Helpful Websites

Reliable Links to Websites about Handicapped Pets

Find a Rehab Therapist Near You

Canine Rehab Institute
CRI trains veterinary and physical therapy professionals in canine rehabilitation therapy.

The University of Tennessee
The University Outreach and Continuing Education program trains veterinary and physical therapy professionals in canine rehabilitation therapy.

Animal Health Websites

General Health
AKC Canine Health Foundation
CHF develops resources for basic and applied health programs, with an emphasis on canine genetics, to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners.  Be sure to check their Articles and White Papers and Grants pages for information on the latest research results.

American Veterinary Medical Association
A nonprofit association representing veterinarians and the veterinary profession with useful research data on its website, including access to the Journal of the AVMA (JAVMA) and the American Journal of Veterinary Research (AJVR).

HealthyPet.com
Created by the American Animal Hospital Association, this website has general information about general pet care and pet insurance.

Morris Animal Foundation
This is the world’s largest nonprofit foundation dedicated to funding research studies to protect, treat, and cure animals.

VeterinaryPartner.com
A part of the Veterinary Information Network, the go-to information resource for veterinarians, this site is geared toward pet owners and has excellent information about pet health, including nutrition, behavior, dentistry, and medications.

Vet-Stem
This company creates regenerative veterinary medicine products and, most notably, is a leader in stem cell therapy, which is currently used to treat osteoarthritis, osteochondritis dessicans, tendon and ligament partial tears, and fractures in pets.

VetSurgeryCentral.com
A private practice specializing in veterinary surgery, its Client Library features reliable information about a number of veterinary health issues.  Information is classified by Orthopedics, Liver, Gastrointestinal, Urinary/Reproductive, Respiratory/Heart, Skin, Ear, Spine, and Cancer.

Winn Feline Foundation
Founded by the Cat Fanciers Association, this nonprofit supports studies to improve cat health.

By Discipline

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
Dr. Sophia Yin
A licensed veterinarian, Dr. Yin is considered one of the leading experts in animal behavior in the country.

GENETICS
Canine Genetic Diseases Network
Dedicated to providing information on research being undertaken at colleges and institutions searching for genetic mutations that cause disease and suffering in dogs.

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
For information on orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals.

HOLISTIC AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
American Veterinary Holistic Medical Association
The AVHMA explores and supports alternative and complementary approaches to veterinary health care.  Excellent resource for links to other veterinary associations, including those dedicated to homeopathy, acupuncture, veterinary chiropractic, herbs, and supplements.

Dr. Susan Wynn
Dr. Wynn is co-author of four books on holistic veterinary medicine and past president of the American Veterinary Holistic Medical Association.

NEUROLOGY
Dr. Clare Rusbridge
A European specialist in veterinary neurology, Dr. Rusbridge has created a website that is a comprehensive resource on veterinary neurological illnesses, injuries, and conditions, including neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, spinal disorders, neuropathic pain, vestibular disease, brain disease, syringomyelia, and seizures and epilepsy.

VetNeuro.com
The VNC is a referral practice specializing in the neurological and neurosurgical treatment of small animals.  Its website offers detailed information about a variety of neurological disorders, including vision and balance disorders, limb weakness and paresis, neurological pain, and seizures.

NUTRITION
AAVN.org

Hosted by the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, an international association of veterinarians and animal scientists with an interest in animal nutrition as it relates to animal health, this website lists a number of useful links about pet nutrition.

AVMA.org
Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association, this is an excellent resource for pet food recalls and alerts.

VeterinaryPartner.com
A part of the Veterinary Information Network, the go-to information resource for veterinarians, this site is geared toward pet owners and has excellent information about pet nutrition, including food safety and how to read pet food labels.

ORTHOPEDICS
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
For information on orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals.

VetSurgeryCentral.com
A private practice specializing in veterinary surgery, its Client Library features reliable information about a number of veterinary health issues, including Orthopedics.

By Condition or Disease

ARTHRITIS
Canine Arthritis
Good overview of canine osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and idiopathic polyarthritis, including treatments.  However, current research news cited in article is dated.

