We’re celebrating Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day with a special surprise. It’s what your dog dreams about — a never-ending supply of delicious, delectable, delightful gourmet dog biscuits! Not just once every few months for a special occasion when Mom or Dad remembers, but tasty, crunchy goodness all the time, for life!
Tail chasing, running in circles, or snapping at nothing might seem funny to an observer not familiar with compulsive behavior in animals, but the reality is nothing to laugh about. I was visiting a friend this past weekend and most of the time I was there, his dog was running in circles after his tail. My friend from college was hysterical laughing at this odd behavior and he claimed that his dog does this all the time. Although normal and healthy dogs do sometimes run in circles, bark at the air, and engage in other excessive uncontrollable behaviors in response to a particular trigger, a dog suffering from obsessive/compulsive disorder may begin these behaviors without a trigger and medical literature suggests that the “patient” actually loses the ability to stop the behavior on their own. When I suggested to my friend that his dog couldn’t stop this behavior even if he wanted to, his response was “How do you know that he even wants to stop?” Point well taken, I kept my opinions to myself after that. I’m not trained in diagnosing illnesses but it does seem more difficult to diagnose mental or emotional diseases in pets than in humans since pets can’t clearly describe their feelings and intentions. The thing is that when a particular behavior starts to interfere with the normal life or the health of a pet, it is absolutely time to make an appointment with the veterinarian for a proper evaluation. Read More »
February is National Cat Health Month! We cats might have gotten a little bit cheated, on account of there are only 28 days in February. But we can still make the most of our special month, which is meant to focus on feline health and wellness. I expect to get some balloons, extra treats and a basketful of new toys to kick off this celebration. Oh, and guess what? I turn ELEVEN on February 10th. That’s tomorrow! But since they didn’t name this National Daisy’s Birthday Month, I will stick to the subject of cat health. Read More »
Almost every pet owner is familiar with the shaking that occurs after liquids get on our pet’s head. That energetic shaking that splashes water everywhere makes it quite impossible to finish giving our dogs a bath without us also getting thoroughly soaked along with them. There is a secret that nobody talks about though—the secret is that, although we sometimes complain about getting wet with the dog, most owners secretly love it when this happens! Most people, including me, consider this part of the fun and excitement of owning a pet. It also provides particular amusement to family members who witness the event from far away, and usually much laughter ensues.
There are times however when head shaking is a cause for concern. When a pet continuously shakes his or her head without an apparent reason, it could be an indication of a possible ear infection, inflammation, or even the result of an uncontrolled allergy. Since allergies are among the most common causes and often even predispose the pet to infections and inflammation in the ears, we’ll start with that topic. Read More »
Happy Groundhog Day! On this day every year, a big rodent named Punxsutawney Phil crawls out of his burrow to predict the weather. If he sees his shadow, that means he predicts 6 more weeks of Winter. If he does not see his shadow, then Phil predicts an early Spring. This year, Phil predicted 6 more weeks of Winter!Well, I have a big problem with this procedure… Read More »
By now, I’m sure you have realized that I am a Very Good Cat, on account of I (almost) never misbehave. Even though I do enjoy a good scratch every day, I never scratch where I am not supposed to scratch. You might think this took a lot of training and willpower, but you would be wrong. What’s my secret? I’ll tell you! Read More »
Change a Pet’s Life Day is today, and to celebrate, PetMeds is helping one adoptable pet get the surgery he needs to live a happy, healthy life!
Does your cat often seem to be pondering the mysteries of life? Cats are famous for their instinctive need to know. Here’s your chance to give them a voice to ask the probing questions you’re certain they’d love to ask!
Join Daisy the Curly Cat, 1800PetMeds’ resident expert on being a cat for an enlightening question and answer session in celebration of National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, this Thursday, January 22, 2015.
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The neighborhood pet back when I was still living with my parents was a bicolor cat with beautiful black markings along the top of his back and around his tail. His long white hair always seemed well-brushed and he had a petite, fragile appearance that made him look adorable. His wonderful temperament and sweet look earned him the name “Mignon” from the patisserie owner, Mr. Martine. Mignon (which means “cute” in French) would run from neighbor to neighbor throughout the day to greet people and to collect as many snacks as he could. Who would think that Mignon could be anything but sweet and gentle? Read More »