pets

  • Hoarding: how many pets is too many?

    Hoarding: how many pets is too many?

    This editorial courtesy of Dr. Patty Khuly, PetMD.com. With all this attention being afforded to hoarders of all stripes (reference a veritable media explosion on the discussion of animal and non-animal hoarding), I’ve noticed a trend towards a demonized depiction of the so-called, “crazy cat lady.” This is of great concern to me… and to […]

  • Dear Labby: Must I pay for friend’s doctor visit?

    Dear Labby: Must I pay for friend’s doctor visit?

    Dear Labby, My friend Glen came over to meet my newly adopted Heeler, Greta. When Glen reached down to pet her, Greta (who is still a little nervous) bit Glen on the arm without breaking skin. Glen is somewhat of a hypochondriac and went to the doctor later that week with an “achy arm.” The […]

  • Did I get a raw deal from my pet insurance company?

    Did I get a raw deal from my pet insurance company?

    Question: Previously I had pet insurance and had a bad experience where they paid less than half of what my veterinarian charged.  I felt the charges were appropriate given the seriousness of my dog’s illness.  Did my vet charge too much? Or was the pet insurance not worth it? Answer: You had a plan that […]

  • Bladder infections: covered by pet insurance?

    Bladder infections: covered by pet insurance?

    Question: My dog has had several bladder infections. They seem to respond to treatment and then several months or a year later another infection develops. Is this something that would be covered by pet insurance? Answer: Whether or not this would be covered would depend on the company and the timing between episodes. Some companies […]

  • Study Shows Dogs Recognize Their Owners’ Faces

    Study Shows Dogs Recognize Their Owners’ Faces

    This article courtesy of woofreport.com. Does your dog gaze at you intently while you’re eating, his eyes locked on you like nothing else matters in the world? He doesn’t want your food, he’s memorizing your facial features so he can tell you apart from others. Actually, that’s probably not the case and he’d like a […]

  • 10 tips for bringing pet families together

    10 tips for bringing pet families together

    You met the person of your dreams. You both have dogs. Or he has a cat and you have a dog. You love his pets and he loves yours. The relationship is getting serious. So how do you get the pets to get along? Here are 10 tips on how to help new dog friends […]

  • Dog park etiquette in 10 easy tips

    Dog park etiquette in 10 easy tips

    Most of these etiquette tips are no-brainers, but you’d be surprised at how often basic dog park rules are violated — if not ignored. Here they are for your consideration: No aggressive dogs! Don’t bring an aggressive, dominant dog to the park. Dogs who continually challenge everyone, hackles and all, don’t need to be there. […]

  • Wayne Pacelle and Michael Vick, continued: the reactions (really, Barbara Walters??)

    Wayne Pacelle and Michael Vick, continued: the reactions (really, Barbara Walters??)

    Michael Vick wants to get a dog. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle supports him (for the full story, check out yesterday’s post). Michael Vick: “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, […]

  • HSUS President Wayne Pacelle says Michael Vick would make a good dog owner

    HSUS President Wayne Pacelle says Michael Vick would make a good dog owner

    Yesterday, Michael Vick was quoted as saying he’d like to have a dog: “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals.” My first […]