Archives for February 2009

The Importance of Pet Dental Health

Did you know that poor dental health may cause organ damage and hardening of the arteries in your dog or cat? Neglecting regular tooth cleanings can actually take years off of your pet's life. The … [Read more...]

Pet Ownership in a Down Economy: The Three R's

We've talked about owning pets during a recession before, and as the economy continues to stagnate, it's more  important than ever to share ways to keep your family together without breaking the bank. … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – February 26, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

Magic, 173534 It is a fact that black cats get picked last. Magic came to us in January as a stray. Magic has some old healed fractures in her hind leg. She does walk a bit different, but other … [Read more...]

Solving Head-Shyness in Horses

My horse, Ember, was very head-shy when he first came to me as a rescued racehorse who'd been on his way to slaughter. A severe ear mite infestation made the problem even worse. After the mites were … [Read more...]

Pet Medical Conditions: A Year in Review

Did your pet experience any health problems this past year? If they did, they were probably not alone. Recently, the Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) analyzed dog and cat medical claims from 2008 to see … [Read more...]

Why Do Dogs Steal Socks and Underwear?

It's a rare dog who's never pilfered a sock from his owners, nor been caught fleeing the dirty laundry basket clutching a pair of panties in his mouth. But why exactly do dogs steal dirty laundry? The … [Read more...]

The High Cost of Cheap Puppies

I'm tipping my hat to the movie "WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price" in the title of this blog post, because in a way, pet stores and puppy mills are the  Wal-Mart of the dog world. Of course, the … [Read more...]

Galveston’s Sunday Parade

Have any plans for Mardi Gras? Well, if the only excitement you will have is coming home from work on Tuesday, February 24, you might want to celebrate Fat Tuesday a couple days earlier. In Galveston, … [Read more...]

Dehydration in Dogs and Cats

Is My Dog Dehydrated? Is your dog dehydrated? Dehydration is fairly common in a sick dog or cat. And unfortunately, it's a condition that can make a sick pet even sicker. Ultimately, a pet can die … [Read more...]

Are Mutts Really Healthier?

You've heard it, as all pet owners have: "Mutts are healthier than purebreds." But is that true? As it turns out, things aren't really that simple. While in some instances mixed-breed dogs may have a … [Read more...]

Should I Spay My Dog?

Many dog owners are hesitant to put their dog under anesthesia for a procedure like a spay or neuter, and many wonder the precise benefits of spaying or neutering a dog. In this article, we'll … [Read more...]

My New Foster Dog, Tory: Part Four

In part three, a veterinarian diagnosed Tory with several health problems requiring surgical correction. Tory had surgery yesterday, and I'm pleased to report that he's recovering well, although still … [Read more...]

A Nice Flickr Show About Ferrets

Do you like ferrets? Here are some nice pictures by my friend Guilherme Zühlke O'Connor (Gui) of his ferrets! Enjoy. Original Source: … [Read more...]

New Feature: Dear PetLvr Mailbag

You might have noticed a few articles in the past titled .. "Dear PetLvr Mailbag" ... <a href=""Well, we have decided to make this into a … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Adopt a Formerly Stray Cat

Many people don't want a cat who was found as a stray. Former strays are passed over at shelters in favor of kittens relinquished due to allergies, cats given away for shedding, and more. Strays … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – February 18, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

Easter 169349 Easter is a beautiful adult French White Rabbit. Can you believe this girl was found outside, all by herself?? Rabbits are very social and need time out of their cage daily, can you … [Read more...]

My New Foster Dog, Tory: Part Three

Tory visited the vet yesterday. The news is not good! As I suspected, Tory has an elongated soft palate. He also suffers from a number of other medical problems. Tory is scheduled for surgery tomorrow … [Read more...]

My New Foster Dog, Tory: Part Two

Last week, I introduced you to my foster dog, Tory. At the time, he had not yet arrived. Now he's at home with me, and has proven to be a little more of a handful than I first anticipated. Tory may … [Read more...]

Quit for Your Pets

Animals have an incredible sense of smell, and they also have delicate lungs just like humans. So have you ever considered how your smoking affects your pets? Smoking outside of your home is one … [Read more...]

Doggie Glamour

Preparing a dog for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is no easy task. When you're up against tough competition like E.T., the 7-year-old Gordon setter, who won "best of breed," winning is in all … [Read more...]

In Honor of Stump: Why Senior Dogs Rule

"Stump,"  a 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel, won Best in Show this week at the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club championship. Stump is the oldest dog ever to amble away with top honors at the nation's most … [Read more...]

My New Foster Dog, "Tory": Part One

I mentioned yesterday that I'm expecting a new foster dog to arrive soon. We'll be following my new foster dog, "Tory," on his journey from intake to adoption. He's not here yet, so today we'll … [Read more...]

The 2009 Toyota VENZA Offers More Than A Dozen Pet-Friendly Creature Comforts

Here is a recent press release, by Toyota, about their latest "pet-friendly" vehicle .. the "Venza". If Toyota needs TESTERS for some of these products well, Maxxie and Sophie has whispered to me that … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – February 11, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

Join us at The Winnipeg Humane Society for a fabulous Family Fun Day on February 16, 2009! Come down with the whole family to the shelter for a fun-filled day of activities including: * Face … [Read more...]

Ten Ways to Use One Hour Per Week to Help Homeless Pets

When I mention that I volunteer for animal rescues, the most common response I get is something along the lines of, "That's so great! I wish I had the time to do something like that." Of course, … [Read more...]

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What to Expect When You're Expecting a Foster Dog

We've already covered the most difficult part of fostering: Letting go of a foster pet. However, I'm currently dealing with the other end of the foster cycle: Waiting for that call saying, "We've got … [Read more...]

How to Take Pictures of Rats

Rats, like most small wiggly animals, are notoriously difficult to photograph well. Many a rat owner has snapped what should have been the perfect shot-- until the rat moved at the last second, and it … [Read more...]

The Westminster Kennel Club 133rd Annual Dog Show – Is On

Maxxie and Sophie are sooooooo excited! What: The Westminster Kennel Club 133rd Annual Dog Show When: NOW! (Monday and Tuesday, February 9-10, 2009) Where: Madison Square Garden, Pennsylvania … [Read more...]

Family Approval: Meeting the Pets

When you're a pet owner, getting your pet's approval can be on your top priority list. Your dog or cat's opinion may be as important as your best friend's opinion and that is okay. However, when … [Read more...]

Just Lying Around

You know it’s got to be a comfortable spot on the couch … Maxxie finds a nice spot with a pillow, and then Sophie wants to be there too! … [Read more...]

Pet Food Recall: Salmonella Scare

It all started with the peanut butter crackers, but now the salmonella contaminated peanut butter is having a resounding affect on other products we commonly purchase such as pet food. Once you hear … [Read more...]

Does Your Pet Need a Tooth Cleaning?

Veterinarians often recommend yearly tooth cleanings for dogs and cats, which require general anesthesia and often cost $200.00 or more. If your veterinarian has recommended dental work, you may be … [Read more...]

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