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Spaying and neutering aren’t just for preventing reproduction.  If you have had the good fortune of having a cat or a dog as part of your family I am sure that you have been well-educated on the importance of spaying & neutering your pets – for the most obvious reasons of preventing reproduction but also for reasons of ensuring the good health of your pet as they mature.  I don’t discount the importance of these procedures for the health of my pets but I must admit, I did have one dog that I never neutered and he lived to be 17 years old.  This is NOT an endorsement for NOT fixing your pet because there are life-threatening medical conditions which can affect your pet if they are not fixed.  I recently experienced one of these conditions – Pyometra – meaning “pus-filled uterus”. This condition can affect female dogs, cats, rats, ferrets, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Continue Reading »

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There are certain shows I love to watch, and do so religiously.  I love to watch Bones, CSI, Law & Order: SVU, and just about any crime programming that details actual crimes and their resolution.  I also love Hell’s Kitchen, and just about anything on HGTV.  If asked, I could tell you why I like any of the shows I actually watch.

Have you ever watched your pet watching TV and wondered what it was about that particular show that they liked?  When I caught my dog, Morby, watching TV, at first I thought she was only responding to action on the screen but not necessarily having a “favorite” show.

Morby Watching The Planet's Funniest Animals
Morby Watching The Planet’s Funniest Animals

Research done on cats and dogs infers that is exactly what she was doing.  Contrary to what most people believe, dogs are not completely color blind.  It is only the reds and greens that dogs can’t see, putting them at a distinct disadvantage at Christmas time.  It turns out that dogs can see the color blue very well.  I am relieved to know that since blue is my favorite color and whenever I would ask Morby how my navy suit looked, I knew she was answering me honestly when she said “woof”. Continue Reading »