This blog will be used to relate personal stories and helpful information about pets and animals in general. All articles are written by the business owner, Barbara Murray, unless indicated otherwise. Unlike many blogs, we have no comment section. However, comments are welcome via email or on our Facebook page.
With the increasing rates of obesity in our pets in the United States, feline diabetes rates are also increasing. Do you know the risk factors, symptoms and how to treat the disease in your cat? Read More
In a guest post, Cindy Aldridge of Dog Friends, offers useful tips on how to make a move to a new residence comfortable and stress-free for your dog. It starts with considering your dog with the initial house hunting. Read More
The majority of dogs spend some time outdoors and many pet owners have cats that come and go from indoors to outdoors frequently. If our pets spend any time at all outdoors, flea prevention is something we need to constantly work at on a regular basis. Read More
My answers to several of the questions I am asked most often by prospective clients, from how often do you visit, to what services do you provide and what do you charge? Read More
Mikel Delgado, a Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, doesn't seem to think so and tells us why in this well-researched article. Read More.
Confidence that our pets will be taken care of during and following emergencies starts with a plan. Learn from the experts how to make a viable emergency plan. Read More.
As pet owners know, cats like empty boxes and other small containers. Researchers believe cats like boxes for several reasons . . . . Read More
Research has shown that not only can our dogs learn hundreds of words, our pets also recognize various tones in which we say words and phrases. Read More
A personal story about rescuing a dog and all the puppies she brought into my life and what happened to each one of them. Read More.
It is so vitally important for pet owners to be aware of what medications prescribed for humans can harm our pets. All too often it seems convenient to use what we have on hand to treat our pets. This can be fatal. Read More
What we humans consider odd behaviors in our dogs is something that can become quite concerning. The question as to why they act the way they do is one of the most frequent questions vet are asked. Read More
A personal story about my dog Tripper, whose behavior changes from sweet to horrible in seconds. After reading this you'll understand how he got his name. Read More
To determine how much exercise your dog needs, consider your pet's breed or ancestry, size, current health condition and age. In addition, take into account current weather conditions when exercising your dog outdoors. Read More
The Humane Society of the United States offers practical advice on how to provide for your pets after your death. Information includes how to make use of a legal will, a trust and power of attorney, to protect the health and welfare of our pets and prevent him or her from ending up in a shelter. Read More
Experts argue both for and against vaccinations for adult dogs and cats. I strongly believe in vaccines for puppies and kittens. Adult pets? Read More
Learning the basics of pet insurance, how it works, what it covers and how much it costs can help us determine if we need to purchase insurance for our pets. Read More.
Go to reputable sources to get the facts on canine influenza as misinformation spreads on social media Read More.
Dennis of Fishboxpro offers tips for those of us with limited space on how to use a planted nano aquarium with fish to reduce stress levels. Read More.
Summer pet care requires mainly being aware of the immediate environment. Keeping our pets safe is a priority for all of us and a little common sense goes a long way, as the old saying goes. If your pets are like mine, they enjoy the outdoors tremendously. Dylan, especially, wants to be outside every waking minute whenever possible. This means I have to be aware of his immediate surroundings whether we're at home and certainly if . . . . Read More
A friend and I were talking about popular pet names, especially those used for cats and dogs and she read me names from a list she'd gotten somewhere and asked me how many of these I had used in the past. I have volunteered to foster both cats and dogs numerous times throughout the years. I've rescued a number of puppies . . . . Read More
Responsible pet owners DO NOT leave pets unattended in hot vehicles. Unfortunately, not all pet owners are responsible. Others assume a pet will be fine left alone for a few minutes in a car if the weather is not blazing hot outside. This is not true. If the sun is shining and it's above 60 degrees outside, an animal left in a vehicle can be in danger. So, if you see an animal suffering in a hot car, what should you do? Read More
Canine influenza is spreading across the southeastern United States after dog shows in Georgia and Florida. What is it and how can we stop the spread? Read More.
So you're planning a trip and the thought of leaving your pets behind is not acceptable to you. Although, we specialize in taking care of your pets in your own home while you're away, I understand that sometimes you simply cannot leave them. If that's your situation, a little planning and preparation is needed to make traveling with your pets secure and comfortable for both you and them. Read More
Moving from one residence to another does not have to be so stressful on our pets if we follow a few simple practices. Read More
Google "Labrador Retriever puppies for sale" and you'll likely be flabbergasted by the literally hundreds, if not thousands, of results the search engine returns. I was. Read More
Frank T. McAndrew, a professor of psychology at Knox College, relates his personal experience of losing a long-time companion. Read More.
Heartworm disease is a serious condition that is potentially fatal, especially for canines. Pets that suffer from this condition include dogs, cats and ferrets. Other mammals vulnerable to heartworm infestation include coyotes, foxes, sea lions and wolves. There are also reports, albeit rare, of heartworms infecting humans. Read More
Reducing the mosquito population benefits all birds and mammals, us included. As you well know, not only do mosquitoes transmit heartworms, these pests also carry . . . Read More
Not everyone can afford to have their pets teeth cleaned on a regular basis, but with February being National Pet Dental Health Month, I’d like to offer a few suggestions. These are not intended to take the place of very important dental care from your veterinarian. Read More
I have shared on this blog several things from my childhood and doing what I thought was the "right" thing to do before I really knew the "right" thing to do. This story is no different in that aspect, it will show you a little glimpse of the way I grew up, and how I grew to be me. Read More
When I was a child, I spent hours carrying around kittens, talking with them, getting to know them, telling them my sorrows, and pretending I understood theirs. We had kittens around quite often back then; we knew nothing of spaying and neutering animals. It seemed every time I turned around another litter was born. Read More
I first met Toby when he was about three years old. He had been abandoned in a house where someone came by occasionally to toss food through an open window to him . . . . Read More
From time to time we hear people ask, "Do dogs dream?" or "Do animals dream?" Read More
Major news outlets around the nation reported this past weekend that Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus will shut down permanently this coming May. The New York Times (NYT), reported January 14, 2017 that Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, attributed the decision to declining ticket sales. Read More
Kudos to the Clays Mill Veterinary Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky. This from the company's Facebook page, "After careful consideration and much soul-searching, we have decided to stop declawing cats." Read More
When we talk about beneficial pets, service animals often come up in the conversation. It is a fact that service animals offer many benefits to us humans through various therapeutic and helpmate roles. For example, dogs are trained to detect seizures and help vision impaired humans navigate the surroundings. However, research has shown that the beneficial influence pets have on human health extends far beyond trained animal roles.
I first met Chance about 10 years ago as a small dog chained to a pole on the blacktop in front of a residence on Holmes Street, with no food, shelter or water on a 99 degree hot summer day. I stopped my vehicle to check on him and a gruff man appeared.
If you have never held a perfectly healthy animal while someone puts a needle into its arm to end its life, you may not understand the importance of having your animals spayed/neutered.
On November 30, 2016, my heart was broken. I had to make the decision to end Abby's suffering from an incurable kidney disease. She was my little girl and I loved her like I would have loved a human child. I was her "Momma" and there was no telling either of us anything different.