Old Dog

Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

Have you ever seen an old toy poodle with a severe dry hair coat and a noticeable pot belly who walks around panting all the time?  This is a typical presentation for hyperadrenocorticism — Cushing’s Disease — which affects middle aged to …
Running Dog

Training 101 – WAIT and COME Commands

To successfully train your dog, you must be prepared to practice every day. Short and often is the best policy. Several five to ten minute sessions a day will give your dog plenty of time to build reliability, even around distractions. It is …
Greyhound with glasses and rat on book

Artistic Dogs & Improbable Rats

PICCOLO: AN INTERN’S TALE If you enjoy the works of Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, you will enjoy  Piccolo: An Intern’s Tale, which is the first book of a series written by E. Merwin. It is the first person account …
Film Negative with Cats

Picture Perfect Pets

If there is one thing that the internet has taught us, it’s that everyone loves a cute or funny animal photo. As proud pet owners we particularly cherish photos of our own pets. Unfortunately, I have lost count of the number of …
Jack Russell under Umbrella

Beware of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke occurs when normal body cooling mechanisms fail to keep the body temperature in the normal range for that species.  Normal body temperature ranges from 100 to 102.5 degrees Farenheight for dogs and cats.  Panting, the main method of cooling for …
Five Guinea Pigs

The Language of Guinea Pigs

One of the most distinctive and readily apparent traits of the guinea pig is its wide array of vocalizations. The cry of “wheek! wheek!” prompted by the rustling of a bag of salad greens is a familiar sound to most guinea pig …
Kittens

Furry Foster Family

It’s no secret that I have a bleeding heart. So when the shelter I volunteer at put an emergency call out for folks to foster kittens, how could I say no? Foster homes are crucial for kittens, who need more individualized attention …