Author Archives: Julie Meisler

Preventive Healthcare Can Be Confusing

Feeling confused about preventive healthcare for your pet? Uncertain whether your pet’s prevention medication protects against heartworm as well as fleas and ticks? You are not alone. According to a recent report, 1 in 4 dog owners believed they were giving heartworm preventive when in fact, the medication only offered protection against fleas and ticks. […]

Pets Improve Physical, Mental and Emotional Health of Their Owners

Pets make us laugh. They provide unconditional love. Pets help teach us compassion and understanding. Great company for young and old alike, pets bring untold joy and pleasure to our lives. They also offer a wealth of benefits for our overall health and well being. Pets can improve the physical, mental and emotional health of […]

Risk of Leptospirosis Increasing Due to Flooding

The risk of leptospirosis is increasing due to flooding. Higher than normal spring rains are also a factor. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can cause serious illness in dogs, other animals and people. It is caused by bacteria called leptospires which live in water and wet soil. Leptospirosis causes flu-like symptoms and can progress […]

Dog Walking Made Simple

Dogs make our lives happier and healthier. They also help us connect to others in our communities and neighborhoods. Getting outside to take a walk with your dog is not only great exercise, it provides an opportunity to meet people. By following some simple rules of etiquette, you and your dog will be appreciated by […]

Call Poison Control and Your Veterinarian If Your Pet Eats Something Harmful

An acquaintance recently shared a story about his dog eating several packets of Splenda. His wife, who was at home with their newborn, phoned him at work in a panic. She was worried their dog had been poisoned. He admitted he consulted Dr. Google instead of his veterinarian. Based on the information found on Google, […]

More Seniors Are Sustaining Fractures While Walking Their Dog

More seniors are sustaining fractures while walking their dog. According to a new study published by the University of Pennsylvania, fractures among older adults have more than doubled from 2004 to 2017. Over this 13 year period, US residents 65 years and older experienced a higher number of bone fractures while walking a leashed dog. […]

Health Issues of Older Pets

As your pets get older, he may face certain health issues. Much like your own, every stage of your pet’s life has its rewards and challenges. These challenges may include hearing or vision loss, arthritis, cancer, cognitive disease, kidney disease, heart disease, hypothyroidism and periodontal disease. Hearing loss is common in older dogs. The most […]

Protect Your Pet in Cold Winter Weather

Protect your pet in cold winter weather by taking extra precautions. Cold temperatures can cause dogs and cats to suffer from chapped paws and itchy, dry skin. Chemicals used to melt ice can be hazardous if ingested by pets. Simply by taking some common sense steps, you can protect your pet from the possible dangers […]

Choosing the Best Food for Your Pet

Choosing the best food for your pet is a key ingredient in their overall health. Several factors should be considered when choosing the best diet for your pet. Age is the number one consideration. Puppies and kittens have different nutritional requirements than adult dogs and cats. Chronic health conditions or health concerns also play an important role […]

Rabies Confirmed in Black Bear Found Dead in North Carolina

Rabies has been confirmed in a black bear found dead in North Carolina. Discovered in Fairfield, NC on December 17, 2018, a necropsy performed on the bear by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia confirmed the cause of death as rabies. Only four black bears have tested positive for rabies […]