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Cats Whiskers

mittens2Did you know that the breed of cat called the ‘Sphinx’ often has little to no whiskers?  It’s true.  Do you even know what whiskers are and why cats have them? Well, truth be told – whiskers are quite important for our felines friends. The hairs commonly found on a cat’s face are called whiskers. They are long, thick, flexible, and they are also known as “tactile hairs” or vibrissae. Apart from the hairs which are located in horizontal rows on the cat’s cheeks, above their eyebrows and their chin, cats whiskers are also on their legs. [Read more…]

Separation Anxiety

Sandy-2000-150x150Has your dog been acting a little strange since school started back up? There could be a very good reason why, separation anxiety. Dogs are creatures of habit; they enjoy and thrive on having a routine and pattern to their daily lives. This is why when children are gearing up to go back to school in the fall, this transitional time can be a source of stress and discontent not just for children and parents, but our canine companions as well. Just a little understanding and preemptive measures can ensure that dogs are ready for the transition back to school and won’t be terribly upset when the children are suddenly gone for much of the day. [Read more…]

Pneumonia in Dogs

sick-dogThere is nothing more distressing then when someone you love is ill. It is even more difficult when the one who is sick cannot tell you what is wrong. It’s no different when your dog is not feeling well! When your dog is sick you just want to make him feel better! We understand. The best thing you can do for your dog is be diligent in your efforts to stay informed and educated! [Read more…]

Aggression in Dogs

aggressive-dog-150x150What does aggression in dogs look like and how does it manifest? Some dogs have behavior issues that can make them dangerous to other dogs and even to humans. They can be aggressive, especially when guarding things they consider their possessions, ie. bowls, toys, food, items they steal/find, people, etc. Unfortunately, these behaviors can be dangerous, especially if they tend to snap or bite. Do you think your dog may be aggressive? Here are some behaviors to look for: Growling, Bearing Teeth, Snapping, Aggressive Barking, Lunging, Biting, etc… [Read more…]

Ear Infections In Dogs

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The medical term for the inflammation or disease of the outer ear canal is ‘otitis externa’. It is one of the most common diseases of pets and it is estimated that up to 20% of the dog population is affected by this disease. [Read more…]

Does your pet have a flea allergy?

cat-with-flea-150x150Many people think that when a flea bites it is the actual bite that causes a dog or cat to itch…

Flea Allergies?

That’s not always the case. The chemicals in the saliva of fleas can cause an allergic response in your pets. This allergic response is called flea allergy dermatitis (FAD).  Pet parents often get downright frustrated when their dog keeps scratching and understandably so. Getting to the root of an itch is not always that simple, especially in the case of FAD. Sometimes, a dog or cat will begin to itch right away when a flea has bitten him while other times, there is a delayed response. [Read more…]

What are bladder stones?

bladder stonesIs your dog having trouble urinating? It’s quite possible he has bladder stones. What are bladder stones? Bladder stones form as a result of mineral deposits in a dog’s urinary tract. As time goes on, these crystals gather together to form stones.  Bladder stones are primarily found in the bladder however they can be found in the urinary tract, kidneys, urethra and/or ureters.  The development of bladder stones in dogs is a painful and serious condition.  In fact, if the entire urethra is blocked by a bladder stone and thereby prevents your dog from urinating, death can result as toxins and waste will build up in your dog’s body. [Read more…]

4 Ways Invisible Fencing Can Keep Your Pets Safe

Dog-Fence-150x150As pet owners and lovers, we do whatever it takes to keep our pets safe. Because they spend the majority of their lives at our homes, we make sure our living spaces are suitable for their safe enjoyment. If you have a yard that your dogs can use for exercise and play, you must ensure they’re kept inside your property lines to keep them from getting lost or wandering into the road. Invisible fencing is an excellent tool for containing your dogs in your yard, but did you know it can even be used inside the home and to keep other types of pets safe? Here are just some of the ways you can utilize a DIY electric fence to promote the safety and well-being of your pets. [Read more…]

What is 1 Good Reason to Exercise Your Dog?

Pet Exercise

Walkies!

Summer boredom impacts not only your two-legged kids but your four-legged kids as well. Bored kids and dogs spell “t-r-o-u-b-l-e”! One way to address summer boredom is by keeping your dogs exercised and plumb wore out! All kidding aside, did you know that exercising your dog is important ALL year long – not just during the summer?  It’s true.  Exercise promotes good health and reduces problem behaviors in your dog.

We all want our dog to be healthy, right?  Well, a good daily dose of exercise will definitely promote good health. Exercise builds strong bones and muscles in dogs just like it does in you! Strong bones and muscles are essential building blocks for good health.  They keep your dog protected against illness and injury.  Those long lean muscles will keep your dog flexible and mobile so he can continue to run, jump and play.  Exercise also prevents diseases that can plague aging dogs.  Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer and obesity are three such diseases that can result from poor exercise habits.  Starting good habits now will last your dog a lifetime, literally. Exercise your dog today! First start with a trip to the vet for an exam to make sure your pup is healthy enough to increase physical activity. Then you can adjust the intensity and duration according to your dog’s level of fitness.

What happens when your kids get bored?  If they’re like most kids, they’ll either nag you or get into mischief! A dog will do the same if he is bored!  Destructive and problematic behaviors are often times a direct result of a bored, unexercised dog.  A dog is an inquisitive creature, by nature.  He is always up for some type of challenge whether it is physical or mental – and believe me, if you don’t provide the challenge, he’ll create his own.  Your dog’s predatory instincts demand that he explore the world in which he lives.  A nice long walk or romp at the dog park will fulfill those demands. Say good bye to problem behaviors such as jumping on people, chewing your favorite shoes and even aggressive behavior.  Again, poor behaviors are often masking a deeper issue and we can often point to boredom and lack of exercise. Exercising is imperative to keep your dog healthy and quite frankly, out of trouble. When exercising in the heat always take precautions and look for these signs of your pet overheating.

Remember to be safe, healthy and have a happy Summer!

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Pets and Fireworks: 5 Ways to Ease Anxiety

Did you know that more pets go missing over the Fourth of July holiday than any other time of the year?

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Lost pet services like Home Again report that more animals end up lost over the July 4 holiday than any other time of the year. Animals become terrified and if they can, may try to get away, ending up lost from its home. They often find the loud, unpredictable noise and bright displays of light truly frightening. Even a seemingly confident dog can tremble and drool at the unfamiliar sounds. Here are some safety tips when dealing with noise phobia, pets and fireworks:

  1.  First and foremost, DO NOT 1 Good Reason To Exercise Your Dog