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 …
Cat and Smiling Dog

Preventing Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats

What would you guess is the top medical condition afflicting cats in the United States?  Lower urinary tract disease is one of the top ranked medical conditions according to Veterinary Pet Insurance, and renal failure comes in a very close second. When …
Acupunture Dog

Can Acupuncture Help My Senior Pet?

Senior pets typically have more than one ailment or injury that requires extra attention. As our pets age, they may also become more anxious, their appetite may decrease, and they may not respond as well to medications that have previously been effective. …
Louis Wain Cat Poker

Cats in Art

Does the name Louis Wain mean anything to you? He was born in 1860 and he made an entire career out of drawing cats. Some say that Louis Wain caused dogs to be replaced by cats in the hearts of his fellow Victorian …
Leopard Gecko on sand

Cold-Blooded Companions

They may not wag their tail and lick your face in joy to see you, or purr in contentment while curled up in your lap, but people that own pet reptiles are no less happy with their choice of animal companionship. These …