Pets

Lyme disease in dogs

Lyme disease is not a novel topic to all those that live in our region.  This year is showing to be a very aggressive tick-infestation season.  According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), so far this year, one out of three dogs tested for Lyme disease is positive.

Dry-fly action heats up

The 2017 trout-fishing has been open for just over a month now. So far, Mother Nature has not been cooperating with us fly fishermen. For much of this time, the Delaware River and its tributaries have been too high for good wading access, and the weather has been caught somewhere between winter and spring.


Photo by Abigail Waldrop, Fort Bliss Bugle Staff [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A child hugs a certified therapy dog after reading him a book during a Paws for Reading session at Mickelsen Community Library at Fort Bliss, TX.

Therapy dog helps kids read

MONTICELLO, NY — Does your child need practice with reading? Do they love animals? The E.B. Crawford Library is bringing reading practice and animals together in a new program called “Tales with Tai.” 

Train your pooch

LIBERTY, NY — The Adult & Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES will offer a dog obedience course on Tuesdays from April 18 through June 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Rubin Pollack Education Center parking lot. The first class is two hours long, without dogs.

Cherry eye in dogs

Does your dog have protruding piece of pink/red tissue in the corner of his or her eye? Does this piece of tissue change in size? Your dog may have a “cherry eye!” Many mammals, including dogs, have an extra or third eyelid located inside the lower eyelid. This piece of tissue is also referred to as the nictitating membrane.

Do cats mourn?

I am often asked, do cats mourn? It is difficult to assess ​what ​those mournful eyes​ mean,​ since our feline friends ​cannot tell us what they are feeling. However, astute pet parents can interpret their pets’ emotions based on their behavior.

Senior dog preventative screening

Several years ago, I wrote an article about cancers of the spleen, hemangiosarcoma. Hemangiosarcoma is a malignant vascular tumor that occurs in veins and large organs such as the spleen, heart and liver. In many cases patients with this cancer may not show any symptoms indicating they are not feeling well.

Feral cat management

Ownerless cats may look the same, but there is a difference between a stray and feral cat. A feral cat is one that is born and raised in the wild with little or no human contact. A stray cat is one that has been abandoned or left from home and became lost. A stray cat is homeless but has already been habituated to humans.

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