5 Summer Hazards for Cats to Avoid…

In my years as a veterinarian, I've given a lot of advice - in print, online, over the airwaves and on national TV and, yes, in person. Do this, not that. Avoid this, choose that. I've seen my colleagues do the same, over exam room tables, at conferences and in various forms of media. The Continue reading

Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives…

Rebecca Farrar was just 4 years old when she became seriously ill and was diagnosed with diabetes. Today, as a Type 1 diabetic, 9-year-old Rebecca's blood sugar can drop without warning, putting her at risk of hypoglycemia, which can lead to a coma or even death. Often, Rebecca doesn't Continue reading

Heroic Pit Bull Saves Owner From Oncoming Train

At a railroad crossing in Shirley, Mass., Lilly, the pit bull, hurdled into a race against time. The dog's owner, Christine Spain, had collapsed on the train tracks, and the westbound freight train was coming. Lilly dragged her owner out of danger, but the train's front wheel caught and Continue reading

11 Diseases You Can Get from Your Pet

There's a certain amount of ickiness you have to accept when you adopt a pet. You know, a good does of eww that goes right along with the whole snuggling and unconditional love thing. That mystery stain on the couch from Mr. Bubbles your basset hound? Best not to think about it. Those Continue reading

Service Dog Wears Cap and Gown at Graduation

Caps and gowns are a common sight this time of year, but attendees at a recent commencement were surprised when a dog in a cap and gown of its own walked alongside a graduate in a wheelchair. The 6-year-old chocolate Labrador escorted Bridget Evans at the convocation ceremony of the Continue reading

END OF WATCH FOR K9 OFFICER KAISER…

K-9 END OF WATCH: Members of the Plymouth, Mass. police department salute their ...K-9 companion as he’s walked into the vet’s office to be put down. Kaiser the 2.5-year-old German Shepherd was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure this March. Kaiser’s handler says the courageous dog went Continue reading

Questions For Barbara J. King, Author Of ‘How Animals Grieve’

Attributing human characteristics to animals makes for great cartoons, but it's not usually considered rigorous science. Now, a new book argues that animals do think and feel in ways similar to humans. Barbara J. King is a professor of anthropology and a commentator on NPR's science blog, Continue reading

Lawn Chemicals Linked to Cancer in Dogs

A new study due to be published in July in the journal Science of the Total Environment finds that dogs are ingesting, inhaling and otherwise being exposed to garden and lawn chemicals that have been associated with bladder cancer. Dogs "could directly ingest the chemicals from the plant, Continue reading

A Few Minutes in a Hot Car Can Kill a Dog ….

Ohio is not one of the 14 states with laws on the books prohibiting inhumane confinement of animals in parked motor vehicle; but what do you do if you see an animal suffering? Break a window? Succumb to social pressure and walk past feeling guilty? There often is no simple solution, but Continue reading

It always makes a difference!!

An old man was going for a walk, when he noticed a little boy feeding a thin, shaggy looking dog with bits of bread. He went up to the boy and asked him why he was sharing his bread with the dogs. The little boy answered, "Because they have nothing. No home, no family, and if I don’t feed Continue reading

Euthanasia
: Why Some Owners Choose to Stay and Some Choose to Go

It’s universally true that the worst moments of any pet owner’s animal-loving life will inevitably coincide with the final moments of a pet's life. But not everyone experiences last rites in the same way: Some owners choose to be with their pets, while others feel compelled to not be Continue reading

Local Pet Owners Seek Closure With Funerals For Deceased Animals…

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The loss of a pet can be a devastating experience, and a rising number of people are treating that loss the same way that they would treat the death of any other family member. David Le told CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson that his dog was treated like a member of his Continue reading