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.
As a veterinarian in Hawaii, stem cell therapy has changed the way I practice medicine. Most people have heard of bone marrow or cord derived stem cells, but another form of stem cell therapy, called "adipose derived," or stem cells from fat (also known as adipose), is gaining momentum in the medical profession.
This was field work in the raw, where six bears were going to be anesthetized and examined -- undergoing procedures to remove pain they had been suffering for years.
Should the average, healthy pet be on a grain-free diet? Most dogs do great on dry pet foods that contain grains. In fact, some pets do better on diets with grains because of their high fiber content.
When it comes to your four-legged friend, there's no such thing as an insignificant change in behavior. Your vet should always ask you about what your pet has been up to since your last visit, and for any details regarding deviations from his normal disposition.
James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Before pursuing a writing career, Jim obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento, California.