Author: <span>ruthmacpete</span>


Caring for Aged Dogs

Originally published in BARK Magazine January 2006

Most parents complain about how quickly their kids grow-up. Within the blink of an eye their children seem to go from diapers to diplomas. Now imagine squeezing an entire life span into just …


How to find a lost pet

Losing a pet is every pet parent’s worst nightmare, but there are steps you can take pre-emptively and things you can do if your pet gets lost to increase the odds that you’ll get your pet back.

To improve your …

Ask the Vet

Does my pet need a microchip?

All pets, even strictly indoor cats, should have microchips and ideally collars and ID tags. What happens if your pet sneaks out an open door or window, or worse yet, gets lost during an earthquake, hurricane or tornado? Collars and

Ask the Vet

I am getting a new pet. What do I…

Besides buying supplies and making your home pet-safe, it is important to bring your new pet to your veterinarian for a complete check-up. Your veterinarian will perform a complete examination to ensure that your cat or dog is healthy and


Bringing home a new pet

Getting a new pet is a big deal and everyone knows it’s important to get off to a good start. So besides buying supplies and making your home pet-safe, what else should you be doing if you’re adding a new, …


Spring Dangers for Pets

As the weather starts warming up, you and your pets are likely to be outdoors more and more. Remember to avoid these common springtime dangers that can affect your pets.

Bee stings
As it warms up, these fuzzy little guys …


What you need to know about ear infections in…

As a primary care veterinarian, ear infections are one of the most common problems I encounter. Although some animals go to the vet to have an ear problem addressed, many ear infections are discovered incidentally during a routine physical exam. …


Do cats get colds?

Unfortunately, like us, our feline friends can get colds too. In fact, a cold or upper respiratory infection, is one of the most common illnesses seen in kittens. Cold are especially common in settings where many cats live together, like …