My 9-year-old Shih Tzu “Mitzi” developed a hip problem due to an injury she suffered when much younger (she was a rescue). It’s become almost impossible for her to walk, and her veterinarian recommended she start using a “wheelie” harness to get around.
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ou’ve written often about cooking fresh, healthy (and safe) meals for pets, referencing cookbooks as guides for your readers to use. Those are great but now that so many of us are online, don’t forget that a lot of good videos are available for free that show how to cook for pets!
You recently addressed someone leaving a dog out in the cold weather. Your answer was great, except I wonder about the wisdom of putting a warm vest on the dog. It is my understanding that dogs have two layers of skin with air in between, which helps heat their body and keep them warm.
This is my first pet, and I’m looking forward to caring for it. The local shelter gave me a few instructions to follow, pre-adoption, including making an appointment for a veterinary checkup. Is there anything I should know about my cat’s first vet visit?
My mixed-breed dog “Artie” was recently diagnosed with age-related arthritis. He has to take a pain pill every day, but he still walks stiffly. Is there any other way I can help him?
Seems like everyone is hopping on the gluten free bandwagon these days, including my friend, who has put her entire family on a gluten-free diet–including her two dogs! Is such a strict diet healthy for pets?
What are the preferred actions to take where a hound is in a state park and leaves “deposits” somewhere? Is it the owner’s responsibility to collect said deposit and carry it to wherever the nearest refuse container may be found?
Dear Paws: I read your recent column on caring for feral cats, and I disagree that such animals can ever be tamed. I used to believe that as well, until seven years ago when a skin-and-bones tiger cat showed up on my patio.
Here are the latest recalls of pet food, medication and other products as of early May: Pet drugs recall Truxton Incorporated – Amitriptyline HCL Tablets, USP 50mg and Phenobarbital Tablets, USP 15mg, 30mg, 60mg, 100mg – These drugs are being voluntarily recalled due to a labeling mixup. C.O. Truxton, Inc., …
We rented a private house through Airbnb, and it was a really nice place. It even came with a cat! While caring for the owners’ cat wasn’t a problem–they left food and water, and the cat did his business outside–it left me wondering. Would I be so comfortable leaving my pets with strangers for several days at a time?
Dear Paws: I live in a part of the country that rarely sees extreme weather events like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or blizzards. So I never gave much thought to having a disaster preparedness kit. However, a couple of weeks ago my neighbor’s house caught fire and burned down.
Dear Paws: Tonight our dear guinea pig “Sparks” had a heart attack and left us within a couple of hours. There was no chance to take her to an emergency vet. Is tension in the house a cause of heart attack in guinea pigs? What can we do to prevent this from occurring? — Yamile, via email
Several years ago, I lost one of my dogs, “Corny,” to a sudden illness when he collapsed and stopped breathing. From that incident, I resolved never to feel so helpless if it should happen to one of my pets again.
Draper, Utah-based Intermountain Farmers Association is recalling its 50-lb. bags of rabbit pellets, because the product may have “higher than acceptable” levels of vitamin D, which can be harmful to rabbits.
Dear Paws: I have five dogs, all of varying age from puppy to senior, and three parakeets, and because of their very different dietary needs I’m careful about what I buy and what they eat. Over the past couple of years I’ve seen many more product recalls of pet food …
Dear Paws: Recently you advised against using human toothpaste to brush dogs’ teeth because, for one thing, the fluoride in toothpaste is toxic to them. With this in mind, what are the ramifications of dogs drinking fluoridated water?
Below are the latest pet food and pet product recalls as of March 31, 2016. Pet food recalls are reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and pet product recalls are reported by the U.S. Consumer Protection Commission. Recalls are arranged in order with the earliest recall of …
Below are the latest recalls of pet food and pet products as of November 2015. Pet food and product recalls are reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
A. Brushing your dog’s teeth is important to keep them healthy throughout their life. But it can be a little different from the way you brush your teeth, and dogs don’t always like having it done. Here are some tips on brushing:
Walking on hot sidewalks can really irritate a dog’s paws. In this Expert Village video, Dr. Peter Brown offers some tips to soothe them.