Itchy pets, especially dogs, are very common finding in vet medicine. Not all cases are as severe as Asia and Simba, the dogs featured in the Derm Diary, but a very real problem just the same. What was the cause of your pet's itchiness, and what finally helped bring comfort?
Most people are familiar with the traditional "cone" or e-collar used to prevent dogs and cats from licking or scratching at incisions or wounds. Have you used an "e-collar alternative" for your pet such as inflatable collars or fabric cones described here?
Please share what worked or ... what didn't work here.
Our pets are our family. They share our lives, homes and, when possible, travel with us. Sometimes though, traveling with our pets is not feasible. In those times, we must make arrangements for pet care.
Will your pet go to a boarding kennel, a friend's house, or will someone come to your house to take care of your pets? What is most important to you when seeking pet care? Please share your tips for finding reliable and trustworthy pet care while you are away.
Most of us have experienced the need to find a new vet at some point. Whether you just moved to a new location, adopted a first pet, need to find a vet specialist, or get second opinion for your pets, how did you do it?
Please share how you found your vet and tips for finding a good vet. I would also like to know why you (and your pets!) like your vet or... why you found a new one.
The massive pet food recalls in 2007 shook consumer confidence. Now, despite what we have learned from that horrible episode, the pet food recalls continue.
How did the pet food recalls affect your household? What are you feeding your pet(s) now? Do you trust pet food manufacturers?
Share your thoughts and experiences with pet food recalls here.
Building your own pet first aid kit can be a daunting task. Here are some kit-building tips for those who want to make their own. There are also many pet first aid kits available for purchase (view/compare prices).
Have you built or used a pet first aid kit? What items did you find most useful? What items could you save money by omitting? Have you taken a pet first aid class? Please share your kit-building and pet first aid tips here.
Many of us have had the unpleasant realization, usually at night, of "uh oh, my dog has been skunked!" With a direct attack, the odor is often so strong that the amount of skunk oil on the pet may be underestimated. This can lead to bringing the dog (or articles of clothing) in the house a bit too soon.
Annoying, frustrating...what's your skunk story?