Pet Tales

We spill the tea on VMX conference pet care lectures



Caring for aging pets, recognizing pain and the perennial topic of feline house soiling: These were just a few of the hundreds of sessions presented at the Veterinary Meeting and Expo last month in Orlando. Dr. Marty Becker attended in person, and I attended virtually. We go to veterinary conferences to learn about advances in veterinary medicine and find news […]

Pets of the WEEK

EARS is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at 500 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood. Visit www.earsanimalrescue.com, or call 941-681- 3877 for the shelter or 941-460-6757 for the thrift store. All donations go to help the EARS animals. Volunteers and donations are always needed. These pets are available for adoption at the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood. All […]

Should you spring for pet health insurance?



When I bought Harper as a puppy 15 years ago, there were fewer pet health insurance options than there are today, and often coverage didn’t include common problems in cavalier King Charles spaniels, such as heart disease. I decided against purchasing it, reckoning that heart issues that cropped up wouldn’t be covered and that cancer wasn’t common in the breed. […]

Pets of the WEEK

EARS is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday Saturday at 500 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood. Visit www.earsanimalrescue.com, or call 941-681-3877 for the shelter or 941-460-6757 for the thrift store. All donations go to help the EARS animals. Volunteers and donations are always needed. These pets are available for adoption at the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood. All […]

Feline diabetes: Signs to watch for and advances in treatment



Your cat is eating ravenously but losing weight, and she seems to be drinking a lot more water than normal — and peeing it all out into the litter box. What’s wrong with her? All of those signs may be pointing to a particular disease that’s not uncommon in cats: diabetes mellitus. But if you’re not in the habit of […]

Pets of the WEEK

These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are microchipped, neutered and current with their shots. We are open by appointments only. All of our adoptable pets are on the AWL website (www.awlshelter.org). If you see a pet that you would like to meet, call to make an appointment. We […]

Cats use their powerful sense of smell differently than dogs



How important is scent to cats? More than you might think. No one has ever been silly enough to try to put them to work finding people or substances by scent, but cats have a keen sense of smell and rely on it heavily. Unlike dogs, however, who have developed an array of scent-related careers to help people, cats use […]

Pets of the WEEK

These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are microchipped, neutered and current with their shots. We are open by appointments only. All of our adoptable pets are on the AWL website (www.awlshelter.org). If you see a pet that you would like to meet, call to make an appointment. We […]

Helping newly adopted dogs adapt to their new lives



When we lost our dog Harper in October, after losing Keeper in March, we were petless for the first time in decades. Our plan was to continue fostering kittens but wait a year or so before getting another dog so that we could travel more frequently and for longer periods. That lasted all of two months. Four days before Christmas, […]

Pets of the WEEK

EARS is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at 500 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood. Visit www.earsanimalrescue.com, or call 941-681-3877 for the shelter or 941-460-6757 for the thrift store. All donations go to help the EARS animals. Volunteers and donations are always needed. These pets are available for adoption at the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood. All adoptable […]


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