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Why Do Dogs have Fleas ?

There are many reasons dogs have fleas.  But knowing how and why these pesky creatures bother your precious pup may help you to prevent it from happening in the first place. Photo Credit: Ikayama via Compfight cc Encounters with other animals: Dogs often become infested with fleas when they come in touch...

Pet Waste Nuisance

It is a warm spring day, so you decide to indulge yourself by taking a walk barefoot in the grass.  As you stroll along you feel like your in “heaven” and then you step in a pile of dog feces.  The problem with dog waste goes well beyond the...

Chronic Diarrhea in Pets

Chronic Diarrhea in Pets The premier topic for this blog is also the one most frequently asked about – chronic diarrhea. Whether the pet is a cat or a dog, at least 80% of the requests for help revolve around this issue. Chronic diarrhea is usually diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome...

Doggoned Separation Anxiety

Doggoned Separation Anxiety Dr. Jo Ann Eurell knows what it’s like to have a dog with separation anxiety.  “My son’s Lab, Mandy, had serious separation anxiety which escalated whenever we took her to strange surroundings. Mandy would work herself up salivating and drooling when we tried to leave. And she was...

Dogs & Pets Provide Health Benefits

Do dogs provide health benefits? Believe it or not they do! Did you know that owning a dog and pet ownership in general, can help a person in many ways? Owning a pet can improve your mental wellness, reduce your visits to the doctor, improve your cardiovascular health and allow for...

How to Select the Perfect Kitty Companion

Congratulations! You’ve decided you want to adopt a kitty companion.  That’s great! Kittens are wonderful pets, providing companionship, love and affection.  That said there are some key things you should consider when adopting your first kitten. Caring For Kitty The first thing you have to acknowledge is that owning a kitty does require...

Is Your Pet Living a Green Life?

 Tips for Helping Your Pet Live a Green Life: 1)  Buy natural pet food & treats.  2)  Use chemical free, natural products to bathe and clean up after your pets. 3)   Buy biodegradable poop bags to pick up after your pet. 4)   Purchase your leash, collar, toys and beds made from recycled materials. 5)  Wipe...

Kennel Cough in Dogs

Bugsy and Fin The condition commonly known as “Kennel Cough” is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases that dogs can contract. The disease is not serious in most cases, however, and often resolves itself after one to two weeks. The accepted medical term for kennel cough is tracheobronchitis, indicating a form...

Kids and Dogs Safety Tip Sheet

Teaching children the do’s and don’ts regarding animals is among one of the most important lessons you’ll ever teach them. Animals are everywhere and though many are domesticated, this does not automatically make them safe. For example, in the US alone, 1-2 million dog bites occur annually. Today many homes are raising...

Kitty’s Body Language

Kittens communicate in a very distinct way.  Did you know that every twitch, every purr, every motion actually means something… at least to your kitten! The key to building a devoted and caring relationship between you and your kitten is understanding how kittens communicate.  Let’s discuss the primary mechanisms a...

Pet Ear Infections

Is your dog or cat tormented by ear infections? Do you spend time and money at the veterinarian’s office trying to bring relief to your beloved pet, only to find that another infection appears over time? If so, you may want to try some more natural approaches to preventing and...

Pet Safety during the holidays

Pet Safety during the holidays Christmas may be one of the most festive times of the year, but this holiday is one of the most dangerous times for pets. Treats, plants, and other items found in your home or yard may be irresistible to your pet, often resulting in more...

Pilling Cats

Pilling cats can be a “nightmarish” experience. Cats don’t want something pushed down their throats, and they’ll fight with all their might to prevent it.  In fact, it’s amazing how powerful their small bodies can be.  Here are some ways to make the pilling process easier and less stressful – for both...

Puppy Housebreaking 101

Puppy Housebreaking 101 Many people are hesitant to get a new puppy out of fear of the housebreaking process. While the puppy housebreaking process can be consuming it doesn’t have to be hard if you follow the tips we have outlined for you below. Housebreaking your puppy is best started when...

Puppy Socialization

Until they reach 16 to 18 weeks of age, a puppy will be in a socialization period. This period is the most important and critical in its life. Every effort should be made to socialize your puppy; meaning to expose him or her to a variety of positive and...

Puppy Training Tips for the First Week

Bringing home a puppy and introducing her to your home is very exciting for everyone. The only one who may be anxious about the situation will be the puppy. If you handle your puppy properly when she arrives, she will quickly relax and want to settle into her new...

Seizures in Pets

Seizures in Pets Witnessing your precious dog or cat having a seizure can be a most frightening experience.  During seizures pets often lose control, fall over, chomp their teeth, salivate or drool, whine, paddle with their feet, and begin to urinate or deficate on themselves.  Their eyes become large (dilated) and unresponsive.  A...

The Golden Years: How to Love a Geriatric Pet

Our sweet pets.  They love us unconditionally through all of our family expansions, strange hair-dos and weight gains. We’re quick to place them into the arms of strangers when we go on extended trips, arrogant in our expectations of them to behave. They move with us from one state to the next and...

The Pomeranian Dog

The Pomeranian is one of they toy breeds and weighs between 3 and 7 pounds (there are larger poms, and although not to the breed standard, they still make wonderful loving pets!).   Intelligent and vivacious, these little dogs will steal your heart, but don’t let them get away with too...

The Truth Behind Pet Food Labels

The Truth Behind Pet Food Labels If you are reading the labels on your pet’s foods, you are doing the right thing.  However, labels don’t often tell the whole story.  Frequently, they are superficial representations of a product. When we cruise down the pet food aisles, labels are seldom able to adequately...

They Call It Dog Breath For a Reason

Dog Breath – may be a sign of poor dental health! It’s shame that most dog owners don’t realize that dental hygiene is as important for their dogs as it is for themselves.  Teeth that have been neglected are subject to several types of mouth disease just like their human...

Your Cat’s Health

Cats need only be provided with decent shelter, food and water and they will be quite healthy most of the time. Like any other living thing, however, they can get sick and can come down with anything from a minor cold to a major ailment. As a responsible pet owner,...

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