Are you taking that much-needed, week-long vacation to the beach and considering hiring a pet sitter? Perhaps you have a highly recommended and trustworthy acquaintance you’d like to hire. Maybe a neighbor or family member has offered to take care of your pet while you’re away. Whoever you chose to act as your pet’s stand-in caretaker during your vacation, here are a few tips to make sure it’s smooth sailing for your animal and your sitter....more
Do you think you’re speaking your pet’s love language by plying her with all the tasty treats she can eat? If your pet could actually talk to you, she might say that you have a thing or two to learn about finding the way to an animal’s heart.
According to Ernie Ward, DVM, author of Chow Hounds and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, people tend to celebrate special occasions or express their emotions through cakes, ice cream, and champagne. And, because they can’t verbally communicate with their pets, they assume their pets also want to receive love in the form of high-calorie goodies. ...more
In honor of October’s Adopt a Dog Month, here is advice to help you adopt a dog successfully.
The myth about shelter animals
First, let’s dispel the myth that dogs in shelters are problem dogs. “This is one of the biggest misconceptions of shelter animals,” says Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of Found Animals, a foundation dedicated to reversing animal euthanasia. “Most of the animals in shelters end up there through no fault of their own....more
Most pet owners appreciate the importance of diet to their pets’ health and longevity, but when it comes to selecting a good food option for their pets from the myriad choices that exist in the marketplace, the decision can be an overwhelming one. What should pet owners consider when reviewing the nutritional labeling on the various food options they are considering? ...more
Is your kitty house-soiling? Don’t abandon, euthanize, or give her to a shelter. Help is available.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners and the International Society of Feline Medicine now have guidelines to diagnose and solve house-soiling behavior in cats....more
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