Pet Health

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Four Gourmet Dog Treats for National Dog Day

    National Dog Day is Tuesday, August 26, and that means you need to do something special for your pup. While you could just take them for a walk, give them a belly rub or play with them more than you normally do, you could also give them a special bakery treat. Yes, they're going to go bonkers over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    BARC is Bursting at the Seams and Needs Your Help

    If you've ever considered adopting or fostering an animal, listen up: Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care has taken in nearly 600 dogs and cats in the last week, busting the shelter's capacity. These furry dudes and dudettes need your help, stat.

  • News

    September 12, 2013

    Animal Magnetism

    You Have 51 animals in your home, claim to run a no-kill shelter and you write notes to your dead veterinarian? Sounds fine.

  • News

    September 12, 2013

    The Cruelest Cut: How Cat Declawing Became the Next Battleground for Animal Rights

    Critics say the common cat surgery is painful and can lead to other problems.

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    So You Have 51 Animals in Your Rented Home, Claim to Run a No-Kill Shelter, and You Write Notes to Your Dead Veterinarian? Nah, No Reason to Think Those Animals Aren't OK!

    Last month, Almita Flores of Houston found a gorgeous yellow lab. She says she posted flyers in her neighborhood, as well as a notice on Craigslist, but never heard from anyone claiming to be the owner. After two weeks, she says, the dog -- who she decided to call Max -- got out of her gate, only to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The HSPCA Is All About the Cash, Not the Dogs

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    BARC Reminds You to Stamp Out the Rabies

    No one likes rabid Tyra.​You know what blows? Rabies. You know what doesn't blow? The new Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care Wellness Center's prices: You can make sure your furry friend is rabies-free for just $20. Coinciding with World Rabies Day (which we at first mistakenly thought was ... More >>

  • News

    May 12, 2011

    Pet Sounds

    Animal psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick hears voices - the dog and cat kind.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Cover Story: Pet Psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick (Including Exclusive Video)

    ​Sonya Fitzpatrick, as documented in this week's cover story, knows what your dog, cat, bird or frog is thinking. If you happen to have a bear or tiger as a pet, the famous animal communicator could let you know what those beasts are feeling, too. Before the world's most celebrated pet psych ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Libertarians Rally for Horse Teeth Floaters

    Damnit, Wilbur, fix my ugly ass grill!In what is apparently the worst government over-regulation since monkeys were banned from grinding organs for a living (damn you, Organ Grinders Local 182!!!), the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is meeting to decide whether the important job of hors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    BARC Down To Its Last Vet

    Veterinarian David Rundell resigned today from the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, spokeswoman Kathy Barton confirmed. Nicole Sica at the Houston Examiner was the first on the story.  Rundell was suspended with pay three weeks ago for allegedly treating a sick dog with Valium he brou ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2008

    Jake Johannsen

    A Letterman favorite drops into The Improv