Do Dogs’ Personalities Change With Age?
Curious puppies! When you think of a puppy, you may think of a cute little pup playing with the newly discovered doorstop or barking at himself in the mirror. Or a curious pup peaking around the corner, ready to pounce on unsuspecting toes as they approach. Or maybe a tiny soft snout is rooting into […]
Deaf Dog Awareness Week
Petfinder initiated “Deaf Dog Awareness Week” to spread awareness about hearing loss in dogs and how to care for dogs affected by it. Although temporary, partial, or complete (both ears) deafness can affect many dogs, they still make warm, caring companions and trainable pets. Causes of hearing loss in dogs Severe and permanent deafness in dogs is caused by […]
Could Pain Be Your Pet’s Best-Kept Secret?
When you stub your toe, bang your elbow, or lift a heavy box the wrong way, you know you’re hurt–and others will, too, if you cry out in pain! Pain isn’t enjoyable for us, nor is it for pets. With sudden or acute pain, your pet may cry out…but what if he doesn’t? Or, what if […]
Thoughtful Memorial Ideas to Honor Your Pets
This Sunday marks Pet Memorial Day, a day to remember and celebrate all the pets we hold in our hearts. Pets bring joy, laughter, and unconditional love to our lives. They become members of our family that we can always depend on. They share our beds (even when they’re not supposed to), wait for us […]
Ginger Cats: What makes them unique is beyond coat-deep
For ages, people have claimed that a cat’s appearance and behavior depend on its breed. But how helpful is this considering that 98% of cats aren’t purebred but rather an amalgamation of several breeds over multiple generations, now referred to as ‘domestic shorthaired’ cats (or medium or longhaired). People who have had several cats swear […]
Monkeypox and Pets
It’s all over the news: the monkeypox virus is transmissible to animals and causes similar symptoms, like skin rashes and lesions, as it does in humans. Now, pet owners are wondering what they can do to keep themselves and their pets safe. And the very first thing is not to panic! While monkeypox is serious, […]
Immunization: The Core of Your Pet’s Preventive Healthcare
Immunizations, or vaccines, are one of the greatest medical discoveries – they fundamentally changed modern medicine. Starting with the smallpox vaccine in the 18th century, vaccines continue to be developed for both human and animal health. The rabies vaccine, developed by Louis Pasteur, was first given to dogs in 1881 and then in 1885 to a […]
Dogust 4th is International Assistance Dog Day!
Dogust (a.k.a. August) 4th marks International Assistance Dog Day – a day to recognize assistance dogs and their dedicated caregivers and trainers, and to help educate the public about the important role they all play in society. These furry heroes really do deserve year-round recognition, though, don’t they? Assistance dogs change people’s lives by helping them with day-to-day activities, such as going to school […]
Could Your Pet Be a Life-Saving Hero?
Yohann, a three-legged rescue greyhound from Scotland, was recently recognized for saving the lives of 64 dogs. He doesn’t have any superpowers—he is a blood donor. Pets, like people, may require a blood transfusion due to blood loss during surgery, severe trauma, or sudden anemia brought on by disease or poisoning. When blood is needed, […]
Blue-Green Algae: Danger Lurking in the Water
It’s HOT out! Heat waves seem like the best time to take the pooch to a pond, lake, river, or stream, where she can get some exercise while staying cool and hydrated. Ironically, it may be the worst time to do this. From mid-summer to early fall, cyanobacteria, the dangerous bacteria often referred to as […]