Caring for the Pet of a Loved One When They Can No Longer Do So Themselves

When Melissa's father died and her mother moved into a nursing home, Melissa adopted her parent’s poodle, Margot. During the three-hour drive to her house from where her mother was staying, Margot was shaking and afraid. Melissa … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Pets Support People with Parkinson’s Disease 

Dear Raider, My mom has Parkinson’s disease. We live a half hour away and try to see her as much as we can. I think having a pet will help her to stay active and feel loved. We always had miniature poodles growing up. Do you … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Research Shows How Having Pets Helps Promote Healthy Aging and Prevent Cognitive Decline

Dear Angel,I’ve been living alone for the past five years and I’m thinking of getting a pet to keep me company. I’ve heard about benefits of having a pet, but didn’t realize that there were cognitive benefits as well. What are … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Are Cats a Good Idea for Families with Children Who Have Autism? And Is It Good for the Cat?

Dear Angel,My son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and we are thinking of getting a family pet. I read somewhere that adding a cat to the family might be good for a child with autism. This is making us think of adopting a cat … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Could Canine Life-Extension Research Lead to Breakthroughs for Pets and Humans?

Dear Hayek,There is a lot of research out there about longevity in humans. Unfortunately, pets don’t live long enough. Is there any research being conducted about longevity and pets? I’d love for my best friend, Kirby the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can Coronavirus Affect Pets?

Dear Angel,I am the proud mom of three dogs, who are getting lots of attention with my husband and I working from home, and with the kids here too. They mostly stay in the house but enjoy long exercise walks around dinner … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Should a Loved One with a Dementia Diagnosis Have a Pet?

Dear Hayek,My grandmother Ruth has a small black mixed-breed pup named Angus. She is very fond of Angus and takes him everywhere. Ruth was diagnosed with dementia a couple of years ago. She still takes good care of Angus, but … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: The Power of the Purr

 Dear BeBe, I am completely stressed out caregiving for my father who has Alzheimer's, although I admit it's a labor of love. I think my lack of life balance is affecting my health. My brother told me that the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Having a Furry Friend May Extend Your Life

Dear Bebe,I am considering getting a cat similar to you for my mother, who lives alone and doesn't get much exercise. I heard pets have been known to promote longevity and social interaction. If it's okay with her and her … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet

Dear Baxter,I am getting older, and so is my dog, Brutus. In his old age, he is overweight and very lazy. What are some resolutions I can make that will help make me a better pet owner, and to make my pet … [Read more...]

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