City of Puppy Love?

City of Puppy Love?

Jul 29

No-dogs-allowed-signI’m a lifelong Philadelphia area resident, and a passionate defendant of our wonderful city. The restaurants, the history, the beautiful architecture: Philadelphia has a lot to offer. One area where we seem to fall short is dog friendliness. I often hear from clients how difficult it is to find a dog-friendly apartment. There are a few dog parks in the city (more now than ever before) but according to apartment listing website Zumper, Philadelphia ranks a lowly 76th on the list of pet-friendly cities.

The fact that our ranking is 76 is not lost on this history buff, but it also means we have a long way to go to improve our pet friendliness! What are your suggestions as to how we can make Philadelphia more pet friendly?

 

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A Blackfish is Not a Happy Fish

Jul 27

OrcaMany of you remember the documentary Blackfish, about the horrendous conditions endured by captive Orca and other sea mammals at Sea World. The movie has spurred a much needed backlash against Sea World, and against keeping these large whales in captivity while asking them to perform as entertainers.

A recent article in Psychology Today confirms what many of us have suspected for a long time. Captive whales show clear, scientific evidence of emotional stress, boredom and even madness. These intelligent creatures are not meant to be confined to small tanks solely for our viewing pleasure.

If you love whales, dolphins and other sea mammals, please do not support Sea World or other facilities where these amazing creatures are held captive.

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Pets Are the Best Medicine

Jul 22

I can only imagine how much hospitalized kiddos must miss their fluffy friends. Many studies have shown the health benefits of owning pets (pets are known to lower blood pressure, reduce the incidence of allergies and asthma and increase longevity). It makes good sense that some children’s hospitals are now allowing pets to visit their kids while undergoing medical care. Many thanks to Purina for making this initiative possible; hopefully more children’s hospitals will follow suit.

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Plus Size Pets

Jul 20

Is your Fido pleasantly plump? Is there even more of Fluffy to love? Your chubby pets are in good company: the majority of American pets today are considered overweight or obese. Even major athletic apparel companies are recognizing the trend:

Puma logo

It may seem impossible, but Fluffy and Fido can lose weight! We can create a diet plan, managed with regular weigh-ins, and help Fido find his lean physique again. http://newtownsquarevet.com/new-year-new-skinny-pet/

 

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Midnight Snack Attack?

Jul 18

PudgeI recently dealt with several months of hungry cat 4:00am wake-ups thanks to my cat Pudge (pictured at left, helping with an art project). Pudge started waking me up earlier and earlier each morning, demanding food by screaming all around the house, jumping on me while I was sleeping, and knocking items off my bedside table. I bought an automatic feeder and set it to feed Angry Cat at various random times throughout the night; this didn’t help. I tried switching him from wet food to dry food before bed; this didn’t help and gave him diarrhea. My husband and I got to the point where we were alternating getting up at 4am, to sit in the darkened living room and squirt Pudge with a water bottle whenever he started screaming. We were as sleep deprived as when my son was a newborn.

If your cat is becoming a nighttime food bully, you are not alone. (I feel like I should start a support group!) What worked for us: feeding Pudge’s dinner as late as possible before going to bed, and completely ignoring his early morning demands for food.

Esteemed (and hilarious) vet blogger Dr. Andy Roark tackles the issue of hungry cat wake-ups on his blog, and has some additional tips for those suffering through 4:00am hungry howls.

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Kitty Can Love the Vet!

Jul 15

I saw this photo on Facebook recently:

Taking cat to vet

Hysterical right? It’s funny because it’s true. I wish I could help Diane (and her kitty) learn that there’s a better way to take a cat to the vet. I may not be able to help Diane, but I can help you:

http://newtownsquarevet.com/bring-your-cat-to-the-vet-in-3-easy-steps/

 

 

 

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Fetch! Fetch! Fetch!

Jul 13

Ball hogThis invention is inspired. I recently saw a video for the GoDogGo Fetch Machine and think it may be one of the best ideas I’ve ever seen for a ball hog dog. My previous dog Kona would obsessively play fetch, and would catch balls all day if we let him. Of course, my arm would get tired long before Kona would. The GoDogGo Fetch Machine would be a great way to tire out a highly energetic dog!

A major caveat with this toy: only use it under supervision, or else a highly compulsive ball catcher could develop heat stroke. (Some pups just don’t know when to say when!)

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A Dog with a Duckling?

