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
To have a pet is to sign up for near-inevitable sadness—we almost always outlive our beloved companions. Learning to live with loss is an essential part of life. It’s not easy, but to deny the pain is to deny that we live, that we love, and that we matter to each other. ...more
Why pay for an expensive gym membership when, chances are, you’re already living with a built-in workout buddy?
It’s your dog.
“I’ve never encountered a dog that isn’t willing to go for a walk or run, any time of day or night, regardless of the weather or the time of day,” says Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian, author, and human fitness advocate. ...more
You go for walks together. You hang out together. You enjoy the park together. You love doing things with your four-legged bestie.But when you want something to eat or drink, it’s either a drive-through or home.
Or is it?
Communities are starting to adjust health codes to allow restaurants, coffee shops, and bars to cater to their dog-owning clientele. Typically that means a place will have an outdoor patio with access to the street. ...more