Are you running low on patience with a pet who is consistently displaying behavior problems? Thinking about relinquishing your pet to a shelter if you find one more mangled shoe or urine stain on your carpet? ...more
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
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
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
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