What you should know about leptospirosis

Posted by SusanStokes on June 1, 2017

Leptospirosis is bacterial infection that can be life threatening for dogs and can cause severe illness in humans. It can be found throughout most of the United States with the exception of desert areas because it is most prevalent in warm, wet, and humid climates.

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Looking for a children’s book with an animal twist? Sweet Pomchu is an engaging children's story where the author, Cristina De Paula, introduces the reader to a young girl named Paula who goes to New York City and befriends a cat named Pomchu. This story unravels a tale of friendship and care.

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A few years ago I had the opportunity to watch an animal acupuncture presentation at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. The “Canine Acupuncture” demonstration was presented by Shari Silverman, VMD. For those who had never seen this form of pain management process up close, it was an informative and inspiring experience.

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Celebrate National Puppy Day - Adopt, Don't Shop!

Posted by SusanStokes on March 20, 2017

National Puppy Day is March 23 – a day meant to educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills and encourage folks to adopt abandoned puppies from shelters and rescue groupsNational Puppy Day was founded by Colleen Paige, pet lifestyle expert, back in 2006 and has gained in popularity ever since. This year I want to introduce you to my friend, Mary Nielsen, founder of MySweetPuppy.net who has some important tips to share about National Puppy Day and the importance of adopting your new best friend.

Why regular wellness exams are essential for cats of all ages

Posted by SusanStokes on March 18, 2017

While it may be common knowledge that humans need regular health screenings to detect underlying disease, cat owners may be surprised to learn that the same is true for cats. All About Cats Veterinary Hospital is speaking out to cat owners. They say "silent killer" health problems are common for cats of all ages, including those in their prime.

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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