Summer is in full swing, and so are all the good things that come with it: picnics, backyard barbeques, gardening, and long walks with our dogs. But while it’s great to spend time outside with our pets, it’s important to take steps to protect them from potentially hazardous lawn and garden chemicals. In fact, a 2013 study by researchers from Purdue University suggested a possible link between bladder cancer in dogs and exposure to herbicides used to kill broadleaf weeds in lawns and gardens. ...more
A recorded phone message alerted me: A cat was missing in my area. I quickly searched for the website given and then found a variety of options today for seeking a missing pet.
From robocall message services, email, and text alerts to Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, websites, and phone apps, the many methods seem ingenious....more
Marmalade was affectionately referred to as “Mitten Cat,” a common nickname for many polydactyl cats. You may be asking yourself, “What the heck is that?” Polydactyl is a Latin term meaning many toes or multiple digits.
Cats with thumbs, extra fingers, extra toes, or whatever you choose to call their extra digits exist mostly in western England, Wales, and the eastern United States and Canada. ...more
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, better pet nutrition, and more educated pet owners, there has been a dramatic increase in the lifespan of our cats and dogs. In today’s world, it’s not uncommon for medium- and even large-sized dogs to reach their teens or for cats to live 20 or more years. While these miracles of science are granting us more time with our four-legged family members, pet longevity can be a double-edged sword....more
Our pets play, run, and jump off furniture. Some pets even compete in physical competitions. All these activities can result in injuries, breaks, sprains, and age-related physical challenges. Fortunately, your veterinarian has options specifically tailored to meet your pet’s physical needs....more
Whenever I see a dog on a retractable leash prancing between interesting-smelling bushes and squirrel-filled trees, I roll my eyes. No, I’m not cold-hearted. To me, it always looks like dogs on retractable leashes are pulling and then being rewarded for it by reaching what they were trying to reach (e.g., interesting-smelling bushes and squirrel-filled trees). It turns out I was half right—but the full picture is much more complex. ...more
Canine bloat can be a life-threatening condition. Also known as gastric torsion or gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), canine bloat can come on quickly, which makes early recognition and treatment essential to your pet’s survival....more
The same sad story happens all too often: A person brings home an animal assuming that it requires little maintenance only to discover that he or she underestimated how much time, attention, or money it will take to keep the animal happy and healthy. Because of these situations, animal shelters are often overwhelmed with unwanted animals, or, even worse, the animals are sometimes released to whatever fate awaits them in the outside world. ...more