Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

Our feathered friends are busy at work preparing for the cold and snowy winter ahead. Noticed more birds coming around and checking your feeders out? Seeing an occasional Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay or Nuthatch? These birds are now deciding which bird feeders they are going to call home for the…
Providing a safe and comfortable environment is essential when welcoming new pets into a home. Animals have different needs depending on the species, but many furry companions can benefit from cozy bedding. It has become commonplace for pets to share their owners’ beds. According to a recent survey of pet…
Since I was a little girl growing up in Wisconsin, I have been drawn to the birds that surrounded my home. My first recollections were the red-winged blackbirds sitting on the phone lines; the robins hopping around searching for worms after a rain; the ducks and geese flying in formation…
Many of you out in the world of dog ownership have some lovely wiry-coated puppies. These coat types need some very special care in order to maintain that beautiful rich color and texture. Most terriers, some sporting dogs and even the occasional poodle mix have this coat. The best technique…
Many of us take probiotics for digestive tract health, but have you thought about also providing your four-legged friend with the same benefit that good bacteria provides? In my practice one of the first things that I recommend for any animal — sick or well — is an animal-specific probiotic…
Early exposure to grooming is paramount in creating a positive connection for your dog. This needs to be created at home as well as at the grooming salon. I always recommend the earlier the better for puppy grooms to start. It is important for the health of your puppy that…
I’ve heard it a million times… “Yes, I’d like to make an appointment to get Precious shaved for the summer. She is so hot! She is panting and miserable!” “What kind of dog is Precious, Mom?” “She is a husky.” This is when I break into my regular well-rehearsed schpeal…
Have you ever seen your dog eat grass? What about your kitty eating catnip? Many animals have a natural instinct to consume or eat plants, and that includes herbs that can help animals heal from health issues. Sometimes when dogs feel sick, they will actually go outside and eat grass…
Some pets handle trips to the veterinarian better than others. Animals used to car trips or spending ample time among other animals might not hesitate to get in the car for routine vet visits, while pets that don’t often socialize with other animals may be more resistant when it’s time…
Each week I get numerous calls from new dog owners needing guidance on what they should do now that they have made this often blind leap into pet parenting. Here are a few questions that I wish some of these owners had asked themselves first. Should I get a dog?…
Like their human companions, pets can struggle with their weight. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, in 2014, an estimated 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the United States were overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese can shorten pets’ lives by increasing their…
Spring is here, and with it comes ticks, fleas, mosquitos and other pests and parasites that are looking to prey on your dog or cat to survive. Treating your pet alone will not rid your home of the parasites as they spend most of their time living in places like…
Many people are unaware of the very short period of time they have to socialize their puppies. The window of time is between 3 and 7 weeks. During this critical period as canine behaviorists call it, a puppy must be safely exposed to as wide a variety of new stimuli…
Buy local When at all possible, buy your products from local shops. Shopping at your neighborhood store saves fuel and therefore omits less carbons into our environment. Avoid buying online as it also uses additional fuel for your package to get to your doorstep. You can further reduce your pet’s…
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