February 28, 2023
If we ever think we know all there is to know about our companions and their various personalities, a new lesson will always pop up that we did not expect, even after years and decades of experiences and thinking you’ve seen it all. Sometimes I am equal parts humbled by the new lesson and exhausted […]
October 18, 2022
Trudy Mae passed away yesterday. She had a mouth full of cancerous tumors. I didn’t know that and I certainly didn’t see losing her. At least not yesterday.
February 6, 2022
I just came across this photo of Sami yesterday. Also known as Sami Sosa and Grammy Sam (because she is a grandmother), she showed up outside the fence in the back yard sometime in the first half of 2016. Pregnant. She found a crook in a tree that had fallen across the fence during Hurricane […]
October 9, 2021
Remember that song? Well, this isn’t about that song. It’s about a dog named Peanut who I met today. Peanut’s family is looking to re-home her. They also have two of her puppies from her first and only litter: two girls. But sometimes there are fights among them — one of the babies vs mom. […]
October 22, 2020
Do cats get brain freezes or is this cat just overly dramatic about ice cream? This makes me laugh.
July 24, 2020
In a large pot, place chicken, giblets, onion, celery, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add enough water just to cover the chicken.
July 1, 2020
The 4th of July is the busiest day of the year in shelters as many pets, fleeing the noise and lights of fireworks, get lost, injured, or killed. Here are some options to consider.
June 21, 2020
As I stepped out on the back stoop last night, something fell to the ground just in front of me landing with a bit of a thud. It was so odd to step out and be almost hit by something falling out of the sky. I looked up and saw nothing. At first glance at […]
December 11, 2019
It’s so tempting to share what we are eating with our canine companions, but when it comes to fruit, should we? Sometimes NO.
October 31, 2019
It’s been more than a decade and a half since that late Friday afternoon when a skinny, white kitten walked out of the woods across the street from my house just talking, talking. What exactly he was saying, I am not sure, but he was talking and walking towards me. When he was just a […]
July 27, 2019
Just by virtue of living in the country, pet-sitting is a fluid responsibility. You never know who will be there or what to expect.
July 26, 2019
When someone hears of the large number of cats and dogs I have or have had, they often respond, “There’s a special place in heaven for you.” And quietly in my brain a thought bubble pops up and says, “I hope so because this work has certainly been hell at times!”
December 13, 2018
I have worked with animal communicators several times. I have friends who have also worked with them. And it has always been an enlightening experience
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.
December 10, 2017
It’s sometimes the fear of the unknown that keeps us from doing some things. Taking our pets to the vet is no exception. It can be expensive, I know.
September 25, 2016
A dosing guide for cats and dogs for several of the top flea medications.
July 12, 2016
Yep, it’s that time of the year in the northern hemisphere: summer. And without fail, there are people who somehow feel that their dog will be just fine in the car with the window cracked because they won’t be gone long. Well… that just ain’t so! Tests have shown that cracking windows open does not decrease […]
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
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?
October 29, 2015
Did you know that many of the fruits you eat can also be given as treats to your dog? Just cut it up into pea-sized pieces for a healthy, low-calorie snack.
September 18, 2015
Ever wonder which wormer kills what worm? If you know what specific parasite is affecting your dogs, you don’t need to spend the money on a broad spectrum dewormer when a specific anthelmintic will suffice. Why attack something that isn’t there? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]
August 25, 2015
I stumbled over this list of things owners of deaf dogs know all too well, but maybe didn’t realize about themselves. You Know You Have A Deaf Dog When … Your dog ignores you by turning his head. Your dog doesn’t care if her favorite toy has a squeaky or not. Your dog likes to […]
August 22, 2015
This Treat vs Poison infographic shows you which common snacks may be harming your dog, and highlights a few healthy options you may not have considered before. Source: Vet Medic
July 27, 2015
Signs of Dehydration in Dogs Dehydration occurs when the total body water is less than normal. Usually it involves loss of both water and electrolytes, which are minerals such as sodium, chloride and potassium. Dehydration is caused by either a lack of food or water intake or an increase in water loss through illness or […]
July 16, 2015
Some human medicines can be used for dogs and cats. You can see a list here. For use in dogs, here are a few human meds and the dosage to use for dogs. Always check with your veterinarian before administering any drugs to your pets. Medicine Canine Dosage Used for Buffered Aspirin 5 mg per […]
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 […]
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 […]
February 12, 2015
It’s so easy to give your pets a bite of what you’re eating, but many foods can make animals sick, and it’s important to know the foods you should avoid. Click image to view larger version. Right click to download it. This infographic provided courtesy of GoCompare.com.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 4, 2014
Most of the time, diarrhea is caused by a dietary indiscretion or stressful circumstances, and is self-limiting. Diarrhea is not a disease; rather, it is a symptom of a dysfunction of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).
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 […]
September 19, 2014
Having recently been through this, I researched remedies for canine constipation and here’s what I found (in no particular order). Select ONE remedy to try. The combination of remedies can cause things to go the other way and create severe diarrhea which could result in dehydration. If the problem continues for more than a few days, if there’s blood […]
September 12, 2014
Okay, this is dog poop — up close and personal. So be forewarned before you scroll down any further. The image may be more graphic than you want to view, but it will help you better understand what you are seeing. So, here we go: Sample #1 is from a constipated dog. It’s a little […]