Monthly Archives: December 2011

That smells funny, I’m not going to eat it.

OK, so you’ve just been to your veterinarian and s/he wants kitty to switch to wet food in order to lose weight.  (We’ll cover the merits of dry versus wet another time).  But right now you’re faced with what seems like … Continue reading

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Hold the tinsel, please!

From a cat’s point of view, what could be more alluring than tinsel? After all, it’s shiny and easy to bat around. However, when swallowed it can cause choking and do serious damage to the intestinal tract. Below is a … Continue reading

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No-noes for Fido this holiday season

While it may be tempting to reward your dog with table scraps this holiday season, especially when he’s being begging at the table (oops being charming), an ounce of prevention is better than a midnight trip to the vet. Below … Continue reading

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When kitty is ruling the roost

At a holiday party, a pleasant older couple regaled me with tales of kitty.  Their 4-year old male cat controlled the house:  waking them every morning at 5 for his breakfast, growling when he didn’t get his way, or biting … Continue reading

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Wet welcome … or how to eliminate submissive urination

I was recently hired to walk an eight-pound Yorkie.  She’s sweet and affectionate as they come.  But every day I’d come in the door, she’d wet the floor.  Dogs use their body language to communicate their intentions and many display … Continue reading

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Snacks for cats

It’s only natural for us to want to reward our cats with yummy treats.  Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with your veterinarian first.  But here’s the rule of thumb.  Treats SHOULD NOT exceed ten percent of … Continue reading

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Don’t forget about shelter dogs

There are many animal shelters in Massachusetts.   But I can only speak about  Animal Rescue League of Boston because I used to volunteer there.  For three years, I saw their adoption services first-hand.  I was, and continue to be, very … Continue reading

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