Two Sundays ago, I made a quick trip down to The Big Apple (NewYork City) so that I could attend the Park Avenue Armory Rare Book Show and Sale. The event draws rare book and manuscript sellers from all over the world. And even though I cannot even begin to afford the prices of these collector volumes, I do get a chance to meet … Read More A QUICK TRIP TO NYC: OF ST. BERNARDS, THE MOUNTAINS, AND A FEW OF THE BLESSED SAINTS
TICKS!!! FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR PET’S HEALTH, AND OUR HUMAN HEALTH: IT’S IMPORTANT TO PAY ATTENTION TO THESE CRITTERS AND NOT FREAK OUT!!!
Dear readers, even though we’ve talked about ticks many times before, I feel it is necessary once again to go over this stuff for three reasons. First (and most important), at least in our little area of the world here in central New York State, the business of ticks has now officially become life or death serious for both our pets and ourselves. Secondly, … Read More TICKS!!! FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR PET’S HEALTH, AND OUR HUMAN HEALTH: IT’S IMPORTANT TO PAY ATTENTION TO THESE CRITTERS AND NOT FREAK OUT!!!
“They protected us on the field of battle. They watch over our eternal rest. We are grateful.” — on the War Dog Memorial, Ft. Benning, Georgia Dominating the city of Edinburgh, Scotland is magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Built on the highest mountain crag in the region, the castle is the most-visited sight in all of Scotland. At the very top of this great structure is … Read More OF PIGEONS, HORSES, CATS, AND WAR DOGS: THE DICKEN MEDAL
I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about something out there called MRSA infections and whether or not our pets can be a source for this infection. For many years now, my human counterparts have had to deal with this problem among themselves and their patients, so what I have to say may be old news. And I’ll start like I do every … Read More MRSA INFECTIONS IN PEOPLE AND OUR PETS.
Of all the illnesses I have to deal with in my humble little practice, the one that gives me the most challenge is that of cats and dogs vomiting. Just for fun this morning, I typed in to the Google search engine the words “vomiting in dogs” and got 276,000 replies. I got 767,000 hits for “vomiting in cats! My point is, that with … Read More Vomiting in Dogs and Cats
Sarcoptic mange! Yuck!!! The very word sends creepy crawling shivers up the backs of many people. I’m getting the “itchies” just sitting here typing the word!!! Mange, specifically sarcoptic mange (there are a couple of other varieties), is nothing more than an infection by a tiny mite called Sarcoptic scabiei. These mites are so small, you could put a hundred of them on the … Read More Sarcoptic Mange in Dogs
On the extreme southeast corner of the island of Aruba, there is a wind-swept patch of grass and vine covered sand dunes, about an acre in size, known simply as The Animal Cemetery. It is here on this beautiful little plot of oceanside beach that loving pet owners who live on this happy island come to lay to eternal rest their cherished pets. Inscribed … Read More SOME THOUGHTS ON PET LOSS AND GRIEF
“They protected us on the field of battle. They watch over our eternal rest. We are grateful.” — on the War Dog Memorial, Ft. Benning, Georgia Dominating the great city of Edinburgh, Scotland is magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Built on the highest mountain crag for as far as the eye can see, the castle is the most-visited sight in all of Scotland. At the very … Read More OF PIGEONS, HORSES, CATS, AND WAR DOGS: THE DICKEN MEDAL
I was talking with my friend Stanley the other day about a small problem I was having. *For new readers to this humble column, Stanley, is my garbage man/philosopher friend who is a profound observer of the human condition and one of the greatest thinkers I’ve ever met. My problem was about how to tastefully (perhaps that’s not the right word to use) discuss … Read More CONSTIPATION IN OUR PETS: A REALLY HARD [Sorry!] SUBJECT TO DISCUSS