Financial Safety Nets for Pet Owners

According to a study by the Open Journal of Animal Science called The Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S., one of the top reasons for a pet owner to relinquish a pet is their inability to afford veterinarian costs, especially when household income is less than $50,000 a year. I interviewed a local veterinarian and a practice manager about this topic and both noted that money problems are a frequent topic of conversation between pet owners and veterinarians. The most often recommended solutions to unaffordable veterinarian costs include: preventive care, an emergency fund and/or pet insurance, CARE credit, … Continue reading Financial Safety Nets for Pet Owners

When Your Cat Won’t Use A Litter Box

If you’ve ever faced the challenge of a cat not using its litter box, you’re not alone. At least 10% of cats have litter box problems. These are one of the most common reasons cats are surrendered to shelters. To spare your cat this fate, there are a couple of things you can do.  The first step is to take your cat to the vet. If your cat receives a clean bill of health, the next step is try behavioral intervention. MEDICAL REASONS It is my general opinion that cats don’t stop using the litter box out of spite or … Continue reading When Your Cat Won’t Use A Litter Box

Interview with Local Veterinarian Dr. Jen Hiebner

From a young age, Dr. Jen Hiebner has been an animal lover. Her first pets were hamsters, gerbils, parakeets, and a rabbit. She has also long loved science, which explained the workings of the world around her. Naturally, these two loves led to her decision to become a veterinarian In 2000, the World Veterinary Association initiated the annual World Veterinary Day on the last Saturday of April to bring attention to the ways our animal doctors help make the world a better place. We all know that vets care for pets, and some also see livestock, but vets also serve … Continue reading Interview with Local Veterinarian Dr. Jen Hiebner