Pet Care Articles

June 28th, 2017
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By Dr. Becker

    If you've taken your canine companion to an off-leash dog park, you've probably noticed that some dogs and their owners seem pretty clueless about proper dog park decorum.

    Some dog guardians clearly don't plan or prepare for a visit to an environment in which dozens of dogs who don't know each other are running loose and engaging in a variety of canine behaviors, some of which are potentially dangerous.

    According to Dr. Wayne Hunthausen, a veterinarian and pet behavior consultant:

        "Aggression is not uncommon at a dog park. It's certainly something pet owners need to be educated about. There are things they can do to prepare at the park—and even before."1

    Rule #1 is that as your pet's guardian, you assume ...   Read more...
April 20th, 2017
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By Danielle Venton

Curling up with your favorite ball of fur as she purrs away is pretty close to heaven, at least for cat folk. Yet, hidden between those vibrations, that most appealing of domestic sounds remains wrapped in mystery, and even a little magic.

No one is certain exactly why cats purr, though there are a number of good guesses. The obvious observation is cats seem to purr when they’re pleased and feeling good. But that’s not always the case: Some cats also purr when they’re hungry, injured, or frightened. And most surprisingly, purring frequencies have been shown to stimulate bone regeneration—yes, bone regeneration.

Cats purr by using their larynx and diaphragm muscles, both as they inhale and as they exhale, although just how the central nervous system generates and controls those contractions isn’t yet understood. Early 19th century taxonomists thought cats ...   Read more...
March 21st, 2017
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By Hedy Phillips

About 10 million pets go missing or are stolen each year, according to the American Humane Association. Pet owners' best defense against this is microchipping, which is a simple procedure done at the vet. Both cats and dogs can be easily microchipped for about a $50 fee. Home Again, a prime source for microchipping needs and information, currently has more than six million pets enrolled in its program and boasts that more than one million pets have been returned home because of its services. If those numbers aren't enough evidence that microchipping is a good idea, check out the list of seven more reasons below.

1)    It hurts your pet very little. Getting microchipped is as simple as getting a vaccination. It probably hurts about as much as it does when we get shots.
2)    It's a simple procedure. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is ...   Read more...
March 4th, 2017
By Jacquielynn Floyd

Unless your household includes a Galapagos tortoise or a Bowhead whale, you will probably outlive your pet. Like all of us, they grow up; they grow old; they die, but on an abbreviated timetable.

Still, a healthy dog or cat lasts a good long time. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, both species qualify as “seniors” by about age 7, but they can live much longer.

Medical advancements and better diets are contributing to longer lives for our pets, same as for ourselves. True, they are “just” animals, but when someone has met you at the door, slept in your bed and (unless prevented) drunk from your toilet for a decade, the bond between you is set like Super Glue. You get used to each other.

It didn’t quite resonate with me that our pets had crossed the line from ...   Read more...
February 12th, 2017
By: Rebekah Harrison

Cause and Effect

Pets can feel anxiety for a number of reasons.

“One of the main causes of behavior problems is separation anxiety,” said Katherine Kear, marketing and sales coordinator at Tomlyn. “More and more people are working full time and away from home so pets have a hard time adjusting.”

When pets are separated from their owners, they can turn to destructive behaviors.

“They can tear up some things in your house,” said Tabitha Cromer, marketing manager at Tomlyn. “Dogs can chew on shoes, cats can tear up plants and some of our vets have told us that they could even start chewing on themselves like their paws or their tails.”

According to Cromer, these behaviors are pet’s ways of communicating back to owners that they are stressed.

Calming Chews

There are ways to help a pet owner ...   Read more...
February 1st, 2017
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Findings from a recent study of owner-reported observations indicate dogs and cats engage in grieflike behavior after a companion animal in their home dies.

With funding from a Morris Animal Foundation grant, researchers surveyed 279 owners following the death of a pet. The questionnaire was distributed through veterinary clinics and several animal welfare organizations based in New Zealand and Australia. The two most common classes of behavioral change reported through the questionnaire were in affection behaviors and territory behaviors.

“Both dogs and cats were reported to demand more attention from their owners and/or display affiliative behavior, as well as spend time seeking out the deceased pet’s favorite spot,” according to the study, titled “Owners’ perceptions of their animal’s behavioural response to the loss of an animal companion,” which appeared Nov. 3, 2016, in ...   Read more...
January 16th, 2017
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By Laura Moss

We're not the only ones who can develop allergies to certain foods.

Just as we can develop food allergies, so can man's best friend.

Food allergies occur when a dog's immune system mistakenly treats a specific protein as harmful and responds with antibodies that trigger a series of symptoms. Proteins are present not only in meats, but also in grains and vegetables, so any commercial dog food could cause an allergic reaction.

While dogs can be allergic nearly any ingredient, there are certain foods that are more likely to cause an allergic reaction. These include the following:


When a dog has an allergic reaction to a food, symptoms can vary, but they can include any of the following:

    Itchy skin and ...