A common question on this site is if pets can "get" poison ivy. Not in the sense that humans do, with a intensely itchy, blister-filled rash like humans, but dogs and cats can transmit poison ivy, oak and sumac.
Has your pet helped spread poison ivy/oak/sumac to human family members? Please share your poison ivy story and any poison ivy tips you may have.
How did you select your cat's food? Are you happy with the cost and seeing health benefits for your cat? Please share your reviews of your cat's favorite - or not so favorite - foods and treats. Please add your review for Adult, Kitten, Senior, Prescription and Treat categories. We also have viewer reviews for dog foods.
Catnip is a cat-friendly plant that causes a variety of behaviors in cats. Some cats get "wild," some seem drowsy, and some cats don't react at all. Catnip is a popular filler for cat toys and scratching posts and may be great for enticing some playful activity out of cats who may be more inclined to nap all day.
What about your cat? Please share your stories and photos of kitties and catnip here.
Urinary problems in dogs are common. Clinical signs of a urinary tract infection or other urinary problem can range from barely noticeable to unable to urinate (this is an emergency). Some urinary problems are the result of other diseases, such as diabetes with increased urination as the most common first sign.
Has your pet had a urinary tract infection, blockage or stones?
Thanks to pet microchips, the small computer chip ID implants used by shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians, thousands of pets have found their way back home.
Microchips work when tags fall off or collars are removed. Is your pet microchipped? Why or why not? Please share your opinions and microchip success stories.
It used to be that dogs and cats were examined and vaccinated annually, as soon as that reminder card came in the mail. In recent years, with the development of new vaccine technologies and ways to assess risks and protection levels, thoughts on vaccination protocols have changed.
What are your thoughts on vaccinations? Share your thoughts
Dealing with the loss of a pet is never easy. When children are involved, special considerations must be made to help them understand what is going on and how to deal with pet loss and grief.
Please share your tips for talking to children when dealing with pet loss and grief. If possible, include age-related tips (i.e. tips for dealing with very young, pre-teens, teenagers, etc.).
Senior pets have a special place in my heart. While they often take lots of time and extra care to accommodate for the changes seen in old age, they still give their all to their human family members.
Let's celebrate seniors. Share your stories and photos here. Your entry should spotlight your senior pet's life (current or in memory of) or why you chose to adopt a senior pet and how they add to your life. See published senior pet stories.