Dangers of the Desert and Other Cautionary Pet Tails

Vizsla dog pointing in Badlands central desert of Utah eroded diLiving in the Southwest, there are some lurking desert dangers to our pets that you should know about; especially before anyone sets a paw or a foot outside the door. Whether you’re roaming the wilds of rural Texas, or venturing west toward Arizona, New Mexico, or California, you’ll want to bone up on the dangers of the desert. Continue…

Canine Leptospirosis: Understanding This Bacterial Infection and its Risks

Portrait of dogEven though this illness can be found worldwide, very few dog owners know about it. Canine leptospirosis, or lepto, is a bacterial infection caused by one or more of the bacterial strains, Leptospira.

Although lepto has been around for thousands of years, we are seeing more cases emerge as our contact with wildlife in both rural and urban areas increases. Continue…

Senior Pet Care For Seasoned Pet Owners

Dog lying on the floorWe are all too familiar with that singular moment of disbelief when – for the first time – a pet starts to show signs of getting older. Since when did Fido shrug off a walk along the river? Was Fluffy’s face that grey (or white) just yesterday? While changes can certainly occur overnight, it’s more common for distinct age-related symptoms to surface over a period of time. Plus, many pets are hardwired to mask illness, keeping you in the dark as long as possible. Continue…

What to Know About Rabies in Pets

Xtra_iStock_000019667599_LargeJust about everyone has heard about rabies. People generally understand that it’s a “bad” disease, but few people actually understand what it is or what their risk is. Animal owners in need to have a handle on this deadly infection. Rabies in pets is serious business, and it is up to you to know about it. Continue…

Mixing College and Pets: the Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous

thinkingFor someone just heading off to college, it’s usually hard enough to leave family behind. But, to have to leave the family pets, too? That’s way worse. Because of this, many students are tempted to bring their furry friends along to the college with them.

Mixing college and pets may seem like a lovely way to alleviate homesickness and bridge the gap between home and independence, but bringing pets, especially dogs or cats, to campus can be a very bad idea. Continue…