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Don’t let your dog or cat investigate the spring flowers popping up in your garden
The spring flowers are poking out of the ground, you’ve been cooped up all winter, and you can’t wait to inspect them. Just don’t take your cat or dog out to the garden with you...
Rabbits are easy to raise and so darn cute
I had four rabbits as a kid. Their names were Laverne, Shirley, Fonzie, and Richie. We had lots of fun raising them as pets. They were white with black noses, feet, ears, and pink eyes. I think they...
Basic first aid for the dog is not much different from humans
Dogs get into tussles with other animals, and explore things they shouldn’t. As a result, they’ll often come home with minor puncture wounds and lacerations.  Fortunately, doctoring...
Playing the role of a mama cat is challenging, but also rewarding
My folks live on an acreage about a mile outside of town. Unfortunately, their place has been chosen by people who dump their animals and leave. Sometimes it’s young kittens. Cornell...
Curious pets might find themselves with a nasty bite
I’ve never been up close and personal with a rattlesnake, nor do I ever want to be. I try to stay clear of where they might be hiding. Our pets aren’t aware of the danger. They’re...
Pay attention to their triggers and avoid sharp teeth
Years ago I was out for a walk and suddenly out of the blue, a large black dog came running after me and bit the back of my leg. His choppers ripped my pants and left a bruise, but fortunately no...
Make sure your dog is eating right so she has the energy for her new family
Good nutrition and a balanced diet are important for all dogs, but especially for pregnant dogs that need the extra energy. Sarah Abood provides nutritional consultations for small animal patients...
This pet-passionate couple is educating others about respect for animals
All over the country, healthy, adoptable animals are being put down.  Ryan and Krissie Newman of Statesville, North Carolina saw the need for education about responsible pet ownership. They...
Before you bring home man’s best friend, do your homework to be sure you’re choosing the right one
I know several people who wanted a dog, visited an animal shelter, and had their heart strings tugged by a sad-eyed pup who ended up going home with them.  An impulse decision isn’t always...
This devastating disease can be prevented
We adopted our cat Lacy from some neighbors. We took her in as a kitten and found she was born with feline leukemia, contracted from her mother. Fortunately, Lacy’s own immune system was able...