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How to prepare your cat for a trip to the vet

Like many pets, cats need regular examinations to maintain a good weight, test for parasites and infectious diseases, look for dental problems and to receive vaccines.

Veterinarians can often detect conditions before they become significant, painful and costly, but unfortunately, many cats go unchecked. This Saturday is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, and the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center is encouraging cat owners to take their cats to the vet so they can live long and healthy lives.

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Vaccination program for pet dogs may not fully prevent lion infections in Serengeti

In June 2014, Health Talk first shared that a virus carried by domestic dogs is threatening the health of wild cats like the Serengeti lion. Now, in an update to that research, new findings led by the University of Glasgow and co-authored by the University of Minnesota suggest vaccinating domestic dogs against this virus, known as canine distemper, is not enough to keep Serengeti lions and their cohabitants, the endangered African wild dog, safe from infection.

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U of M researcher works to prevent disease transmission in pumas

Minnesota may not seem like the obvious place for researching disease transmission and prevention among America’s large wild felids. But through collaborations with Colorado State University, the University of Tasmania, and state and federal agencies, the University of Minnesota will soon begin work studying six wild puma populations in California and Colorado, in addition to Florida’s endangered panther.

The work to study pathogens in puma populations is made possible through a new $2.14 million grant shared among the three institutions from the National Science Foundation.

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Is the biggest threat to wild cats … dogs? The research is in.

Big cat populations including the Amur tiger and Amur leopard are in jeopardy of extinction. Fewer than 550 Amur tigers and leopards remain in the wilderness of China and the Russian Far East today. Alongside threats posed by changing climates and human pressures, is another threat to cats that may sound familiar: dogs.

That’s right. A virus carried by the domestic dog may be one of the biggest threats to endangered wild felids like the Amur tiger.

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5 tips for traveling with your pet this summer

Whether flying out of town or setting out on road trip with your pet this summer, it’s important to travel safely.

Kelly Tart, D.V.M., veterinary emergency medicine specialist and assistant clinical professor in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, spoke to Health Talk about five simple tips that will help make a stressful travel experience safer and more enjoyable.

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Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer from allergies…

For many this spring, the return of the sun and warm weather also means a return of seasonal allergies. The sniffling, sneezing and itching can be a frustrating characteristic of this time of year. As you head for the pharmacist to combat your allergies once again, keep an eye on your pets — they may be suffering, too.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, spotlighting a peak season for asthma and allergy symptoms as pollen and other allergens come out in full force.

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