I have read countless articles in the last year about people's pets dying. It is something all pet lovers have to experience and is always a sad time. This article and the poems relate to how I cope.
Anticipatory grief is the fear of losing a dog. It is often felt when a dog is diagnosed with a terminal condition such as cancer or with aging, geriatric dogs. Preliminarily mourning doesn't have to be a negative experience, it can be turned into a proactive experience.
Creating more questions than it answered, on July 12, 2018, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued an alert to pet owners regarding the possible connection between grain-free diets and canine dilated cardiomyopathy. We break down the matter and hopefully ease the minds of pet owners.
A quick look at the practice of cropping a dog's ears and why you should avoid this unnecessary medical procedure for your family pet.
As someone who does pony rides as part of their business, to hear that PETA is outside one of the venues we regularly work protesting is infuriating to me. Here is what I have to say on the subject.
Here is in-depth practical advice, tips and resources to help you find your lost or missing pet dog or cat as quickly and safely as possible.
These are examples of pet loss sympathy messages that you can use to write in a card for someone you know whose pet has died. Personalize these by adding specific details about the pet.
Where you live can affect whatever pet you have in a physical and mental way. Many homes aren't large enough or do not have a necessary yard. Here you will learn what homes each animal will need and whether your home is pet-friendly.
Are you worried about a dog in your neighborhood? Do you suspect abuse? This can be an extremely upsetting and emotional situation for anyone to deal with. If you do suspect an animal is being abused, there are several things that you can do to intervene legally and safely.
Owners of an aging dog—perhaps one affected by terminal cancer—may wonder what to expect and what common signs indicate that a dog is dying. Recognizing these signs is helpful so that dog owners can be prepared for euthanasia or hospice care with the support of a veterinarian.
These sympathy gifts for someone whose cat or dog has just passed away can bring hope and comfort to a friend or loved one coping with pet loss.
Before anyone seriously considers pet ownership, they first need to examine the many reasons that they should not get a pet. Read along to discover the top 8 reasons you should not get a pet!
Here are nine domesticated and exotic pets that have long lifespans or live the longest compared to other species.
The death of a dog is a painful experience, regardless of your prior experience with grief. Whilst some people believe it's not ok to feel grief, this articles discusses why it's perfectly acceptable.
If you've noticed your dog or cat lying on their belly with their hind legs stretched out behind them instead of tucked underneath their torso, there is nothing to worry about. This adorable position is called "splooting" and it is perfectly normal.
Whether it's from old age or disease, every pet owner faces the decision of choosing euthanasia for their pet or letting nature take its course. I explore some of the end-of-life factors to consider in this article.
The death of a pet can be heartbreaking. But does that mean you should get a new pet right away? Find out if you are ready to adopt a pet after a beloved furry friend has passed away.
Loose dogs can injure you, your children, and your pet. It is both legal and ethical to defend yourself from an aggressive dog, but how do you justify your actions to the angry dog's owner?
Losing a dog leads to a mix of emotions that may be difficult to comprehend at times. Understanding the stages of grief when losing a dog may help the grieving dog owner better understand what is happening to them.
Everyone loves their pets, but not everyone loves how they smell! Read on for a list of pets that don't smell as bad as others.
The death of a pet can be truly devastating, and while it's important to show someone who is grieving that you care, it can be hard to know what to say. Here are some simple messages you can use in a card, a text message, or on the phone to console your friend after the death of their beloved pet.
While living in Thailand, we rescued a street dog who became part of our family. When the time came to return to our home in the UK, we vowed to bring our dog back with us. This is how we did it!
Many zoos, parks, and petting farms have free-roaming peacocks on the grounds. These places also post signs asking visitors to please not feed the animals. Many people ignore this and offer the peacocks french fries, chips, and other junk food. Here's why you shouldn't do that.
How does Chewy.com's prices compare to buying dog food or cat food at the store? Read this Chewy review for selection, shipping policies and how to avoid the shipping charge.
Adopting a dog or cat can be an amazing and enriching experience. When you choose to adopt more than 1 dog or cat, there are some things to keep in mind to manage a peaceful and clean household!
