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 →

You knew the day had to come sooner or later. Still, it is never easy to hear that a beloved pet has a serious illness. Making important decisions that will have a strong emotional and possibly financial impact on the whole family is stressful. Here’s how you can help yourself and your loved ones as you sort it all out.Read More →

Your help is urgently needed to prevent the suffering and starvation of Hawaii’s free-roaming cats. SB2450 and its companion, HB 2118 would ban the feeding of all animals deemed predators, including stray cats and dogs, on state land. This is a sweeping mandate that would include state beaches, parks, schools and more. It is well known, through experience and research, that there are more effective, compassionate solutions to reducing community cat populations in Hawaii. Please join the Hawaiian Humane Society, the Oahu SPCA, Cat Friends and many other animal welfare organizations and citizens in strongly opposing this legislation. How you can help Submit Testimony in Person SB2450 is scheduled forRead More →

Mobility is particularly challenging for larger pets. A small dog or a cat can readily be carried from place to place, lifted onto their favorite couch, and taken outside to do their business. However, even our short-legged buddies can benefit from a little extra help sometimes. Let’s look at some of the changes we might observe in an aging pet, and what we can do about it.Read More →

‘Tis the season – for FIREWORKS! Does this strike a chord of fear in your heart? Ringing in the new year with firecrackers and small fireworks is a long-held tradition here in Hawaii.  These days, with new restrictions, it’s a little quieter, but late June, early July and the New Year are still stressful for many pets and their owners. Common reactions to the noisy celebrations include hiding, escape (animal advocacy groups report shelters are very busy in fireworks season), or vocalizing. Other signs of anxiety include shivering, panting, attention-seeking, and restlessness. Many pets also hate travel, especially if they must fly overseas in the cargoRead 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 by Melissa Spooner, LVT, VTS (behavior), BS, KPA-CPT:   [contentcards url=”” target=”_blank”]  Read More →

Also referred to as degenerative joint disease (DJD), arthritis is a very common condition of older pets. Arthritis can cause significant pain, discomfort and loss of function. The signs can be very subtle, but you, as the caregiver, are the best person to recognize them. The good news is that there are many different treatments that we can try to make your pet more comfortable and happy. These are divided into several broad categories:   Anti-inflammatory drugs Other pain medications Nutritional support and supplements Physical therapy Integrative medicine Exercise and weight management Environmental modification   The best treatment plans incorporate two or more of theRead More →