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How Dog Flu Vaccines Work

If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all over the last few weeks, you’ve been hearing about the 2012-2013 flu epidemic in people. Invariably, any discussion of the…

When Does My Dog Need a Dental?

I’m not as diligent as I should be about brushing his teeth. If did it every day, I might have been able to delay the need for a dental prophylaxis…

True Love Stories from the Animal World

My cat Victoria has not lived the easiest of lives. She was a feral "teen-age" mom on the streets of Washington D.C. When I adopted her, she was terrified of…

Can My Dog Catch a Cold?

Did you know that it could be your dog that comes down with a cold?…

What do you want your veterinarian to know about you?

Why is it then, that veterinarians and owners sometimes seem to be working, if not at cross purposes, then at least not in concert with one another?…

Is My Dog at Risk of Contracting Bacterial Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a condition which refers to an inflammation of the lungs. Bacterial pneumonia, meanwhile, refers to an inflammation of the lungs in response to a disease-causing bacteria.…

Normally Nocturnal Cats CAN Learn to Sleep at Night

Some people say cats are naturally nocturnal animals (most active at night), others that they are crepuscular (most active at dawn or dusk). In either case housecats have a tendency…

Adventures of Joey: Locked Out on a Cold Winter’s Night

I have chipped every dog I have owned for the past 24 years and never had a need to use it until a recent cold and dark night.…

Veterinarians: Treating or Euthanizing

Pet owners are looking for veterinary care across the entire spectrum of what’s available. Some want what is the current “state of the art” regardless of price and prognosis. Others…

A Difficult Lesson: The Meaning of Life

This is a story about how a priest’s sermon led to a question from a small girl to her grandfather about the meaning of life. One Sunday in church, when…

Can My Dog Get the Flu?

With all of this sickness going around, I wonder about my dogs. Can they get the flu?…

Dealing with Doggy (and kitty) Breath

We all have busy schedules and it can be a struggle to make the time to brush our pets’ teeth on a daily basis. Or, maybe you have a pet…

Critter Talk: When Good Horses Go Bad

I don’t want to drug my horse, but I’ll consider it for the short term if it helps him calm down and see this situation more rationally. I just can’t…

Critter Talk: Physical Therapy for Pets

People aren't the only ones who need physical therapy from time time. Our pets do as well.…