Does your shelter have a kitten nursery? It’s one of the trends in the shelter community’s efforts to save more animals, especially those who typically aren’t considered adoptable.
If you got a puppy during the holidays, you’re probably starting to wonder when you should have your young pal spayed (removal of ovaries and uterus) or neutered (removal of testes).
A few months ago, I wrote about our foster cavalier, Kibo. Since then, Kibo – now Keeper – has become a permanent part of our family, and I’m happy to say that he’s adjusting nicely.
Have you ever wondered what show dogs do in their down time? Well, they’re not lolling around on the sofa and eating doggie bonbons. They’re out there making therapy visits, helping kids learn to read, keeping an eye on their owners’ health and doing brain research.
With the Midwest and Eastern U.S. experiencing deep freezes this winter, plenty of dogs and their people will either be reveling in the snow or huddling by the fireplace trying to stay warm.
Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes and, increasingly, pet food and treat recalls. There were 33 in 2013. On average, that’s one every 11 days.
Got your New Year’s resolutions ready yet? Yeah, we don’t either. A good place to start, though, is with your pet. Helping your cat or dog change his life for the better has benefits for both of you.
Would you let someone else choose a dog for you? I have done so twice, and both times I hit the proverbial jackpot.
Signs that your cat or dog has a painful mouth are sometimes obvious, sometimes not-so-obvious. Learn about some of the conditions that might be causing the problem.
One of my most memorable holiday cases was the Labrador retriever puppy (what else!) who had swallowed an entire string of Christmas tree lights. When he was brought in, gagging, I opened his mouth and could still see the plug, far in the back.
When you come home from work, is it to find that your cat has peed on the bed, yowled so desolately all day that the neighbors inquire a little nervously about her well-being, or scratched to ribbons the chair that you just had reupholstered with that expensive fabric? Dont chalk it up to spite. Your cat may be suffering from a condition that almost no one associates with the feline species: separation anxiety.
In the span of less than a week, I found two ticks on my dog Harper, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. In 25 years of dog ownership, that was a first. We live in Southern California, so ticks are a fact of life, but Harper doesnt typically go into areas where ticks are found. We dont have a yard, and shes not allowed on local hiking trails. I can only surmise that the ticks hitched a ride on me ick! after a hike and made their way onto Harper.
I’m not sure exactly how it happens, but veterinarians tend to take on “special needs” pets.
Summer is prime time for vacationing with children, but if your familys little ones have four legs and bark, the better time to hit the road is now.
As the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler, you may observe something that seems rather odd for a body preparing for winter: Your dog is shedding more than usual.
My two cats are both beautiful – I may be a little biased, but I’m pretty sure it’s true. When it comes to temperament, though, their similarities end.
There are few things that make a veterinarian happier than walking into an exam room to see a pet that's squeaky clean and perfectly groomed.
The No. 1 thing that will give your pet a better life while saving you money? Weight loss.
Kittens can be so cute they make us gasp in delight, and every shelter and rescue group has plenty to choose from at this time of year colors, coat lengths and markings galore. But how do you know you're picking a healthy baby?
In the couple of weeks on either side of the Fourth of July, I lost one pet and found another. Both stories had happy endings because both the owners and the finders knew what to do. One pet made it home because of a high-tech strategy, the other because of a low-tech one.
Is there anything for which a dog can't use its nose to figure out? Dogs have long been used to sniff out escaped convicts and missing children (think bloodhounds), dinner (think spaniels, retrievers and hounds), and even truffles (think poodles).
I love the Fourth of July. I love the picnics and parades, and especially the fireworks. But I love my pets, too, so I usually stay home.
Tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, floods and earthquakes there are few places on Earth that are not vulnerable to one or more natural disasters.