As the urbanization sprawls reach into places with wildlife, confrontations are more numerous, from skunk to coyotes to moose. Sometimes these confrontations may be potentially dangerous to us, but more often potentially dangerous to companion animals – unless we make a few easy adjustments. Arguably the most successful of all non-bird species is the coyote. Read More
Betty White recently celebrated her 96th birthday. Privately, she’ll tell you that she’s glad she became an actress because she loves her work, but also because it’s given her a platform to advocate for animals. And, boy, does she adore animals, and she been advocated for animals – both wildlife and pets for about as Read More
To some dogs, the weather outside may be frightful. Other dogs my delight to romp and play in snow and ice, and how can you blame them? After all, Malamutes and Siberian Huskies live for the snow and cold. On the other paw, Toy Poodles would hop on a plane to Hawaii if they could, Read More
California has become the first state to ban the sales of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores. Pet stores will be able to adopt dogs, cats, and rabbits from reputable shelters or rescues, however. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 485 on Friday, October 13. The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act was authored by Assembly member Read More
What’s the real reason so many people won’t adopt rescue dogs, and what happens when fosters or adoptions don’t go well? Also, a discussion about ‘foster failures’, bullied dogs, dogs that don’t like kids, dogs that lean on guests, and dogs that won’t potty outside.
California appears set to ban sales of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores, just as hundreds of communities and some counties have done around the country. The California bill is aimed at changing how cats, dogs and rabbits become family pets, and has cleared the California Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee with Read More
The fireworks have begun, now what? Yes, I know you realize that by thinking in advance more might have been done to help your scared dog or cat. At this point, obviously anti-anxiety medication taking weeks to kick in won’t help. And it’s exceedingly unlikely that a gradual counter conditioning and desensitization program to the Read More
Pet guinea pigs can bond as closely to their owners as cats and dogs. March is Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month – so if you’re thinking of a new pet, why not consider rescuing a rodent in need?
Pet parents offer their reflections from 2015 as they begin a new year with their pets.
“I wanted to shine a light on those who don’t make it out."
Call it irony, or just odd – for the second consecutive year, the most popular cat breed in America is a breed most cat owners have never heard of.
Dogs have no way to understand what the those unpredictable explosions are all about. If the fireworks happen to be nearby, dogs may be able to smell them and even feel their vibrations, adding to their fear factor.
Summing up twenty years of authoring Tribune Content Agency newspaper column is easy. I do have a wealth of memories to recall.
Depending on what geographical location you are in, you may or may not think highly of your local Animal Control Officer.
A success story of how positive training helped an abused dog overcome her fears and blossom into a wonderful family pet.
Pet overpopulation is a very real crisis all over the world, and a huge part of the solution is spaying and neutering.
Want an interactive pet that’s not as demanding as a dog? How about a bunny? Rabbits make terrific pets in the right circumstances. February is adopt-a-rescued rabbit month, so if you’re considering a new pet, here are some reasons a bunny might be best...
Steve Dale reviews some of the top pet-related stories of 2014.
From snowflake treats to pounce-able cat toys, Steve Dale has the scoop on this year's hottest pet gifts.
With a little bit of training any dog can work cooperatively with you at the vet. VSPDT Sara McLoudrey talks about how she trained her dog to cooperate at the vet without the use of restraint.
Steve Dale discusses the modern trend of dressing pets in Halloween costumes, and how you can keep your dog stress-free during fright night.
While being an organ donor has long been commonplace among people, dogs are now able to give the same gift of life. The Pet Organ Donation Network was created in the hopes of changing the treatment of feline and canine diabetes. The program has far-reaching potential, including the possibility of developments in human diabetes treatment. So Read More
Keeping your pets safe from potential toxins and poisons is an incredibly important part of responsible pet ownership. Many dog owners are unaware of several common poisons that lurk in their home and yard. Outdoor Poisons and Toxins: Antifreeze. Because of its sweet taste, antifreeze is a dangerous attractant to dogs. It can be deadly Read More
Some dogs are more tolerant of the cold than others, but it is important to keep any dog safe and warm during cold winter months. Above all else, you should never leave any dog outside for extended periods during inclement weather. Top Five Tips to Keep Your Dogs Healthy in Cold Weather Bundle Up! Dogs Read More
Why should you consider a dog from a shelter? Dogs end up in shelters for a variety of reasons. People who do not spay/neuter their pets may have unwanted litters, sometimes a dog’s owner becomes too sick to care for their animals, and far to often people are not willing to take the time to Read More
Bringing home a new cat when you already have a dog can be stressful for both animals, especially when your dog has not been around cats before. Contrary to popular belief, dogs and cats can get along. With a little preparation, management, and consistency, you can have a peaceful household of both dogs and cats. Read More
We all want the best for our canine and feline companions, but sometimes we owners may unknowingly be sickening our pets. One of the most glaringly obvious circumstances where pets were sickened or died as a result of the recommendations of animal-health professionals is the 2007 melamine pet food crisis. Dogs and cats that consumed dry Read More
As a country burdened with poverty, war, and immense suffering, it's rare to find a beacon of hope in Afghanistan. And yet the Nowzad Animal Shelter in Kabul is just that. The shelter was founded by Louise Hastie, a former British soldier. She has operated the shelter for six years with a team of Afghan nationals, and has saved thousands of animals during that time.
Our care and compassion for animals has certainly evolved over time, but it's interesting to look back at how we have relied on pets throughout the course of human history. It seems that even in Medieval times, the human race has always had a soft spot for our four-legged friends. According to a new article Read More
In my holistic veterinary practice, I’m continually striving to educate my clients that by feeding their pets "nutritionally complete and balanced" dry or canned food, they may be involuntarily providing a daily dose of toxins that otherwise unlikely to appear in foods consumed by humans. With this knowledge, I challenge them really consider why they are feeding pet foods containing “feed-grade” ingredients in the first place.
Halloween is an awesome holiday, but most of our pets don’t necessarily enjoy fright night quite as much as we do, and there can be extra dangers lurking for them that we should help them avoid. Here are my top ten tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy on Halloween.
There are over 78 million owned dogs in the U.S., and 39% of all American households include at least one dog. This Sunday, August 26th, is National Dog Day, giving many of those dogs and the people that love them reason to celebrate. As someone who has dedicated my life to helping people build healthy relationships with their pets based on mutual trust, respect and love, I have one of the best seats in the house on days like this and I honestly believe that I have one of the best jobs in the world.
“The health of America’s pets is deteriorating; pets are getting sicker than they need to,” says Dr. Jeffrey Klausner.
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
To some dog owners, the issue of vaccination is controversial—should it even be done? But to anyone living in developing country where most dogs and cats are not vaccinated or to anyone unlucky enough to see an outbreak, the issue is a no brainer. Take the following historical case in point. Unknown infectious agent drops Read More
As much as we love our dogs, there’s no doubt we can always use more safe and effective tips to make caring for them easier and less expensive. There are hundreds of ideas that people can use to do this - everything from cutting shedding by 90% to keeping dogs calm during thunderstorms. These and Read More
I love Springtime. It begins for me as soon as the dreary winter months of January and February are over. March is my favorite month not just because things feel new and fresh but because it was the month when my daughter was born. March was also the time when Sadie came into our lives and now three years later it is again the month that marks yet another big change in our household: Jasmine.
Apparently I decided to be a veterinarian when I was only three years old after using a twig in the garden to successfully tease out a maggot from my pet tortoise Speedy's leg wound! From then on all I wanted to do was to help animals. After my first few TV appearances as a veterinarian Read More