Gary Riggs, DVM, spends most of his time working with exotic pets. So when it comes to advice on pocket pets—small animals such as guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils, chinchillas, and sugar gliders—he’s a good person to ask. Riggs is a veterinarian at three Ohio clinics, NorthCoast Bird and Exotic Specialty Hospital, Barberton Veterinary Clinic, and The Animal Clinic of Wadsworth. ...more
In 2013, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center responded to 180,000 calls about pets exposed to potentially poisonous substances. Of these calls, 15 percent were due to insecticide exposure, 10 percent to household products, 5.5 percent to rodenticides, and more than 2 percent to lawn and garden products. More than 90 percent of pet poisonings occur in our homes, so it’s important to become familiar with these common household items. ...more
Coffee with a calico? Tea with a tabby? Or just want to unwind with a feline?
Enter the “cat café.” ...more
Keeping your bird out of harm’s way takes careful planning and thought. Establishing house rules with your family members regarding your feathered friend is a key to reducing or eliminating dangers that may exist in your home. ...more
Did you know that parsley is a key ingredient in homemade dog treats to combat bad breath? A zesty way to add some spice to your dog’s diet is to make homemade biscuits as a healthy and affordable alternative to store-bought treats. Apart from learning about interesting ingredients that boost wellness, there are other wonderful advantages, too. ...more
Are you running low on patience with a pet who is consistently displaying behavior problems? Thinking about relinquishing your pet to a shelter if you find one more mangled shoe or urine stain on your carpet? ...more
A loving home goes a long way toward the health and well-being of cats and dogs. But it isn’t quite enough.
Check out our list of your pet’s top health care needs in 2015. ...more
Have you been planning that Mediterranean getaway but cannot bear the thought of leaving your beloved pet behind? Most veterinarians agree your pet would be safest being boarded in a qualified boarding facility, rather than traveling the world with you, but sometimes international travel with our pets is something we can’t avoid. Although it may take many seemingly daunting steps to ensure entry into a foreign country, international travel with your pet is completely feasible, provided you take the time to properly research all that needs to be done before you leave home. Traveling this way requires ample advance planning, so be sure you do not wait until the last minute to begin the necessary steps. ...more