Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time for family and friends to gather together, but it can also present risks to pets. Below are tips to keep them safe. Keep pets on their regular diets. New foods can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you want to treat your pets to turkey, peel the skin off and cut the meat into bite-sized pieces. Cranberries, carrots, green beans, peas, pumpkin, and cooked sweet potato are options too.  Give treats in moderation. Avoid turkey skin and bones, gravy, alcohol, Allium Species (onions, garlic, chives, and leeks), grapes and raisins, nuts, and … Continue reading Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

Arden Moore: Pet Writer, Health Expert, and Advocate

Arden Moore grew up loving animals and words. These passions led to her becoming a national pet health expert. By her first year in high school, Moore knew that her future was in words, and set about gaining experience. She worked on the high school newspaper staff and credited the editor as teaching her a lot about writing and interviewing. She also landed a position with the town’s weekly newspaper. She’d always been athletic and so she walked into the office of the local weekly newspaper and convinced the editor to hire her as a high school sportswriter. “It was … Continue reading Arden Moore: Pet Writer, Health Expert, and Advocate

Helping Our Cat Bootsie Lose Weight

The amount on the scale at the veterinarian’s office crept upward until it stopped at 10.5 pounds. I sighed. This is the amount that our cat, Bootsie, had weighed at her first exam after my husband and I adopted her. At the time, the veterinarian had advised Andy and me that Bootsie was overweight, and had recommended that we reduce her weight to nine pounds. After a year of cutting back on serving sizes, we’d come close to our goal, but this past spring we had an overweight cat on our hands again. What went wrong? About the same time … Continue reading Helping Our Cat Bootsie Lose Weight

Veteran’s Dog Helped by Sadie Dog Fund

“Daisy!” John called from the hallway of the apartment complex where he lives. Without hesitation, the 10-year-old Labrador retriever-border collie mix raced to her person. As John stroked the gray-muzzled dog, Daisy showed no signs that this past April her life had been in danger from a life-threatening disease, or that in February her previous owner had died. Instead, with bright eyes, perked ears, and a wagging tail, Daisy is a picture of friendliness and health. Energy vibrated through her as she greeted her visitors: me and her other guests. Daisy had been a faithful companion for ten years to … Continue reading Veteran’s Dog Helped by Sadie Dog Fund