The butter had vanished. But it couldn’t have gone too far, Becca had only left the kitchen for a second. She searched among the assortment of ingredients she had set on the counter in preparation for baking cookies. As she checked under the table, she heard a smacking sound coming from the living room…
Hera the mastiff was laying on top of her massive ottoman in the perfect likeness of a queen who had just polished off an exquisite feast. Becca tried to interrupt her, but both sticks of butter were history. She immediately thought about pancreatitis, which occurs when the …Read More
Magic trotted along the sidewalk as far ahead of me as his leash would allow. He paused, sniffed the grass, and turned around in a little circle. I pulled the plastic clean-up bag out of my pocket in response to this ritual. Once I approached him, his obvious diarrhea told me something was very wrong with his digestion. But Magic didn’t seem too bothered by this gastrointestinal issue. He continued to hold his flag-like tail high as he pranced by the dogs barking at him from behind their fences for the rest of his walk.
Minor gastrointestinal issues were not newsworthy …Read More
The morning forecast had predicted a high of 103 degrees and I could almost see the steam coming off the parking lot from my lunch table by the window. The sun reflected off my Jeep’s windshield which was probably already reaching an oven-like temperature. I thought about my middle school classmate’s science project when he baked cookies on the dashboard of his mom’s car on a summer day like this one.
In the middle of my meal, I noticed a black car parked on the opposite side of the window with a little terrier sitting in the front seat. The 12:00 …Read More
When the time for Midnight’s annual wellness visit rolls around, she treats the entire day like a living nightmare. Once I take the cat crate out of the closet, she immediately darts under the bed and hisses her declaration of war. After I fish her out and attempt to lower her into the crate, she grips all four sides as if her life depends on it. The moment she is placed on the scale, she screeches until the whole city feels her fury. Throughout the drive home, her angry eyes glare at me from behind her own personal prison with …Read More
Finn, a fourteen-year-old cat with chronic renal disease, began subcutaneous fluid treatment to help his body deal with toxins that his kidneys were no longer able to process normally. Subcutaneous, also called subQ for short, means just beneath the skin. SubQ fluid is received through a needle connected to a fluid line (a long, flexible tube) and fluid bag.
In the beginning, Finn’s family were reluctant to begin the treatment and Finn was also understandably stressed by this unusual activity. When it was time for him to receive his fluids, he hid in the very back corner of his mom’s closet …Read More
I stared at the YouTube video on my phone of a cute pig eating a cookie, attempting to distract myself from the heavy dread I felt. I tuned out the irritated meows coming from Midnight’s carrier and tried to believe her blood work results were going to be fine. Even after two years of surprisingly well maintained kidney levels, I knew chronic renal disease is irreversible and worried our days of great blood work could be over.
Once Dr. Bilhartz returned to our exam room with the results, he told me Midnight’s blood work indicated that it was time to consider …Read More
Midnight is only five years younger than I am, so her veterinarian had already warned me about the prevalence of chronic renal disease among senior cats. But while Midnight’s diagnosis was not shocking, that didn’t make the news any easier to hear. Because she had not yet shown any of the symptoms I was watching out for, I hadn’t expected her to develop a kidney problem yet.
