Health & Well-Being

Tips & Tricks for Keeping You & Your Pet Healthy & Happy.
September 24, 2018

Should I or Shouldn’t I… Deciding on Treatment for Your Pet

Disclaimer: You may find yourself wanting to skip this article. These questions can feel hard. It’s tempting to avoid them. That is, until you can’t. We know you want to take the best care of your furry family & yourself that you can. This article will help you to think these things through.


August 21, 2018

Are You and Your Pet Ready for Their Surgery?

Your vet says your fur kid needs surgery! Does that make you nervous? That’s OK, you’re not alone.


July 20, 2018

Allergies in Pets

For many of us, the struggle with allergies is all too real. Whether our allergies are seasonal or persist year-round, we have to find ways to cope. Our four-legged family members can suffer from allergies too. Allergens can affect the immune systems of our dogs and cats, but their manifestation may be a bit different than in humans.


June 25, 2018

Pets Can Get Tetanus Too!

You have probably heard of tetanus, and may remember getting a tetanus shot every 10 years or so, but did you know that dogs and cats can contract tetanus too?


May 16, 2018

Benefits of Having a Pet for Seniors

If you have a pet as a family member, you already know the benefits of having it in your life. But did you know that pets can be particularly helpful to us as we age?


April 17, 2018

Introducing a New Pet to the Family

For many of us with multi-pet households, we get caught up in the excitement of bringing another dog or cat into the family. Besides the changes a new pet brings for the humans, the changes can be significant to other pets. To help ease that transition, it is important to think about how to introduce the new dog or cat to other animals in the family.


March 20, 2018
Diabetes Can Be a Silent Killer

Diabetes Can Be a Silent Killer

Is Your Pet Headed for Developing Diabetes?

Diabetes in dogs and cats  is treatable, but if left undetected it can cause blindness, organ damage, and eventually death. Is you pet prone to diabetes? Do you know the signs to watch for?  How about what to do if you suspect a problem? Are there preventative steps to take?


February 18, 2018

Keep Them Smiling!

Is a dog's mouth cleaner than a human's? Is it normal for your pet to have bad breath? Do you know what the #1 cause of pet illness is?

If you’re like most people, you’re not excited about going to the dentist. You probably figure your pet won’t be either. Maybe you think you don’t need to worry about their teeth unless they start drooling or cocking their head when eating. Sadly, by then your fur baby is almost certainly in pain… maybe worse.


October 18, 2017

Caring for Senior Pets

Do you live with a senior?

Have you ever had the experience when someone asks you the age of your fur baby, of saying “oh, about four”—only to stop to count, and realize with some trepidation that they’re really eight? As with older family members, our aging pets need special care and considerations. Their needs change too. 


September 18, 2017

Disaster Prep. & Your Pets

Are you prepared to keep your pets safe?

Although we are unlikely to experience a devastating hurricane here in Ohio, the recent string of horrific hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean remind us that disaster preparedness is important.  Have you made a plan in case of a chemical spill?  How about if your home catches on fire?  It’s important to be ready, and plans must include our four legged family members!


August 9, 2017

Are Your Houseplants Pet-Safe?

Dogs and cats eat LOTS of things they shouldn’t! We're approaching fall, and outdoor gardening season is about over. Do you garden indoors to keep your spirits up during the winter? If so, it’s important to know which popular houseplants are safe for your fur kids, and which ones spell trouble. Some of the “no-no”s may surprise you.


July 23, 2017

What Do Your Pet’s Kisses Mean?

Cat and dog kisses are the best!  But, are they doing it because they love us?

Happily, yes! But there are other reasons too. 


June 24, 2017

Pets Can Help People with Alzheimer’s

Those of us who have pets in our families know there is nothing quite like the unconditional love they provide.

Fur family members often create a special connection with people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Experience and research both suggest that pets can be extremely helpful for those affected by these disorders.


May 29, 2017

Underwater Treadmill Benefits

Dogs (and, yes, even cats) can benefit from working on a treadmill.

Pet water therapy has become the standard of supportive care in a wide variety of circumstances.  Has your dog just had hip or knee surgery?  Are they getting older and having some trouble with their gait?  Is your cat terribly overweight?


April 18, 2017

Thunder Phobia

April showers may bring May flowers, but for some of our four-legged family members, storms also bring fear and anxiety.

Dogs and cats—and even humans—become afraid during storms with the deafening sounds and light displays. If you have a dog or cat who hides as a storm approaches, trembles, seeks constant attention, drools, or otherwise becomes distraught, it is important to first recognize that this is not out of the ordinary. Yet for some animals, storms can be debilitating.


March 21, 2017
Pets & Autism

Pets & Autism

Those of us who have four-legged family members know what an integral role they have in our lives. But recent research reported on by Autism Speaks notes that pets may especially benefit children who live with autism.


February 19, 2017

Is My Fur Baby in Pain?

While the humans in our lives have various means of telling us they’re in pain, it’s often harder to detect pain in our four-legged family members. Unfortunately they can’t just use words to tell us. But perhaps even more importantly, their survival instincts compel them to hide their pain. Most animals in pain alter their behavior in some way, though the signs may be quite subtle. Just like in us, the causes of pain can be quite diverse.


February 11, 2017

Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

With the holiday season upon us, many of us will be traveling with our four-legged family members. And just like we all have special needs and considerations when we travel, the same is true for the dogs and cats in our lives. To make the travel as stress-free as possible, keep in mind these tips...


February 10, 2017
Caring for Your Senior Pet

Caring for Your Senior Pet

Is there anything more irresistible than a dog with a grey muzzle or a cat who has matured enough to know the value of a warm lap?


February 10, 2017

Your Pet Could Save Your Life!

Saving hearts seems to be a shared activity between pets and their people. Annie’s story is a great example of how Dr. Giatis & ERDF teamed up to save her life.


February 9, 2017
Keeping Your Fur Family On Their Paws

Keeping Your Fur Family On Their Paws!

Did you know that dogs and cats can suffer from the same knee injuries that we incur? There are two essential stabilizing ligaments that cross over one another inside the knee joint.


January 14, 2017

Pet Heartbeat Abnormalities

Heartbeat abnormalities can have serious consequences for our pets! To protect our loved ones we need to pay attention.


January 11, 2017

The Vet Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Does your cat go under the bed when she sees the crate? Does your dog leave scratch marks as you pull him across the parking lot to go to the vet?


November 2, 2016

Nanook: A Superhero for Suffering Children

What could be more difficult for a child who has suffered sexual or physical abuse than to have to talk about it?

That's just what most of the kids who come to Michael's House Child Advocacy Center in Fairborn, Ohio are asked to do.

Enter our superhero, Nanook, a yellow lab trained by Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) in Delaware, Ohio. 


November 1, 2016

Don’t Animals Just Play by Themselves?

Ever wonder about what “dog agility” is all about?  Simply put, dog agility is a competitive sport in which dog handlers compete in their ability to handle a dog through an obstacle course in a fixed amount of time. Dog agility is a wonderful way for dogs and their humans to bond.


June 13, 2016

Summer Cookouts & High-Fat Foods

Even though our pets occasionally experience vomiting and diarrhea, it’s important to remember that if it goes on, it could be gastroenteritis.