Are Cats More Sophisticated Gourmets Than Dogs?

Are Cats More Sophisticated Gourmets Than Dogs? I read many interesting articles in the New York Times pertaining to dogs and cats, and I was especially curious about this article, which considered which of the two species has a more highly attuned sense of taste and smell. The big question posed in the article is […]

Should You Muzzle Your Dog for Your Cat’s Safety?

Should You Muzzle Your Dog for Your Cat’s Safety? I got this email from a listener: I need a muzzle for my pitbull.  She is great with me, but I don’t trust her with cats in the house, so when she is in the house she is crated.  I want to transition her to give […]

What Can We Learn from the Puppy Who Died on United Airlines?

What Can We Learn from the Puppy Who Died on United Airlines? There are a lot of people who — when they learned about a puppy who died in an overhead luggage bin on a United Airlines flight last week — were filled with moral outrage against the airline. They went ballistic, telling everyone on […]

Two Fun Books to Enjoy and Share

Two Fun Books to Enjoy and Share This week I wanted to bring two very different books into the limelight — because they show the broad range of the ways in which dogs inspire and delight us, in real life and on the page. Boze Hadleigh’s delightful book “Life’s a Pooch: Quotes About Dogs By […]

It’s Dangerous to Give Supplements on Your Own to a Sick Pet

It’s Dangerous to Give Supplements on Your Own to a Sick Pet If you’ve been listening to my radio shows and reading my blogs, you’ll know I am a big believer in the use of natural supplements for overall health and wellness — and to address behavioral/emotional issues, often paired with training techniques. I’m proud […]

Sammie Gets Breakfast (Finally!)

Sammie Gets Breakfast (Finally!) My friends Marianne and Julien are the sweetest, kindest people you’d ever like to know — and they are devoted to their darling rescued mutt, Sammie. They are both brilliant retired college professors, so I was astonished to discover that their ideas about canine nutrition and wellness were stuck in the […]

Important Corrections About Flying With Your Dog

Important Corrections About Flying With Your Dog I received a most informative email today, right on the heels of the most recent podcast of the DOG TALK show in which Dr. Nick Dodman talked about the (mis)use of tranquilizers for dogs when they are traveling. I received this detailed and well-informed rebuttal to several of […]

Welcoming NATURVET to My World—and Yours!

Welcoming NATURVET to My World—and Yours! Those of you who’ve read my books — THE DOG BIBLE and THE CAT BIBLE — and listened to any of my pet talk radio shows over the years — from my NPR radio show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) to Holistic Vets, The Expert Vet, GOOD DOGS! and […]

Is This Dog Dangerous? Shelters Struggle with Testing “Aggressive” Dogs

Is This Dog Dangerous? Shelters Struggle with Testing “Aggressive” Dogs For decades, animal shelters have evaluated whether a dog was dangerously aggressive by poking a rubber hand attached to a pole into a dog’s food bowl while he was eating — then pulling the bowl away from him. If the dog lunged or bit at […]

How to Protect Paws on Icy Sidewalks

How To Protect Paws on Icy Sidewalks With an extended cold wave across the Northeast and other parts of the country, dogs have their own particular challenges when going outside. A recent New York Times article on the subject called “Don’t Make Me Go Out There” with some fun photos — described how city dogs […]