Blog Posts by

  • The Subtle Signs of a Cat in Pain

    By Dr. Marty Becker

    ThinkstockWe've come a long way in our understanding of pain, and that's true in veterinary medicine as well as human medicine. We know that chronic pain can suppress the immune system, making animals more susceptible to viruses and bacteria they otherwise might have no problem fighting. And, of course, pain just plain hurts, reducing the quality of life dramatically.

    See Also: An Ill Cat: Signs to Watch Out For

    While we veterinarians have advanced alongside our physician colleagues when it comes to managing pain, many pet owners have not. That's not because they don't care, but because they don't know enough to recognize the problem and get help. The problem is especially disturbing in cats, and that's what had me turning to my colleague and longtime friend Dr. Robin Downing for her expert read on the subject. Dr. Downing is an internationally recognized expert on the subject of pain and how to treat it; her work at the Downing Center for Animal Pain Management in

    Read More »from The Subtle Signs of a Cat in Pain
  • Top 10 Social Dog Breeds

    You know the type. They're happy. They love to greet people. And their smiling eyes and wagging tails always bring attention their way. Why wouldn't you love them back?

    Certain breeds are famed for their sociable dispositions - we're going to meet some of them below - but personality varies, so don't assume that every member of a certain breed will be a good-time Charlie. Early socialization, effective training, and continuing opportunities to interact with people in many different situations and places all contribute to the development of a dog who is genuinely outgoing and approachable. Here are our top 10 picks for personality-plus canines:

    Beagle1. Beagle - Cheerful Companion
    One of the world's best-known Beagles, 2008 Westminster winner Uno, traveled the country with his handler to promote pet therapy and did meet-and-greets with aplomb. The Beagle is among the top 10 most popular breeds for good reason: He has a bigger-than-life personality and a merry nature that make him a

    Read More »from Top 10 Social Dog Breeds
  • 9 Memorable Animal Pitchmen We Love

    By Margaret Bristol

    Sometimes big brands think outside the box when it comes to picking a face for their product. Sure, models and actors are great, but often companies turn to the animal kingdom to find the perfect fit. Whether it's a CGI lizard or a real-life lion, these brands' pitchmen speak to the animal lover in all of us.

    ©MGM / Courtesy of Everett CollectionLeo, the MGM Lion

    Since the Hollywood studio was formed back in the 1920s, they have counted on the king of the jungle to stand by their logo. Lovingly known as Leo, the current lion had no less than four other big cat predecessors. Leo has the shortest mane of all the other lions and can boast that his roar appears on the most films.

    Related: Movies Made These 10 Dogs Stars

    Aflac Duck

    It's hard to look at a white duck without hearing the familiar "Aflac" quack. Formerly voiced by comedian Gilbert Gottfried (who got the ax after he tweeted a distasteful joke following the 2011 tsunami in Japan), the company held a public contest to find the new voice

    Read More »from 9 Memorable Animal Pitchmen We Love
  • Why Does My Dog . . . Eat His Food Away from His Bowl?

    By Colleen Oakley

    ThinkstockIt can be a peculiar sight: After you put food in your dog's bowl, he takes a mouthful, walks across the room, drops it onto your carpet and then munches away. And he repeats this curious ritual until his chow is all gone.

    It doesn't seem like an efficient way to eat - not to mention that he's getting crumbs on your rug.

    So what gives?

    Possible Reasons Behind the Curious Mealtime Behavior

    The answer to this propensity lies in two words: pack mentality.

    When dogs in the wild make a kill, the outranked animals drag pieces of food away so they don't have to fight the leader or a more dominant canine for it, says Dr. Julie Albright, MA, DVM, DACVB, an assistant professor of veterinary behavior at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

    "Fighting is obviously very risky, so most animals, especially subordinate ones, will go to great lengths to avoid an altercation," says Dr. Albright.

    See Also: Why Does My Dog... Always Seem

    Read More »from Why Does My Dog . . . Eat His Food Away from His Bowl?
  • Why Small Dogs Present Big Health Problems

    By Dr. Marty Becker

    Yorkshire TerrierThough it's always a surprise, it's no longer novel to spot a pair of eyes peeking out of a shoulder bag.

    Small breeds such as Malteses and Yorkshire Terriers have boomed in popularity, according to purebred dog registries. Those don't even take into account other, ubiquitous mixes such as Yorkipoos (Yorkie-Poodle crosses) and Maltipoos (Maltese-Poodle crosses). And Chihuahuas are in such demand that the best place to adopt one is at a shelter!

    See Also: 11 Tiny Dog Breeds With Big, Bold Personalities

    But small dogs require special care. The list of things that can go wrong with tiny dogs is a long one, and veterinarians see it all: from defective knees, hips and shoulders to heart and liver problems, collapsing cartilage in the neck, troublesome teeth, overall fragility and easily broken bones. Tiny dogs can also be hard to house-train since they have small bladders and need to go outside more often.

