Rabies 101 for Pet Owners

The Indian flying foxMost everyone has heard of rabies, and while people generally understand that it’s dangerous, not everyone is aware of what rabies is, how it is transmitted, and what the risk is to people and pets.

Although rabies is largely controlled in the United States, it still remains a concern. Each year, hundreds of dogs and cats die of rabies in the U.S., as well as a few humans. Understanding rabies and learning how to protect your pets and your family are critical steps in the fight against this deadly disease.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals, including dogs, cats, and humans. The disease is considered zoonotic due to its ability to transfer between animals and humans. Rabies is generally spread by direct contact with an infected animal, usually through a bite. Wildlife, such as bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes, commonly carry rabies. Continue…

Be Still My Heart: Recognizing Cardiac Problems in Pets

Weimaraner with head cockedPet lovers everywhere know that their furry friends’ hearts are large and loving. Our pets are capable of such unconditional, spirit-lifting love, it is only fair that we return the favor by taking care of them.

Heart disease in animals is a real problem, making it important for their caretakers to be on the lookout for signs of an issue. Recognizing cardiac problems in pets is vital so that we can intervene before things become serious.

Heart Disease in Animals

When pets have heart trouble, it differs from what comes to mind when we think of human cardiac disease. While heart attacks and strokes can happen, they are not very common in our animal friends. Continue…

Pets and Their People: Exploring the Human-Animal Bond

Playing with Happy DogAnyone who has ever lived with or spent time with animals can attest to the strength and depth of the human-animal bond. Books have been written about it, songs composed in its honor, and it’s been expressed in almost every form of artwork imaginable.

No doubt, this powerful bond between humans and the animals that inhabit our lives has shaped and defined us as individuals and as a society.