You've fallen in love. You've filled out the papers. You're just waiting but you know you'll be approved and you are so excited you are almost shaking.Read More
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April is ending but the need for pet safety awareness never ends. The more you know as a pet parent, the better off your pup, kitty or other pet is should an emergency arise.
We've covered quite a few situations but far from everything and there are some you just have to practice in person and for this reason we invite you to join us at our next pet CPR/first aid class. Moreover, as a loyal reader we are offering a $15 discount on the next class which is on Wednesday evening, May 15th. Click on the bone below and enter the codeRead More
Vacation time is coming. Pup would love to come with you. He's sitting at the front door ready to go, no matter what the adventure, yes?
Pups are great traveling companions. Just ask them. They are.
Are you going hiking and camping? Oh the joy of being off leash, or for the less trustworthy of our canines, Oh the joy of being on a long leash. It is all so wonderful, wonderful unless someone's doggie nose or doggie paw gets into trouble.
The closest we in Brooklyn come to a poisonous snake, thank you very much, is on the other side of the glass in Prospect Park Zoo. So if you are going out into the woods and especially with a curious pup, check the web for poisonous snakes in the area you will be hiking. Know that snakes don't want to bite because once their venom is spent they are defenseless but they will if they feel threatened.
Rule of thumb is that snakes hide in piles of leaves or logs or rocks. Keep curious noses out. If you hear a yipe from pup and see, generally just 3 punctures, get him to the closest vet in the area. Pronto. Local vets know local fauna and whRead More
Now you have a great pet food or, hopefully, selection of pet foods with the help of AAFCO nutition analysis of anything you purchase. You know how much to feed pup or kitty with the help of WSAVA's Nutrition Tool Kit. But there are recalls. Even some excellent pet foods are recalled, often by the manufacturer themselves if they are honest when they catch something.
So how do you know and what do you do?
How you find out is pretty simple because the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) monitors all recalls. And you canRead More
Now that you've found one or more high quality pup or kitty foods with the help of AAFCO and a close read of the ingredient list, how much should you feed pup or kitty?Read More
There are almost as many choices to feed your pet as there are for you to eat. How do you decide?
Well, price is an obvious one and the big three - Mars (Pedigree, Royal Canin, Whiskas), Nestle-Purina and Colgate-Palmolive (Hills) - certainly have the economy of scale they can offer. They not only have huge purchasing power but they also can use their pet food for ingredients that don't make it into their human products. Yes, the bar for pet food ingredients is way lower than for human food which we know can be questionable at times.
You get what you pay for. Well not always but it's a start.
So what is AAFCO (Association of American of Feed Control Officials)Read More
Just like the eyes are a window on to a pet's soul, his poop is a window on to his health. When you pick up pup's poop or when you clean kitty's litter, focus for a few seconds and look for any changes. Changes in absence of diet change are a red flag. Biggest diet change is changing to a beef based food from a different protein. Beef will darken your pet's stool and that is normal. But otherwise, be on the lookout for any changes.
And if the changes persist for two or more daRead More
Kitty is lethargic. Pup is drooling. Kitty won't eat her favorite dinner. You left pup in a very warm room and maybe it was too warm.
Is this serious? Is this going to pass or do I need to contact my vet? Or do I need to get her to her vet pronto?
Shock is the underlying issue with any injury. In shock, the circulatory system is starting to shut down. There is a simple test to tell if your petis in shock, moving into shock or coming out of shock. It is called "Capillary Refill" or CRT (Capillary Refill Time).
Very easy to do. You press your finger against your pet's gums to produce a blanched (white) spot and then measure the time itRead More
Depending how well I know you I either shake your hand or give you a hug. Perfectly polite. And depending on your state of health, I might have just picked up a cold, the flu or worse.
If we were two dogs, we'd sniff each other, nose to tail, to exchange our greetings. Perfectly good dog manners. And in doing so I might haveRead More