    Some problems can be prevented through

    Read More »from Why Small Dogs Present Big Health Problems
  • Grumpy Cat Debuts a New Line of Coffees

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres

    Are you ready for Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino?We all know that when humans are crabby, a little caffeine can sometimes help.

    So could Grumpy Cat's new line of coffee drinks be the way to turn her perpetual frown upside down?

    Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino - which has the tag line "it's awfully good" - will be available starting in September, and will be offered in coffee, mocha or vanilla flavors, reported Today.

    This is hardly the first product featuring everyone's favorite disgruntled kitty, whose real name is Tardar Sauce.

    She has plenty of merchandise - t-shirts, coffee mugs and magnets - adorned with her famous face, as well as an iPhone case and a calendar you can order for next year.

    And if that's not enough grumpiness for you, you'll soon be able to curl up with Grumpy's book - and she recently scored a movie deal.

    Grumpy Cat's people haven't revealed the price of her coffee yet, but if you follow @drinkgrumpycat on Twitter, you can get a promo code for 10 percent off the drink when it's

    Read More »from Grumpy Cat Debuts a New Line of Coffees
  • America's 7 Best Cities for Dogs

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres

    Imagine this: You and your best friend hit an exercise class together, pick up some treats at a cute boutique, then go out to eat at a restaurant with a special menu for your pal because, after all, she's a dog.

    That's right. This isn't the description of a girls' day out. It's a sampling of the options that are available to dog owners who live in some of the nation's best cities for dogs.

    In May, online real estate broker Estately named what it found to be the top 17 American cities for dogs. The factors in their list included weather, Walk Score (the city's walkability), yard size, availability of dog activities, Meetup groups and the availability of dog sitters on

    See Also: Most Popular Dog Breeds in 10 U.S. Cities

    Earlier this year, Nerd Wallet's finance blog compiled a list of its top 10 cities to have a dog. It had some similar criteria but also focused on the financial aspects of having a pet. Its factors included walkability, the

    Read More »from America's 7 Best Cities for Dogs
  • Top 5 Cat Care Mistakes to Avoid

    By Dr. Marty Becker

    Roaming CatWe all want what's best for our pets, don't we? As a veteran veterinarian (more than three decades in practice), I've looked across the exam room table at enough pet owners to know that the overwhelming majority truly are trying their best. Even when they don't take our recommendations - especially when they want to, but can't usually because they can't afford it.

    But what if I told you that I can set your cat on the road to getting healthy and staying healthy with just a few simple don't-do-this tips? And what if I told you they were basically free?

    5 Things to Stop Doing, Right Now

    I have your attention now, right? So let's take a look at my top five recommendations for things cat lovers should never, ever do.

    1. Let your cat roam freely. Yes, I'm going to jump right in with the most controversial recommendation of them all. I know that in the United States, most feline behavior experts and veterinarians are strong advocates for keeping cats indoors. And

    Read More »from Top 5 Cat Care Mistakes to Avoid
  • 6 Ways to Help a Dog that is Scared of Storms

    By Dr. Patty Khuly

    ThunderstormLast week's patient was a pro. Actually, Arkana's a retired pro - a forever-homed military working dog who's been back from Afghanistan a couple of years now. Yes, after working for years in the field as a bomb dog, this 13-year-old Belgian Malinois is now living in the lap of luxury as yet another pampered Florida retiree.

    With that kind of intro, you'd think it unlikely I'd be using Arkana as an example of any kind of phobia - much less a noise-based anxiety like thunderstorm phobia - but like so many other dogs, this war hero turns into a quivering mess of nerves at the first sign of a storm.

    See Also: Why Does My Dog... Get Scared During Storms?

    In Arkana's case it's more about the storm and less to do with the noise itself (Fourth of July fireworks don't faze him, for example). The drop in barometric pressure, intensifying winds, and prevalence of static electricity probably play an outsized role. But for most storm phobia sufferers, the sounds of

    Read More »from 6 Ways to Help a Dog that is Scared of Storms
  • 7 Quirky New Pet Products We Loved at SuperZoo 2013

    While we're always fans of tennis balls, catnip toys and almost any item for humans that shows off how much we adore our pets, we have a special place in our hearts for products that are particularly quirky and creative.

    We searched high and low at the 2013 SuperZoo pet product trade show in Las Vegas and found seven items that are truly unique - from a fortune cookie-shaped rubber dog toy to artful pet buttons with irreverent messages.

    The Clock Lady1. Corgi Clock (or other popular breeds)

    You'll never complain that you're dog-tired if you dress up your wall with a Corgi clock by The Clock Lady. The ready-made clock is printed on a high-quality matte canvas and can be customized with the background and clock hand style of your choice. Prefer a different breed? The new line is available in many popular breeds like Pugs and Labs and Dachshunds. Or, if you're more of a cat fan, The Clock Lady has felines covered, too.

    Corgi Clock, available at The Clock Lady, starting at $130.


    Read More »from 7 Quirky New Pet Products We Loved at SuperZoo 2013


(674 Stories)