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
The ongoing problem of undertrained or untrained animals being passed off as service dogs is being addressed in some states by legislation, but new laws won’t necessarily solve the problem.
Massachusetts legislators are attempting to take aim at people who pretend that their pet is a service animal, as well as companies that sell untrained or poorly trained service dogs.
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.
Pet owners, was your dog, cat, bird or rabbit adopted from a pet shelter? I’d like to hear about it! Send a tale about life with your adopted pet and it may be included in an upcoming book, or as part of the Paws Corner weekly column. Send an email to email@example.com and tell us the most remarkable thing about your adopted pet.
Dear Paws: As the holiday season swings into full gear, many people may be looking to do something more enriching than just shopping for gifts and getting things we don’t really need. Please encourage your readers to consider donating to their local shelter or offering some of their time as volunteers to help pets during the holidays and year-round.
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: I love my two Corgis, but my job as a nurse is demanding with long hours, and sometimes I don’t get home to see them for over a day. My sister has been great, dropping in to feed and walk them, but her work hours are changing soon. …
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?
While you’re hunting for deals on Amazon’s second annual Prime Day, consider donating a few supplies to Best Friends, a no-kill sanctuary for companion animals.
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 …
Dear Paws: Please tell your readers to remember to keep their bird feeders full in cold weather. Use high energy food or suet if possible. When the ground and plants are covered with heavy snow, it’s very difficult for birds to find enough to fill their stomach with food. I …
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.
In the evening hours of Sunday, Nov. 22, firefighters battled flames and struggled to rescue the dogs and cats housed at Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals Inc., a no-kill shelter in Paxton, Mass. Sadly, most of the animals perished in the fast-moving fire that completely destroyed the facility. Just four …
Dear Cheryl: Personally, I’m not a big fan of dressing pets up for anything. Not that they don’t look cute; it’s just that most pets don’t seem too happy in tiny collegiate sweaters or with big floppy antlers strapped to their heads. However … Read More
Wired reporter Chuck Squatriglia recently told how a microchipped pet helped a hospital identify an injured, unconscious patient.