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Vitamins and Supplements for Pets

Vitamins and Supplements for Pets

We love our pets and we want the best for them. We take them to the vet, we watch what they eat, and we exercise them, but what about vitamins and supplements? The short answer to whether we should provide our pets with additional supplements is, “that depends.” According to the FDA (http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/Products/AnimalFoodFeeds/PetFood/UCM2006475), most pets […]

Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance

Given the rising costs of veterinary care, more owners are purchasing health insurance policies for their pets than ever before. Buying health insurance for your pet is a lot like buying health insurance for yourself; there are many companies offering different plans. There are many things to consider when purchasing an insurance policy for your […]

Pets with Chronic Illness

Pets with Chronic Illness

Owning a pet with a chronic illness can present some unique challenges. A chronic illness can last anywhere from three months to the lifetime of the pet. This article will give a basic overview of the most common types of chronic illnesses and their treatment. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) Urinary tract infections are common in […]

Heartworm: Prevention and Treatment

Heartworm: Prevention and Treatment

Every year, many dogs and cats become infected with heartworm. More dogs than cats are infected. It is found most commonly in outdoor pets, but indoor pets can also be infected. Heartworm is most prevalent in the mid-western, eastern, and southern parts of the United States, but there have been cases reported in all 50 […]

Common Pet Diseases

Common Pet Diseases

Several common diseases and illnesses can affect our pets. Some diseases such as rabies, distemper, parvovirus, bordatella (kennel cough) and heartworm are easily preventable by keeping your pet current on its vaccines. This article will focus on diseases that are not preventable by vaccination and are, for the most part, very treatable. Ear infections Your […]

Walking and Hiking with Your Pet

Walking and Hiking with Your Pet

Walking and hiking with your pet can be a great form of exercise and socialization for you and your dog. Many people decide to get a dog so they will have a walking or hiking buddy; it can be a great incentive for getting out and enjoying some fresh air. It can also be a […]

Dog Parks

Dog Parks

More and more communities are providing dog parks, where dog owners can take their pets to run off-leash. There are more than 600 designated off-leash areas in the US. Most provide fenced areas, but some are open and designated as off-leash areas. Most coastal cities and recreational areas have at least one dog beach. A […]

Selecting a Professional Dog Walker

Selecting a Professional Dog Walker

By some estimates, there are about 165 million dogs and cats in American households today compared to about 61 million dogs and cats 30 years ago. Coupled with this fact is the reality that the entire American family, children and adults, now have more demands on their time than ever before. This leaves less time […]

Sit, Down, Stay! (Training Tips & Techniques)

Sit, Down, Stay! (Training Tips & Techniques)

Basic obedience training is a very important part of being a responsible pet owner. Every year, many pets end up in shelters because their owners didn’t take the time to teach them basic obedience and house manners. By spending a few minutes a day, you can turn your dog into a well-behaved companion. This article […]

Exercising Your Pet

Exercising Your Pet

When most people think of exercising with their pet, they automatically think of walking and/or running. While these are great activities to do with your pet on a daily basis, there are other fun activities that you can share with your pet that can provide not only physical exercise, but mental exercise as well. Agility […]