Pet Care Articles

May 6th, 2013

Courtesy of AllPetsNews.com...

Canines suffering from separation anxiety tend to follow their owners from room to room at home and greet them frantically when they get home, even if they were only gone for a few minutes. Watch your pup in the morning. If he paces nervously as you get ready to go and starts howling or scratching at the door the minute you step out, then there’s a good chance he has separation anxiety, according to the Humane Society of the United States website.

Five ways to reduce departure stress

1. False departures: Grab your keys, hat and coat, then take a seat on the couch. Your dog knows the sights and sounds of you leaving, so faking him out can help “de-condition” the anxious reaction. Follow through with some of your fake departures by leaving and locking the door behind you, then wait 10 to 30 seconds and come right back inside. The goal is to help your dog understand that you won’t be leaving for ...   Read more...

April 23rd, 2013
Courtesy of PetSide.com...

We love our pets, but they can be very messy. What do you do?  Read on for some nice tips...

The Hair Issue

Brushing your pet once a week helps reduce tumbleweeds of fur from floating across your floors. But some errant hair is still likely to escape. Luckily, the solution is simple, says Linda Cobb (a.k.a Queen of Clean), a former owner of one of the largest cleaning companies in Michigan.

For stubborn fur on fabric, wipe a damp sponge over the hair. "I usually wipe from the back to the front and the sponge just rolls the hair up," she says.

Another trick is netting from your local fabric store. "You just ball it up, and wipe it over the furniture and that picks up hair like crazy," says Cobb, the author of four books, including How the Queen Cleans Everything (2002, Atria).

The Odor Issue

We love our pets, but let's face it; ...   Read more...

April 4th, 2013
Courtesy of Yahoo...

Click the link below if you own a cat or dog.  It's important to know what is a big NO-NO to feed your pet!  Some of the items listed might surprise you...

http://shine.yahoo.com/pets/26-household-items-poisonious-cats-38-dogs-130200299.html
  Read more...
March 19th, 2013

Courtesy of PawNation.com...

Despite a dragging economy and high unemployment in the U.S., it appears that we are not transferring our collective belt-tightening onto our pets. According to the Associated Press, Americans spent more than $53 billion on pets in 2012 - a new high.  The figure represents a 5-percent increase from 2011, when American pets spending exceeded $50 billion for the first time.
 
Of the total amount, about two-thirds was spent on food and veterinary care. But spending on other products and services grew at increased rates. For example, spending on supplies and over-the-counter medicine grew more than 7 percent. Money spent on luxuries like grooming, boarding, hotels and petsitting rose about 10 percent.
 
The American Pet Products Association is predicting a similar total bump of about 4 percent this year. Clearly, while Americans continue to bicker about who's to blame for the struggling economy, we can all ...   Read more...

March 3rd, 2013
Courtesy of Jo Singer at PetSide.com...

Whenever I am chatting with a friend who is as passionate about cats as I am, I find that after kitty “bragging” discussions are over, our conversations invariably turn to the pros and cons of the brands and different types of litter boxes which will keep our kitties healthy and happy.

And once we get into it and deeply delve into the topic, it’s darned easy to spend hours on end exploring the optimal size and shape of a perfect litter box, whether it should be covered or uncovered, scooped automatically or manually, where it ideally should be located and, to avoid “accidents”, precisely just how many boxes are necessary.

When the litter box talkathon is finally exhausted, it is immediately followed with a philosophical discussion of the merits of clumping litter vs. non-clumping, scented or odorless, manufactured out of clay, corn, cedar chips, or any other material. When it comes to the ...   Read more...

February 21st, 2013

Courtesy of Cheryl Lock from PetSide.com...

Are the following pet myths true or false?  Read on and you may be surprised!

Myth: Every Year of a Dog’s Life is Like Seven for People

Verdict: Mostly False

While dogs and cats do age faster than humans, says Dr. Jules Benson, VP of Veterinary Services at Petplan Pet Insurance, the rate at which they age is not as simple as a 1:7 ratio. Dogs mature very quickly in their first couple of years of life, so by the time Fido celebrates his first birthday, he’s closer to 16 than seven. The size of the dog also plays into the aging process—small dogs tend to live longer than their larger cousins, so they experience middle age around the age of 10. For larger pets it’s around age six or seven.

Myth: Cats Always Land on Their Feet

Verdict: False

Unfortunately many cats are actually injured ...   Read more...

February 7th, 2013

Courtesy of Amanda Baltazar at PetSide.com

With a little more care, we can ensure our pets not only have healthier lives but also stay around and keep us happy for longer. Here are a few steps you can take to extend your pet’s life span and keep them healthy and happy.
 
1. Maintain good dental health by taking care of your pet’s teeth.
 
Dental health in dogs and cats should be a priority for pet owners, as poor oral health can lead to other complications throughout the body down the line.The bacteria from plaque buildup in the mouth can be swallowed and in turn affect the functioning of the internal organs, causing the animal pain (in its organs and mouth). Overall, poor dental health can lead to a less comfortable life for a pet and a shorter one as well.
 
A vet should check out your dog or cat’s teeth at about eight weeks old and thereafter about twice a year, advises Dr. Jon Woodman, DVM, a ...   Read more...

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