July 15, 2016 |
Belle might just be the walking definition of "lucky dog. " The 18-month-old standard poodle lives to play catch with her owners. But two months ago, the game nearly killed her. In mid-May, Belle was speeding after a ball outside her home in Townsend, Del., when she impaled herself on a 2-foot-long steel rod. Nearly 18 inches of the rod, which had been attached to a scissor jack holding up a camper, was driven into her chest cavity. "It ran right through her, but she didn't whimper once," said owner Lori Broome.
April 4, 2016
* Thanks to social media, we're seeing lots more photos and videos of cats getting baths and playing in water. There are times when a cat bath can be beneficial. If someone in your family is allergic to cats, a weekly bath (for the cat) can help to keep dander levels low, reducing the person's reaction. * We've heard of the Fortune 500. Here's a more important ranking for pet lovers: the pet-friendly 12, companies that offer perks to pet-loving employees. They run the gamut: allowing owners to bring dogs to work and providing pet insurance, discounts for doggie day care, pet supplies, financial assistance for pet adoptions and free pet health screening days.
October 19, 2015
How could she say no? The engagement ring was attached to Stella, a carmel-brown boxer - a gift from her then-boyfriend, Randy, in 2010. Fast-forward five years. Married, but childless (for now), Hollie Rothrock refers to Stella and her other dog, 8-year old Rosco - a black Lab-shepherd mix that she's had since he was 6 weeks old - as her "fuzzy kids. " She showers them with treats and toys - including birthday presents and stocking stuffers every year at Christmas. "I take better care of them than I do myself," said the fourth-grade learning-support teacher from Bucks County.
September 21, 2015
PET OWNERS will spend nearly $16 billion on veterinary care this year. If you're considering purchasing pet health insurance, here are five things you should know: 1. Some insurers provide discounts to AARP or AAA members, military personnel and multi-pet families. 2. Some employers offer pet insurance as a benefit. 3. Policies are available for birds, reptiles and other exotic pets. 4. Older pets can be insured, usually until they are 12 to 14 years old, but policies may exclude coverage for age-related illnesses.
March 22, 2015 |
Deathly ill, Harley was marinating in his own toxins. The 4-year-old cat's kidneys had stopped performing their vital blood-cleansing function. The orange tabby from Jordan - his owner was a diplomat in Washington - was carried into the dialysis suite limp, eyes half-closed and glazed over. The veterinarians and other staff at the University of Pennsylvania were already masked and gloved. They hooked Harley up. Penn's Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital is one of a dozen dialysis centers nationally (four are on the East Coast)
July 15, 2014 |
In a nation still struggling to insure humans against illness, insurers say fewer than two million Americans have policies for their pets - maybe 1 percent of the potential market. In England and Sweden, 25 percent or more of pet owners have policies. But marketing to veterinarians and animal drugmakers who sell expensive new therapies has boosted sales and prospects for Newtown Square-based Petplan and others in the small-but- growing ranks of U.S. pet insurers. Bosses and backers of Petplan, founded by English expats Chris and Natasha Ashton when they were Wharton students coping with high vet bills for her cat, thought it a measure of fiscal validation recently when rival Trupanion , the Seattle company that owns American Pet Insurance Co. , filed to raise $89 million in an initial public stock offering.
March 20, 2014 |
ON ITS website, H&M tells potential hires how much they'll be treasured by the behemoth company. "It's important that you feel appreciated and treated well in every way," the Swedish low-priced, high-style fashion retailer assures those who join its 105,000-plus global workforce (whose benefits package is so rich, it even includes pet insurance). "In the long run it's your well-being that is the key to our success. " If only the company's construction people cared as deeply about the well-being of H&M's neighbors.
June 17, 2013
The Daily News Pet of the Week is Gideon, a 9-year-old shar-pei mix at the Pennsylvania SPCA. Gideon is gentle and loves to take leisurely strolls. He is house-trained and neutered, has his current vaccinations and comes with a month of free pet insurance. Through June, he's available free. For more information on Gideon, contact the PSPCA, 215-426-6300, stop by 350 E. Erie Ave., or visit the website at www.pspca.org .
June 4, 2013
THE Daily News Pet of the Week is Lokey, a 3 1/2-year-old male tabby cat at the Pennsylvania SPCA. Lokey is sweet and affectionate, has had his shots and has been neutered. He comes with a month of free pet insurance. In recognition of National Shelter Cat Month, the PSPCA is offering a "Name Your Own Price" adoption promotion through the end of June. If you like Lokey, make an offer. For more information, contact the PSPCA, 215-426-6300, stop by 350 E. Erie Ave., or visit the website at pspca.org.
May 21, 2013
The Daily News Pet of the Week is Madison (above), a 2-year-old pitbull mix at the Pennsylvania SPCA. Madison is gentle and gets along well with people and other dogs. She has been spayed and is housebroken. Her adoption fee of $40 includes vaccinations and a month of pet insurance. For more information about Madison, contact the PSPCA, 215-426-6300, stop by 350 E. Erie Ave., or visit the website at www.pspca.org .