Nat’l Bird Day (Jan. 5th)

Every January 5th we celebrate birds–not only the worldwide efforts to conserve them, but also the fact that they make wonderful, fascinating companions! Howeverm avian pets do require consistent care to keep them happy and healthy. The single most important thing you can do to maintain your avian friend’s health is to make sure you […]

January is Train Your Dog Month

Oh Behave! If you’re looking to start the new year off on the right paw with your pet, here are a few basic training strategies to help you both have a better new year. Got a problem barker? It’s a pretty common issue, but you’ve got to be consistent and patient if you want to […]

Get Fit With Your Pet!

Losing weight or getting in shape seems to be on just about every other person’s to-do list for the new year—and if it’s on yours, you may already have a great workout partner: your dog! Just like humans, overweight pets are more likely to develop diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint injuries, and […]

January is Walk Your Pet Month

Cabin fever isn’t just a people thing – it’s a pet thing, too! Regular exercise is essential to our animal companions’ physical and mental health (not to mention our own.) Some ways to motivate you both to get out and move include taking different routes each time you walk, inviting a dog-owning friend along with […]

Don’t Let Your Dog Go Viral! (Canine Flu)

Updated 11/22 Just like people, dogs can get the flu—known as canine influenza, or CIV. Also just like people, the more social the individual, the greater the risk of contracting the virus. Dogs that interact with other dogs at daycare, grooming, dog parks, or who are regularly groomed are much more likely to be exposed. […]

Keep Your K9 Occupied!

Some ideas to banish boredom if your dog has to stay indoors a lot due to smoke, bad weather, or quarantine: Create an obstacle course. Use cushions or chairs to build tunnels and using old hula hoops or inner tubes for him or her to leap through. The Muffin Tin Game. You’ll need a muffin […]

Don’t Slip Up With De-Icers

Looks like winter isn’t going to pull any punches again this year, and that means lots of de-icers and ice melts on walkways and parking lots to make them safer for people. Problem is commercial de-icing products are usually full of chemicals that are dangerous for pets, who might ingest them when cleaning themselves, or […]

Pet Obesity (New Year’s Resolution) V2

HEAD: Heavy News for Pets Well-loved pets are often too-well-fed pets: two recent surveys found that in the past 10 years, the number of overweight dogs has increased 158%. For overweight cats, the percentage is even higher at 169%. One in every three pets is overweight, and that problem causes a 17% rise in vet […]

Pet Obesity (New Year’s Resolution)

HEAD: The Skinny on Fat Pets Losing weight seems to be on just about every other person’s to-do list for the new year—but humans aren’t the only ones with an excess poundage problem. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Just […]