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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…

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…

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…

Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners – Staying Canine Cool

    Summer is here and as we slowly emerge from indoor hibernation, we can look forward to longer days, warmer temperatures and increased outdoor activities and vacations with friends and family, including our 4-legged companions. The family dog benefited most by increased daily walks and more at-home human companionship in the past few months,…

Managing Separation Anxiety for Dogs & Cats

The Human-Animal Bond has never been stronger! For those of us who enjoy canine and feline companionship, there is no greater joy than their presence in our lives. The human-animal bond is unlike other relationships that come and go as it is rooted in mutual respect and adoration. We’re just happier having them around! This…

Hiking with your Dog

Phoenix’s desert preserves are a great place to spend quality time with your dog, especially with our gorgeous winter, spring and fall weather. See our short list of dog-friendly mountains & natural parks for an outdoor foray with your best buddy! While hiking implies more strenuous activity than your routine dog walks, many mountain trails are…