Taking care of a disabled pet can be a demanding 24/7 experience, but more pet owners than ever before are volunteering for the job so their beloved dogs and cats can live longer. Respite care for these dedicated individuals is essential; however, finding the right person to provide this service forces most pet owners to think out of the box.
Terri S. ran into this problem after her 11½ -year-old dog, Clancy, slowly became paralyzed in his hind legs. Terri and her husband, Paul, took Clan ...more
Giving your pet the medication he needs at home can seem overwhelming. Here are a few tips and tricks to ease the pain of pilling your pet.
“Sasha doesn’t like pills, but she loves treats.” Get sneaky and hide the pill in a treat! Mix it into peanut butter or yogurt, stick it in cheese or bread, or wrap it in a small piece of deli meat. ...more
Let me start out by introducing all three of my “children”: Bo, the beautiful and determined Australian shepherd mix; Ty, the adorable and silly golden retriever; and Duncan, the handsome and loving yellow Labrador. They were all about the same size and age when they came to live with my husband and me, which was wonderful at first. As they started to age, however, it became difficult to have three senior dogs....more
The proper function of the kidneys is essential to optimal animal health because they filter waste and toxins from the blood, regulate blood pressure, help create new red blood cells, aid in urine production, and regulate vitamin D and calcium levels. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs due to the loss of nephrons, the microscopic units of the kidneys, due to various causes. Although there is no cure for CKD, there are multiple ways to ensure your dog or cat isn’t suffering and has a good quality of life. ...more
As a pet owner, you make important decisions on a daily basis that determine your pet’s health and quality of life. While these decisions may seem small when you make them, they can have significant consequences on your pet’s risk of contracting common diseases. ...more
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Bravo of Manchester, Conn., is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to potential Salmonella contamination.
The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, Internet retailers, and directly to consumers. To identify the product, locate the batch ID code (best-used-by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube....more
Many of the medical advancements we’re seeing today seem like they’re right out of a science fiction movie. Options for diagnosing and treating illness and disease have taken on a whole new look. Equipment advancements include digital radiography, MRI, and CT scanners. And advancements for new and better treatments exist because of stem cell research, new medications, and the use of advanced equipment, technology, and information....more
Are you taking that much-needed, week-long vacation to the beach and considering hiring a pet sitter? Perhaps you have a highly recommended and trustworthy acquaintance you’d like to hire. Maybe a neighbor or family member has offered to take care of your pet while you’re away. Whoever you chose to act as your pet’s stand-in caretaker during your vacation, here are a few tips to make sure it’s smooth sailing for your animal and your sitter....more