Gracie is a service dog in training at a facility called Wilderwood in Tennessee. She has been matched to Traumatic Brain Injury survivor Greg Costa, an accomplished drummer and budding writer who sustained major injuries to his spine and brain from a fall approximately 6 years ago. His recovery has been slow and painful, and he is now determined to advocate for other brain injury survivors. With Gracie by his side, Greg will gain in confidence and ability to pursue his dream of helping others suffering from traumatic brain injury, but donors are needed to help with the $15K cost of Gracie’s 18-month long training.

The importance of regular dental care for dogs and cats

Posted by SusanStokes on February 8, 2017

Many pet owners overlook the importance of pet dental care either because they don’t know the facts or understand the warning signs of poor oral health. Without regular oral care, pets are at risk for gum infections, gingivitis, swollen gums, tooth infections, periodontics, and halitosis. To help insure optimal dental health, pet owners can learn what to look for in their pet’s mouth. They can be taught to clean their pet's teeth using pet toothpaste (not human toothpaste) and a pet toothbrush. Oral examinations should be a part of every veterinary exam, since veterinarians can detect and treat diseases early including mouth tumors, cysts, and gum diseases.

The Super Pet Expo is coming to town!

Posted by SusanStokes on February 6, 2017

Pet shows are simply “my thing” and the Super Pet Expo is one of my favorites. I’m never disappointed with the variety of vendors and educational value of the entertainment the Super Pet Expo in Edison, New Jersey, provides. The event is scheduled for February 10-12, 2017, at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center. Following is a rundown of what you can expect as a visitor to the event.

Service dogs can assist those with neurological issues

Posted by SusanStokes on January 14, 2017

People with neurological issues have a special type of disability that can manifest in many ways. They may struggle with balance, confusion, and disorientation. Difficultly with communication is common with folks with neurological issues as well as an array of other physical symptoms depending upon the nature of the neurological problem.  A Service Dog just might be the answer for some folks who seek to lead a more normal life but require assistance with everyday tasks that most of us take for granted.

Dog training advice from Joel Silverman

Posted by SusanStokes on January 5, 2017

A while back, I had the awesome opportunity to personally interview Joel Silverman. With an impressive thirty-year career behind him, Joel Silverman is one of the most popular and well-known dog trainers in America. He has published books on the subject, hosted “Good Dog U” on Animal Planet, and became host of a nationally syndicated TV series called “Dog & Cat Training with Joel Silverman.”

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A Holiday Wish to You and Yours

Posted by SusanStokes on December 24, 2016

On this Christmas Eve and first night of Hanukkah, we want to wish everyone a warm and wonderful holiday season. To those of you who work tirelessly in animal rescue, animal welfare, and the veterinary field to make life better, safer and healthier for our four-legged friends, we thank you. May everyone experience peace and love this holiday season and always.

Influenza outbreak among NYC shelter cats

Posted by SusanStokes on December 18, 2016

A rare influenza subtype outbreak has been identified in cats residing in a New York City animal shelter. The low pathogenic avian influenza H7N2 was identified by the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

How to provide the proper dental care for your rabbit

Posted by SusanStokes on December 10, 2016

A few years ago I had the opportunity to participate in a "Lunch and Learn" session at Belle Mead Animal Hospital led by Michael Doolan, DVM who at the time of this writing is in charge of the avian and exotics department at NorthStar VETS in Robbinsville, New Jersey. Following is what I learned coupled with some other research that I hope will help pet rabbit owners provide the best care for their bunny.

The dangers of high blood pressure and your pet

Posted by SusanStokes on December 7, 2016

The next time you take your dog or cat to the veterinarian, ask if a blood pressure check is part of the regular routine examination and if your veterinarian considers a blood pressure check necessary for your particular pet. Continue reading to learn why.

Learn how to make Perfect Pet Photos for your Holiday Cards

Posted by SusanStokes on December 7, 2016

Now that we are in the holiday season, who among us doesn’t try to capture their pet in that perfect pose to use for a special and unique holiday card? Our friends at Vetstreet offer some tips.