PennHIP
A nonprofit veterinary health service at the University of Pennsylvania that offers a radiographic screening method to assess canine hip quality, allowing veterinarians to more accurately predict the onset of osteoarthritis, a hallmark of hip dysplasia.  PennHIP also has a list of veterinarians trained in the technique and a medical database for scientific analysis.

Vet-Stem
This company creates regenerative veterinary medicine products and, most notably, is a leader in stem cell therapy, which is currently used to treat osteoarthritis, osteochondritis dessicans, tendon and ligament partial tears, and fractures in pets.

BLINDNESS
BlindDogs.com
We’re not sure how up-to-date the veterinary vision information is, but the tips contributed by owners of blind pets are great.  Be sure to check out the pages on games to play with blind dogs, how to train a blind puppy, and blind dog tips.

BlindDogs.net
Excellent resource for anyone with a blind pet.

CANCER
Morris Animal Foundation
The world’s largest nonprofit foundation dedicated to funding research studies to protect, treat, and cure animals.

VetSurgeryCentral.com
A private practice specializing in veterinary surgery, its Client Library features reliable information about a number of veterinary health issues.  Go the section on Cancer.

CANINE EPILEPSY
Canine Epilepsy Website by Vetstream
Peer-reviewed website offering a comprehensive source of information on and communication about canine epilepsy, including emerging research into its etiology and management.

VetNeuro.com
The VNC is a referral practice specializing in the neurological and neurosurgical treatment of small animals. Its website offers detailed information about a variety of neurological disorders, including seizures.

DEAFNESS
Deaf Dog Education Action Fund
Tips and resources for people who share their lives with deaf and hearing impaired dogs.

DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY (DM)
AKC Canine Health Foundation
CHF develops resources for basic and applied health programs, with an emphasis on canine genetics, to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners. CHF is a big supporter of research into degenerative myelopathy (see Videos and Grants pages).

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
For the Degenerative Myelopathy gene test.

University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine
Home of Dr. Joan Coates, the preeminent researcher into degenerative myelopathy.

DYSPLASIA (HIP AND ELBOW)
PennHIP
A nonprofit veterinary health service at the University of Pennsylvania that offers a radiographic screening method to assess canine hip quality, allowing veterinarians to more accurately predict the onset of osteoarthritis, a hallmark of hip dysplasia. PennHIP also has a list of veterinarians trained in the technique and a medical database for scientific analysis.

VetSurgeryCentral.com
A private practice specializing in veterinary surgery, its Client Library features reliable information about a number of veterinary health issues. Go to the section entitled Orthopedics for information on hip and elbow dysplasia.

FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS (FIP)
SOCK FIP
A volunteer-run organization dedicated to raising money for research at the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health into the cause, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cure of feline infectious peritonitis and to share information gained from that research with cat lovers everywhere.

GERIATRIC ONSET LARYNGEAL PARALYSIS POLYNEUROPATHY (GOLPP)
College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University
Solid information about GOLPP, including definition of the disease, etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

INTERVERTEBRAL DISK DISEASE (IVDD)
AKC Canine Health Foundation
CHF develops resources for basic and applied health programs, with an emphasis on canine genetics, to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners. This page offers a good overview on IVDD, particularly in dachshunds.

Dachshund Rescue of Buck’s County
Although this website is dedicated to dachshunds, the excellent information it provides on disk disease (IVDD) is relevant to all breeds.

Dodger’s List
For information on dogs with IVDD, particularly dachshunds.

VetSurgeryCentral.com
A private practice specializing in veterinary surgery, its Client Library features reliable information about a number of veterinary health issues. Go to the section entitled Spine for more information on IVDD.

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
A basic overview of intervertebral disk disease in dogs.

Disease Support Groups

Blind Dogs Support at Yahoo Groups
Support and information for people with blind or visually impaired dogs.

Canine Allergies: Solutions at Yahoo Groups
A support group for people whose dogs suffer from allergies.

DM Dogs at Yahoo Groups
A support group for people whose dogs have Degenerative Myelopathy.

Neuro Dogs at Yahoo Groups
A support group for people whose dogs have neurological injuries or diseases.

Financial Assistance for Veterinary Care

Actors and Others for Animals (for Los Angeles area residents only)
Provides partial assistance for emergency veterinary care.

