Tips & Tails

The Most Dangerous Things In Your Home For Pets: Christmas Edition

Keep both pets and your Christmas decorations safe by avoiding these seven hazards. Christmas Tree If you buy a real tree, skip the tree fertilizer, and keep pets from treating the stagnant water as their personal water bowl. Got a climber on your hands? To keep your dog or cat […]

What Thanksgiving Foods Can Your Pet Eat?

Thanksgiving Safety Tips: 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 […]

Does My Dog Have Arthritis?

Toxic Inflammation of the Joints in Dogs Septic arthritis is a type of inflammation of the joint that is commonly seen after a traumatic injury that has exposed the joint to contamination by environmental microorganism, after surgery, or when microorganisms enter the joints through the blood stream. Infection of other […]

5 Reasons Why Dogs Should Attend Doggy Day Care

Why Doggy Day Care Is A Good Idea It seems like a great solution to many trainers to recommend doggy day care to the average client. Many dogs lack stimulation, sufficient outlets for their energy, or opportunities to socialize with other dogs. Here are five reasons why you might consider […]

How to—Safely!—Introduce a Dog to Your Children

A skittish dog and a teetering toddler are two things that don’t belong in the same equation. The most important thing to note when introducing a new pet into the home is getting the initial meeting started off on the right paw. With that in mind, here are a handful […]

The Right Way to Introduce Yourself to a New Dog

Dogs are some of the most important parts of our lives, so it’s always special when we meet new ones. Sometimes those introductions go really well, and other times they don’t go anything like we’d planned. I do a lot of pet sitting, so I know that dogs need time […]

Exactly what to do if your pet eats something toxic

No one wants to think about their furry friend lapping up paint thinner or laundry detergent. But accidental pet poisonings happen—and they’re more common than you might think. Last year, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center received more than 180,000 calls from pet owners whose dogs or cats ingested something […]

Ear Infections in Dogs: Symptoms and Treatment

Canine ear infections are most commonly caused by bacteria or yeast. Ear mites, excessive hair, moisture or wax, foreign bodies, allergies, and hypothyroidism can all be contributing factors in the development of an ear infection. Because the ear canal in dogs is mostly vertical (unlike a human ear canal that […]

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 […]