The bad news is that diabetes is way up in dogs and cats. The good news is that diabetes is considered treatable (as mentioned, cats may even go into remission). However, in order to treat, appropriate diagnosis is necessary.
Veterinarians have known about the increasing instances of many tick diseases, including Lyme, for years. In fact, many veterinary parasitologists call the situation at epidemic or near epidemic proportions.
Imagine being hung half way out a window by your suspenders 30 stories up, or being held up at gunpoint. That’s actually how I believe many of our pets feel at the vet office, or even before they arrive, as they realize that’s where they’re headed and fear begins to ramp up.
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Increasingly, human and veterinary medicine are working in tandem. This year, I began a one health campaign called Stop Lyme in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the non-profit Global Lyme Alliance.
Many dog trainers and behaviorists use counter-conditioning and desensitization as part of a behavior modification program. The average dog owner often has no idea what this means.
While the flames of controversy are fanned regarding the potential danger of e-cigarettes to people, it’s clear e-cigarettes may be lethal to dogs.
Many decades ago, veterinarians didn’t really know the significance of heartworm disease in cats. It turns out that cats are about as likely to be affected by the disease as dogs - though the disease is totally different in cats.
Residents fleeing abuse overwhelmingly said that URIPALS not only allowed a way out, the program provided families a way to stay together, as pets are considered members of the family. Having their pets with them serve as a kind of therapy.
Veterinary experts give their tips on keeping your pets safe and happy during the cold winter months, including how to prevent frostbite and special tips for senior pets.
Holidays are generally a wonderful time for both people and pets but also may bring unanticipated situations. By abiding by the following “Do’s” and “Don’ts,” you and your exotic pet will hopefully have a happy, safe, and enjoyable time!
I have been seeing too many people misinterpreting a dog’s communication resulting in confused and worried dogs, frustrated humans, and sometimes even a dog bite.
Making sure the turkey is cooked in time is stressful enough. The last thing anyone wants on Thanksgiving is to deal with an emergency, especially one dealing with your pups!
“I wanted to shine a light on those who don’t make it out."
Pets that are considered by society as “less adoptable” are just as loving, sweet, and kind as all of the other pets. However, they aren’t blessed with the natural poster child adoptability as the other pets in the shelter.
Annual pet exams aren’t just for administering vaccines; they also provide an important opportunity to develop a customized veterinary wellness plan for our pets.
Common household alkaline batteries can pose a real danger to pets if they are accidentally chewed or swallowed. Here’s what to do if your pet ever ingests a battery.
Today, July 15, is National Pet Fire Safety Day. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires each year and nearly 1,000 of those fires are started by the pets themselves. The goal of this day is to spread awareness about how pets can cause fires, how to prevent them, and what to do in the event of a fire emergency.
The numbers are so shockingly small that the president of the American Heartworm Society calls it “frightening.” Only just over a third of all dogs leave a veterinary practice with heartworm preventive.
Should you take your pets on vacation with you? In what cases is it a good idea to leave them at home? Victoria and four-legged friend Daisy were featured on HLN's The Daily Share, where Victoria gave tips for safely traveling with pets, both by car and by plane. She also discusses some special precautions that pet Read More
Yes, your pet could be affected by vaccinosis. Yet, not all pets that receive vaccinations will develop any form of Vaccine Associated Adverse Event (VAAE) or vaccinosis.
Here in the United States, the number of cats and other domestic animals per household continues to grow. So does the number of food options for domestic animals. Premium and so-called holistic foods are showing some of the biggest increases in sales compared to more basic brands.
Dr. Patrick Mahaney discusses vaccinosis and Vaccine Associated Adverse Events (VAAE). Learn how you can prevent your pet from these all too common reactions.
There's nothing easy about losing a pet, especially when your pet is experiencing pain and discomfort in their final weeks or months. But a new branch of pet care services, pet hospice, is helping ease pets' suffering and provide their owners with a sense of peace and comfort.