The American Animal Hospital Association’s Helping Pets Fund
AAHA-accredited veterinary practices may apply for assistance for emergency and non-elective treatment of abandoned pets and pets whose owners are experiencing financial hardship.

Brown Dog Foundation
Assistance for pet owners in temporary financial crisis whose pets require life-saving treatment or life-sustaining medications.

FACE Foundation
FACE provides financial grants to animal owners in San Diego County, CA who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet’s emergency or critical care.

Help-A-Pet
Financial assistance for veterinary medical care for pet owners who are physically or mentally challenged, senior citizens, or children of the working poor.

The Humane Society of the United States
An excellent resource for pet owners who cannot afford to care for their pets or cannot pay for needed veterinary care.

IMOM
Limited financial help for a pet’s life-threatening emergency.

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners Veterinary Care Partnership Program
Emergency veterinary fund for US IAADP members whose assistance dogs require high-cost veterinary care.

The Mosby Foundation
Nonprofit specializing in paying emergency medical expenses for sick, abused, and neglected dogs.

New York SAVE (for New York City area residents only)Provides aid and assistance to low-income pet owners living in one of the five boroughs of New York City for emergency veterinary care.

The Pet Fund
Provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals in need veterinary care.

PetLoversOnline.co.uk (for UK residents only)
List of veterinary financial resources in the UK.

Piggers’ Pals
Nonprofit designed to assist families in need of specialty veterinary care for their pets.

Scout’s Animal Rehab Therapy Fund
Pays for physical rehabilitation therapy for dogs and cats in the care of animal shelters and rescue groups, pets from low-income families, K9 unit dogs, and assistance dogs. Animals may live anywhere but rehab services must be provided in San Mateo County, California.

San Francisco SPCA Emergency Veterinary Care Fund (for San Francisco residents only)
Offering several comprehensive assistance programs for the pets of San Francisco residents.

Shakespeare Animal Fund
For elderly, disabled, and low-income pet owners in the Northern Nevada/Lake Tahoe area whose pets require emergency medical care.

United Animal Nations Lifeline Grant Program
Program provides financial assistance to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers, nonprofit groups, and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations.

Condition- or Disease-Specific Assistance

CANCER
The Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society of Alberta
Provides subsidies for cancer treatments for pets of people in Alberta, Canada.

Canine Cancer Awareness
Site includes information on specific cancers as well.

Cody’s Club
Cody’s Club provides assistance for radiation therapy treatments.

Fetch A Cure’s Companions in Crisis Fund
Financial aid for pet owners unable to pay for their pet’s cancer treatment, medications, and rehabilitation.

Land of Pure Gold Foundation
For working dogs (eg, K9 unit, Search & Rescue, Assistance dogs) who have been diagnosed with cancer. All breeds and mixed breeds are eligible.

Magic Bullet Fund
A program of The Perseus Foundation, the Magic Bullet Fund provides financial assistance for canine cancer treatment only when the family is financially unable to provide treatment.

DIABETES
Diabetic Pets Fund
To help diabetic pets in need.

PHYSICAL REHABILITATION THERAPY
Scout’s Animal Rehab Therapy Fund
Pays for physical rehabilitation therapy for dogs and cats in the care of animal shelters and rescue groups, pets from low-income families, K9 unit dogs, and assistance dogs. Animals may live anywhere but rehab services must be provided in San Mateo County, California.

Breed-Specific Assistance

The Boston Terrier Rescue Net
CorgiAid
Dougal’s Helping Paw for Scotties and Westies
Labrador Harbor
Labrador Lifeline
Labmed
Special Needs Dobermans
WestieMed

Recommended Reading for Pet Owners

Speaking for Spot: Be The Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life by
Dr. Nancy Kay, Trafalgar Square Books, 2008

Blogs

Cat Health News Blog
Created by Winn Feline Foundation to share news of advances in feline health issues.

Pet Health and Nutrition
Written by Dr. Susan Wynn, veterinary nutritionist at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta, GA.

Speaking for Spot
Written by veterinarian Dr. Nancy Kay, author of Speaking for Spot: Be The Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life.

Newsletters

Catnip
Published by Tufts University’s Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine, this monthly newsletter presents feline medical and behavioral information.  All articles are reviewed by board members affiliated with the school and its hospitals.

