Prevent, detect, treat. That’s what your pediatrician is trained to do when you bring your son or daughter in for his or her annual back-to-school physical. Many human health care providers recommend annual wellness exams to prevent and detect any diseases before they get out of control. Veterinarians are trained to do the same when you bring your pet in for her annual exam. Regular preventive care visits for all members of your family are key to ensuring that illness and disease do not sneak by. Your human children receive lifelong care; so why not ensure that every member of your family receives the same care? ...more
It’s one thing to attend a cat show for pedigree; it’s another thing altogether to attend a cat show for feline fashionistas. Yes, cat fashion shows do exist and they are giving a whole new meaning to the term “catwalk.” A well-known fashion show in the world of furry four-legged creatures is the Kitty CATure Fashion Show in New York City, presented by the American Kennel Association and the International Cat Association. CATure is a witty spin on the French phrase haute couture, which translates to “high sewing,” a phrase often used to describe upscale, hand-sewn human wear. ...more
Connecticut resident Chris Guelke’s 6 ½-year-old Lab mix, Watson, has a zest for life. Whether it’s diving off a dock to swim in a lake or running full throttle through the woods, he gives it his all—with disregard for his personal safety.
“He’s high energy, he’s large, and he goes 100 percent all the time,” Guelke said. “The first year that we had him, we were at the vet often so we thought, ‘We’d better look into pet insurance.’” ...more
A recorded phone message alerted me: A cat was missing in my area. I quickly searched for the website given and then found a variety of options today for seeking a missing pet.
From robocall message services, email, and text alerts to Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, websites, and phone apps, the many methods seem ingenious....more
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, better pet nutrition, and more educated pet owners, there has been a dramatic increase in the lifespan of our cats and dogs. In today’s world, it’s not uncommon for medium- and even large-sized dogs to reach their teens or for cats to live 20 or more years. While these miracles of science are granting us more time with our four-legged family members, pet longevity can be a double-edged sword....more
Whenever I see a dog on a retractable leash prancing between interesting-smelling bushes and squirrel-filled trees, I roll my eyes. No, I’m not cold-hearted. To me, it always looks like dogs on retractable leashes are pulling and then being rewarded for it by reaching what they were trying to reach (e.g., interesting-smelling bushes and squirrel-filled trees). It turns out I was half right—but the full picture is much more complex. ...more
The same sad story happens all too often: A person brings home an animal assuming that it requires little maintenance only to discover that he or she underestimated how much time, attention, or money it will take to keep the animal happy and healthy. Because of these situations, animal shelters are often overwhelmed with unwanted animals, or, even worse, the animals are sometimes released to whatever fate awaits them in the outside world. ...more
Summer is a time to enjoy being outside. It’s also a time to be aware of the impacts heat, sun, insects, and many other things have on our pets. We have the ability to control some of the environments we are in, but our pets don’t. You know the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventing things from happening is better, safer, and less costly than treating something after it happens. The following are preventive suggestions that can help you and your pets enjoy time outside....more