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
Many dog owners leave their televisions on when they’re away from home. They believe this prevents their pets from getting lonely and engaging in destructive behavior while alone.
But does watching TV reduce what veterinarians call “separation anxiety”? And, if so, does it matter whether dogs watch football games, network news, or reruns of Lassie? ...more
It’s a timely message for February’s American Heart Month: Pets can be good for your heart and your overall health.
You probably always knew that at some level.
So exactly what is it that our beloved companions do to make us healthier? ...more
I didn’t realize I had a fear of anesthesia until my veterinarian explained that my dog had stage 3 dental disease and needed a dental cleaning under anesthesia. As I learned, pets, unlike humans, won’t consciously tolerate a thorough examination of the full mouth; the only way a veterinarian can do the examination, cleaning, and any necessary extractions is to put the pet under anesthesia. ...more
Welcome to 2014, and to the new PetsMatter blog! Here, you'll find helpful and fun pet-related articles, pet health information, personal stories, and pet news updates. Whether your furry friend is a dog, a cat, or an exotic with no fur at all, PetsMatter will have something for just about every animal lover out there....more