Q: I live in the Sierra Mountains of California because there are no fleas. I wonder if this is a phenomenon nationwide. I haven't seen a flea or tick above 3,000 feet. Does altitude make that much difference? -- J.M., via cyberspace
A: "It's not as much about the altitude as it is about the dry air," says veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael ...Read more
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) may be the most common illness of aging cats. If cats live long enough, at least one in three will at suffer from CKD. What's more, according the Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health 2012 Report, the disease is on the rise in cats, increasing 15 percent from 2007 to 2011.
"I have no doubt that many cats go ...Read more
Q: Is it OK for Diego to drink from the fish tank? -- C.H., via cyberspace
A: It's a mystery as to whether Diego is a dog or cat, but emergency veterinarian Dr. Heather Loenser, of Lebanon, NJ, can offer advice because, for the most part, it doesn't matter.
"A salt water tank might be more of an issue, depending on much water Diego is drinking...Read more
TORONTO, CANADA -- A Winn Feline Foundation symposium called "What's New, Pussycat? Advances in GI Therapy" was held on July 2 in Toronto, Canada. While stem cell therapy continues to be controversial in U.S. human medical circles, Winn and other groups are funding research on how it might be used to treat various illnesses in ...Read more
Q: I have two cockatiels. Sugar we found on the roadside. She's about 5 years old and rather skittish. After a couple of months, I thought she could use a companion, so we got Sweetie, also a female. The pair quickly bonded. Sugar has become more tame, but Sweetie more wild. In the past year, I've noticed Sugar seems to want to mate. She ...Read more
Q: My 6-month-old kitten is suffering from the wet form of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). In an effort to ease Ashley's pain, my veterinarian removed fluid from her chest and gave us an antibiotic for her. After five days, Ashley's breathing became labored again, and the veterinarian said, "there's no hope." Once again, he took out some ...Read more
One more candidate for President of the United States has just tossed his hat into the ring - or his little sparkle ball. Candidate No. 23 officially registered with the Federal Election Commission back in May, but has only recently begun to speak out, and getting press in such a competitive field isn't easy.
The candidate is a political novice...Read more
BOSTON, MA -- This week, your pet behavior questions are answered by the ultimate experts, veterinary behaviorists attending the 2015 Veterinary Behavior Symposium, held July 10 in conjunction with the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Many of the contributors answering questions here also happen to be ...Read more
A Tail of Hope's FaithDiane Weinmann
A Tail of Hope’s Faith is a true story of dedication, love and perseverance on the part of a dog named Hope, her family and an animal communicator.
Blending traditional and holistic veterinary medicine offers alternatives for quality of life decisions.
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If you're hot, you can be certain that your dog is hotter.
"Dogs don't deal with heat as well as people," says emergency veterinarian Dr. Heather Loenser, of Lebanon, NJ. Panting isn't as efficient to help maintain body temperature as sweating is. It turns out that sweating like a pig is actually a good way to deal with sweltering summer temps....Read more
BOSTON, MA -- Veterinary behaviorists attending the 2015 Veterinary Behavior Symposium on July 10 in conjunction with the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association chimed in to answer your questions this week.
Some experts answering questions today also contributed to "Decoding Your Dog," authored by members of ...Read more
"We don't live in a bubble, and our pets don't, either," notes Dr. Jerry Klein, supervising veterinarian at Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Chicago. The Windy City is where this spring and summer's outbreak of dog flu began.
"I'm not surprised about what's happening," he adds.
Currently, the canine influenza strain, called...Read more
TORONTO, CANADA -- These cat questions were answered by three board members for the non-profit Winn Feline Foundation here for a meeting and the Winn Feline Foundation Annual Symposium. Chiming in: Dr. Drew Weigner, of Atlanta, GA; Dr. Brian Holub, Boston, MA Chief Medical Officer of VetCor veterinary clinics; and board president Dr. Glenn Olah,...Read more
BOSTON, MA -- Veterinary behaviorists and other veterinarians interested in animal behavior were among those attending the 2015 Veterinary Behavior Symposium July 10, attended by members of American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and other interested veterinarians in Boston, a day before the opening of the annual Convention of...Read more
TORONTO, CANADA -- These cat questions are answered by three board members of the non-profit Winn Feline Foundation who were in Toronto for the foundation's annual symposium July 2. Chiming in are: Dr. Drew Weigner, of Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Brian Holub, of Boston, Mass., Chief Medical Officer of VetCor veterinary clinics; and board ...Read more
In April, after Texas veterinarian Dr. Kristin Lindsey posted an image on her Facebook page of a cat she boasted of having shot with an arrow, the story made international headlines. Accompanying the image, Lindsey wrote: "My first bow kill, LOL. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head. The vet of the year award ... ...Read more
Dogs can die in hot cars. And no wonder. According to the AAA Chicago Motor Club, when it's 85 degrees outdoors, and even with the windows open for cross-circulation, the dashboard of a car will heat up to 170 degrees in 15 minutes.
"How hot it can get in a car just blows me away," says Dr. Mike Cavanaugh, executive director and CEO of the ...Read more
Only about a third of all dogs, and likely less than 10 percent of cats, leave a veterinary practice with a heartworm preventive. No one knows how many ferrets are protected, but it's likely that number is very small. Dr. Stephen Jones, president of the non-profit American Heartworm Society, calls the situation "frightening."
Heartworm disease,...Read more
Q: You've mentioned many times in your column that dog owners can keep their pets occupied by stuffing peanut butter into toys. Recently, I read that some peanut butter contains Xylitol, an artificial sweetener you've reported is harmful to dogs. How dangerous is it? -- L.D., Buffalo Grove, IL
A: It's true that some newer peanut butter products...Read more
Q: Is it true that chocolate is really bad for dogs? My dog got into some chocolate cookies several years ago but didn't seem to suffer any ill effects. Is this chocolate thing a myth? -- G.D., Miami, FL
A: Chocolate is indeed toxic to both dogs and cats. Chocolate is made from cocoa, and cocoa beans contain caffeine and a related chemical ...Read more
Q: During Hurricane Sandy, our Labrador-mix acted agitated, crying at times, too. It was really our dog who convinced us to evacuate, which turned out to be a wise decision because our street flooded. What did our dog know? Was the dog warning us? -- V.D., Rehoboth Beach, DE
A: Some dogs are anxious during any thunderstorm. They are fearful, or...Read more