Never in the history of pet care have there been so many options for pet parents to feed their dogs. A quick internet search of “what to feed my dog” will bring pages advocating for all sorts of different diets, from traditional kibble and canned food, to raw diets, freeze-dried, even to vegan diets. All seem to have unshakable evidence that their diet is the only diet for your dog. Where does the truth lie?
This week, stories appeared on the internet of a Brooklyn veterinarian who has encountered pet parents unwilling to vaccinate their dogs for fear of autism. While at this point there’s no way to know how many pet parents have engaged in this behavior, it is unlikely that this veterinarian is the only one encountering this fear, and this story is a good reminder about the importance of animal vaccines.
There are two things to get to note right away. First, dogs cannot get autism. Secondly, vaccines are essential to you and your pet’s long and healthy life.
Pets are bigger members of our families than ever before, which brings endless benefits. It can, however, also bring stress for responsible pet parents who want to do what’s best for their companion. When it comes time to travel, many pet parents struggle with what to do with their pet: do they board them? Get a pet sitter? Bring them along?
Until you actually travel with a pet, the entire process can seem frustrating and mystifying. While sometimes boarding or getting a sitter for your pet is truly the right answer, traveling with your pet can be a fun and rewarding experience.
Whether it’s walking through an airport or talking with a friend, it’s likely that you’ve encountered “emotional support animals” recently. As mental health advocacy has become more popular in Western society, so has the idea that animals are beneficial to our emotional wellbeing. For those, however, who haven’t dealt with the process first hand, the concept can be shrouded in mystery. Just what is an emotional support animal? Can anybody have one? Are they service animals, or something different?
Humans are the most skilled mammals at regulating our body heat; our species is found everywhere from the coldest temperatures on earth to the hottest. Domesticated dogs and cats, on the other hand, have a harder time adjusting to high temperatures. Because of this, there are important steps you need to take to make sure your furry friend remains happy and healthy during the hottest months of the year.