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Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

  The holiday season marks the end of the year and fresh beginnings, with all the joys of gift giving and festive, family celebrations. Your pets are family too and should also benefit by the added gaiety of the holiday spirit. As you prepare your home for the holidays, please keep in mind that not…

Fall and Holiday Hazards for Pet Owners

  The onset of fall and holiday preparations brings a welcome change, albeit with some precautions where our pets are concerned. Things to keep in mind for your pet’s safety this fall and holiday season: As you reshape outdoor lawn and gardens, know that compost piles are not safe for pets. They grow toxic molds…

Benefits of Adopting an Older Dog

November is National Adopt a Senior Month.  In honor of our senior dogs, and the special attention they so richly deserve, this blog is dedicated to our furry elders. Senior dogs are often surrendered to shelters due to owner lifestyle changes. If a guardian has not been appointed for them in advance, these otherwise healthy…

Safety tips for a fang-tastic Halloween!

  As Halloween approaches and you prepare for the thrill of trick-or-treat, be mindful of your dog’s and cat’s reactions to the hubris. If your dog is used to seeing you and your kids in costumes, then it may not be a big deal when you deck out as “Darth Vader” and suddenly appear in…

The Barking Dog-the Message behind the Bark

  A popular adaptation film about Dalmatians has a poignant scene of a community of animated dogs barking in orchestrated concert to alert the pack of danger. This is a real-life scenario that plays out daily in our own neighborhoods and homes.  It’s important to respect the communication of a dog’s bark and discern the…

Is Social Distancing Impacting your Pet?

When is too much of a good thing not a good thing? While many dogs and cats have benefitted by our round-the-clock presence with constant attention and non-stop belly rubs, are they prepared for our eventual return to work and offsite activities? Dogs especially thrive on predictable routines. Your absence while at the office, church,…

Planning a Safe Road Trip with Dogs

  Thinking of taking a road trip with your dog? Driving cross country with your dog(s) can be a fun way to see the sights and include your companion in the fun. Helpful tips to keep in mind: SAFETY Hopefully, your dog is used to riding in the car. If not, start in advance and…

When is a dog considered a Senior? You’ll be surprised at the answer…

  If your dog is rounding the corner at 6 years of age, you may now own a senior (depending on the breed). VCA, with over 750 hospitals and 4700+ Primary Care Veterinarians explains it this way: Pets age at a faster rate than people. It is a popular misconception that one calendar year equates…

Planning a Successful Move with Dogs

    Whether moving across town or out of state, it is an exhausting process for any family; including the furry children. Dogs especially are creatures of habit and thrive on predictable routines. The frenzied activity of a household relocation can cause as much stress for them as you, yet manageable with some extra planning…

Tips to Keep Pets Safe on 4th of July

With Fourth of July approaching, as you plan backyard barbecues and enjoying firework displays, please remember that pets may not appreciate the fanfare as much as we do! July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. In fact, dog shelters report a 30 – 60% increase in lost pets each year…