Jul 11

Dog and DuckI love dogs. I love ducklings. And I love stories that disprove the myth that pit bulls are vicious killers.

Check out these photos, and you may feel the same way!

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Hay is For Horses

Jul 10

Dr D and a friendI never knew about Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines until about three years ago, when we bought our current home. The previous homeowner provided us with a folder of documents about our property’s 200 year old history. From 1927 until 1933, our property (which I lovingly have named Fox Valley Farm) was part of Ryerss Infirmary for Dumb Animals, the first charity in the nation devoted to providing a sanctuary for retired working horses.

By 1933, Ryerss had outgrown our property in Devon; they subsequently moved to Malvern, and then finally to the farm’s current location in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Today, Ryerss houses about 75 horses aged twenty and older, a number of whom were rescued from neglectful or abusive situations. They currently have a waiting list of 350 (!) horses in need of a permanent retirement.

Handsome horseRyerss is open to visitors daily. The horses happily seek out visitors, expecting treats in the form of sliced apples or carrots. We have visited several times, always with a bag of carrots in tow, and are delighted to support this wonderful organization. Ryerss is the oldest non-profit horse sanctuary in the United States, and they are always in need of financial support. Please consider donating to this wonderful organization!

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Is Science On the Outs?

Jul 07

junk scienceThere’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and probably something that has occurred to every physician, veterinarian, researcher, pharmacist and scientist at some point recently. When, why and how did it happen that the general public (particularly the educated general public) become distrustful of science? How did it happen that a random dog breeder with a blog is more trusted than a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine? When did it happen that a mommy blogger with an anti-vaccine agenda became more trusted than the American Academy of Pediatrics? Why did it happen that crowd sourcing social media for the best food to help Fido’s itchy skin became a better choice than asking your highly educated, experienced, trained veterinarian?

One of my favorite writers, Atul Gatwande, writing in one of my favorite publications, The New Yorker, has asked that very same question. Dr. Gatwande has written about “The Mistrust of Science” in a much more coherent, eloquent way than I ever could.

Why do you think that science (and medicine) no longer has the trust of the American people?

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If Kitty could speak…

Jul 05

…what would she say?

Talking catAccording to the makers of Catterbox, if Fluffy could speak, she would primarily say “No. No. No.” Anyone who is owned by a cat shouldn’t be surprised to know that, much like a two year old toddler, a cat’s favorite word is “NO!” If I had to guess, my cat Pudge’s favorite word is probably “hungry” or “FOOD”!

The Huffington Post has a funny take on Catterbox’s talking felines.

If your feisty feline could speak, what do you think he would say?

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If you can fry an egg on the sidewalk…

Jul 01

…you shouldn’t walk your dog on that same sidewalk!

Fried eggDuring the last week of school, I walked my dog Maeby to the bus stop to meet my son’s school bus. Maeby kept holding her feet up, doing an awkward dance that I didn’t recognize. It was a warm, pleasant 80 degree day, and when I bent down to feel the asphalt on the road where we were standing, I almost burned my hand. No wonder Maeby was doing the “feet hurt” dance!

Dog paws and dog paw pads are miraculous structures, cushioning and protecting Fido’s feet on every sort of terrain. However, hot asphalt and hot cement can burn Fido’s feet, just as they can burn ours.

If you can fry an egg on the sidewalk (or if it’s too hot for your feet on the pavement), it’s too hot for Fido’s feet, too. This article from The Dodo shows what happened to a poor pooch on a hot summer walk.

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If you can fry an egg on the sidewalk…

Jul 01

…you shouldn’t walk your dog on that same sidewalk!

Fried eggDuring the last week of school, I walked my dog Maeby to the bus stop to meet my son’s school bus. Maeby kept holding her feet up, doing an awkward dance that I didn’t recognize. It was a warm, pleasant 80 degree day, and when I bent down to feel the asphalt on the road where we were standing, I almost burned my hand. No wonder Maeby was doing the “feet hurt” dance!

Dog paws and dog paw pads are miraculous structures, cushioning and protecting Fido’s feet on every sort of terrain. However, hot asphalt and hot cement can burn Fido’s feet, just as they can burn ours.

If you can fry an egg on the sidewalk (or if it’s too hot for your feet on the pavement), it’s too hot for Fido’s feet, too. This article from The Dodo shows what happened to a poor pooch on a hot summer walk.

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