Wash that Smelly Dog!

August 17th, 2015

Washing a dog isn’t as intuitive as it might seem; dogs react to temperature, smell, and sound, far differently than humans. Bath time is full of all three. New research suggests that washing your dog once a week is beneficial for his or her health, and can prevent infection, contrary to the prior belief that[...] Read the full article…

 

IMPORTANT PET SAFETY POST re: peanut butter + xylitol

August 14th, 2015

If you’re like many people, you might want to give your dog some peanut butter as an occasional treat. Or you might want to use peanut butter as a trick or reward to get your dog to take their medications? In many cases this is perfectly fine (so long as it’s not in excess —[...] Read the full article…

 

Yippee! Time to pee!

June 1st, 2015

We love a good infographic, especially ones that help reduce the amount of pee appearing on your floor…

 

Let them eat cake, the dogs!

May 26th, 2015

Does your pup have a summertime birthday? Why not go above and beyond that grocery store birthday-bone this year and go all out? This peanut-butter and carrot cake will be the star of the doggie birthday bash you throw for Fido (yeah, you know who you are):   INGREDIENTS: 1 cup whole wheat flour 1[...] Read the full article…

 

Come on and pee, already!

February 27th, 2015

The temperature is below-freezing, the ground is wet because, duh, it’s Portland, you’re already in your sweatpants and slippers, and Fido needs to go out to pee. A simple enough situation for a dog owner, sure, but what happens when your dog takes forever to get down to business and do his business?   Dogs[...] Read the full article…

 

Four Places to Pet Your Cat & One to Leave Alone

April 4th, 2013

Some things really do get better with age. I have long joked that my hairline isn’t one of them, but I know one thing that is: My ability to understand cats better, and to build a stronger, more fulfilling bond with the felines in my life and in my practice. Which is not to say[...] Read the full article…

 

15 Animals You Might Not Know Are Going Extinct

March 27th, 2013

Thousands of animal species are listed in the Endangered Species Act, but we found a few that you wouldn’t expect to find on the brink of extinction. From household pets to garden pests, here are animals currently listed as endangered or threatened in the United States and around the world. Mice It seems strange to[...] Read the full article…

 

Why Does My Cat Sleep in Small Boxes and Tiny Spaces?

March 5th, 2013

Though they seem independent, aloof and unpredictable, cats are creatures of habit. And yet, there’s no fathoming a cat. Why would one choose a small, cramped box, sink or cubbyhole over a more open space with all its possibilities? For lots of reason. Here are a few: Smaller spaces are safer. Most cats who need[...] Read the full article…

 

How to Give Your Dog Liquid Medicine

March 5th, 2013

Giving a dog his medicine is rarely easy, but knowing the proper procedure and what to expect can make the process more pleasant—for you and your dog. Many people find liquid medicines easier to administer than other types, such as pills, capsules, eye drops or injections. But it still takes patience, precision, and a bit[...] Read the full article…

 

Ever wonder why your dog likes to bury her treats?

March 5th, 2013

Does your dog often bury her bones, treats or even her toys in your backyard? Ever find a bone under the pillow on your bed or behind the sofa cushions? Or does she attempt to “faux bury” her cookies in the corner of the carpet like my dog Natasha, to the point of creating a[...] Read the full article…

 

How old is your dog in people years?

February 7th, 2013

The health of your pet can change rapidly as he or she ages.  Beginning at around age 7, your pet enters his or her senior years. At this stage, pets often begin to develop diseases common to their senior human counterparts, such as diabetes,heart disease, hypothyroidism, and cancer. In fact, one out of 10 pets that appears[...] Read the full article…