Welcoming a new puppy is a very exciting endeavor!  This week it came close to home when my two grandchildren, James and Jonathan, brought their new pet, a mixed breed puppy named “Holly”, to me in a state of euphoric rapture. I am still not immune to the intoxication that comes with the joy…

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Cough is a common problem in dogs but occurs less frequently in cats.  Cough is caused by irritation of the throat, airways, or the lungs.  The main airway to the lungs, known as the windpipe or trachea, branches into smaller airways called bronchi, which branch several more times as they tr…

When a dog’s stomach fills with gas, it bloats. The expansion of the stomach puts pressure on the muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdomen, which, in turn, makes it hard for the dog to breathe. The stomach will also twist or create what is called gastric torsion. This turn can…

My name is Jazzy!  I am a pretty girl, and I am about 5 years old. I made my way to Cape Ann Animal Aid when my family couldn't keep me due to some allergies.  Change can be tough, but I am putting my best paw forward and excited for an opportunity at a family to love me forever! In my previ…

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If you would like to get a loved one a pet, you should go for it. However, it might be a good idea not to gift a pet quite exactly. Many animal shelters sell gift certificates that cover their rescue fee. Giving a gift certificate to cover the cost of adoption allows pet parents time to rese…

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