Chronic renal disease occurs when a cat’s kidneys become unable to function normally over time. Like Midnight, cats who are in the early stages sometimes don’t show obvious symptoms and the signs only appear …Read More
As my cousin Karen filled out the stack of adoption forms, her new kitten Rose fussed and pushed the sides of the cardboard take-home box so hard Karen feared she would escape. Karen remembered the shelter volunteer’s straightforward warning: “This one’s a terror”. But when they first met, Rose’s baby meow and big adorable eyes made her look like a perfect angel— until she was placed in the box for the trip home. But Karen still insisted on making her part of the family, so the volunteer explained that she should prepare herself to patiently work through some undesirable behaviors. …Read More
My best friend Liz and her Shepherd mix Luna have been a package deal since the day Liz found her at a local rescue. Where Liz goes, Luna enthusiastically follows. But nobody ever minds, because watching Luna hop from person to person and squeeze all one-hundred pounds of herself onto someone’s crushed lap makes every party, movie night, and dinner a hilarious event. While Luna is a charismatic personality to have around, she also knows to do what she is told— for the most part. Every once in a while, Luna falls victim to her guilty pleasure of thievery. If …Read More
Our newly adopted stray Mella was obviously not a member of the feral cat colony which occupied our neighborhood. The feral cats would do anything to avoid humans as much as possible, even if that meant using storm drains as a travel system and only venturing out for food late at night. But Mella purposefully sought human contact— shortly after we found her we learned that most of our neighbors already knew her and had fed her dinner on several occasions. But even though she loved to be near people, she was still more like a bobcat than she was …Read More
Focus on the textbook I reminded myself for the hundredth time. But before I was able to delve back into my study guide, I heard it again: cling cling cling cling cling— the jingling sound Magic’s collar made while he desperately scratched an intense itch. Once he repeated this very loud and exhausting routine, I slammed my book shut in frustration and abandoned my homework pile to find him.
Upon entering the living room where Magic’s favorite bed was kept, I found he had tied himself into a dog pretzel, vigorously gnawing a spot above his tail. I parted his fur …Read More
Lilies were once one of my favorite flowers, but I have now banned them from my house after learning they place my cat Midnight’s health at risk. Midnight and I are very lucky that she never nibbled the cut lilies I used to keep on the coffee table, because even a small snack could have threatened her life.
While it is still unknown what exactly causes lilies to be so toxic to cats, it is certain that eating any part of the plant such as the leaves, flowers, pollen, or vase water will cause kidney failure and death if untreated. Fortunately …Read More
My dog Magic’s nails dug into my leg as he hopped up and down to get a better look at the smiling Golden Retriever hanging her head out the car window in the left lane. “Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop!” I chanted while I desperately clutched the wheel with two fingers and nudged him toward the passenger seat. But he was already back in my lap and perched on his hind legs— for some reason beyond human understanding the view from the other window was unsatisfactory. “I’m still not rolling the window down,” I reminded him. “You don’t want to get …Read More
It only took Magic a couple days after his adoption to prove that he got along great with humans. He was gentle with children who wanted to pet him, automatically trusted anyone with a house key, and loved to swing in the hammock with my friends. Trying to predict how he would behave around my cat Midnight was a different story. But as a small scruffy mutt who was already missing most of his teeth, he certainly didn’t look like a cat killer.
My family kept Magic and Midnight separated at first by confining them to different areas of the house. …Read More
At 1:00 in the morning, the movie I had been watching was suddenly interrupted by a very loud baby crying outside my window. Upon hurriedly opening my front door, I realized the sound was not not made by a baby, but by the emaciated, desperate, stray cat springing out of the bushes and screaming for dinner.
I first locked Midnight, my own cat, safely away in my bedroom to protect her from this unknown cat’s possible sickness or aggression. I then brought my new acquaintance into the kitchen for some food and water. While my first thought was to give her …Read More
As Mom and I looked inside each kennel at our local animal shelter, the decision before us became increasingly difficult— every dog needed love just as much as the last one. In the small dog area, we spotted a little scruffy mutt. His hair was so long and matted he looked like a black and white mop, but beneath his rat’s nest his bright blue eye and deep brown eye sparkled when he saw us. We sat with him in a little room with a bench, and he sprung onto my lap so everyone could have the opportunity to pet …Read More
As my dog Magic aged, he became less like the carefree spirit we had adopted and instead grew quite irritable. In his younger years he was cheerful rather than crotchety, but as his fur began to gray and his fuse shortened, he seemed more like an old man character one would see in a movie shouting, “You kids get off my property!” His short fuse also applied to his occasional minor health problems as he easily became consumed by small discomforts.
