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 […]

Keep Pets Cool Without Heating Up Your Energy Bill

Keeping Pets Cool Without Heating Up Your Energy Bill What is your pet’s “carbon paw print?” Are you hurting your pocketbook and the environment by running air conditioning for your dog or cat more than you really need to? Are there alternative ways to keep your pets cool without leaving the air conditioner running all […]

False Confidence about Microchipping a Pet – Some Scary Truths

In an article published January 1 in The New York Times, the columnist pointed out that by law city shelters and pet stores are required to microchip animals before selling them or releasing them for adoption. The author mentioned that the chip should be registered, but the “rest of that story” is where the slippery […]

Bathing Tip: Make Sure Your Puppy Doesn’t Go Down the Drain!

Bathing Tip: Make Sure Your Puppy Doesn’t Go Down the Drain! Just when I thought we dog owners had heard every safety warning imaginable, up popped a new one that had never even occurred to me: that you have to make sure your little dog doesn’t slip down your bathtub drain! Common sense would tell […]

Canine “Survival” Tips for (Very) Cold Winter Weather

Canine “Survival” Tips for (Very) Cold Winter Weather We’ve been having some bitter cold days recently in parts of the country and there are a number of things you can do to keep your dog comfortable — and safe — outdoors. Do not assume they have the “common sense” to come indoors when they begin […]

Gardening Poses Serious Risks to Your Pet

Gardening Poses Serious Risks to Your Pet This is a fabulous time of the year to be outside with your pets while you do a late Spring clean up of your flower beds and shrubbery and put in new plantings. However, managing your garden can also present dangers to your pets which you probably don’t […]

CO Monitors Will Save Pets’ Lives

CO Monitors Will Save Your Pets’ Lives (and the rest of your family, too!) Everybody is aware by now of the importance (and legal necessity) of having smoke alarms in their homes — and we’ve heard those amazing stories of dogs (and even cats) who awaken their sleeping owners when they smell smoke in the […]

Dangers of Driving With A Dog In Your Lap

Dangers of Driving With A Dog In Your Lap Keep your dog in the back of the car when you are driving! Most importantly, keep a small dog off your lap whether you are the driver or the front seat passenger. I have been advocating this safety measure for years, beginning with advice in The […]

Avoiding the Ouch of Ice balls on your Dog’s Paws

Avoiding the Ouch of Ice balls on your Dog’s Paws There are many challenges for our dogs in cold winter weather, but people don’t always consider the problem of ice balls! These hard balls can form under and between our dogs toes when they go outdoors. When a dog leaves a warm indoor environment and […]

Cold Weather Dangers For Pets

Cold Weather Dangers for Pets Here in Vermont where I live, the Vermont Temperatures are dropping, and with the colder weather, the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association wants you to know it’s time to think about the dangers this presents for our pets, both indoors and outdoors-only ones. By taking a few common sense precautions, you […]