Some habits at the veterinarian's office, dubbed "vet peeves" by the author of this article, can affect pet care, and she suggests avoiding them to keep the owner, pet and veterinarian happy. It's important to arrive on time, listen while receiving pet care instructions and let the professionals handle the pet restraint during exams. Also, don't get upset if asked to leave the room for a procedure to be completed.
When couples divorce, the family pet can suffer, often being so distressed its behavior and health can be affected, say Steven May and David Pisarra, co-authors of "What About Wally: Co-Parenting a Pet with Your Ex." The authors say the best way to approach co-parenting a pet after divorce involves sharing the pet care responsibilities such as walks, veterinary visits and training.
Pennsylvania resident Carol Bryant plans holiday festivities around her cocker spaniel, Dexter, taking him to see holiday light displays, setting aside a stocking for him and buying presents he can unwrap under the tree. "It seems many pet owners have accepted that their pets are like children and they enjoy indulging their pet more than ever," said APPA President Bob Vetere. "It is easier for pet owners to spend on their pets than other relationships in their lives because pets have no expectations."
While most people think of dogs in association with heartworm disease, cats can also contract it, resulting in adult worms in their heart and blood vessels. Monthly topical or oral heartworm preventive medication is recommended for cats because it's difficult to detect heartworm disease in cats, there is no treatment available for infected cats and infections cause illness and death in some cases.
Israel enacted a law last month banning the declawing of cats, with penalties that include $20,000 fines and jail time. The procedure, which involves removing the entire third toe joint, has been banned in other parts of the world including Australia, Brazil and some European countries.