Calm My Dog During A Storm

Calming Your Dog During A Thunderstorm We recently had a nasty thunderstorm in the middle of the night here in the Albany, N.Y. area that rocked my apartment building and boasted a light show to rival fireworks on the Fourth of July. And it’s not even May yet. My cats...

Tips for Finding Lost Dogs

Tips for Finding Lost Dogs Tips to Safely Getting Pups Back Home No one wants to think about it until it happens to them — the nightmare of a missing pet. It is a heart-stopping moment. Your mind is racing from thought to thought. You are frantically searching for:...

Importance of Training Your Dog

Importance of Basic Obedience Training If you had a friend who constantly interrupted you when you were speaking, roughly yanked your arm and stepped on your feet whenever the two of you walked somewhere and had absolutely no table (or bathroom) manners how often do...

Adopting Senior Dogs

The Benefits of Adopting Senior Dogs (and Cats) When a family is thinking about bringing a new dog into their home, there are lots of things to consider. If the family has children, chances are they will ask for a puppy. Conversely, families without children may give...

Dog Teeth Care

How to Keep your Dog’s Teeth Healthy Recently, while I was in the dentist’s chair undergoing a root canal I vowed to make sure my daughter would never be in a similar predicament. And then I started thinking about my dog and cats. What about the health of their...

A Therapy Dog’s Life

A Day in the Life of a Therapy Dog Marguerita, or “Rita” as she’s lovingly known, is a four-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi from Averill Park, New York whose life is anything but ordinary.  Rita routinely comforts humans suffering with everything from anxiety to...

Dog Hearing Loss

Dealing Proactively with Hearing Loss in Your Dog My brother Tony and his partner Kenny have three miniature Dachshunds. The eldest of the wiener-dog trio is Toby who will turn 16 in November. Next oldest is Webster, a dapple mini Dachshund who is nearly 14. Ernie, a...

Can I Pet A Service Dog?

Is it Illegal to Interact With or Pet a Service Dog? The quick answer is no, it’s not illegal but you still shouldn’t do it.  There have been many occasions when I’ve happened upon a service dog and its handler anywhere from Albany International Airport in Albany, NY...

Poisonous Plants for Dogs

Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs and Other Pets Spring arrived a few weeks ago. But here in Albany, East Greenbush and throughout Upstate New York’s Capital District we have only been treated to a handful of days when the temperature has climbed above 50 degrees...

Does my Dog Have Feelings?

Does my Dog Have Feelings? Many people wonder if their dog has feelings or emotions. Dogs, like humans, can experience emotions and feelings, more or less intensely, in the same way as humans do. Numerous scientific studies have been carried out verifying these data,...

Is Your Dog A Cartoon?

Is Your Dog A Cartoon? My dog is a goofball. She reminds me of a cross between Scooby-Doo, the reluctant detective, and a silly version of the heroic real-life Movie Icon Rin Tin Tin of the 1950s. “Holly” is a white German Shepherd, who on a number of occasions, has...

Be Prepared for Pet Emergencies

Be Prepared for Pet Emergencies If your pet got injured would you be able to administer basic life-saving care that could mean the difference between life and death? First Aid and CPR training classes are both offered online and in person regularly in most US cities...

Topical Pain Meds Can Kill Pets

Topical Pain Meds Can Kill Pets As many Bay State pet parents hailing from Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Saratoga, NY already realize, there are myriad human medications that are off limits for cats and dogs – and not all of them come in pill form. The Food and Drug...

Senior Dogs and Surgery 

Senior Dogs and Surgery Senior pets aren’t all that much different from human senior citizens, except that their lifespans are generally shorter than what we humans experience. While conducting research on the topic of senior dogs and the risks surgery and...

Air Travel and Your Dog in Albany NY

Air Travel and Your Dog The rules for traveling by air with your pet have evolved over the years. For instance, in 1990 I traveled from Los Angeles to Albany, N.Y. with my cat “Koko” when she was less than a year old. At that time, I was required to keep her in a very...

Is Vomiting Cause for Concern in Albany NY

Is Vomiting Cause for Concern Sometimes it seems like my dog “Talia” will eat anything she comes in contact with. I’ve literally had to pull everything from a tomato plant to a pair of snow skis from the clenches of her adult German Shepherd jaws. Given the...