5 Ways to Prepare Your Dog or Cat for Boarding

Summer is a time for family vacations and beach trips. But often, these fun adventures mean your pet is left behind at home. Finding quality care for your dog or cat while you’re away can be a challenge, but you’ve done your research and think you’ve found the perfect place to board your pet. Boarding can be stressful on even the most calm, go-with-the-flow pets, and you need to take some steps to make sure your animal is ready for the change. Here are 5 ways to prepare your dog or cat for boarding: Consider a Trial Run If your…

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What Happens at an Annual Animal Wellness Exam?

You may think that you only need to bring your pet to the vet for shots or when they are ill, but an annual wellness exam is key to keeping your cat or dog healthy, happy, and thriving! An annual wellness exam promotes overall health and well-being, and helps you to catch potential illnesses before they become chronic problems, or worse. How Often Should I Schedule a Wellness Exam? You’ve probably heard that one human year is equivalent to seven dog years. While the calculation is a little more complicated than that, the fact remains – pets age at a…

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My Dog Won’t Stop Barking. What Can I Do?

Dogs use barking to communicate a number of emotions and needs, but excessive barking can indicate a behavior problem. If you feel like your dog barks too much, the first step is to determine the cause. Here are a list of reasons dogs bark, and what you can do to decrease the amount of barking associated with them: Territorialism Whether it is a favorite toy, your home, or your yard, dogs are very territorial. If another person or animal tries to enter what they consider their territory, it can trigger excessive barking. This type of bark gets louder as the…

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4 Dental Care Tips to Keep Your Pet’s Mouth Healthy

You give your pet lots of love and attention, good food, plenty of exercise, and you never miss a veterinary appointment. But are you taking care of their teeth?  Like their owners, pets need to have a regular dental care routine to prevent gum disease. Left untreated, diseased gums allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which can cause issues with the heart, kidneys, and liver. Unfortunately, oral health is often overlooked by even the most loving and attentive pet owners. Stay ahead of any potential problems by making these slight adjustments to your care routine: Brush Daily While a regular…

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5 Signs Your Kids Are Ready for a Pet

They’ve begged. They’ve pleaded. They’ve promised to do all the chores for the rest of forever if you’ll just let them get a pet. While your kids may say they’re ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a pet, the reality of that responsibility every single day may be more than some kids are ready to handle. From feeding to walking to cleaning up after them, the tasks that pile up aren’t as pleasant as the thought of just owning a pet. How can you tell if your kids are really ready for pet ownership? Here are 5…

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7 Signs Your Dog or Cat May Be in Pain

As much as you’d like them to, your dog or cat cannot talk. This makes determining when your pet is ill or injured difficult, as you have to watch for behavior or other warning signs. Keeping an eye out for signs of pain is especially important as pets age, as they become more likely to suffer from ailments such as arthritis or dental issues. Even though your dog or cat can’t speak up to tell you they’re hurting, here are 7 signs your pet may be in pain: Aggressive or Antisocial Behavior If your normally even-keeled pup suddenly begins growling…

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