A New Year’s Resolution: Shed Your Cat’s Excess Baggage

A New Year’s Resolution: Shed Your Cat’s Excess Baggage [The first in a series of blogs about how to safely and successfully get your cat to lose weight] Many people don’t even realize their cat is fat, because we’ve all become accustomed to seeing overweight cats with hanging bellies, brick-shaped bodies, and a skeleton so […]

Cancer Statistic Busters

Pet Cancer Vet (10-30-2017) #2067: Don’t get hung up on what survival time “most” pets with cancer are given. Enjoy every day and think positive! Dr. Sue talks about “statistic busters” — like kitty Jojo, a two-year-old cat with very tough lymphoma in the chest. He way surpassed the usual six month protocol and survival […]

Providing Play Time for Shelter Dogs

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-02-2017) #540: Aimee Sadler founded Dogs Playing for Life, which visits shelters around the country to teach staff and volunteers how to get dogs out into play groups to improve their quality of life and make them more adoptable, too — their motto being “Every Dog Every Day” gets play […]

Can You Love Both Cats and Birds!?

Can You Love Both Cats and Birds!? There’s a quiet little war going on between the cats allowed outdoors and the birds and their nests which the cats disturb or destroy. There’s also a philosophical (and sometimes actual) battle going on between bird-lovers who want no domestic cats to be allowed outdoors and cat owners […]

Dieting on the Buddy System — Losing Weight with Your Dog

Dieting on the Buddy System — Losing Weight with Your Dog You know how much better it is to embark on a project with a friend? Especially a task that isn’t so much fun—like cleaning out your basement…or going on a diet?! I had a light bulb moment when I realized how hard it is […]

Detecting Kidney Disease Early

Cat Chat (10-05-2015) #1048: Does your cat have kidney disease? Don’t you wish there had been a way to find it earlier, before it permanently damaged your kitty’s kidneys? Now there’s a way! The Maine-based company IDEXX has created a new test to find early signs of kidney disease and Dr. Katie Pietsch talks about […]

Side Effect from Chemo

Pet Cancer Vet (03-30-2015) #2041: Judi in Tallahassee, Florida calls in about her Labradoodle, Ollie, who has side effects from chemo treatment. She wants quality of life for him, not simply extra months if he is suffering, and wants to know if she should give him Apocaps. (When he was a six month old from […]

New Ramps For Old Dogs

Mobility is everything to an older dog — if they can get up and down, even painfully, and then get outdoors, then they still have control over their body and their life. But if getting outdoors presents too much of a physical obstacle, then they don’t really have a life with dignity. I was beginning […]

Dog Talk #382 (8/02/2014)

Dog Talk (8/02/2014) #382: Wayne Cavanaugh is president of the United Kennel Club, which holds dog shows which are more than “beauty pageants” and in which dogs have to perform in various arenas — their motto being “real dogs for real people” — and discusses the serious health problems that have evolved in generations of […]