If you had a bad experience with you vet, and they did nothing when you complained, here is a comprehensive list of links to your state's or territory's complaint page or form.
A simple list of average life expectancies for the most popular pets, with an analysis of the factors that affect a pet's lifespan.
Are pets good for you? Many scientists believe they are. Learn more about the many ways your pets can help make your life happier and healthier!
Tips for how to write a letter of complaint to a neighbour about their barking dog—example letter included.
Saying goodbye to a pet is part of loving them. The grief is real, but as with any loss, the right song can play a role in getting through it. Here are some songs to help.
Pet flipping is becoming an increasing problem, but many pet owners don't now what this practice is or why it's so disastrous for them and for their pets. Information is the best defense against this!
The facts about de-clawing cats, presented in no-nonsense, stern language. It's not sugar-coated or "prettied up" in any way; it's just the straight, graphic truth. Please don't do this!
You swear that your pet knows your language because he/she knows when they are doing something wrong or right. This articles explains the real reason why pets can understand us.
The Dangerous Wild Animal Bill in Ohio has been passed as a result of the Zanesville, Ohio, 'Zoo Massacre'. What 'wild'/'exotic' animals are now banned in the state as pets?
We love our pets. They are our family, our best friends, and sometimes our only companions. We know, sadly, that their lifespans are all too short! You may be wondering if there are other options besides burial and cremation. Yes! Aquamation is a dignified, earth-friendly alternative to cremation.
For those people who are in the position to bring a pet into their lives, the benefits and delight of pet ownership are considerable. Read on to discover the 8 top reasons you should get a pet!
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best! Here are some tips for storm preparation for horse owners.
What would you do if you and your pet had to evacuate your home in the middle of an emergency? Would you have your pet's supplies ready to go on short notice? These tips will help you be prepared.
This article exists to dispel the myth that animals need, or should be fed live food for optimum nutrition and psychological wellness.
Dolphins are exceptionally complex creatures, and one such species, the bottlenose dolphin, has been around for 15 million years. It's time to rethink the quality of life of these species in captivity. Are these shows cruel? Let's find out.
You've just found out that your co-worker's pet has died and you want to offer them support. You know how painful pet loss can be. Here are some tips on how to help them cope with the death of their beloved companion and process the grief.
Bald is beautiful, or at least that's what many pet owners think these days. From furless guinea pigs to hairless horses, we've seen it all and now you can too.
Learn the differences between these three classifications and what they can mean for your furry family members.
Noah's Ark is an animal rescue charity in the Haute-Vienne, France, run by Cindy Maasik and her daughter Lauren. Their sole purpose is to rescue and re-home animals in need.
Pet ownership provides affection, companionship, and a number of other mental and physical benefits. Wondering which pets make the most affectionate companions? Read on for a list of the top 10.
More and more, the importance of health and soundness is a topic of discussion in the media, in dog forums and kennel clubs, as well as in the minds of prospective dog owners.
Internet shopping is the future, but like any brave new world, it can be fraught with danger, especially when it concerns healthcare. When buying prescription meds for your pet online, use caution.
Animal-related injuries are common in the veterinary clinic. But what happens when someone gets bitten or scratched by a patient?
What are the pros and cons of charging a fee for re-homing or adopting a pet? Let's evaluate the arguments on both sides.
Bed bugs bite pets if no human host is available. Bed bugs don't travel on pets as much as people think. They are not like fleas and ticks. They don't like fur but will endure it to get a meal, but usually only if they have not had a human meal in a lengthy period of time.
Dogs, just like people, mourn the loss of their canine friends and their grief is similar in many ways to humans'. Fortunately, there are several ways to help a grieving dog. These tips can help grieving owners, too.
Need to make a screen door panel / sliding patio door gate that your pets can't run through? Here's how to do it for less than $25, and with virtually no tools beyond scissors and a needle.
Life as a breeder and/or rescuer is often at its most frustrating when dealing with people. Here is what NOT to do when adopting an animal online.
A guide to help people whose pets are nearing the end of their lives to help them decide when to let them go.
Many people want a small pet but aren't sure which one is the right choice. Are you a fish person or do you want something cuddly and soft? Perhaps a bird or a frog would do?