One morning after a walk I found Magic laying in his bed and licking his paw so intensely he hardly …Read More
Around my house, the exclamation “Magic stinks!” was not uncommon. Every dog has an unpleasant habit or two, but Magic’s most beloved hobbies were really gross. In his eyes, the cat’s litter box was an all you can eat buffet, a rotten dead squirrel was a rare treasure, and a smelly running shoe was the perfect air freshener. Anytime he disappeared somewhere in the house or backyard for a suspiciously long time, he always returned with a big smile and an unbearable stench.
But one day, this stench was different– but it definitely still made my nose burn. And not only …Read More
The sound of a vacuum is a source of modern comfort to humans—to us, it signals a quick route to a clean floor. To your dog or cat, the same noise signals unexplained chaos.
Some of our patients at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals were raised inside the home from day one, so they’re more used to sounds such as the coffee maker and television. Others may not be as adjusted to the racket of living in a home in 2014, or they are naturally more timid around loud noises the blender makes. For these pets, at least until a white-noise-whisper blender hits …Read More
Storms can be fun to watch, but not if you’re a cat. Plenty of our feline patients at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals have major reactions to the weather, especially thunderstorms and sometimes even rain. Whenever it rains, and sometimes even before it rains, a few of our feline friends get the shakes, meow like crazy, and take cover anywhere they can—under beds, blankets, couches, or in cabinets.
Some humans who get migraines or have joint pain can closely connect their aches with storms on the horizon. Doctors believe this is thanks to heightened sensitivity to atmospheric pressure, and the same is likely …Read More
Leashes being yanked out of hands, waiting room accidents, constant whining, meowing, and barking… Loving animals through their anxiety is all in a day’s work for the front of office staff at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals. Though it’s unlikely that most pet patients will ever learn to jump for joy at the prospect of a vet clinic visit, there are some tricks to teaching animals there is no reason to fear.
If your pet gets anxious in the car because they are only used to driving to the pet clinic, try taking them for short car rides somewhere they’re guaranteed to love. …Read More
The decision to find a new home for a pet is never an easy one, but sometimes circumstances make it impossible to take care of your animal. There are lots of reasons people have to make the heartbreaking decision to give a pet up. Financial hardship, major health struggles, animal behavior issues, and other lifestyle or compatibility problems can all tempt people to consider other living arrangements for their pet.
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals believes in helping every animal find an ideal home. Before making a big decision, we urge pet owners to consider all the options. Depending on your situation, your …Read More
Pet owners are aware of common dangers for their animal friends such as accidental poisoning, getting lost, and everyday scrapes. However, most pet lovers don’t think about potential kidnapping by pet thieves, especially in LazyPaw Animal Hospitals’ home community of lovely Frisco.
There’s no need to hide Fluffy away under lock and key for fear of thievery, but pet owners should be aware of possible dangers and take basic precautions to keep cats and dogs safe from those who might wish to profit from stealing animals.
Why would anyone steal an animal?
Pure breed pets are the most common victims of animal theft. …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is all about toys lately, and though we’ve pointed out some amazing (and amazingly expensive) possible additions to your pet’s collection, we wanted to share the secrets of some of our favorite homemade toys that ring in at a total cost ranging between zero and just a few dollars. Bonus: They don’t take much time to make, and you probably already have everything you need around the house.
Remember, always supervise your pets during play and check the condition of toys regularly for potential choking hazards.
Give your pal Scrappy a scrappy toy.
Everyone has an old t-shirt that’s begging …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals love toys! Er, I mean, we love giving toys to our favorite animal patient friends. There are plenty of expensive pet toys on the market, but just as the child who opens a new zillion-dollar gadget will often play with the box instead, most pets are glad to play with anything that’s interesting regardless of how much you spent.
Keeping Fido and Fluffy up to their ears in entertainment doesn’t have to cost a lot. Just use common sense and always keep an eye on animals when playing. As with any toy, check the condition of homemade toys …Read More
We’ve hunted down some interesting toys and gear for the world’s most adventurous pets as well as those suffering from a streak of total boredom. But today LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is profiling the holy grail of pet product categories—the chicest, and sometimes most ridiculous, toys and more for pets who know how to redefine what it means to be spoiled.
