A loving home goes a long way toward the health and well-being of cats and dogs. But it isn’t quite enough.
Check out our list of your pet’s top health care needs in 2015. ...more
Have you been planning that Mediterranean getaway but cannot bear the thought of leaving your beloved pet behind? Most veterinarians agree your pet would be safest being boarded in a qualified boarding facility, rather than traveling the world with you, but sometimes international travel with our pets is something we can’t avoid. Although it may take many seemingly daunting steps to ensure entry into a foreign country, international travel with your pet is completely feasible, provided you take the time to properly research all that needs to be done before you leave home. Traveling this way requires ample advance planning, so be sure you do not wait until the last minute to begin the necessary steps. ...more
For anyone who has lost a cat or a kitten to feline panleukopenia, they know how gut-wrenching and devastating the disease can be. Similar to parvovirus in puppies, feline panleukopenia is a fast-moving, highly contagious, and often deadly disease that can strike unvaccinated cats, especially kittens or senior cats. For me, a first-time foster of a mother cat and her seven kittens, I didn’t know how terrible the disease could be until it was too late. ...more
You find a baby bird or one that is injured. You want to help. But what should you do? ...more
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Neb., facility. Due to a formulation error, the products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals. There have been no reports of animal health concerns to date, but these products do not meet quality standards and should not be consumed by pets. ...more
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