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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…

Proper Dog Nutrition-what’s in your dog’s food bowl?

  Feeding your dog properly is important for a healthier, longer life. It’s helpful to know what compounds are crucial for your dog’s health, to obtain the best possible results – from the bowl to the tummy! What are the main nutritional requirements for dogs? One thing to keep in mind is that every dog’s…

Tips to keep Fido cool and safe in the Summer

Dog Days of Summer   When someone refers to the Dog Days of Summer, they are actually referencing the hottest time of the year, typically July 3-August 11.  The phrase has its origins from the Greeks and Romans when the Sirius “Dog Star” appeared to rise before the sun in late July. Sirius, the Dog…

Planning for a Stress-Free Move with Pets

  Planning for your move 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…

How to safely travel with pets – Top Tips for Pet Owners on the Go

This in-depth pet travel guide is in collaboration with Evelin Weiss at Overlandsite.com.  Evelin and her dog Mazli are travel and overland enthusiasts. With the growing popularity of exploring the outdoors through adventure travel, we encourage you to find safe and fun ways to include your pets. Traveling can be hectic, especially if you are…

Crate Training your Dog – Do’s and Don’ts

  Crate training is a common practice and helpful for dog owners when used in the right circumstances. Crates are used when potty training a puppy or when owners are away for extended periods. The crate is a management tool to minimize accidents, destructive chewing, post-surgery safeguards or when flying or driving long distances with…

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…

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…