If anyone had told me that I would one day find myself in a vehicle stuck in the mud on a narrow road, rutted with “iceberg” rocks that had been strategically placed millions of years ago to make a vehicle’s occupants look like bobble-head dolls when the vehicle twisted over them, nearly 9,000 miles from my home in Denver, where I practiced companion animal medicine for more than 40 years, I would have smiled and nodded, dismissively but politely, before walking away, smirking....more
We all know what a stressful experience moving can be. But it’s also stressful—and even potentially dangerous—for our cats. Many cats end up in shelters when a family moves because they become frightened by people carrying furniture, so they run out an open door and hide. Sometimes, the family can’t then find the cat and moves away without him. Other times, a cat escapes his new home and tries to return to his old one. ...more
As you are wrapping up your annual holiday shopping spree for your family and friends, you might be wondering what to get for another important figure in your life—your pet.
But while your human loved ones are able to tell you exactly which gifts they desire (maybe sometimes too often), your pets’ meows and barks might not provide much shopping guidance. ...more
Raw or processed diets for dogs or cats? The subject continues to be a bone of contention.
What are raw food diets?
Raw food diets for pets may consist of raw meat, organs, bones, eggs, fruits, and vegetables. They may be home-prepared or commercially available. Commercial raw food diets can be purchased fresh or frozen. Home-prepared raw diets are variable, depending on the education, availability of ingredients, time, and sanitary processes of the pet owner. ...more
Although feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is rare, affecting only 1.5 to 3 percent of the feline population in the United States, it’s still important to know the basics in case your cat becomes infected. FIV is often confused with feline leukemia virus (FeLV), as it is in the same retrovirus family; they differ in many ways, however....more
Have you ever noticed those around you—both human and animal—acting strangely during a full moon? Is there any real correlation between the full moon and changes in behavior in people and pets? For centuries, people have used a full moon to explain odd behavior. It’s said that dogs howl, and cats yowl, more during a full moon. And many medical professionals think they’ve noticed an increase in emergency or strange cases during nights with full moons. ...more
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. ...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