Pet Care Articles

December 3rd, 2012
Courtesy of
Year after year, cat owners are still coming up with creative, quirky names for their best friend companions. Check out this year's fifth annual list of weirdest cat names, courtesy of VPI. VPI employees picked the top 10 weirdest cat names from more than 485,000 insured pets...

1) Pico del Gato
2) Dingleberry
3) Dumpster Kitty

4) Schnickelfritz
5) Koobenfarben
6) Sassy Pants Huska

7) Vincent Van
8) Kitty Gaga
9) Beefra
10) Mister Biggl

We'll let you decide why these cats have these weird ...   Read more...
November 13th, 2012

Experts remind people to take special care of their animals in emergency situations

Courtesy of HealthDay News -- If you have pets, you need to have a plan to keep them safe during natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, according to the American Kennel Club.

If you're remaining at home during the storm, you need to keep the following items handy: your pet's health records; rabies tag information and medications; food and water bowls; food for one week; at least one gallon of spring water per day for a large dog; a portable kennel or crate; pet bedding; and a collar and leash.

If you need to evacuate your home, do not leave your pets behind. Most evacuations last only a few days, but you may not be able to return home quickly. The safest place for any pet is with their owner. Be sure to have a sturdy crate or carrier ready for transporting animals in the event of an evacuation, experts from the AKC and AKC Companion Animal ...   Read more...

October 19th, 2012

Courtesy of Sue Manning from the AP...

Some 3 million dogs across the country were using treadmills in 2010, according to a survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association. The group asked about treadmills for the first time in its 2011/2012 survey because the machines were selling so briskly, APPA President Bob Vetere said.

It may look like the dog is going nowhere. But pet owners with fat, old or misbehaving dogs say they measure the benefits of canine treadmills in pounds, years and sleep.

Heather Chau borrowed a DogPacer when her rescue dog Heidi arrived weighing 115 pounds. Heidi is now down to 80 pounds, and Chau, a Las Vegas bookkeeper, was so impressed, she returned the donated DogPacer and bought her own.

Now all four of her dogs use the treadmill. Chau explains that she can't walk four dogs at a time, and summer in Las Vegas heats up early and winds down late.

"I want to make sure the rest of their lives ...   Read more...

October 4th, 2012
Here's a feel good stroy for all you loving cat owners out there...

A car crash, a stray kitten and two sets of loving neighbors.

That’s how the improbable story of “Moses the Cat” began, a story that has turned Moses, an orphaned and stray kitten, into an Internet sensation.

Bobbi and Mark and Meg and Clay are the two sets of neighbors who, one day in early April, heard squeals from inside the carport of Meg and Clay’s Knoxville, Tenn., home. What the couples discovered was a kitten so small they hardly knew what it was.

“He looked like a little mouse,” Mark told of their 4-in., 4 oz. discovery. “None of us had ever seen a kitten that small.”

The foursome quickly realized that this kitten, whom they named Moses, was the now-orphaned kitten of a stray cat that had recently been hit by a ...   Read more...

September 19th, 2012

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According to the Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health 2012 Report, chronic disease in dogs and cats is on the rise. Consequently, or coincidentally, cats came into focus of the prestigious Banfield Pet Industry Summit, held August 14-15 in Portland.
Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, director of medicine at Banfield started the conference by noting that cats and also dogs suffer from illnesses that can be prevented. “It’s tragic,” he said. Klausner expressed a concern about a real lack of new knowledge, because relatively few studies are being funded. “This clearly doesn’t bode well for our pets’ future.”
Cats are especially hard hit on all ends; for starters, cat veterinary visits continue to decline. Veterinarians can’t treat cats they don’t see, or find disease early, and early detection often yields better results for cats, and less dollars ...   Read more...

August 31st, 2012
Yes, we are still here. We've just had our most successful and most busy two-month period in the history of Paw Minders Plus.  Of course, we want to take this time out to wish everyone a very Happy Labor Day holiday weekend! Once things settle down again, we'll begin posting more tips for pet owners right here...    Read more...
August 6th, 2012
Courtesy of the Columbia Daily Tribune comes the following alert...

In April, Diamond Pet Foods announced a voluntary recall on three brands of pet food because of concerns the food was contaminated with salmonella. In May, two more recalls involving several brands of dry dog and cat foods were issued. The latest recall includes foods that were distributed in Missouri. Some of the recalled foods include Diamond Naturals Small Breed Lamb and Rice Formula, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, Canidae, Taste of the Wild and Kirkland. For a complete list of involved foods, production dates and areas of distribution, go to

The main concern with this recall is pet owners who become ill after touching the pet food, cross-contamination of their own food with products that touched the affected pet food, or direct contact with an infected pet. According to a May 11 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed outbreak cases ...   Read more...