Unlike dogs that tend to turn gray around the face as they age, a cat's appearance may not change so much. What you may notice is less muscle tone, drier skin and coat, maybe a little arthritis. But even elderly cats still enjoy some play time and attention.
If your cat is unaccustomed to walking on a leash, start by letting it explore in a limited area while you are holding the other end of the leash to keep it from scampering under the brush or up a tree. As it becomes comfortable with the situation, you can broaden your range.
When Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA on April 10, 1866, I wonder if he ever could have envisioned the effective force it has become for animal welfare not just in its home base of New York City but all across the country!
Great pets aren't so much born as they are made. They become great pets because they have owners who love them, take care of them and spend time with them. Almost any dog or cat can be a great pet, given the chance.
If dogs have a superpower, it's their nose. Things that have no odor to us will have a unique scent your dog can detect. Plus, the pattern on a dog's nose is as unique as a human's fingerprint and can be used for identification!
A dog park is a great place to enjoy spending time with your best friend! At the Will May Dog Park in Tuscaloosa, there is a fenced area for small dogs and another for large dogs, where they can run and exercise and play in a safe, contained area leash-free.
A broken foot may seem like a small injury, but with x-rays, anesthesia (so the pet will be still for x-rays and treatment), medications and veterinary fees, it can be an expensive event for a pet owner. When the unexpected happens, pet health insurance can make it possible to give your furry friend the care it needs.
When your pet scratches you might think it's just a flea. But if you see a lot of scratching, or chewing the paws, check the skin for redness and inflammation. Your furry friend just might be allergic to something!
Rain doesn't seem like a serious threat to your pet's safety, unless it is torrential or continues for days. As drainage systems overload and the water backs up flooding can occur, putting you and your best friend at risk.
As the American Humane Association says, "Move over Oscars - it's time for the Pawscars!" Since animal actors and performers are not eligible to receive Oscars, the "Pawscars" were created to recognize excellence in these talented animals who help to make movies so special!
In his first six months as a show dog, CJ won 17 Best In Show titles - make that 18 BIS titles, after beating out more than 2,700 dogs representing almost 200 breeds to win the most prestigious dog show in the USA!
Being a responsible pet owner means making good choices for both you and your furry friend. Animals need more than just a roof over their heads. They need proper care and attention from us to make them happy, healthy companions!
New idea - a concert designed especially for the sensitive ears of our canine friends. Dogs hear at much higher frequencies than we can. That's the secret of a dog whistle. It is said the Beatles included a dog whistle in their recording of the song, "A Day in the Life". If you play their Sgt. Pepper album, you won't notice it but you might see an unexpected reaction from your dog!
This beautiful chocolate American Stafforddshire Terrier mix survived having her muzzle wrapped with electrical tape, cutting off circulation. After multiple surgeries to reconstruct her jaw and remove dead tissue from her mouth and tongue, she is now the picture of health and happiness, a true portrait of victory over adversity.
In just a few days, this year will come to an end and we'll all be gathering our information for our tax returns. Making a contribution to a charitable organization now will save you some taxes and help those who make our world a better place!
Most Christmas manger scenes include animals, because the Christ child was born in a stable. And besides Joseph and Mary, they were the only witnesses to the birth of Jesus. So it seems only natural that we would want to include our pets in family celebrations, especially at Christmas!
So many pets are waiting in shelters for a home and an owner to love them; and they're ready to love you back, if you will just give them a chance. What better gift can you give yourself for Christmas than a furry companion to share all your holidays and everydays?!
Hanukkah, which begins December 6th this year, brings excitement, food, gifts and of course, the beautiful Menorah. As you enjoy the traditions of this Festival of Lights, keep your pet's safety and well being in mind.
It is not easy to keep your pet safe from the dangers posed by the Christmas tree. It may be best if the tree is in a room with a door that you can close, so your four-footed buddy cannot have unsupervised access to the tempting holiday decorations!
Most of the foods we enjoy at Thanksgiving are not good for our pets, but pumpkin is pet-friendly and healthy! Make sure you feed your furry friend only the meat of the pumpkin (not the skin, stem or leaves), and use only fresh or pure canned pumpkin.
This is a time of year when there are fewer puppies and kittens available to adopt. But shelters still have lots of great adult animals and even some older (senior) pets who need good homes and loving owners!
If you have a great animal shelter in your community, let them know you appreciate the work they do. If your shelter is not so great, maybe you can help to make it better, not just for the animals but for everyone.