirt in the desert southwest region of the United States. Arizona is in the center of this region. We all breathe in the fungal spores every day. Our dogs do as well. Most of the time, a body’s immune system takes care of this invasion. Occasionally, however, the body’s immune system cannot handle the infection either because it’s weakened or because it is … read more

Environmental Needs Of A Cat

Cats are wonderful, fun and unique creatures. They have needs that are very different from dogs and people. Understanding why cats behave the way they do can go a long way in enhancing the bond between you and your cat. Some things to keep in mind: – A cat needs a place where she can feel safe and secure. Where she can retreat to when she needs to feel protected or just wants to rest without being disturbed. Most cats … read more

Is Ice Water Bad For Dogs?

Recently we have been seeing an article making its rounds throughout social media. The article has the headline “PLEASE READ ASAP”. The article describes a scene where a pet parent fills her dog’s water bowl with ice water. Some time later her dog starts to choke, is bloating and shows signs of distress. After rushing him to the veterinarian she is told that ice water is very bad and caused violent muscle spasms in the stomach, which caused the bloating. … read more