Avoiding Pet Emergencies

Once again, as the holiday season approaches, it is time to keep a closer watch on our pets with all the tempting things that will be around. It is impossible to list all of the missteps taken by our canine and feline friends over the years, but it is worth listing a few just to… Continue reading

The recent heavy rains in many parts of the country are just a reminder that plants, flowers and other ornamentals are growing at a unusually fast rate this summer, a time when growth is often the slowest.  As a result, mushrooms, tulips, lilies, rhododendrons and a variety of other potentially toxic plants are looking as healthy as ever. … Continue reading

Temperatures in the single digits…….wind chills way below zero……early sunsets. The current cold snap we are having in New England (and much of the eastern US) is serious. Even though our four legged companions have furry coats to protect them, this weather is a challenge for all. Also, it comes at a particularly busy time… Continue reading

The best thing about Anal Glands? The fact that WE don’t have them! For those of you who have never heard of Anal Glands (Anal Sacs) or who have never had to deal with issues regarding them in your dog or cat, consider yourself fortunate. Many, if not most pet owners, are familiar with the… Continue reading

While we have all been complaining about the spring weather that just didn’t seem to want to show up, thoughts of fleas, ticks and the diseases they carry have very much been in the background. Of course there have been some occasional pockets of these nasty little pests but by in large we have gotten… Continue reading

Despite all the warnings, news articles, TV news stories, public cautions and the like, no holiday season is ever over until we have had at least two or three phone calls and subsequent very sick pets as a result of one or more of the following: 1. A canine companion who has grabbed a turkey… Continue reading

Even though the temperature feels more like summer, we will soon feel the chill of fall in the air. For our pets it should serve as a reminder to think about the challenges soon to face these companions. Parasites Most pet owners think of fleas and ticks as a spring and summer issue. In reality,… Continue reading

Let’s be real here. Who hasn’t, at some time in their cat or dog’s life, offered up something that was left over from a meal, not eaten by a child or just seemed like something that would make our pet happy. To those of you who can raise their hands on that question….kudos to you.… Continue reading

It happens every year. We get consumed with plans for the holidays, decorating the tree, sprucing up the house, baking cookies and whatever other activity one thinks of when preparing for the holidays. But where are the cats? Are the dogs far away from anything that they might consider edible? No matter how vigilant we… Continue reading

We all get bombarded daily by the sound bites. This product is “natural”, “whole” or in some instances “organic”. As someone who likes to be cautious about what I put in my body don’t think I am minimizing the importance of “clean” foods or supplements. Unfortunately, however, there is growing acceptance in our culture that… Continue reading