• Winter is Hard on Your Pet Pal Too!

    While you are keeping yourself safe this winter, remember your pets are susceptible to the same trials of winter. Susan Nelson, a clinical associate professor and veterinarian at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Pet Health Center, gives pet owners suggestions of things to watch out for, both indoors and outdoors:

  • Q: What are some of the benefits of kids having pets?

    A: All the responsibility of feeding, walking, and loving a pet translates into children being caring with other children. It also teaches them to treat the animal how they want to be treated. Ask your kids to put themselves in the place of their pet. Ask them how they feel when they are loved; how they feel when they are disrespected. Your dog feels all these things too.

  • The Food Truck Community Goes to the Dogs

    That’s right—the food truck community has gone to the dogs. And that’s a good thing. With 78.2 million dogs living as pets in the US, there simply aren’t enough pet-friendly food trucks available to serve them. Chef Michael’s is leading the charge to help food trucks serve up thoughtful meal experiences for dogs and their owners.

  • The Elderly and Their Pets

    It’s easy to understand why elderly pet owners develop deep and meaningful relationships with their pets—pets provide essential elements of unconditional love and companionship for seniors. For these reasons, family members may choose to give a pet to their aging parents.

  • Greyhounds Going Home

    Greyhounds are loveable companion pets. However, every year, thousands of greyhounds are bred for the 27 remaining racetracks in the US. The dogs are intentionally over-bred so that there are always new dogs to replace aging and underperforming greyhounds.

  • Give the Birds a Home Away From Home

    Many people find listening to the calls of songbirds or watching blue jays and cardinals treat themselves to a birdbath relaxing. Even sitting on park bench and throwing crumbs of leftover food has brought joy to many. While feeding birds is considered an American industry these days, there are steps to take in order to get the most out of your bird-watching hobby.

    The joys of bird-watching.
  • Lyme Disease Co-Infection

    Did you know that a co-infection of Lyme disease can be passed to humans from companion animals? Bartonella, a type of bacteria, can be transmitted through a bite from an infected animal or through insects such as flies, fleas, lice, and keds. Common animal hosts of Lyme Disease and Baronella are cats, dogs, wild pigs, cattle, squirrels, mice, and rats.

  • Dry Skin is Everywhere

    Dry, itchy, and flaking skin is a sure sign of a rough winter. Unfortunately, this also pertains to your pets. Winter is just as rough on their skin as it is on yours. There are simple steps to keep your pet from feeling the affects of the sub-zero temperatures.

    Tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy during the winter months.
  • Washing Woes

    The situation is a fairly common one in winter and spring: you’re out for a walk with your dog in a wooded area, enjoying the changing season and cool breeze. Fido trots alongside you, but stops to sniff at something next to the path. He then drops and rolls in whatever caught his attention. Unfortunately, it’s a pile of wild animal droppings.

    Give Fido a bath and avoid disaster
  • Animal Acupuncture


    As a pet owner, you know when something isn’t right with your pet. He or she might be sleeping too much or not enough. Your pet might pace, bark, meow, or chirp at unusual times; the tone of their cry might sound distressed.