Whole Dog Journal
A subscription-only newsletter with well-researched, well-written articles about natural dog care and training.

Your Dog
Also published by Tufts University’s Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine, this monthly newsletter provides information on canine medicine and behavior. All articles are reviewed by board members affiliated with the school and its hospitals.

Advocacy Aids for Pet Owners

Speaking for Spot
Must-have health forms and templates for pet owners, created by Dr. Nancy Kay, veterinary internal medicine specialist and author of Speaking for Spot: Be The Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life.

Lifetime Care Planning for Pets

2nd Chance 4 Pets

A nonprofit organization that provides pet owners nationwide with valuable information about lifetime care solutions for their pets should the owners die or become disabled.

Dog and Cat Wheelchair Manufacturers

Pet Hospice and Pet Loss Resources

(Many of these resources are courtesy of Grief Counselor and Certified Thanatologist Bonnie Goodman.)

PET HOSPICE
International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
Excellent information, including resources and referrals, for pet hospice care.   

The Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets
Helping pet owners make personal choices for their terminally ill pets while maximizing quality of life. 

Rainbow Bridge Vet Services
Dedicated exclusively to providing hospice and end-of-life care for pets in the San Francisco Bay Area, but the website has good information and links on hospice and end-of-life pet care for pet people everywhere.

ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement
A centralized registry of professionally trained volunteers in pet bereavement counseling with pet loss chat rooms.

Rainbows Bridge
The Grief Support Center offers a Pet Loss Forum, Pet Loss Chat Room, and one-on-one grief counseling.

PET LOSS SUPPORT HOTLINES

  • ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline (877) 474-3310
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Hotline (517) 432-2696 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
  • Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline (607) 253-3932 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday evenings (Eastern time)
  • Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline (508) 839-7966
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Support Hotline  (877) 394-2273

PET LOSS WEBSITES
Morris Animal Foundation
This is the link for their Grief Support Resources page.

Rainbows Bridge
The Grief Support Center offers a Pet Loss Forum, Pet Loss Chat Room, and one-on-one grief counseling.

The Delta Society
An online pet loss and bereavement resource directory.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS ABOUT PET LOSS AND BEREAVEMENT

  • Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love, Lorrie Greene, Ph.D., J. Landis, 2002
  • Grieving The Loss of a Pet, Betty J. Carmack, 2003
  • The Loss of a Pet, Sife, Ph.D., 1998, 2005
  • Coping with the Loss of a Pet, Christina M. Lemieux, Wallace R. Clark, 1992
  • How to Roar: Pet Loss Grief Recovery, Robin Brown, 2005

Books on Pet Loss and Bereavement for Children

  • Lifetimes, B. Mellonie & R. Ingpen, Bantam Books, 1983
  • Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone?, Sally Sibbett, B. Libby Press, 1991
  • Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children,  H.A. Nieburg & A. Fisher, Harper & Row, 1982 (out of print—check with your library)
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, Judith Viorst, Aladdin Books, 1975

 

Local Pet Resources (San Francisco Bay Area)

ANIMAL BEHAVIORISTS AND TRAINERS
Dr. Sophia Yin
A licensed veterinarian, Dr. Yin is considered one of the leading experts in animal behavior in the country. She is available for consults in both San Francisco and Davis.

Just Rewards Canine Training and Consulting
Certified dog trainer Wendy Hilton provides positive reinforcement training and behavior consulting, suitable for dogs of all breeds and ages.

Rav’n Dog Training
Owned by Certified Pet Dog Trainer Pat Rohde, Rav’n Dog Training provides competition, obedience, rally, and behavior training.

The Cat Coach
Marilyn Krieger is a certified cat behavior consultant who helps resolve cat behavior challenges using behavior modification, training techniques, and education.

DOG GROUPS
The Dog Owners Group of the Menlo Park Area
A website for people who rescue, foster, adopt, own, and care for dogs in Menlo Park, CA.

LIFETIME CARE PLANNING FOR PETS
2nd Chance 4 Pets
A nonprofit organization in Los Gatos, CA that provides pet owners nationwide with information about lifetime care solutions for their pets should the owners die or become disabled.

SHELTERS
Pets in Need
A model nonprofit, no-kill adoption shelter in the Silicon Valley.