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How Stress affects Dogs & Cats

  Life can be stressful!  We can agree there is no limit to how busy we are and most of us are working hard to keep up with rising costs in these wallet-whopping times. Yet, we also need to think about how stress impacts pets.  Did you know that dogs can SMELL our stress? Studies…

A Dog’s New Year Resolution List

  As you consider your goals for the New Year, those inner-most visions for positive change and renewed health and vitality, take a minute to consider what your dog might want from you in 2023. As you fill in the calendar of a new year, please include your dog, or family of pets, regarding their…

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…

Tips for a safe Thanksgiving with your Pets

  Thanksgiving Is a Special Time of Year to Gather with Friends and Family and share a Feast of Foods. This can include family pets with some precautionary tips. What you need to know to keep your pets safe! Sadly, Thanksgiving can also mean an increase in emergency vet visits due to unsafe human food…

Safety Tips for a Fang-tastic Halloween!

    As Halloween approaches and you prepare for the thrill of trick-or-treat, be mindful of a dog or cat’s reaction 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…

Pet Care Tips for Fall Weather

  Following a hot, dry summer, the beginning of fall is welcome!  As you prepare for seasonal changes, keep the following in mind to ensure safe pet care. Colder weather has many effects on our pets. They need to eat more to regulate body heat and offset what is (hopefully) increased exercise as you walk…

Do these Genes make me look fat? Dog Obesity is a HUGE problem!

While some dog breeds are more prone to becoming overweight or obese, nearly half of the nation’s dogs and cats suffer some level of tipping the scales beyond their breed standards. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) reports that 59% of cats and 54% of dogs suffer from excess weight. Dr. Jerry Klein, AKC…

Covid’s Impact on Pet Health

      As we unpack the past 2 years, the requirement to embrace change became necessary during unprecedented upheaval. We found creative ways to entertain ourselves indoors and learned to Zoom. We’ve emerged from the Covid cocoon, yet what about our pets? Dogs born and/or acquired in 2020 were kept in isolation too. Robbed…

Back-to-School Blues affect Dogs too!

    It’s Back-to-School which marks the end of halcyon days as kids return to rigid schedules and after-school events that take attention away from the family dog. This time of year is academically stressful for pets as their human companions alter summer routines. Pet owners should be acutely aware of the depressing effect on…

Why do Dogs Hump?

  Humping or “mounting” is a common behavior and not exclusive to intact or stud males only. Neutered males and females may also “go for it”.   Obviously, in the case of a female dog in heat, any male dog will traverse hill and dale to start that party. Unless you are a professional breeder, you…