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Foxtail Grass and Dogs

Oh, how I hate to see foxtail grass!  The plant itself has a certain beauty, but it can wreak havoc for your dog and for your pocketbook.  And that was certainly our experience! We had two German Shorthaired Pointers (Moe and Larry – and our cat was named Curly –...

Your Pets Best Defense Against Disease May Surprise You

Your pet’s best defense against disease may surprise you. Probiotics, which aid digestion and regulate the immune system, can help greatly in keeping your pet healthy.  And if your pet has digestion problems, diarrhea, skin problems, food intolerances, or other chronic health problems, giving a high quality pet probiotic supplement can greatly...

What are BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin?

What are BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin? Foods will usually spoil without some form of temperature control or preservatives. BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin are chemical antioxidants designed to extend the shelf life and reduce fat spoilage (rancidity) of pet foods and pet treats. Chemical additives and artificial preservatives such as BHA,...

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...

A Pet’s Ten Commandments

A Pet’s Ten Commandments 1.  My life is likely to last 10-15 years.  Any separation from you is likely to be painful. 2.  Give me time to understand what you want of me. 3.  Place your trust in me.  It is crucial for my well-being. 4.  Don’t be angry with me for long and...

Agility: a Popular and Enjoyable Dog Sport

  One of the fastest growing sports today is Agility for Dogs. It is both an exciting spectator sport, attracting a lot of nationwide attention, as well as a challenging and very enjoyable activity for dogs and their humans. It is an excellent activity for building confidence in a dog since...

Why Dogs Bark ?

Why Dogs Bark Dog Barking at Night The simple answer is to ignore the dog. By barking, it is training you to respond. You might have a few noisy nights but you will be showing it that barking is not productive. Certainly do not respond by shouting or scolding.   If you...

Cat Barriers

Cat Barriers Like dogs, letting your kitties roam in the neighborhood unattended could cause some disturbances, damages and troubles. To avoid these problems, a cat barrier is the best solution to let your kitty enjoy the great outdoors safely. Depending on what type of cat barrier you choose, you and your...

Cat Owner’s Responsibility

Cat Owner’s Responsibility When considering whether to add a cat as a new family member, you may want to first consider a cat owner’s responsibility.  A cat is not just a living ornament for your house-although it may complement it beautifully-there are many things to consider when buying a cat....

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...

Coping with Bereavement

Coping With Bereavement When our dog dies we feel we have lost a relationship based on mutual trust, unconditional love and understanding. Our dogs understand us better than our closest human companions, they read our body language and their sense of smell lets them know whether we are ill or indeed...

Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Cats

The knee joint of the cat is one of the weakest in the body. Just as football players frequently suffer knee injuries, the cat also has knee injuries. The knee joint is relatively unstable because there is no interlocking of bones in the joint. Instead, the two main bones,...

Dog Rescue: Is it Right For You?

Dog Rescue: Is it Right For You? Ever had a hankering for a certain breed of dog? Not an obsession, mind you – not the sort of longing that would send you rushing to a breeder, thousand-dollar-bill in your sweaty palm – but just a gentle appreciation for the virtues...

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...

Ears Stand Corrected: Cosmetic Surgery For Pets

Cosmetic Surgery For Pets Are you irked by your Schnauzer’s drooping ears or by your Siamese’s tail that can clear off a coffee table in the disastrous blink of an eye? Is your Doberman barking too loudly and your American Bobtail scratching too deeply? In today’s society, there are myriad...

Flowers & Plants that can be Harmful to Cats

Cats love plants the way dogs love chocolate, which is strange because cats are mainly carnivores. However, though most animal species learn to stay away from things that make them sick, cats will eat plants over and over with the same results. Does this sound familiar, you lactose-intolerant people...

Foxtail Grass Dangerous to Dogs

If you have dogs, keep the foxtails out of your lawn! Foxtail grass is a common annual grass usually considered a weed.  It grows one to three feet tall, with branching and some spreading at ground level.  Leaf blades  are 4 to 15 inches long.   Flower heads are dense...

Fur Not Good Sunscreen

Fur Not Good Sunscreen You might think the most important bit of dog health advice would be to let your furry loved one spend all day enjoying the outdoors. But you’d only be half-right. You know we must protect our children and ourselves from the sun. But do you know that...

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...

How to Stop Your Cat Spraying

How to Stop Your Cat Spraying The cat backs up to the door, lifts the tail and releases a fine spray of urine. Yes, your cat is spraying. You have a problem. But one you can solve. Figures from the British Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors say that aggression in dogs...

Is Pet Dental Health Really Important?

Is Pet Dental Health Really Important? Many veterinarians stress the importance of oral hygiene because tooth and gum problems are common medical conditions seen in pets. If left unchecked, an unhealthy mouth can affect the liver, kidneys, heart and even the brain. So when you lean in to give your pet...

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...

Is Your Pet’s Dental Health Really Important

Is Pet Dental Health Really Important? Many veterinarians stress the importance of oral hygiene because tooth and gum problems are common medical conditions seen in pets. If left unchecked, an unhealthy mouth can affect the liver, kidneys, heart and even the brain. So when you lean in to give your pet...

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...

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