Pets, no matter what kind, are fed and nurtured in a controlled environment. Are they then able to survive in the wild?
To you and I it is probably obvious. We have a cat or dog or some more exotic 'pet' at home. We care for it. It is our responsibility. The caring means that we want that animal to be both happy and healthy. Even if you don't accept the...
Keeping pets is one of the great joys in life. They bring happiness to their owners in almost every way. Here are some things you may not know about being a pet owner.
A list of 11 pets that can be low-maintenance depending on where you live and what your preference is. Although these pets do require lots of care, they usually do not demand constant attention.
Children can be deeply affected by the death of a pet. Here are some tips on how to help them cope when an animal friend passes away.
Keep your pets happy and healthy during the winter holidays. This article offers practical tips on how to protect your pets during cold winter weather.
Stray dog and cat overpopulation creates a very real issue in our communities. The simplest way you can help is to spay and neuter your pets. This article will discuss the benefits of spaying and neutering for you, your pet, and for the domestic dog and cat populations as a whole.
Do dogs, cats, horses, hamsters and other pets go to heaven? This Christian perspective examines the question and looks at the beliefs of both famous theologians and pastors and what the Bible has to say on the subject. Pets and heaven is a controversial subject in Christendom.
Dog walking should be a pleasure, not a chore. With the right preparation, you and your companion can stay healthy and safe, whatever the weather.
Though many pet owners think they need to shave their pets' coats to keep them cool in the summer, it is usually unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
If you've ever had to find rental housing that allows pets, then chances are you know just how hard it can be. Pet owners have complained that the only rentals available to them are substandard or in poor condition because landlords are hesitant to rent to them.
Animals are sentient beings with feelings and yes, emotions. They deserve humane treatment and care at all times.
Adopting a pet can be very exciting. Here are some reasons why you should consider adoption versus buying your new pet from a pet shop.
If right at this exact moment you were forced to evacuate your home due to an emergency, would you be able to take your pets with you? A few minutes spent preparing now could save your pets later.
The idea of getting a pet can be attractive yet overwhelming. However, some are much easier to take care of than others. What follows is a list of 8 pets that are easy to take care of.
What do you do if you find a lost dog or stray? Is there a dog roaming in your neighborhood or is it in the road? Does it have a collar? If you find a stray dog, you may be wondering what to do and who to call. Here are some safety tips and steps to take.
We can start by considering adoption. When you buy your puppy from the pet store, it is usually from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are about profit and don't consider the well-being of these animals.
People love their pets, but did you know that your pet can make you sick? Listed below are seven ways your pet can make you sick.
While you grind away at work all week, your dog sits at home pining away for you. When the weekend rolls around, it's date night and time to do something special with someone special.
As many handlers will tell you, being a service dog handler is not easy. A service dog handler faces a disability that their dog assists them to manage—but sometimes it’s not as “fun” as people think.
Learn about ten diseases your pet may develop over their lifetime and how you can prevent them, as well as prevent yourself from contracting them as well!
We love getting gifts for our pets. With so many options out there, finding one can be hard. Discover some awesome gift ideas for pets and their owners.
If your beloved pet has passed away at home, or if you've put him to sleep at the veterinarian's office but can't face the idea of leaving the body behind, you're going to need to bury him yourself. As a child, I'd buried hamsters and gerbils, but...
Where ever I have lived I saw some type of stray animals. They looked so helpless and hungry. Learn what you can do to help.
If you have to evacuate during a disaster, make sure you have your family pets' needs handled with a grab-and-go bag! Here are itemized lists for what to include for each of your pets.
Advice from the SPCA on what you should do if you've run over a dog or other domestic animal with your car.
Shock collars are highly controversial. Do dogs feel them? Do they work? Are they inhumane? All of these questions will be answered. Find out how they work and which alternatives are available.
Dogs aren't considered man's best friend for no reason. Their unconditional love, tail-wagging joy, slobber-covered kisses, and eternally sunny mood can profoundly affect the health of their owner.
Do you see a dog locked in a hot car? Are you afraid the dog is in danger or might die? Are you wondering what you can legally do to save it? Consider contacting the authorities and act fast!