As I prepare to welcome a 9-week-old labradoodle named Benny into my home and become a first-time dog owner, I am well aware that my life is about to undergo some big changes. After a lifetime of being the king of my castle, I will be sharing my house, my affection, and a portion of my paycheck with him.
Now, I already know that every dollar I spend on Benny’s health and well-being will be returned tenfold by his companionship. But, like many pet owners, I am not independently wealthy, and I am interested in controlling veterinary costs so that my budget stretches further. ...more
From dish soap to duct tape, many common household items can provide temporary first aid while you get your pet to the veterinarian.
The most important first aid item is your mobile phone, says Dr. Heather Loenser, senior emergency clinician at Crown Veterinary Specialists in Lebanon, NJ, ...more
It’s a battle for so many of us, and it’s affecting more and more people every year: the battle of the bulge. And now, many of us are finding that our pets are facing weight issues as well. While obesity is on the rise for both humans and their pets, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) hopes to do something about the problem (for pets, anyway)....more
Taking your pet to the veterinarian doesn’t have to be a stressful event. And helping your pet, whatever her species, to relax and perhaps even enjoy the trip is something you can do with a little advanced behavior conditioning and training....more
Cats love to nibble on grass. Many cat owners know that.
But what some might not know is that not all greenery is safe for felines.
Both plants found outdoors in yards and indoors in pots can be harmful to cats. ...more
What made you choose your purebred or specialty-mix pet? Her big eyes? His friendly ways? Her playful attitude?
According to veterinary expert Jerold S. Bell, DVM, you’re going about it in the wrong way.
“Purchasing such a pet should not be an emotional decision, but one based on research,” says the private practice owner and clinical associate professor of genetics at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “Do as much homework as you do when purchasing a major appliance.” ...more
Pro-Pet LLC, St. Marys, Ohio, has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods for possible Salmonella contamination. A single field test indicated products manufactured during a two day period, on a single production line may have the potential for Salmonella contamination. Pro-Pet LLC is voluntarily recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date. ...more
If your pet ran into the street and got hit by a car, or if he got into a fight with another dog at the dog park, do you know where you would take him for emergency care? If you were too far to take him to your regular veterinarian, where would you turn next? And, how would you know to trust the care your pet received? Luckily for pet owners, peace of mind is just a touch away! ...more