Pets

Pets

A respectful, eco-friendly way to say goodbye

From a few feet away, the metal trays look to be holding tiny rocks, plucked by a very particular and tidy collector. A closer look reveals that each tray holds not rocks, but remains – one holds the bony bits of a ferret, the other a cat; both were pets, and both are done with their jobs as companions.

Pets

Inside PetSpace: An animal shelter like no other

Don't forget to look up as you enter the new Annenberg PetSpace: There's a ginormous motion-sensor sculpture of a wriggling pup, so happy to see you. Look to the right for its feline counterpoint: A curious kitty, poised to paw its prey.

Pets

Goat experts and other large animal veterinarians

Perhaps the title sounds misleading. A “large-animal vet” develops a veterinary practice caring for the needs of livestock such as cattle (dairy or beef), sheep, goats and pigs. A “small animal” veterinarian like me is usually slotted into the care of companion pets such as dogs and cats. So when I examine a 200 pound dog, it is still a small animal and likewise there is often confusion about whom to call when the patient is a pot-belly/miniature pig. Not me.

Old Trainer

You can teach your dogs almost anything

DEAR OLD TRAINER: Your advice on how to teach “left” and “right” really worked. I was skeptical if Keely, my Springer, and Spec, my Brittany, could figure it out, but they learned it in two days and it was easy. What else can I teach them?

Pets

Personal calls during pet surgery

I looked across the room, towards the little squawk box that was relaying this information to me. I knew my receptionist was somewhere up front, trying to triage this phone call while handling the needs of several clients in the waiting room.

Old Trainer

Helping scratch your dog’s itch

DEAR OLD TRAINER: Rufus, a Golden mix, and Sam, a Poodle/Schnauzer mix, are scratching worse than ever this year. We just put flea liquid on them a week ago and it seems like it makes them scratch even more. Any idea on what could be causing that and is there a way to stop it?

Old Trainer

Dogs aren’t as simple to figure out as you might think

DEAR OLD TRAINER: Max, my 10-month old English Sheep Dog, loves to play at the dog park and has a favorite dog he plays with. They roll over and over, take off in a wild run, then come back and start rolling again. A lady said, “Max is a submissive dog.” She said if a dog rolls over on its back that shows it’s submissive. What does that mean?

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