FREE Rescue Alert Sticker for your Home

October 18, 2018

FREE and almost free rescue alert stickers! You download them, print them, add your info and put in a window or on your front door. Or order them online for a small fee.

Flea Meds Dosage Chart

Flea Med Dosages for Cats & Dogs

September 25, 2016

Dosing guide for cats and dogs for several common flea medications.

Treat or Poison to Cats

January 22, 2016

This Treat vs Poison infographic shows you which common snacks may be harming your cat, and highlights a few healthy options you may not have considered before. Source: Vet Medic

10 Fun Cat Facts

Fun Cat Facts

November 2, 2015

Did you know that there are more than 73 million domesticated cats in the United States and more than 500 million worldwide?

Simpson's dog Santas Little Helper and cat Snowball

Late Night Home Treatments

July 3, 2015

This information is meant as a guide for you in an urgent or late-night situation.  It is not meant to replace the examination and diagnosis of a veterinarian.  These treatments are generally safe when administered as described, but may not be appropriate in every case.  Use this information at your own discretion. Vomiting – Remove food bowl […]

How to pick a Pet Sitter

How to Pick the Right Pet Sitter

July 1, 2015

What to do with your pets when you go out of town or are away from an extended amount of time? The simplest — and least stressful — is to do nothing with them. Leave them home in the environment they know the best and have help come to them. Hire a pet sitter! But how […]

Home Treatment of Diarrhea in Cats

Home Treatment of Diarrhea in Cats

January 22, 2015

Note: If your cat appears to be in distress or severely depressed, you should seek IMMEDIATE veterinary attention. Episodes of mild diarrhea/soft stools lasting no more than a few days are not unusual. If your cat is eating and alert, there is no cause for alarm. Switch to a bland diet and feed a normal […]

Fast Eddie

12 Homeopathic Remedies For Your Dog

October 13, 2014

Homeopathic remedies number in the thousands and are made from anything and everything. But you only need to learn some of the rules of homeopathy and have about a dozen remedies to be off and running. You may want to go out and purchase these commonly used remedies to have on hand in case the […]

Top 10 Reasons Dogs and Cats go to the Vet

Top 10 Reasons Dogs & Cats to Visit the Veterinarian

October 12, 2014

Dogs Skin Allergies Ear Infection Non-cancerous Skin Mass Skin Infection Arthritis Upset Stomach/Vomiting Upset/Diarrhea Periodontitis/Dental Disease Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease Soft Tissue Trauma (Bruise or Contusion) Cats Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease Periodontitis/Dental Disease Chronic Kidney Disease Excessive Thyroid Hormone Upset Stomach/Vomiting Diabetes Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea Lymphoma Upper Respiratory Infection Skin Allergies Resource: Vet Practice […]

Feline constipation remedies

Feline Constipation Remedies

September 20, 2014

Untreated cat constipation can lead to a chronic problem called megacolon, where the colon abnormally dilates and becomes too enlarged. As a result, the colon loses its ability to contract, which can cause obstipation – a complete blockage. To avoid health complications in your pet, consider the following home remedies for cat constipation: 1. Pumpkin […]

Touched by a small angel

September 22, 2011

For a couple weeks quieted away from the world, we shared a marvelous time and I shall never forget how the personality of this tiny tyke changed into such a sweet, loving and giving guy. How happy he was.

Pet Food Pantries and Assistance Programs

August 14, 2010

Pet Food Pantries and Assistance Programs in the US

So, O-T-Y… where do we go from here?

June 6, 2010

 O-T-Y is what I call Otis to his face. Cats seem to like names that have a sound, so all the cats have a name that has evolved into a sound. Otis is O-T-Y spoken as letters but with an emphasis on the O. Sorry, I can’t explain it much better than that, but if […]

A homecoming… nonetheless

June 4, 2010

This morning’s quiet was broken by Layla’s meows. “Ah,” I thought, “my baby is awake.” When I looked into her carrier, I could tell by her stillness that she had just passed. There is a difference in the energy that surrounds a living body and one whose spirit has left.

Times, they have to change.

April 24, 2010

Pet overpopulation is a myth. A word that justifies killing. Demographics show that more people will be looking for pets this year than shelters kill. Please adopt a rescue or shelter pet. If you aren’t ready to adopt, consider fostering a cat or dog.

An update on “one who always smiles”

April 22, 2010

I have to admit that I am always smitten by the underdog rescues. The ones that can test your meddle, but heap you with such passionate rewards. And when the opportunity arises to see the success of such efforts, it’s breathtaking and wordless at the same time.