Bling doesn’t begin to cover it.
Dog and cat lovers with cash to burn can spring for the real diamond deal when it comes to showing off Fido and Fluffy’s style. If your credit limit is sky high, you too can spend …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is on an imaginary shopping spree for our favorite cats and canines, and though these high-tech, high-fashion, and high-octane toys may be out of a reasonable price range, they are still fun (and funny) to marvel at.
Umbrellas designed just for small pets.
Frisco vet patients may not see quite enough rain to justify the purchase of their very own umbrella, but if your small pooch is truly pampered, “The Dogbrella” is an inverted umbrella on a stable pole that forms a moisture barrier between your low-riding dog and wet weather. The clear umbrella canopy gives walkers full view …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals loves entertaining our pet patients, especially because watching them have fun is so entertaining to us! There is no one toy that will interest every animal, but this list of handpicked oddball toys is devoted to our furry friends who may be suffering from a spell of ennui. From puzzling to downright bubbling, even the most un-impressible pet could be doggone delighted by these wacky playtime ideas.
A tether that actually encourages movement?
Tethers that keep dogs roped to one place are old news. The Tether Tug is a combination of tether pole and tug toy that keeps dogs …Read More
There are lots of rumors circling the Internet about hawks honing in on small dogs for tasty prey. Since LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is in the heart of Frisco, Texas, we are used to seeing plenty of hawks gliding through the sunny skies. But are they really dangerous to our pets?
Of the 9300 species of birds in the world, Texas is home to 600, including predatory hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles. These flying hunters make their homes in trees, cliffs, chimneys, and other natural and manmade nooks.
Despite online horror stories of little dogs being snapped up by vicious birds, majestic birds …Read More
It’s date night, and you’re getting ready to go. As you put on a dress shirt, your dog Buster starts to whine. When you put on your best shoes, he tries hiding under the couch. As you close and lock the front door, you can hear him barking and howling. You feel terrible because he clearly hates it when you’re gone, but what are you supposed to do—stay home forever?
When you come home relaxed after a great meal, you find a hole chewed in the couch, urine on the carpet, and poop in your second best shoes. Buster clearly had …Read More
People who have lived with more than one cat know it’s normal for them to play-fight from time to time, as evidenced in this “pattycake” video where two dubbed patty-cats have collected more than 20 million views on YouTube. Cats naturally want to be on top of the food chain, so whenever more than one cat is in company, fights are bound to break out. The question is, how do you stop a hissing, yowling, claws-out cat tiff without getting hurt?
The staff of LazyPaw Animal Hospitals has broken up our share of cat altercations, and these top tips have helped …Read More
A wonderful cat lover with several star patients at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals recently asked a great question about feral cats. Namely, could she try to adopt one?
To answer, it’s important to define what a feral cat is. Feral cats are born and raised in the wild, or perhaps have been lost or abandoned and become more wild to survive. Some “free” feral cats can handle a small dose of human contact, but most are too fearful to be handled. They often live in groups (aka colonies) near places they can reliably find food, such as garbage dumps or alleys with …Read More
This week alone we have fielded several emergency calls for pet ingestion of undesirable substances: chocolate, garlic, decorations and Tylenol. Unfortunately not all veterinary clinics are open 24 hours a day to answer questions or to assist with home triage. In the North Dallas Metroplex we are fortunate to have several round the clock, referral level practices available to our clients; however, what happens when traveling with your pet, or you want to do your own independent research before making a call?
For a quick look up, two free applications which can readily be downloaded to your mobile devices are ASPCA’s …Read More
Pet Care For Kids By a Kid
3 Animal Scenarios and How To Help Them
What do you do when you happen upon an animal that someone has abandoned or took from its natural home? Here are three scenarios that might occur in your neighborhood, and how YOU and your family can help them safely.
