Pets

Pets

How much is too much to spend on a sick pet?

Recently I noticed that J.J., our 12-year-old, black-and-white-spotted mutt, was a little too big around the belly - not in a pregnant way, in a weird way. At the animal hospital, the veterinarian had the reassuring calm of a woman who had delivered a lot of bad news. She said we had to run some "simple tests," costing roughly $1,000.

Books

Veterinarian's book offers help for neurotic pets

A dog who ate wine glasses, a parrot who plucked feathers and a cat who became anorexic after the other cat in his household died are just some of the real-life animals featured in a new book, "Pets on the Couch" (Simon and Schuster, $26), by Nicholas Dodman.

Videos

Meet the cats now half price at SLO County shelter

Tanker the bullmastiff encourages anyone with a hankering for a kitten or cat to come to the SLO County Animal Services shelter on Saturday.
Ellen Perryess Courtesy video
Meet the cats now half price at SLO County shelter 1:06

Meet the cats now half price at SLO County shelter

Meet Sunny, a Pomeranian mix at the SLO County shelter 1:17

Meet Sunny, a Pomeranian mix at the SLO County shelter

Rookie is a good dog looking for a home 0:37

Rookie is a good dog looking for a home

Meet little Angelo and big Cody, two shelter dogs longing for homes 1:14

Meet little Angelo and big Cody, two shelter dogs longing for homes