Old Dogs: When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?

One year ago today I had to say goodbye to Zambi. She was 13 years old – ancient in Newfoundland years. And as with everything Zambi did for me, she made her passing easy, well as easy as possible for a pet parent.  She simply stopped eating and drinking Friday night after work.  By Sunday…

February 19, 2013

Stop Feeding My Dog Human Food

I’m a big believer that humans eat human food and dogs eat dog food. I think it’s healthier for my dog.  I don’t think her stomach can process the spicy Mexican food that I like – and there are plenty of really high quality dog foods available. Equally important, I don’t want her to think…

February 13, 2013

Changes to Antifreeze and Engine Coolant Made to Protect Pets and Kids

According to a press release from the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) and the Human Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), antifreeze and engine coolant manufactured in the United States will now contain a bitter flavoring agent to prevent animals and children from being poisoned by what, to date, has been a sweet-tasting liquid. Seventeen states already mandated…

February 8, 2013

Should Cats Be Allowed Outdoors?

I was reading an article in DVM Magazine (yes, I have a very exciting life) about cats with extreme behavioral issues and one of the suggested “remedies” was to let the cat be an outdoor cat.  Not an indoor-outdoor cat, but strictly an outdoor cat.  The argument was that being an outdoor cat was better…

January 30, 2013