Sunday, May 18, 2008

Disturbing Pet Trend - Pocket Puppies

Please read about this disturbing trend in "designer dogs" and think hard before you buy one

If you have a question

Friday, May 16, 2008

Hungry Hungry Puppy

Here's a good question about feeding your dog. What foods to feed, what foods to avoid... and what's the difference anyway?

This question also contains advice on spaying

*special note..

If you suspect your dog may have signs of bloat - DO NOT HESITATE to seek care IMMEDIATELY. Make sure you have the number to the nearest veterinary emergency room for when your vet is closed... and that you know how to get there. Hopefully you'll never need them, but in the off chance you do, you'll be prepared.


When it comes to fixing your pets... if your vet tells you to neuter your female... no he is not a bad veterinarian.

neutering is the general term for desexing a pet. It can be used for females and males.

The terms spaying a female and neutering a male is generally used with pet parents to elivate confusion on what proceedure the pet will be going through. Spaying is the removal of the uterus and overies and Neutering is the removal of the testicals in males.

But to say your pet is "neutered" basically means they have been rendered sterile, so it can apply to males or females.

If you have a question

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Introducing a new pet to your house

This was an interesting question I answered on yahoo!answers about introducing 2 dogs, and what happens if you bring a new dog home and the other dislikes it.


Its always important you let your current dog be an active participant in picking out his sibling.

If you have a pet question

Monday, May 12, 2008

Control for Flea and Ticks

Danielle had a great follow up to the question in my last blog. So, what is a good preventative?

I give a run down on the 3 most popular preventatives. Frontline, Revolution and ProMeris.

Don't forget

To protect yourself, make sure you check yourself and pets for ticks after being in heavily wooded areas, shady areas, areas near shrubs and in tall grass.

Try to stick to paved or well worn paths when hiking in the woods

Keep your lawn mowed low to discourage Ticks.

Where brightly colored cloths, and avoid shady areas. If you walk through the woods or in taller grass, wear long sleeves and pants tucked into your socks or cowboy boots (which is my brother's choice of shoe), and check your clothes when you are finished.

Take long hot showers every night to wash off potential loose ticks if you've been in areas that could have exposed yourself to them.

If you have a question for me
Email me!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Tis the season to be ticky

Here is a question I answered about ticks. This is a good one for anyone concerned about ticks.

Ticks are generally found in woodsy areas, or areas that are shady with tall grass, bushes and trees.

To prevent Ticks...

1. Make sure you check yourself and your pet over daily when you walk around tall grass, bushes or trees.

2. If you hike in the woods, stay to a clear/paved path... wear light color clothes, long sleeves and long pants tucked into socks. Ticks can not bite through clothes. Make sure you check yourself over afterwards.

3. Make sure your pets are protected with a flea and tick treatment.

4. Use repellents that contain DEET

5. Take a warm/soapy shower at the end of the day during Tick season. This will wash away loose ticks.

6. If you have dogs with longer hair or are darker colors, in summer (tick season), keep them trimmed short. It will not only help them from getting overheated, but it makes it easier to locate any ticks that have latched onto them.

7. Check "problem" areas for ticks. Between the fur of your pets, try to check right to the skin by parting the hair... on humans check in areas that there are folds, behind the knees, under the arms, by the groin or breast areas, check belly buttons, behind the ears and check your hair line.

If you have a question

Friday, May 9, 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Welcome to the Pet Advice Blog

I would like to welcome pet parents to my Pet advice and help center.

I am a pet parent myself... the proud "momma" of a 1 year and 4 month old Zuchon named Dojo Kansuke, a 2 year old Hamster named Doki Doki, and 2 conures... 10 year old girl- Big Boid, and 6 year old boy- Bindie Sue (Sexed after named). I am also the proud owner of a 5 year old Clown Fish named Naruto.

I worked as a Veterinary Technician for an Emergency Veterinary Hospital, A Pet Care specialist and Educator, and I ran an advice column to help new pet owners find the right pet, or learn how to care for their new pets. I am currently in the process of finishing my first book in a series of pet care and inspiration books.

I've also participated in Wild life rescues including of rabbits, birds, larger fowl like Geese, and most recently I have been helping Law Enforcement keep tabs on wolves that have wandered in the area, in hopes of trapping them and relocating them to a sanctuary or releasing them to a more appropriate habitat than the backyards of a busy neighborhood.

I have owned and adopted many pets. Besides the ones named above, I also owned,

A beautiful Rabbit named Gabby (1998-2006)
A gorgeous Iguana named Princess Anastasia (1995-2007)

I have experience in Dogs, Cats, Reptiles, Small animals, and aquatic pets.

I do not give out medical advice. If you are worried there is a serious health problem with your pet, you can ask me... but I will 9 out of 10 tell you to consult a veterinarian and give you many reasons as to why.

I am not a Doctor of Veterinary medicine, and even if I were, I can not examine your pet by osmosis. Medical Diagnosis can not be properly made on the internet.

However I can answer questions like -

How do I know which pet is for me?
Do you know anything about Golden doodles?
What do Snakes eat?
I have brown gunk that keeps coming back in my fish tank... what is it?
What is an African Grey's lifespan?

As well as questions on potty training, general training questions, and minor behavioral issues.

I do not classify myself as an expert. I classify my someone who has experience both professionally and personally.

If there is ever a question I can not answer, I have access to experts who can help me answer these questions - or I will simply refer you to someone who may be able to.

This is a forum for all pet lovers. Please contact me if:

you have a question about Pet Care
you have a unique training technique you'd like to share
you have a special pet / animal story to share
you have a pet memorial you'd like to post
you have a cool animal photo
you'd like to mention your local humane society

Email me at

I hope to hear from you all soon.

I will get answers to your questions as soon as possible. If I don't get back to you, or if you don't see your question answered here, please email me again.