“I don’t want to be selfish and keep her around just for me,” many people will say. How do we know what a pet thinks and feels about their life in general?Read More →

The number of older cats with clinical arthritis to be between 75 and 90 percent! Signs can start as young as 6 or 7 years, and by the time cats reach about age 10, the vast majority will have some arthritis pain. Pet owners and veterinarians have a great opportunity to help cats enjoy their geriatric years more fully and comfortably.Read More →

There’s no doubt that some supplements can help our animal companions live healthier, happier lives. Others…not so much. Unfortunately, effectiveness does NOT need to be proven to market and sell a so-called nutritional product. Separate the myths from the facts and learn to identify products that can benefit your best friend. Read More →

“He’s wandering around and panting at night. He’ll get up every 2 hours and ask to go out, then just stands there in the yard. Everyone in the house is exhausted.” “She has definitely developed selective hearing. I know she knows her name but sometimes she is obviously ignoring me.” “He’s started messing in the hallway. He’s never done that before! I think he’s mad at me.” “She’ll often just stand facing a corner. I have no clue what that means.”   These are common complaints from caregivers of aging pets. What does it all mean? Are they getting lazy, stubborn, or cranky? Maybe not.Read More →

A particular animal’s innate sense of dignity may be affected by hygiene problems. Cats, in particular, are normally very fastidious. Here’s why hygiene can become a problem for aging or ill pets, and what to do about it.Read More →

When I was in general practice, clients asked all the time whether they really needed to order the diagnostic testing that I just recommended. The answer is…it depends. In veterinary school, we’re pretty much trained to do ALL THE TESTS, and it takes time and experience for us to learn which ones are really important, and when. When the situation is life-or-death, you would be well advised to listen to your vet’s advice. Other times, the answer might depend on your resources and priorities for your pet’s well-being and comfort, especially near the end of life. The Question It all boils down to this: WhatRead More →