What if your child doesn’t want to be responsible for the pet?

What if your child doesn’t want to be responsible for the pet?

I currently live at home with two children and four pets. Although my kids, Danielle and Johnathan, are 20 and 17 they sometimes act a lot younger. This apparent regression occurs because they know that they can get away with it with me. As long as they’re going to school and working towards a degree, I don’t mind them living at home with me for as long as they need, […]

How to make medicine a treat for you and your pet

How to make medicine a treat for you and your pet

My cat Midnight has been healthy since I first adopted him 14 years ago. When you see a pet on a daily basis, sometimes it can be hard to pick up gradual changes. I recently noticed how thin he was becoming and, when I picked him up, it seemed as though his heart was beating quite a bit faster than usual. Another thing that I noticed was that he was […]

Could your pet be a hero?

Could your pet be a hero?

I was recently having breakfast with a family member who told a story about a cat he had when he was a child.  According to him, “Fiddle” was the most intelligent cat in the world and proved to him without a doubt that cats are smarter than any other pet. When Uncle Fred was young, his family had two houses: one in the mountains and one on the beach.  My […]

How you can make this your pet’s best summer

How you can make this your pet’s best summer

Summertime in Florida is brutal at times and summer weather has already arrived here well in advance of the summer solstice. The heat is unbearable and just when it starts cooling down in the evening, mosquitoes show up and start biting. A good part of my day seems to be spent putting protective chemicals on my skin for one reason or another. Although I don’t particularly like heat that makes […]

Surprising ways pets are affected by relationship troubles

Surprising ways pets are affected by relationship troubles

Moving into a new home and a new neighborhood is for most people a very stressful event. My recent move was prompted by a few changes in my family dynamic. No matter how much my wife and I tried, we were not able to make it work. After many discussions and tears, we both agreed it would be best to part ways. Our children are grown up now and are […]

What you should know about “superbugs” and your pet

What you should know about “superbugs” and your pet

Ever stopped taking a medication early? After all, the only one who gets hurt if a medication is not taken exactly as prescribed is the patient themselves, right? The answer to that question is actually an emphatic NO. A decision taken by one person can in fact hurt many. The topic of antibiotic resistance is something that affects every single person living on this planet. There exists something called “superbugs” […]

Is it a mistake to “humanize” our pets?

Is it a mistake to “humanize” our pets?

In our society today, fewer people actually interact face-to-face with each other and are now more likely to communicate online. Because our social connections are becoming more impersonal, perhaps it’s only natural that people may look to their pets to fill this void, often treating them more like little people. The truth is, I’m not totally sure how I feel about this. There is a part of me that really […]