Positive side effects of pet ownership for children

Dogs and other animals can help children cope with a variety of ailments — depression, emotional disorders, and even poor immune function. Pets are also good preventive medicine for healthy children to help them avoid developing allergies, increasing weight, or becoming social outcasts.  Pets can also teach children empathy and compassion. “Children in dog-owning families have more traditional values, better academic achievement, and greater respect for their parents,” said Elizabeth

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Human Medications Draw the Interest of Pets

Sandy McNamara, a lawyer who lives in suburban St. Louis, came home from work recently to find her cat Toby in the throes of something very bad. He had been vomiting, had diarrhea and was panting excessively. “I was scared to death,” McNamara says. “I suspected that he had gotten into something  but I wasn’t sure. I knew I had to call a poison center but I also knew the

Hail to the First Puppy - UPDATE;The Obamas welcome Bo, their new Portuguese Water Dog puppy, into the White House

UPDATE!  A few months back WebVet was one of the first to announce the top contenders of the future Obama family pooch (full story below).  We’re happy to announce that Senator Edward M. Kennedy recently gave the Obama family a Portuguese Water Dog puppy as a gift; Senator Kennedy owns several Portuguese Water Dogs himself.  The dog (named Bo) is a nonshedder, which was a prerequisite for the Obama girls

Putting a pet up for adoption

Putting a pet up for adoption can be a very painful experience. Death, divorce, financial crisis, onset of illness or allergy, a new apartment that doesn’t allow pets — all these are reasons why even the most loving owners sometimes have to say goodbye. But there are more and less responsible ways of giving up a pet. Laurie Bleier, the director of the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network, a grassroots no-kill foster

Feline infectious peritonitis

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a serious viral infection.  The FIP virus can infect any cat but is most common in those younger than 3 years old.  It is also more common in multiple cat households.  Cats infected with feline infectious peritonitis are are often infected with feline leukemia virus as well. The FIP virus can cause a wide range of signs, which vary depending on the strength of your

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Dogs with separation anxiety are usually overly attached to or dependent on one or more family members.  They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviors of vocalization, destruction, house-soiling, or inactivity when separated from the owners. Many of these dogs begin to show signs of separation anxiety as the owners prepare to leave.  They often salivate or pant profusely, vocalize, eliminate, refuse to eat, and become destructive.  Some dogs simply

Housing for your African pygmy hedgehog

Here are some tips for the best possible housing for your hedgehog: be a smooth-walled enclosure that is high enough to prevent escape. Aquariums 20 gallon or larger are acceptable contain newspaper or recycled material bedding to a depth of several inches and should be changed frequently and kept dry be maintained in the optimum environmental temperature range of 75-85 F include accessories for climbing/hiding: box, untreated fruit tree log