SCENARIO 1: Abandoned Kittens
“Hey! What are you doing? Mommy! Get your hands off me! Ouch! This bag is dark! HEYYYY! My brothers and sisters are in here too! BUT where is Mommy???! Where are you taking us?!”
You and your husband have just woken up to the …Read More
When your pet gets sick, you suffer some symptoms as well—a feeling of panic, that sinking feeling in your stomach and those tears in your eyes. Having a sick pet can be a nerve-racking, gut-wrenching experience. While we all want to race to our computers and find the solution to our pet’s illness, hopping on Google might not always be the right answer. We’re often told not to refer to WebMD the minute you have a headache or stomachache, because it will retrieve more intense results than an everyday cold. The same principle applies to our furry companions. Before jumping …Read More
Last time on the LazyPaw Animal Hospitals blog, we convinced the world at large that putting an identification tag on pets is absolutely essential (okay, maybe not the whole world, but it would be nice).
Just in case you need a little more information to make up your mind, consider this study from the National Council on Pet Population, which found that fewer than two percent of lost cats and only 15-20 percent of lost dogs ever find their way back home. If you love your very own Fido and Fluffy—and we know you do—then you won’t love those numbers.
If we …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals believes in microchipping, but when it comes to finding a lost pet, a microchip isn’t a magic wand. In fact, to make microchips as effective as possible, we actually recommend an additional tag that lists microchip numbers, the microchip company you are registered with, and their phone number.
Microchips are not tracking devices or GPS beacons that immediately reveal your pet’s precise location. They are tiny transponders embedded under the skin that serve as permanent identification. When a microchip scanner passes over the animal, the microchip gets enough power from the scanner to broadcast the chip’s ID number. …Read More
This topic may seem like a no brainer… Until you’re ordering a dog or cat collar tag and have to make tough decisions for limited character lines. Dog ID tags and cat collar tags are not only kind of cute (or downright fashionable depending on your taste in bling,) they are crucial to your pet’s safety and well being. Should your animal accidentally run off, a tag could determine whether they ever find their way home again.
Whether your dog or cat is prone to wander or seems like a total homebody, ID tags are a must. But even though most …Read More
If you’ve ever been around a beloved dog who happened to have an anal gland accident, you know the terrible feelings that follow—shock and shame from the dog, and likely a blend of disgust, humor, and the sinking knowledge that it’s your job to clean it up. Yuck!
The musky odors that can blast off from your precious friend’s rear end come from anal sacs, small pouches in both dogs and cats that store gland secretions in the sac lining. Two small ducts at the four and eight o’clock areas around the dog’s anus sometimes discharge these contents, and though the …Read More
In “Dear Kitten”, the latest web video we just can’t stop watching, the senior cat teaches his prodigy kitten all about the world called “Up.” It’s a space of counters, tables, and anywhere high he may not technically be allowed but defiantly goes anyway.
Cats love to climb and have made their species so successful in part because of that trait. Felines are incredible hunters, especially when it comes to using trees to access flying prey or pounce on their next meal from above. Cats also love to explore, which makes the world of “Up” that much more alluring.
Felines enjoy surveying …Read More
If you are a dog lover, chances are you might have encountered a time or two (or plenty) when you caught your dog eating #2. We’re trained, educated animal surgeons at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals and have seen lots of wild things during our medical careers, but this is one habit that still makes us say, “Eeeew.”
Plenty of dogs want to eat poo, and some will even go to great lengths to be sneaky and get away with it. Whether the feces is from cats, horses, geese, or even from their furry little selves, sometimes dogs just love the flavor. Yikes!
One …Read More
Whenever someone close to you is going through a hard time, it’s not easy to know just the right thing to say. When you’re at a loss for words and your friend is sad, these phrases can help you figure out what not to say.
