Pet Care Articles

June 6th, 2013

Courtesy of PetSide.com

The hardest decision you make about your pet will also likely be the last one. Most dogs and cats need to be euthanized, says Dr. Jules Benson, Vice President of Veterinary Services at Petplan. This is, however, a decision nobody wants to make.

Conversely, it can also be a difficult decision to keep your pet alive. Here are some things to consider:

How to Gauge Your Pet’s Quality of Life

Consider whether your pet is doing the things he previously enjoyed, such as running around the yard or chasing leaves.

“If your pets can’t do the things that they like to do it’s time to consider letting them go,” says Dr. Brenda Stevens, Clinical Assistant Professor at the North Carolina State School of Veterinary Medicine.

She suggests using online quality of life scales from sites such as The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement or the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, which can help ...   Read more...

May 23rd, 2013
Courtesy of Charlotte Reed at Petside.com...

After a dreary winter, prepare your pet for warmer weather by following these 9 tips...

1) Visit the Vet

Schedule an appointment to see your pet’s veterinarian. Bi-annual exams are the best way to ensure that any potentially life-threatening condition is detected early. At this time of the year, have your pet’s doc give him a blood test for heartworm, in order to prescribe a preventive program.

2) Groom Your Pet

What a great time for a makeover! Have a groomer revitalize your pet’s fur and trim those winter-ravaged ends.

3) Flea & Tick Protection

When you choose a flea treatment, recognize the importance of killing not just adult fleas but also the eggs or larvae. The Advocacy for Pets and Affordable Wellness (APAW), a national coalition of pet owners and advocates dedicated to ...   Read more...

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...

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