by Marianne Schultz I have a friend who recently had to euthanize his 14 year old dog Lili. Lili had been his companion prior to marriage and children. He and his wife had come to the decision to let Lili leave this world to be free from her pain and suffering and wondered how to explain this to their kids, aged 4 and 6. “Lili is going to doggie heaven” seemed to work as the way to convey the message (although this may not work for every family). They had witnessed her decline from the happy-go-lucky loyal companion to a struggling dog not familiar tomore…

Hey, companion animals! Do you have an embarrassing symptom or a mystery medical problem? Are you having trouble getting your Human to listen to you? Labby is here to help! Her Human is a veterinarian, and if neither of them knows the answer, they’ll look it up for you! Send your questions (250 words or less) to dearlabby@armsofaloha.com.   ***** Dear Labby, My Human just brought another cat into my house. She is about my age (three or four years old) and I can’t stand her. She acts so sweet and lovey around my Human, and purrs and jumps up on her lap. My Human thinksmore…

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”]  more…

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