We all know what a stressful experience moving can be. But it’s also stressful—and even potentially dangerous—for our cats. Many cats end up in shelters when a family moves because they become frightened by people carrying furniture, so they run out an open door and hide. Sometimes, the family can’t then find the cat and moves away without him. Other times, a cat escapes his new home and tries to return to his old one. ...more
As you are wrapping up your annual holiday shopping spree for your family and friends, you might be wondering what to get for another important figure in your life—your pet.
But while your human loved ones are able to tell you exactly which gifts they desire (maybe sometimes too often), your pets’ meows and barks might not provide much shopping guidance. ...more
Have you ever noticed those around you—both human and animal—acting strangely during a full moon? Is there any real correlation between the full moon and changes in behavior in people and pets? For centuries, people have used a full moon to explain odd behavior. It’s said that dogs howl, and cats yowl, more during a full moon. And many medical professionals think they’ve noticed an increase in emergency or strange cases during nights with full moons. ...more
Taking care of a disabled pet can be a demanding 24/7 experience, but more pet owners than ever before are volunteering for the job so their beloved dogs and cats can live longer. Respite care for these dedicated individuals is essential; however, finding the right person to provide this service forces most pet owners to think out of the box. ...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
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