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Ask Nancy: Thanksgiving cautions

November 16, 2010

Food usually abounds at holiday time and Thanksgiving is a time we often want to share our warm feelings with our pets by offering food treats. Then too food left out at mouth access height can be impossible to resist temptation for a pet. The wrong kind of treat can make the holiday weekend...
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Ask Nancy: Halloween Safety Tips For Pets

October 25, 2010

We find Halloween fun and exciting but our pets may find it confusing and scary. Fear, anxiety, frequently opened doors and new unexpected household dangers can all be dangerous for our pets at Halloween. Below are some tips to keep your pet safe and happy. Candy, especially chocolate, should be kept well out of...
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Ask Nancy: About Shyness

October 4, 2010

Does your dog seem shy to you? Is your dog afraid to meet new people, new dogs, or walk in new areas? Does your dog jump away when something new is experienced? Shyness in dogs has many causes. Sometimes it is due to lack of socialization when the dog was young. Those early weeks...
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Ask Nancy: Ping Pong Balls in the Bathtub???

September 13, 2010

Why on earth would anyone have ping pong balls in their bathtub, particularly in a home where there are no children? I can give you the answer in one word – Kittens! While you and I might see a tub as a place for a shower or a bath, or as something that needs...
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Ask Nancy: What’s a Breed?

August 30, 2010

A purebred dog or cat is one with a known heritage where all the ancestors were dogs or cats of the same breed. This known heritage can usually be tracked back through a pedigree on registered purebreds but it may only be word of mouth on the breeding background, plus the physical appearance and...
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Ask Nancy: Are You Really Allergic to that New Kitten?

August 11, 2010

Kitten season coincides with allergy season it seems. When kittens are most abundant, pollens and molds are everywhere in the air, so it’s naturally a time when many people are feeling their allergies the worst. You see it time and again kittens in the 10-12 week old age or a little older being offered...
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Ask Nancy: Tick Removal

August 4, 2010

Ick! Ticks! I know that is always how I’ve felt when I found one on a pet. Typically my dogs come and bother me any time there is a tick on them, insisting that I remove it. I suspect all that stuff about mutual hunting and dogs hanging around the camp dump and ending...
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Ask Nancy: My Dog Won’t Take Her Pills!

July 22, 2010

When it comes to taking medicine some dogs are easy and some are a challenge. Because my most challenging dog is a wily female I’ll talk about ‘her’ in this but the methods apply to male dogs as well! There are ways to get pills into even the most suspicious of dogs. Before your...
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Ask Nancy: Boom! Noise Phobias

June 25, 2010

The Fourth of July is coming and summer thunderstorms are already being heard. Does your dog fear loud noises? Does your pet frantically try to get away or hide? Is your dog at risk for being one of the many missing pets after 4th of July weekend celebrations that include fireworks? You might want...
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Ask Nancy: Who’s Running the House?

June 18, 2010

Does your dog or pup have a mistaken idea of who is in charge of the house? Does he or she think the dog rules over all of you? Does your dog get angry or upset if you try to leave the ‘pack den’? Does your dog act like all the toys and food...
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