“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 →

“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 →

Recommended Reading List Many have found comfort in these resources. See this list on Amazon About Dying – Sara Bonnett Stein The Pet Loss Companion – Ken Dolan-del Vecchio & Nancy Saxton-Lopez Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet – Moira Anderson Allen Lifetimes – The Beautiful way to Explain Death to Children – Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen My Pet Remembrance Journal – Enid Traisman Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss – Claudia Jewett Jarratt “I wish I could Hold Your Hand” – Dr. Pat Palmer I’ll Always Love You – Hans Wilhelm Tigger and Friends – Dennis HamleyRead More →

We talk a lot about quality of life in senior pets because many the factors that interfere with it are obvious. But central to your pet’s happiness is his or her relationship to you. Get started on the right foot with positive training that establishes a lifelong bond. And what is the first thing you teach a new puppy? How to sit, of course!   Watch this video on DVM360.com by Melissa Spooner, LVT, VTS (behavior), BS, KPA-CPT:   [contentcards url=”http://veterinaryteam.dvm360.com/don-t-be-pushy-right-and-wrong-way-pet-owners-teach-sit” target=”_blank”]  Read More →

How much do you know about the way our pets express pain? And what can you do about it? Take this two minute quiz to test your knowledge!Read More →