Pets And Animals Blog by Rebecca West (To Be Edited)

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

Getting rid of skunk spray on pets
Posted on September 17, 2017

If tomato juice doesn't work effectively for removing skunk funk, what can you do to rid yourself of the malodorous odor? A veterinarian weighs in with the answer.

Why do dogs dig?
Posted on September 16, 2017

Have you got a digger? Understanding why your dog is continually tearing up your yard can lead to a truce between the two of you and provide answers to the problem.

PetHero offers discounts to pet owners for vet visits
Posted on September 15, 2017

Can't afford pet insurance but you'd still like a little relief when the veterinarian bill comes round? Consider PetHero, a discount subscription service for pet owners with over 5,000 in-house vet providers.

Evacuating with Pets
Posted on September 14, 2017

As stressful as hurricanes are to people, pets can be just as stressed. Check out these tips for helping your critters get through the trauma of the storm and the inevitable aftermath.

Mayo Clinic study reveals pros & cons of sleeping with dogs
Posted on September 13, 2017

An interesting new study from the Mayo Clinic sheds light on the habit of sleeping with pets and how it influences insomnia. Find out for yourself how you can improve your chances for a better night's rest.

Alligator strolls Melbourne, Florida's, downtown historic district during Hurricane Irma (image via MFD STA. 74)
Posted on September 11, 2017

Residents of Melbourne, Florida's, historic district caught a rare glimpse of a large gator beating a hasty retreat from Hurricane Irma's disruptive path as the mega storm began to bear down.

Oral hygiene for dogs
Posted on September 6, 2017

New product claims to improve oral hygiene in canines through the use of a simple water additive, eliminating plaque, tartar and gum disease in the process.

Quality of life in older pets & pets suffering from illness
Posted on September 5, 2017

Determine the right move when it comes to your pet's quality of life and well-being with a tool recently made available to the public that can be applied at home.

Products for chinchillas
Posted on August 29, 2017

Satisfy your chinchilla's needs with these inexpensive and highly-rated products designed to sate their desires and promote health for a longer, happier life in captivity.

FrogLog Escape Ramp for Wildlife
Posted on August 26, 2017

Keep your pets and wildlife safe from drowning with these cool products designed to make exiting a swimming pool or spa a breeze. (VIDEO)

Pets with short white hair need sunblock in summer
Posted on August 25, 2017

Veterinarians are finding that sunblock can be every bit as important for some animals as it is to humans. With that in mind, here are some tips for using sunscreen on dogs.

BarkBath by Bissell
Posted on August 24, 2017

An innovative new device from a powerhouse cleaning product manufacturer is offering pet owners a quicker, easier and more affordable way to bathe and groom their pets without the mess. (VIDEO)

6 of the most expensive pets to care for
Posted on August 23, 2017

Thinking about getting an inexpensive pet because they'll be cheap to keep? Think again. Check out this list of the six most expensive pets to own when it comes to vet bills.

PET/PEMF therapies can alleviate pain in people and pets
Posted on August 22, 2017

Pain remedies for pets too often revolve around harmful drugs. Instead, try PET or PEMF therapies for stimulating recovery from within, not just masking symptoms with pills and injections. (VIDEO)

Chappi the African Pygmy Hedgehog (image by chappi_momma)
Posted on August 21, 2017

An adorable little hedgehog suffering from Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome is on a roll and back in the game now that her mom has designed a wheelchair from LEGOs for her.

Image via the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Facebook
Posted on August 19, 2017

The demand for therapy dogs has increased significantly over the last few decades, and the range of jobs they perform has increased with it. Find out how they're helping us now.

Cures4Cats Day 2017
Posted on August 18, 2017

The Winn Feline Foundation is having its inaugural Cures4Cats Day this October, and support of it will go a long ways towards the care and treatment of felines everywhere.

traveling with cats
Posted on August 17, 2017

Most cats aren't exactly the perfect travel companion. For some ideas on how to improve the experience, read these simple tips for traveling with cats — you and your pet will be glad you did.

Image via Muttville Senior Dog Rescue Video Screen Shot
Posted on August 16, 2017

Looking to adopt a pet? Consider a senior dog and make their final years happy. And, while you're at it, get in a workout with what's known as Muttsercise. (VIDEO)

Nubby, the special needs dog, while different, is not disposable
Posted on August 15, 2017

Animal rescuer Lou Robinson knows one simple truth about life, and that is that "different is not disposable." For one adorable special needs puppy that attitude has made all the difference. (VIDEO)

10 plants for indoor use that won't make your pets sick
Posted on August 14, 2017

So many seemingly innocuous plants are actually harmful to animals. Here's a list of 10 houseplants that you can safely bring into a home shared with pets.

debunking myths about snakes
Posted on August 12, 2017

Snakes are one of the most misunderstood of all creatures, due in large part to their high creep factor. Find out which three myths concerning snakes aren't necessarily true.

Spotting illness in fish
Posted on August 11, 2017

Spotting illness in any living creature as soon as it presents itself can mean the difference between life and death. If your fish change in behavior or appearance it's time to be concerned. Learn what to look for right here.

Dogs can experience separation anxiety once school starts
Posted on August 10, 2017

In some parts of the country school is getting ready to begin, while in others it's already in session. Dogs can have a difficult time adjusting to this sudden departure of playmates.

Two-legged dog survives crash (image YouTube screen shot)
Posted on August 9, 2017

Missing for 17 hours, one extremely lucky dog that is no stranger to celebrity managed to survive relatively unscathed after being ejected from a truck that impacted with a bison! (VIDEO)