5 Questions All Cat or Dog Owners Should Ask Their Vets

Bring this list of questions to ask your vet at your next appointment. By Kaitlyn Wells Ms. Wells is a staff writer at Wirecutter, a product recommendation site owned by The New York Times Company. Whether you’re a lifelong pet owner or a first-time adopter, a trip to a rowdy and crowded vet’s office can be a frazzling experience. I was once so distracted by my dog Sutton’s incessant licking of her lips, an indicator of stress, that I forgot all about my…

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Knowing the Right Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet

  By Tara Parker-Pope March 19, 2019  NYTimes End-of-life decisions for animals are difficult. A veterinarian has developed a scale to help clear up the confusion. Nearly 14 years ago, my daughter and I were grieving the death of my mother, and it seemed nothing could lift our spirits. Then we got Fluffy, a bouncing bundle of gray and white puppy, and everything changed. Fluffy kept us busy with pee pads and squeaky toys. She made us laugh in spite of our sadness,…

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Time to Put Fluffy and Fido on a Diet?

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by Jane E. Brody / NYTimes /02/19/2019 Veterinarians report that nearly half the dogs they see are overweight or obese, although only 17 percent of owners acknowledge that their pets are too fat. Humans are not the only residents of the United States who are getting fatter every year. So, unsurprisingly, are our furry friends — the dogs and cats that share our lives and, too often, our tendency to overeat. Unlike their owners, however, the family dog or cat cannot open…

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