Pet Behavior

A client asked last week: “Who do you think is smarter, dogs or cats?” After pondering for a short moment I responded……”we need to add humans to that mix.” The age old question of which species is smarter is never an easy one. Do we consider survival capability? Problem solving? The ability to know what… Continue reading

As it appears that spring (or at least a teaser) is making an early appearance in New England the thought of adding to our pet families often emerges. “My kids are really pushing for a dog”. “My daughter really wants another kitten”. “What pet is best for my situation” are common statements and questions we… Continue reading

Several times annually we receive reports from the pet insurance companies listing the most common diseases reported for felines and canines. Even though we deal with many of these conditions daily they are rarely easy to cure. For example one of the most common diseases in cats is feline lower urinary tract disease. Although dogs… Continue reading

Maybe the birds aren’t quite singing or the flowers popping up through the ground (snow?) but winter finally seems to be losing its choke hold on New England. The clocks have “sprung” forward. A recent warming trend finally arrived (I was wondering if this year was to be the eternal winter) and the ten foot… Continue reading

Every year it happens…….The holidays arrive and in spite of all the cautions, warnings, posts and public service announcements our four legged companions get into some kind of trouble. So it is time for the brief reminder. Here are the potential problems we are likely to see during this holiday season: !. Dietary Indiscretion This… Continue reading

We hear this comment from pet owners on almost a daily basis. “While I was out he chewed up a pair of my shoes” or “He urinated outside his litter box. He must have done this to spite me”. These sentiments are often verbalized as a result of common myth. Whether a cat or dog… Continue reading