For dog lovers, it's hard to make a place feel like home without a dog. That's why hotels all over the country are teaming up with local animal shelters to provide services that benefits both shelter pets and hotel guests. Some hotels are starting to offer complimentary hikes with a shelter dog on scenic trails Read More
We love our pets and want them to be close to us, but there are just some places that need to be off-limits. In order to understand how to teach your pets to stay off furniture you must first understand why they climb onto it. You may have heard that dogs like to be up Read More
All too often, dog owners misread the language of dogs interacting with one another. Whether it's incorrectly defining innocent play as dangerous fighting or taking too lightly what is actually aggressive behavior, it is important to learn what dogs are saying to each other through their play. Dog-to-dog play is a series of active and Read More
The first and most important step to building a strong, healthy relationship with our dogs is to truly understand how they think, feel and learn. Thanks to the ongoing advances in the scientific community, our understanding of our canine companions is constantly evolving, providing us the opportunity to look deep inside the dog’s mind and Read More
Just in case you needed one more reason to keep a furry friend around, it turns out that owning a pet is associated with reducing your risk of heart disease. A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association looks at the association between pet ownership and heart health.
Why not start a holiday tradition and share the joy of the season with your local animal rescue group? It’s the perfect time of year for pet lovers to give back to the animals. This holiday season, there are more dogs than ever in need of help. You can foster, volunteer, adopt, or donate skills, Read More
Great Videos to Share with your Friends! Pets Add Life (PAL) is at it again! Remember when I posted a video they made with an adorable guinea pig who has “a real problem being the only pet”? Now PAL has created another hilarious video featuring a bird, dog and cat that each give us insight Read More
Check out this cute video from our friends at Pets Add Life (PAL) showing why its so important for your pet to have a friend at home when you are at work and out of the house all day. Out of all their videos, which can be found on their YouTube channel, this is one Read More
Victoria Stilwell has been tapped to lead the content development and creation of eHow Pets - a brand-new YouTube channel to be launched on April 1, 2012. In an exclusive partnership with premier online digital media company Demand Media, Stilwell will be featured in the majority of the new channel's web video series, providing viewers with a wide-ranging array of training videos, pet-related featurettes, how-to segments, and fascinating reports from the world of dogs, cats and more.
LIMIT TABLE SCRAPS. When you have a dozen dinner guests, and everyone from Aunt Ethel and Uncle Fred are all offering table scraps, it may be too much for a small dog or cat to handle. Even big pets are too often treated for everything from minor tummy upset to pancreatitis on Christmas Day. WATCH Read More
The Christmas Puppy. We’ve all heard it before, and most of us know someone who has actually done it. Despite the best efforts of humane societies and shelters around the world, the holiday season is still among the busiest times of the year in terms of people adding new pets to their household. And regardless Read More
Ever wonder what dogs are saying to each other while they chill out in the laundry room? Or our cats when they tire of the scratching post. How about why lizards lie around on rocks all day? I think these videos from Pets Add Life really hit the nail on the head. Of course, I'm Read More
Victoria recently provided her suggestions about how to successfully adopt a dog from a shelter to CNN.com. In an article published on CNN Living on June 11, 2011, Victoria discusses what to look for when trying to decide which shelter dog to take home. She also provides a quick questionnaire for prospective adopters to ask Read More
Victoria was featured in a recent People Pets article about the new season premiere of It's Me or the Dog. In addition to some insights into the new season, Victoria also discussed her network of VSPDT trainers and a potential new addition to her pet family. Read the article here.
This weekend featured another successful workshop and low stress handling lab in Chicago at Narnia Pet, a fantastic positive-reinforcement based dog-training facility. While I have held most of these labs for veterinarians and their staff, most of the attendees at this lab were dog trainers, groomers, doggie daycare providers, as well as some veterinary hospital staff.
Victoria was the featured guest on the popular Talk Zone Radio show "Wild About Pets" on April 2, 2010. During the interview with host Susan Frank, Victoria discussed her new global dog training network of positive reinforcement trainers, Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training. She also discussed the history and behind-the-scenes of It's Me or the Read More