Seriously? My pet needs insurance?
My mother loves the idea of having a puppy around the house. I get it: companionship, something to laugh it, talk to, go on walks with. The pros of a pet ownership are AWESOME (I just got a new family puppy by the way), HOWEVER, my realistic and logical side MUST speak up! THEY CAN BREAK THE BANK! This is in no way a discouragement from pet ownership. I highly recommend getting yourself a little Ellie Mae just like mine. I just want you to be PREPARED for what might come. I have to be honest about what I know, what I have helped other owners through and the scary stories of other owners where there was literally nothing I could do.
The first sign: now that is some crazy head bobbing!
Hello everyone, and meet Captain. Captain is a 2 yr old neutered male Labrador with a wonderful life. As you can see Captain even gets to sleep on the bed with the owners. His parents wake up this morning before work, and this is what they see Captain doing. Is this a seizure? is this a weird type of head tremor? Is he sick? Does he have a brain tumor? You can only imagine the questions that were running through the head of his parents. And this is where I step in.......
The background story!
One of our readers recently sent in her question about her dog Cocoa, and desperately needed help with better answers for arthritis treatment and therapies. Cocoa is older now, and her hips are giving her a lot of trouble. This is evidenced when she tries to get up or sit down, and the time it takes to do so. If you have had a geriatric pet then you all know what I am talking about. The veterinarian let the owner know that Cocoa's "ALP" value is slightly elevated, and that she will not be able to prescribe NSAIDs (see our post on NSAID do's and don'ts below) until the value comes down. This leaves Cocoa still in pain, and the owner just doesn't know what to do. Great news, Demi F, there is so much hope for Cocoa. Let's break this down for Cocoa so that we can get her the help she needs.
What a wonderful time of year it is for all members of the family, including your four legged, furry children. With so much amazingly good food it is so hard not to let the puppy have just a bite, and although so many food stuffs that we eat are actually good for pets they still find ways of getting upset tummy’s. While many causes of vomiting and/ or diarrhea in the dog and cat can be due to much more severe diseases, acute gastritis (or sudden onset upset tummy) is a common yet not so fun disease that can plague the pet’s among us. Here are a few tips for helping your pet through the holidays, including: signs, causes and natural treatments. (Looking for safe pet family recipes this holiday? Stay tuned to our next blog issue.)
LET'S START WITH THE BEST QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR VETERINARIAN