Sometimes people, even at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals, feel unsure of how to console someone when a pet is ill or passes away. Even when people mean well, they may unintentionally say something that only makes it worse. If you’re not sure whether a comment might be rude, consider swapping out the animal’s name for the person’s …Read More
Last time on the LazyPaw Animal Hospitals blog, we laid down the law on some nightmarish phrases no one should ever say to a friend who recently lost a pet. For anyone who stuck on finding the right thing to say to someone whose pet recently died, these simple phrases can get you through.
Remember that it’s not exactly what you say that matters, only that you show you care. Don’t ignore the loss when a friend’s animal dies. Act as if the pet was part of the family—because for your friend, they were.
I’m sorry for your loss.
Avoid comments like “Buster’s …Read More
Have you ever had to listen to a comment about your pet that left you speechless? Then chances are you’ve heard one of these commonplace blurts that can temporarily (if accidentally) mutate any stranger, family member, or friend into a creature with a rude attitude.
On the other hand, if you’ve ever said any of these things by accident, you’re not alone. The good news is that there is a cure for these blooper comments. It’s easy, painless, and you can start as soon as today. My prescription for becoming a more sensitive person is to start reading this blog, then …Read More
Everyone has dealt with a nightmare driver, teacher, neighbor, or irritating person in the grocery line. However, sometimes even the best of us can slip and make comments that turn us—yes, us!—into a nightmare for someone else.
At LazyPaw Animal Hospitals, we unfortunately can’t help but overhear waiting room conversations from time to time. These three are some of our favorites! Please read on and think more carefully before blurting to avoid treading on an animal lover’s feelings.
The dreaded over-share.
It’s natural to seek camaraderie, and many people want to chat in the waiting room at the vet’s office. It makes sense, …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals adores cats! However, we understand frisky felines may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Cat lovers are a special species all their own, and they take their fluffy friends seriously. That’s why if you want to avoid scratches or the dreaded cool-cat stare, it’s wise to never mention these phrases in a cat lover’s presence.
I like dogs better.
That’s nice for you, but do I really need to know? If I have a cat, it means I like cats. I don’t need anyone else to like them. I love them, support them, take them to the vet, and …Read More
Working at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is always fun and interesting, but not just because of how much we love animals. Every once in awhile also get to hear and see some wild behavior from the people who belong to our patients!
We’ve covered “petiquette” before, from how to politely introduce yourself to animals to the best ways to do Emily Post proud at the public park or dog park. Today, we’re bringing petiquette into our very own waiting area to address common conversations our staff can’t help but overhear from time to time.
Is he gonna die?
First rule of thumb: If you …Read More
When a child has a fever or is in pain, a few children’s Tylenol or Advil can help them feel better fast. However, though animals are also small, they should never have over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication.
OTC pain meds may be fine for humans, but they can be deadly to animals. This includes anti-inflammatory NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), Aleve (naproxen), and aspirin. More mild pain relievers including acetaminophens such as Tylenol are equally harmful to both dogs and cats.
If OTC meds are dangerous for animals, why did my vet prescribe them?
Some of these medications can be given to animals, but only …Read More
Second and third hand smoke is a danger to people who breathe it, but the fumes are equally toxic for pets.
Second hand smoke is air that is exhaled or escapes from the end of cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Third hand smoke is residue that stays on skin, fur, clothing, and furniture after the air has cleared. Both second and third hand smoke are under the umbrella of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), which are linked to pet allergies, cancers, eye and skin diseases and respiratory problems.
If smoking is harmful to humans and ETS can cause illness and cancers in non-smokers, it …Read More
Sometimes, dogs and cats just don’t care about the difference between “interesting” and “delicious.” From plastic toys and water bottle caps to washcloths, coins, corn cobs, and socks, from time to time Fido and Fluffy can’t help but help themselves to a serving of non-food contraband. The same goes for ferrets, birds, and any other animal you thought was domesticated enough to be left alone with a bar of soap for three minutes.
Foreign objects in the gastrointestinal areas can cause plenty of problems in a hurry, from vomiting and diarrhea to scrapes and tears in the intestines, abdominal blockages, infections, …Read More