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Therapy Dogs

By Martha Michael >>> Tracy Grant has a dog that spends a lot of time in hospitals. No, he’s not being treated for any medical conditions; in fact, it’s the other way around. Her 10-year-old Maltipoo, “Cosmo,” is the one actually offering the treatment to patients there. “Cosmo is my therapy dog,” Grant said. “He […] Read more

The Changing Animus for Cannabis

By Martha Michael >>> Wherever you stand on the controversy surrounding the use of medical marijuana products, your pet can’t offer an opinion. What Fifi or Fido can do, however, is benefit from the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant. How do you get a Schedule One drug for your pet, and why would you […] Read more

Business Spotlight: Animal Communication by The Animal Oracle

Have you ever wished you could talk to your pets? Well, Heather Graham of The Animal Oracle is here for you! Heather is an animal communicator, a form of psychic practice that specializes in talking to your pets. She can help you understand them when you just can’t figure out what’s going on in their […] Read more

A Very Special Feline Foster Parent Program

By Martha Michael >>> Most people are aware of the dire need for more individuals to save abandoned and abused pets, some of them stuck in shelters with conditions that are worse than the homes that surrendered them. But how often do you hear about the animals with special needs that need adoption and foster […] Read more

Animals on Airplanes

By Sara Kinder >>> Who is that doggie in the window? The one traveling free on an airplane, I mean. There has been recent controversy regarding the practice of people deciding to take “Max” on the plane with them, calling them “service dogs” so they don’t have to pay. Although service dogs, originally called “therapy […] Read more

Understanding Head Tilt in Rabbits

By Amber Wheelbarger, DVM >>> It was a day like any other. I woke up, listened for the dog next door, and thought about looking for a bite to eat. Suddenly, I discovered I could not move my head correctly and I had a horrible headache. The world was sideways. And the more I tried […] Read more

Summer Health Tips for Pets

Heat Illness and Injury The hotter temperatures can lead to serious health issues for pets. Always make sure there is sufficient shade and cool, fresh water available for your pet. “The main reason hot weather is an issue for pets is because they are not able to cool off as efficiently,” says Tom Carpenter, DVM, […] Read more

Treating Your Pet for Ear Mites

When you see your dog scratch and scratch and wonder what’s bugging him, it could be just that: a bug. Ear mites, or otodectes cynotis, can be the problem, and pet owners should be aware of them, says the American Kennel Club, or AKC. Latin for “ear beggar of the dog,” it describes what the […] Read more

When the Shoe Doesn’t Fit

By Martha Michael >>> Anyone who has had podiatry issues knows how crucial the health of our feet really is. And walking in shoes that don’t fit properly or aren’t constructed well can cause a world of hurt. The same is true in the equine world – they need the right shoes too. The experts […] Read more

Equestrian Trails Inc.: Horse Community Advocates

For more than 70 years, saddle pals in the horseback riding community have joined forces to promote safety, preservation, and simply enjoy trail riding together. The not-for-profit Equestrian Trails Inc., or ETI, was organized in Long Beach in 1944, at the end of World War II. Horsemen in Long Beach had pulled together to patrol […] Read more