When I began my veterinary
practice in our little rural farming community of Trumansburg, New York, I
began, as a public service (and a tasteful form of advertising), to
publish short articles in our local advertising paper on the subject of
It wasn't long
after I started writing these articles before people began stopping me at
the grocery store and post office to tell me how much they loved my latest
article. But more importantly, very often during these conversations,
they would tell me that what they had read, or what they had heard from a
friend of theirs who had read my column, had saved their precious cat's or
From the very
beginning, my goal was to write these articles in a clear and
understandable parable-like format; that is, I wanted the stories to both
entertain and teach valuable lessons as well.
Many of the
common problems I see in my vet practice are just the result of a simple
lack of knowledge of the basic principles of animal care and husbandry;
commonsense things like not giving routine vaccinations, not regularly
worming the pets, and a simple misunderstanding of the concepts of
nutrition. My hope is that by concentrating on sharing my knowledge of
these and other basic necessities that I can help slow down, or even
prevent, serious illness before it starts.
A second source
of problems that I hope to address has to do with the unique and seemingly
uncontrollable human urge to do something, anything, to treat their
precious pet's problem: give a pill, slather on a salve, apply a
poultice, or in a million other ways, medicate their sick and wounded pets
with a home remedy. In many cases, these bizarre and alternate therapies
do more harm than good. My goal is to help educate pet owners as to the
dangers of many of these home cures and to stop them from killing their
pets with their kindness.
Also, I'd like
to point out to my readers the various common types of emergencies that
exist out there in the pet world by increasing the owner's awareness of
these problems: dogs overdosing on chocolate, cats dying from being given
Tylenol, antifreeze poisonings, wacky homemade concoctions for treating
And that's why I've created this Web site.
In summary, my humblest wishes are:
-- that through the
content of these stories, I can help readers all over the world to be
more aware of their pets' most basic needs.
-- that through the
lessons I share in these articles, I can help save cats and dogs from
their owners who, unknowingly and unintentionally, can harm and
sometimes even kill their pets from their lack of information.
-- and that finally, by
sharing these stories with everyone everywhere, I can increase awareness
of their pets' needs, so as to nurture, and, ultimately, strengthen this
cherished gift called the human-animal bond.
What I ask of you in
One of the
problems I've had over the years of trying to reach dog and kitty owners
with this vital knowledge they need to better care for their pets is that
those who would most benefit from the information don't bother to take the
time to read this stuff. For instance:
-- young, first-time
puppy owners who are too busy at work or school who become emotionally
devastated when they have to stand helplessly by as their pet dies of
parvovirus because they didn't know about the lifesaving need to
-- the superstar
orthopedic surgeon who kills his beloved cat because he's given it an
-- or the poor
grandmother whose precious little poodle suddenly begins to convulse
because she allowed her visiting grandson to feed it chocolate
brownies all afternoon.
The only thing I ask in
return for providing this Web site is that, if you read an article that
you feel will help someone in your circle of pet-owning friends, please
see to it that you share the information with them.