We can’t save ’em all

April 14, 2010

I am not at all comfortable with that statement. I feel it gives us permission to not try as hard as we might. It gives our heart an “excuse” when things don’t work out. And for some, it gives reason to not even get involved in the first place because “we can’t save ’em all.”

Dear God…

April 8, 2010

Yesterday, my heart was wrapped in this song by Sarah McLachlan; it’s entitled Dear God. I could have filled a video with photos of my little Paketo, but as I started to work on it, another motivation came through me. It addressed an equal anger that’s inside me.

Our simple bounties

April 6, 2010

I am struck by how we overlook the simple bounty we have all around us. We take it for granted that the sun will rise each day, that our dog will poop outside and that our cat will sleep on top of us at night.

So, what’s new this week?

February 17, 2010

So, what’s new this week? Here’s a small capsule from the Bit-by-Bit Ranch…

Vaccinations: What you Need to Know

Vaccinations: What you Need to Know

February 12, 2010

The most important thing for you to know is that annual revaccination of your pet is unnecessary! This information is based on scientific studies conducted by Dr. Ron Schultz, a very well respected veterinary immunologist.

Recipe: Kitten Milk

February 9, 2010

Kitten Milk Recipe

Recipe: Kitten Glop

February 9, 2010

Kitten Glop — a Kitten Milk Replacement recipe

Helping the Animals of Haiti

January 22, 2010

Just a quick post to give you some links to websites for updates on animal rescue efforts in Haiti following the recent earthquakes. If you know others I have missed, please let me know so we can add them.

Faces of the Homeless

January 5, 2010

Looking through some messages on Facebook this morning, I found a post that includes three photos: homeless women and their dogs — photographer(s) unknown. I was immediately drawn to the photos. In the hard times, the scenario could easily be any one of us. It could easily be me and my “kids,” knock on wood.

Iowa: Pet Food Banks, Pet Food Pantries, Pet Care

December 29, 2009

Iowa: Pet Food Banks, Pet Food Pantries, Pet Care

Ivermectin Poisoning from Parasite Prevention Drugs in Dogs

December 28, 2009

This toxic reaction occurs especially in dogs that are genetically hypersensitive to ivermectin, an anti-parasite medication most commonly used for heartworm prevention, or to treat ear and hair mites, which can lead to mange. Ivermectin prevents or kills parasites by causing neurological damage to the parasite, resulting in paralysis and death for the parasite. But dogs genetically sensitive to the medication have an anomaly that allows the ivermectin to pass the dog’s blood-brain barrier and into its central nervous system, which can be lethal for the animal.

Pet Food Pantries and Spay/Neuter Assistance for the US

December 10, 2009

Pet Food Pantries and Spay/Neuter Assistance for the US

Dogs, cats and swine flu’s promiscuity

December 1, 2009

Swine flu started in pigs (although we don’t exactly when or where), adapted to and passed to humans who returned the favor and passed it back to pig herds. Then we heard that turkeys in Chile had contracted the virus, followed by ferrets and a house cat.

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pets

November 30, 2009

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet, an ALL volunteer 501c3 nonprofit public charity formed in January 2005 after learning that military service members across the country had pets that needed a caring, loving, and safe home to care for them during the pet owner’s deployment to fight the global war on terrorism (combat or peace keeping missions), but had been unable to find someone to care for them.

Cutest Kitten Video? Maybe.

November 28, 2009

Cutest Kitten Video? Maybe.

The Special Needs of the Senior Cat

November 15, 2009

Just as people are living longer than they did in the past, cats are living longer too. In fact, the percentage of cats over six years of age has nearly doubled in just over a decade, and there is every reason to expect that the “graying” cat population will continue to grow.

FDA Alerts Pet Owners to Voluntary Recall of Premium Edge Cat Food

October 28, 2009

Diamond Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall on the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult cat food and Premium Edge Hairball cat food: RAF0501A22X 18 lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6 lb. The date of manufacture is May 28, 2009

Daisy Foundation of Calgary

October 19, 2009

Daisy Foundation – Our mission is to promote stiffer penalties against animal abusers which in turn assists in the rescue of abused animals. We also want to bring to the government’s attention that there is a proven statistical link between animal abusers and serial killers.

What is the Definition of “Cruel?”

August 31, 2009

The word ‘cruel’ as used in this article shall mean: every act, omission, or neglect, including abandonment, where unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering, including abandonment, is caused or where unnecessary pain or suffering is allowed to continue.

Sharing a Chuckle with You

August 25, 2009

This seems like a good day to pass a smile or a chuckle along to everyone. I bring you Nora, the piano cat. Just watching this for a bit, I think this cat genuinely knows what she is doing… and she’s pretty good.