Reptile First Aid

In preparation for October 21st…REPTILE AWARENESS DAY, I thought I’d share the basic 4-1-1  those of you who care for our friends who crawl need to know!   HERPETOLOGY is the study of reptiles & amphibians. The word comes from the Greek word “Herpeton” meaning “crawling things.” Reptiles, like Amphibians, are vertebrates and ectotherms (cold-blooded) meaning they don’t use […]

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Car Safety

PRACTICE PET SAFETY DAILY! Every year thousands of animals are injured, die or become lost in car accidents.  They can be thrown against dashboards, windows, seat backs or floors.  Wearing your seat belt costs nothing but the cost for not wearing one can be a heavy price!  This applies to our best pals too!  A […]

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Service, Support & Therapy Dogs

Many of us incorrectly use these terms interchangeably, but really should not as there’s a definite difference between these three working dog classifications:  Service, Support & Therapy Dogs!           Service dogs  Service dogs help people who are physically disabled, sight and/or hearing-impaired, wheelchair bound, or have other health challenges that limit […]

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World Rabies Day – September 28th

Rabies is fortunately, a rare disease in dogs in the U. S., but whether you grew up on “Old Yeller” or “Cujo” you know it is very serious. Prior to 1960, most U.S. cases were in domestic animals, but now…90% of the time rabies occurs in wildlife alone.  Modern day prophylaxis (ie:  vaccinations) has made […]

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7 Pro-Active Tips That Could Save Your Pet’s Life

The Animal Poison Control Center receives hundreds of thousands of calls from anxious pet owners each year due to curious noses or frisky paws getting something they should not have.  Keeping a safe environment but also knowing what to do once disaster strikes are two obligations every pet owner shares. By taking action before it […]

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HURRICANES

I suppose it’s possible, yet highly unlikely in this age of ever-present news, that you may not have realized what’s been happening to our Eastern Seaboard and even inland.  Tremendous flooding is not wreaking havoc just at the coast, but rivers are cresting due to Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Florence and waters are rising 8-10 […]

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Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day – September 13th

Visually and hearing impaired doesn’t stop this dog from having one heck of a fun-filled life!  He has two daddies who adore him, tons of fans and a pack of canines all his own.  Learn about the Adventures of Chatopotomus on his very own Facebook page!   WHAT ARE BIRTH DEFECTS? To a certain degree, […]

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Second-Chance Dogs

I was so excited to take Haiku out for his mid-day walk to find a small package waiting in the mailbox.  It was my copy of the book you see here at the left, “Second-Chance Dogs:  True Stories of the Dogs We Rescue and the Dogs Who Rescue Us,” compiled and edited by Callie Smith […]

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September 2018 is National Disaster Preparedness Month: The Time is NOW to Get Prepared!

Although Springtime is when I talk PET DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, September is given that distinction for the human species.  Without people getting ready, reacting and working towards recovery, our pets would have little to no chance of surviving many natural disasters.  That is why I hope to make an impact on you today talking about human […]

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Will ‘Back to School’ Make Best Friends Blue?

A sudden change of schedule can lead to stress in your dog, cat or other pet and can cause behavioral problems. Extra attention and/or a new friend may be the solution. After a summer of playing ball, swimming, catching fireflies and getting lots of attention from his favorite boy or girl, your dog or cat […]

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Remembering My Best Friends & All That They Have Taught Me

August 28th is Rainbow Bridge & Pet Remembrance Day.  I recall so well the first event of this kind that I attended 18 years ago, just shortly after my beautiful lab Sunny went on to her next chapter in her journey through this universe. Tears streaming down my face with a candle in hand, I […]

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Taking the ‘Pet’ Out of ‘Petrified’ – Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian”

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them. He was the resident veterinary contributor on “Good Morning America” for 17 years, is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association as well as its Chief Veterinary Correspondent, […]

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