Tips & Tails

The 10 Best Ways to Get Rid of and Prevent Ticks on a Dog

By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM It’s no fun having to remove ticks from your dog during the spring and summer months. Not only are these blood-suckers nasty to look at, all filled up with your pet’s hard won blood as they are, they are also notoriously difficult to dislodge, making it […]

Should I Take my Dog to the Dog Park?

Here is a good article on dog parks and addresses many items most people do not consider.  While dog parks can be a lot of fun for dogs and humans, they can also be quite dangerous.  If you experience any of the negatives associated with dog parks, know that The […]

What is Stress Colitus in Dogs?

Colitis in Dogs By Ernest Ward, DVM Medical Conditions What is colitis? Colitis simply refers to inflammation of the large intestine or colon. Colitis is most commonly used to describe diarrhea or loose stools associated with the large bowel. Large bowel diarrhea is also used synonymously with colitis. What are […]

Healthy Snack Ideas for Dogs and Cats

Pets Like Healthy Snacks, Too – Even Vegetables Like buying candy for kids, we often think snacks that have been specially packaged for pets are the best treats in the world. Why would they want anything other than a tasty treat? But, a lot of those packaged pet snacks and […]

5 Games to Play with Your Pup This Summer!

‘Tis the season for playing outside! For many dogs, summer means more time with the family, more adventures and more time outdoors just being a dog. Looking for a fun new way to engage with and energize your dog during this sunny season? Check out these five summer dog games […]

How to Help Dogs That Fear Thunder (Thunder Phobia)

It can be heartbreaking to watch: Even before the first clap of thunder, otherwise well-behaved dogs begin to pace, pant, cling to their owners, hide in the closet, or jam themselves behind the toilet. In severe cases, they’ll claw through drywall, chew carpets, or break through windows in their escalating […]

How to Exercise Your Pet in Hot Weather

These 10 tips on how to exercise your dog in hot weather will help you find the balance between keeping your dog active and avoiding heat stroke. At first glance, this seems like a silly idea for exercising your dog in hot weather, but the dog reviews on Amazon are […]

Things That Bite and Sting: Beware the Insects of Summer

Summertime means picnics and outdoor living… as well as bees, wasps, hornets, fire ants and other biting, stinging bugs that can make life miserable. Various members of the insect family can cause problems for not just us but also for our pets. Bees, wasps, yellow jackets and hornets are commonly […]

Brachycephalic Dogs: The Risks of a Flat Nose in Summer

I knew spring had arrived when one of my favorite patients, Rascal, a young bulldog, greeted me with an open-mouth smile, panting uncontrollably. Rascal is usually panting, but with increased temperatures and humidity, he now must fully open his mouth just to be comfortable while resting. Brachycephalic dogs are the […]

Keeping Your Pets Safe from the Poisonous Plants of Spring

As you head into the garden to plant bulbs or clip fresh flowers, it’s important to keep in mind that some plants and fertilizers can be toxic to your pet in the springtime. We’ve asked Dr. Justine Lee, emergency veterinary specialist and CEO of VetGirl, LLC, to share some details […]

The Dangers of Pets in Vehicles

Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. We’ve heard the excuses: “Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into the store,” or “But I cracked the windows…” These excuses don’t amount to much if your pet becomes […]

How to Prevent Tears Stains on your Dog’s Face

With white-coated breeds such as Bichons Frises, many at some point in their life will develop those very distracting, ugly, red-brownish tear stains underneath their eyes, around their muzzles, and in between their toes. The cause can be related to health issues, shape of the eye, blocked tear-ducts, puppy teething, […]

How do I know if my Dog has Allergies?

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM PETFINDER’S FURKEEPS KICKOFF ASK THE EXPERTS FORUM. Q: We adopted a beautiful 10-month-old Golden Retriever a year ago from the Montreal SPCA. We are very happy with our adoptee! He is part of the family! How Do I Know if My Dog Has Allergies? […]

Four Tips to Prevent Hypothermia and Frostbite

The temperature outside is dropping, and humans aren’t the only ones affected by the cold weather. Did you know that pets are also susceptible to hypothermia and frost bite? What is Hypothermia? Hypothermia is an unsafe drop in body temperature. This happens when the outside temperature is too cold for […]

Thanksgiving Safety for your Pets

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts-but also a time for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink. Check out the following tips […]

Top 7 Tips for Apartment Living with Dogs

The housing downturn made renting instead of owning a popular choice for many Americans. Many families have turned to smaller spaces to save money. And in terms of roommates, one of the most agreeable cohabitants can be of the canine variety – they don’t steal your groceries or borrow your […]

Underestimating the Temperatures that can cause Hypothermia with your Pet

A fur coat doesn’t make puppies immune to hypothermia. That’s a condition when the pet’s body temperature falls below normal. Puppies normally conserve body heat by seeking shelter and curling up, fluffing their fur to trap warm air next to the skin. Of course, a short-haired puppy doesn’t have much […]

10 Safety Halloween Tips for Pets

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a downright nightmare. Forgo the stress and dangers this year by following these 10 easy tips. 1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. All forms of chocolate — especially […]

How to Prevent Tear Stains on Your Dog’s Face

With white-coated breeds such as Bichons Frises, many at some point in their life will develop those very distracting, ugly, red-brownish tear stains underneath their eyes, around their muzzles, and in between their toes. The cause can be related to health issues, shape of the eye, blocked tear-ducts, puppy teething, […]

How do dogs improve mood and health?

How Caring for Pets can Help You Deal with Depression, Anxiety, and Stress If you’ve ever owned a pet, you already know how much fun and affection they can bring. But did you know that pets also come with some pretty powerful mental and physical health benefits? Dogs in particular […]

Why Do Dogs Lick People?

You may appreciate the slobbery greeting your dog gives you upon your return from work each day, but do you ever wonder the reason behind it? Dogs lick their owners, other dogs, and themselves for a variety of reasons ranging from love and submission to a possible medical condition. Following […]