We can help our domesticated canines satisfy their natural urges to chew and problem-solve by giving them toys that make them work for their food.
A handbag or similar item lying open with contents exposed can prove an irresistible temptation to a confined, curious and perhaps slightly bored pet.
Your chances of having a long-lasting, wonderful relationship with a pet increase dramatically when you give serious thought to the type of animal that best suits you.
In 1982, a longtime friend gave me a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy as a birthday present. I told her, gently, that it was utterly inappropriate; my life was far too unsettled. She thrust the puppy in my arms, looked me in the eye, and said, "This will help to settle you."
Just like humans, bad doggie breath can be the sign of something more serious.
Acupuncture is a great alternative healing technique that has the potential to help your pet avoid the traditional drugs and/or surgery approach.
I'm not convinced surveys that attempt to measure people, for whatever reason, by the type of pet they own or don't own are useful or even accurate. But they're certainly entertaining.
Nonprofessional dental scaling (NPDS), also known as anesthesia-free dentistry, is gaining popularity with an increasing number of dog and cat owners.
If your dog seems to have lost the knack for being around other canines, there are lots of things you can do to help him regain his social skills.
A significant number of dogs and cats with seizure disorders don't do well on traditional drugs for epilepsy.
Proper nourishment is the cornerstone of vibrant health for all animals. Your dog or cat has a need for wholesome, living foods just as you do.
These pets can detect cancer, diabetic crises, seizures, migraines and Parkinson's "freezing" in advance to help owners get timely -- and often critical -- help.
Summertime is all about enjoying the great outdoors with your whole family, but with weeds and grasses all doing their part to fill the air with pollen, the summer can become stressful for a large portion of the population -- and their pets -- that suffer from allergies.
Essential oils and aromatherapy are useful aspects of integrative veterinary medicine and as more people become aware of ways we can use our patients' noses to assist their health, it becomes useful to learn a bit about the subject.
The study was conducted to determine if adult domesticated cats, given a choice, would deliberately select food that is biologically appropriate for them.
There is a general tendency among many pet owners to buy oversized food bowls for their dog or cat. Since the correct amount of food looks like too little food when it's placed in a gargantuan bowl, many pet owners add more food to improve the "optics" of the meal.
The decision to use antibiotics should never be taken lightly. They should not be prescribed unless absolutely necessary. Aside from the ability of bacteria to mutate and develop resistance to antibiotics, these drugs also have side effects.
There's a big and important difference between canine behavior that is abnormal and behavior that is actually normal given the dog's circumstances, but undesirable.
Natural therapies like stretching, chiropractic, and regular physical activity are very important to maintaining your dog's comfort, mobility and quality of life. Providing daily walks followed by a short session of gentle stretching can do wonders for your pet both physically and mentally.
Most dogs and cats will occasionally lick their feet or rub their face. There are some pets, however, that are consumed by this activity to the point that they traumatize their skin till its raw and inflamed. These pets are suffering and need a therapeutic plan of action to help.