That could be the distraction factor at work there. Also, if the pet's human is less anxious, the pet will recover much faster. Dogs and cats can be really sensitive that way. I mention this because even if you don't have the money to go and buy Bach's Flower Remedies (Rescue Remedy is one of those) you can still use something strongly scented or strong-tasting for distraction purposes, and you can calm yourself down that way too, knowing you are doing something to help. That will let your little pet recover much more quickly.View Thread
Yes, chocolate is toxic. However, you say "a speck." If it's just a chocolate chip worth or less, he's not likely to have problems. Even a little dog would have to eat a couple ounces before it was seriously toxic. Individuals are different of course, but I have never heard of a dog dying from one chocolate chip. For a larger dog it could take a few pounds, and of course baker's chocolate is more toxic, as the doc says. Your vet would have more exact details.
For now, watch your pup, and if he continues acting normally, I wouldn't worry about it.View Thread
Believe it or not, vets aren't really making that huge a profit. Don't blame the vet so much. Blame the drug companies that keep charging exorbitant amounts, the malpractice insurance, the cost of the equipment, and most of all the massive government regulations (in the US anyway) that keep driving up the cost of everything from fuel to plastics to medication to equipment to wages.
That is what causes them to charge so much for an office visit even when they don't do much, it's a little like a movie theater making all its money off the popcorn.
Too big a discussion for here, but by all means, always make yoru feelings known (AT ALL LEVELS) and perhaps eventually we will see change.View Thread
I had a cat who was prone to this, and there were some foods he could tolerate safely. Friskies Special Diet worked for him, so did Purina One Urinary Tract. Both are cheaper than Science Diet c/d. Another thing to do is put water on the dry food, that is if you can't afford canned. Just don't let it go more than a day before it gets changed, and wash the bowl well between times. Whatever you do, don't feed Alley Cat or Atta Cat. Try to get at least the next level up from that.View Thread
I've often had to resort to holding the cat gently by the forequarters and lowering them hindquarters-first into the upended carrier. It works better for my 15 pounder. Funny how it looks like he'll never fit, but then at the vet's he barely takes up half the carrier as he huddles way in the back!View Thread