The Itchy Dog, Part 2: The Roller Coaster of Emotion

The Itchy Dog, Part 2: The Roller Coaster of Emotion

Health

Itch can erode the bond between you and your dog. Itchy dogs are often up at night scratching and preventing others in the house from sleeping, or are banished to separate rooms of the house because their skin smells bad. This can make you desperate to try anything for relief from the itch and skin […]

6 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

6 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

Travel & Safety

My childhood cat, Pretzel Popcorn Reeder, once disappeared after a massive earthquake shook Southern California. Happily, a few days later, she reappeared in our backyard. Because of that experience with Pretzel, I always microchip my pets for “just in case” scenarios. As you probably know, a microchip is a tiny device – about the size […]

The Itchy Dog, Part 1: Your Questions Answered

The Itchy Dog, Part 1: Your Questions Answered

Health

You are not alone if your dog is itchy with skin or ear problems. Itch is the number one reason pet owners seek help from a veterinarian.1 In fact, 7.5 million dogs were treated by veterinarians last year for skin and ear problems.2 We know skin disease can decrease quality of life for a pet […]

Training a Voluntary Blood Draw: It Can Be Done

Training a Voluntary Blood Draw: It Can Be Done

Training

About a year ago, when my veterinarian was unable to get a blood sample out of my reactive and extremely opinionated young Pug, I got to thinking. I have a background working in zoos, where it’s now common to train animals to cooperate in their own medical care. Animals of many species, including bears, hippos, […]

Keeping Pets With Seniors Who Love Them

Keeping Pets With Seniors Who Love Them

Relationships

New Mexico resident Theresa Kline is active and independent at age 81. But after her beloved Westie, Abby, passed away last year, she wondered if she should get another dog. Would having a dog tie her down? And what would happen to her pet if she became ill? Still, Kline missed canine companionship and voiced […]