The “Pet Trust statute” in New Jersey, first enacted in 2001, should be amended to reflect current concerns and those which are reasonably foreseeable so that pet owners’ intentions can be honored for the care of their pets when they are no longer able to provide that care.  These amendments include: deleting the current 21

If township ordinances base their kennel license requirements on the New Jersey State definition of kennel, without exception, hobby dog breeders should obtain a kennel license, even if they breed only once or twice a year.  Preferably, town ordinances exempt from licensure those owners who breed their dogs infrequently, often setting a specific limit of

Recently, the Courier-Post published an article titled “to know it’s time to bid an ailing pet goodbye,” a topic all veterinarians are intimately familiar with.  As the former owner of a veterinary practice, I have counseled hundreds of owners deciding whether to treat a critically sick or injured animal, or to have that animal euthanized. 

Attorneys arguing on behalf of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP), are attempting to free four chimpanzees from “captivity” in New York (well, actually, just changing the location of their captivity).  If the courts buy into at least one of their arguments, for example, that since the chimps were named as beneficiaries under New York’s Pet

A new proposed law in New Jersey, Assemby Bill No. 1717, would make “assault by animal” a crime when a person purposely uses an animal to intimidate or put another person in fear of bodily injury.  Most people would think this is a good law.  However, the bill may unintentionally criminalize the use of guard

Dog owners should be aware of a study performed by MGA Research Corporation, a nationally certified testing facility, which tested 11 different dog harnesses for safety and efficacy.  Testing was funded by the Center for Pet Safety, which published the results on its website.

Keeping in mind that there are no approved standards for

Pet treats, in the form of dried meat jerky, have been sickening and killing pets (mostly dogs) since 2007, and FDA has just mounted a campaign to garner public support to identify the causative agent so they can stop these unfortunate events.  (See Why are jerky treats making pets sick).   All pet owners, veterinarians,

Municipalities in New Jersey are required by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to adopt and enforce local pet-waste laws.  At a minimum, each community must require that “pet owners or their keepers immediately and properly dispose of their pet’s solid waste deposited on any public or private property not owned or possessed by that