Michelle Kamen

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Pets and Sleep

Dogs on BedDog-tired. Cat nap. Early bird. What do these expressions have in common?We say we're "dog-tired" when we’re simply exhausted. And cat naps might be the answer to make up lost sleep. With a good night's rest, you might even become an early bird. But if your pet actually is a dog, or a cat, or even a bird, restful sleep can be hard to come by. Because these pets can make it hard for you to "sleep tight" each night. read more

Diseases Cats Spread to Humans

Holding Pet CatLast month, I shared this fact about cats and dogs: it's not likely that you could spread your cold or flu to them, or that they could spread your germs to your family or friends. But there are some illnesses pets can spread to people. read more

Pets and Human Illness

Dog on Couch with Books and DrinkConcerned that Fido might catch your yucky winter cold? Or that petting Kitty could spread your nasty flu germs to others in your household? When we're coughing and sneezing, we know to stay away from other people. But do you need to stay away from your pet, too?Not at all, say preventive medicine experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In fact, "pet therapy" might be just what a doctor would order. read more

Winter Blues and Pets

Dog and HandPrescription to help you beat the winter blues: your pet! In wintertime, some people find they lack energy, feel "down", and just want to sit on the couch until spring comes. There are a couple of physical reasons for this, and quite a few pet activities you can do to pick yourself back up. read more