Every year, 6.5 million homeless pets find their way into animal shelters, which doesn’t count the ones who remain wandering the streets. The need for pet and animal volunteers is overwhelming, and the tasks run the gamut from cleaning dirty stalls and kennels, grooming a horse that’s been abused, and writing pet bios. If you love animals and want to share some of your love with animals who desperately need it, then volunteering may be something with which to fill your heart and theirs.
When choosing a veterinarian for your pet, consider the practice's available services, communication, and treatment methods. You'll want to find a vet that matches your beliefs and approach to medical care to ensure your pet is getting the best possible treatment.
It’s important to slowly transition your pet to a new food to allow their system to adapt to the new formula successfully. A gradual switch to new pet food can help minimize the risk of adverse reactions.
Jennifer Shepherd received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 2000. She completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Ontario Veterinary College before entering private practice Dr. Shepherd owns Cloquet Animal Hospital in Northern Minnesota where she practices full time.
In her free time she enjoys writing, photography, running and spending time with her husband, three children, two dogs, and one spoiled cat. She is pictured here with her best running dog Apollo, a Portuguese Water Dog who can’t swim but loves playing in snow.