10 OTC Human Drugs that You Can Give Your Pet

In case you don't know, OTC stands for "over the counter," meaning that no prescription is needed. Armed with your vet's say-so, all you have to do is pluck the drug off the store shelf and follow your vet's oral or written instructions. Now wasn't that tons easier (and probably much Continue reading

Everything happens for a reason!

Everything that happens to us happens for a reason. Never brush aside anyone as insignificant. Who knows what they can teach us? They told me the big black Lab's name was Reggie as I looked at him lying in his pen. the shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly. I'd only Continue reading

Pet insurance: A good deal? Or a rip off?

When it comes to our pets, my wife and I will spend whatever it takes to give them the best medical care possible. Like so many other people today, we consider them to be members of the family. Our dog, Jack, has his own ophthalmologist. A few years ago, he needed a series of laser Continue reading

No wonder he took the name St. Francis …

Journalist Alessandro Forlani wasn’t sure he’d even be allowed in when the new pope met with the world media on Saturday. Guards had told him he most likely wouldn’t because of his guide dog, however Vatican officials let him and his guide dog Asia in and after the pope’s thank you speech Continue reading

Pet Poisons From A to Z…

It can happen to even the best pet owners. You turn around for one second and the dog is into the chocolate that was sitting on the counter, or the cat has discovered the Easter lily you thought was safely out of the way. "We just don't realize how determined our pets are to eat the Continue reading

Freeze Dry your pet?

Receptionist Lessie Calvert sits behind her desk surrounded by freeze-dried animals at Anthony Eddy's Wildlife Studio in Slater, Missouri, on February 12, 2013. Animal lovers from across the country call on Anthony Eddy and his team to faithfully preserve their beloved departed pets for Continue reading


Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and apply gentle pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As the cat opens its mouth, pop the pill into the mouth. Allow cat to close Continue reading

Understanding the Grieving Process…

Losing a pet Many consider grieving inappropriate for someone who has lost "just a pet." Nothing could be further from the truth. People love their pets and consider them members of their family. Caregivers celebrate their pets' birthdays, confide in their animals, and carry pictures of Continue reading

Comforting a child after a pet’s death…

After a beloved pet dies, grieve with your family through a mix of tears and funny tales. Even pirates cry. So says the Mem Fox book “Tough Boris” (Sandpiper, 1998), the story of a pirate whose parrot died, and “he cried and cried.” “Grief is not a bad thing,” says M. Patricia Hogan, a Continue reading

A Dog’s Purpose?

A Dog's Purpose?(from a 6-year-old).Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa , and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and ...they were hoping for a miracle.I examined Belker Continue reading