Losing a pet is scary. Do you know what to do if this happens?
As soon as you notice that your pet is missing, go to your local animal shelter in person to file a report. Be sure to bring a photo ID and a recent picture of your pet. After you do that, make flyers and post them around your neighborhood.
If someone brings a lost pet to the local animal shelter, they're only legally required to hold it for a few days. So it's crucial to be proactive in your search.
Allergy season is tough on everyone, including our pets. Just like humans, animals can be allergic to a variety of things. And they even have some of the same symptoms.
My dog Sparky was miserable, scratching and itching. A veterinary dermatologist tested him and determined that he was allergic to grass, trees and dust. Common pet allergens include pollen, dust, mold, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, and certain foods.
Last year Americans spent over $55 billion on their pets. To put that in some sort of perspective, that's more than most countries in the world spend on their military.
In New Orleans, Zeus' Place is one of a number of 21st Century pet boarding and day care facilities where pets are treated somewhere between kindergarten kids and rest home residents, with activities, walks, naps and even their own apartment. Michelle Ingram, founder and owner.
We don't speak the same language as our pets. But it's amazing what they can communicate with their actions if we really observe them.
Recently, a Great Dane/Shepherd mix kept running from his owner's home. He showed up at our shelter several times over the course of a few months. He desperately wanted exercise and wasn't neutered. Running away was the only way he could express his frustration. Ultimately, his owner grew weary of paying fines to redeem him, and this lucky dog ended up neutered and placed in a new home with an attentive owner.
Older animals are often overlooked in shelters across the country. This a huge loss for animals and humans. Older pets make excellent companions.
Pets are defined as "older" when they've reached approximately two-thirds of their life expectancy. A standard poodle, for example, has an average lifespan of 12 years. So at 8, he or she is ready to become a card-carrying member of the AARP — that's the American Association of Retired Pets.