June is National Adopt a Cat Month. We love our cats: Americans own 88 million of them - but 3.4 million cats enter animal shelters every year. That means there are plenty of feline friends just waiting for their forever home. Why should you consider bringing one of them into your life?
For many of us, our pets are more than furry friends; they become beloved members of our families - and we can’t imagine life without them. If they become lost, it can be frightening and stressful. If your pet wanders off, chases a squirrel, or otherwise disappears from your view, what should you do?
As spring approaches, dog owners all over the state are getting excited about hitting the trails, wandering through the woods, playing in the backyard, and finding new favorite spots for those intense games of fetch. But we also have to get ready to deal with tick season.
While ticks are out and about all year long, bites are more likely to occur from late spring to early fall. Not all tick species transmit Lyme disease, but it is a risk of which you need to be aware. How dangerous is this disease for your dog - and how can you protect your favorite four-legged friend?
Sometimes it seems as if our pets wear their hearts on their sleeves - so to speak! They wag their tails or jump for joy when we return home (even if we were only gone for 10 minutes). They whine when they want to go out. They become your shadow when they’re hungry. They snuggle up with you and shower you with unconditional love just when they, and you, need it most. But how do we know when our cats or dogs are in pain? They can’t tell us with words, but they can show us with their behaviors.
If there’s one thing that is even more reliable than your alarm clock, it’s your dog. He’s up and ready to chow down in the morning and, if you feed twice daily, he knows right when dinner time is. But what happens when the dish is still full? When your pooch seems to have lost his appetite and interest in food?
When your dog stops eating, it may be a signal that he is experiencing an issue with his health. What do you do next?