December-January 2013 Articles


        
  
  
      





    
    
    

    



            
    
    
    

    



  
    
    
    

    



  
December-January 2013 Issue

At a stop sign where I sit everyday there is a house with a large front yard. It is home to a pair of young Labrador retrievers, one black and one brown. The first time I sat and watched them, they were each tugging on a rope. Being of equal size and strength, neither dominated their game of tug-of-war. On another...

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December-January 2013 Issue

I’ve been working in veterinary offices over 25 years.  I’m not a veterinarian but I am an epileptic and I’ve been given the opportunity to write about something that is near and dear to my heart—epilepsy in dogs.  I’m glad to see that so many of the holistic opportunities available to humans are...

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December-January 2013 Issue

This first book would probably have been better reviewed in the September issue of Pet Tails but I only recently was made aware of it by my niece and it is the kind of book that is good to read at any time if only to remind us that not all heroes are of the two-legged variety.

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December-January 2013 Issue

Have you ever heard the saying "it takes a village to raise a child”? Well in my case it takes dedicated volunteers, rehabbers and hundreds on my Facebook page to help me in my ongoing work.

Long before we became a non-profit organization I would...

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December-January 2013 Issue

My oldest cat, Pippi, has always been the poster-cat of good health. At 14-years old, she is feisty, shiny-coated, and kittenish. Friends, family, and vets alike often assume that she is half her age. I have been thankful for the infrequent visits to the animal hospital, given her travel anxiety and the heartbreaking...

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December-January 2013 Issue

Flying is natural to birds, so it seems strange that some pet birds would prefer to climb, walk or just hang out rather than frolicking about the room when you take them out of the cage. Furthermore, some simply can’t seem to take off even if they have the urge or their owners try to encourage a romp through the air. Others...

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December-January 2013 Issue

When I refer to heavy metal toxicity I do not mean an excessive exposure to AC/DC or Metallica with the volume turned up, but rather an ingestion of lead or zinc, two toxic compounds not uncommonly ingested by pet birds. Many metal objects or metal-containing compounds are attractive to pet birds because of their shiny...

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December-January 2013 Issue

Recently I’ve been in touch with area rescues and I’ve found a common thread among them all. Every rescue is like a mini-hospital; caring daily for sick animals with cancer, tumors, respiratory problems, bad teeth, infections of all kinds and behavior problems. Everyone tells the same stories of animals found abandoned in parking...

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December-January 2013 Issue

When the vet told me Buzz had diabetes, I felt faint. He was fourteen years old, a true senior cat. Was this the end? But I learned diabetes is not a death sentence. We would give Buzz two insulin shots a day, and he would live a normal life for years. And this was so–Buzz lived a beautiful...

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December-January 2013 Issue

The number of animals brought into Virginia shelters and pounds in 2011 was over 200,000 which is almost one animal for every twelve households in Virginia which is just one year’s intake.  When thinking about how to find homes for these animals we need to recognize the sheer number of animals in need each...

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December-January 2013 Issue

 Saying goodbye to our pets is one of the hardest things we ever have to do. As pets walk into our lives, our homes, and our families, they also walk into our hearts forever. After spending over a year working with individuals that have had to say goodbye to their pets with the Hampton Roads Pet Loss Support Group, I have...

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December-January 2013 Issue

As I noted in my previous column, it is unfathomable to me that any person who has ever lived with, observed, interacted with, or read stories about the lives and actions of animals could ever doubt that they—just like us—possess a rich inner-life of emotions and thoughts; and do, indeed, have “feelings.” As I...

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December-January 2013 Issue

 I recently received an email from a couple of PetTails readers who wanted to share with me pictures of their home aquariums. The couple explained to me that they have been enjoying the aquarium hobby for over 25 years and recently made some major home renovations to incorporate a custom 350-gallon tank into the...

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December-January 2013 Issue

Horses, more than any other domesticated animal go through many transitions during their lifetime. Other domestic pets usually stay with their owner until the animal dies. Horses, however, are often a commodity that is purchased to be traded, sold after the rider reaches a certain goal, or given away when it is retired and...

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