April 6, 2012
Q: What do we do if our pets get sick or injured when our own vet is closed? A: Great question! Like kids, pets don't time illness and injury to regular business hours. We actually have three emergency vet clinics in and around Howard County. Keep this information handy -- it could save your pet's life: Emergency Animal Hospital 10270 Baltimore National Pike (Route 40 West) Ellicott City, MD 21042; 410-750-1177 www.ellicottcityemergencyvet.com Open weekends, holidays and nights 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Emergency Veterinary Clinic 32 Mellor Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228 410-788-7040; www.evccatonsville.com Open 24 hours, 7 days Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic 808 Bestgate Road, Suite 111 Annapolis, MD 21401; 410-224-0331 www.aavec.com ; open 24 hours, 7 days
February 18, 2010
Air travel seems to get harder all the time. The latest threat to the traveling public comes in the form of four legs and fur. According to an editorial published this week in the Canadian Medical Assocation Journal, it's time for humans with pet allergies to take back the skies. So many people today are flying with small pets in the airline cabins that people with pet allergies are being put at risk, state the authors of the paper, who represent the journal and the University of Ottawa.
September 21, 2012
What's the best way to deal with seasonal allergies? Pets react to airborne allergies just like humans do. But when they inhale these potential allergens, instead of just sneezing and sniffling, they get very inflamed and itchy skin that can become infected. It is important to treat any secondary infections or underlying conditions before starting to treat seasonal allergies. The idea of treating seasonal allergies is to make the skin less reactive. Here are some of the agents used to treat or manage allergies for pets.
January 18, 2013
Labragator in the house, ready to cheer on the Ravens this Sunday. Truth be told, she was less than amused at being dressed up in people clothes for a photo. When kickoff finally gets here, though, I have no doubt she'll be more than ready for some of our gameday snacks. And while I'll be tempted to share (those big brown eyes get me every time), the experts say I'd better be careful -- not all people snacks are OK for our pets. Trainer and T.V. star Cesar Millan says there are some treats that are fine for man and canine, including peanut butter, cooked chicken (if your dog isn't allergic -- Molly is, so this is off our list)
July 6, 2012
Ask patients in some area hospitals which caregivers they most look forward to seeing, and they'll say the ones with hairy faces and bad breath. For Sean Harris, they were his dogs Diesel and Wilson. For Michael Friedman, it was the family pooch, Larissa. "My mother and grandfather had been [at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital] before and we brought the dog to visit, so when my father got sick, we knew we could bring her," Brad Friedman said of Larissa, a friendly 5-year-old Australian shepherd.
July 18, 2010
In what lawyers believe was a first in Maryland, a judge recently ordered a divorcing Calvert County couple to split custody of their dog, a recognition, experts say, that pets stand apart from other property. Once rare, post-breakup disputes over who keeps the pet have grown more common in the past two decades. At the same time, some couples, many choosing not to have children, are lavishing attention on their pets and are willing to spend thousands of dollars in legal fees fighting for custody of Rover.