Pet Health


Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

by Rivan V. Stinson Adoption rates have risen across the country as more people search for companionship while they work from home and endure various stages of quarantines and lockdowns. Some shelters, such as Riverside County Animal Shelter, in Riverside, Calif., have reported that they are empty due to high […]


Are There Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds?

Dr. Chris Roth, DVM Many people suffer from allergies and specific reactions to cat allergens occur in about 10% of the population worldwide. So, what can be done about this problem? Several types of treatment are available for people who suffer from cat allergies however, many who suffer wonder if […]


Say Goodbye to Tear Stains for Good With These Tips From Experts

By: Paula Fitzsimmons Weep no more over doggy tear stains! You know, those reddish-brown pools of color that form around a pooch’s eyes? Tear stains on dogs are most noticeable on white pups, but all breeds can get them. And while they can be a sign of a serious medical […]


5 Reasons Why Dogs Should Attend Doggy Day Care

by Erin Bessey Why Doggy Day Care Is A Good IdeaIt 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 […]


Small Dogs That Don’t Shed

by Anna Burke Not everyone enjoys cleaning up copious amounts of dog hair. If you are looking for a small dog with equally small amounts of shedding hair, you are in luck. From small dogs that don’t shed at all, to dogs who shed minimally, here are the dog breeds […]


10 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Pet

by Mark Asher What’s not to love about a puppy or a kitten? They’re cute, endlessly playful, and impossible not to instantly become smitten with. But puppies and kittens are not the right fit for every pet owner who chooses to get one. An irresistible puppy today can become an […]


How Can You Tell If Your Pet Is Overweight?

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention’s (APOP) 2018 Pet Obesity Survey, 55.8% of dogs are classified as overweight or obese. That means that most pets these days are overweight, even if many of their owners don’t realize it. But dog owners should be paying more attention to their […]


Is Your Pet Overweight? Here’s What to Do

by Dr. Joyce A. Login Obesity is a growing problem for cats and dogs. A recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that 55.8% of dogs and 59.5% of cats in the US are overweight[1]. That’s over half of the dogs and cats in the United States! […]


9 Cold-Weather Tips for Dogs and Dog Owners

How to help your dog when it is too cold for dogs, keep dog paws protected and stay away from winter time poisons.by Melissa L. Kauffman Winter weather came rather quickly this year, especially in some parts of the country. Temperatures plummeted into the 30s (degrees Fahrenheit) in the South. […]


How To Help An Obese Dog Lose Weight

by Dr. Chris Roth, DVMMany pet owners struggle with figuring out how to help their obese dogs lose weight. Animals often have food cravings that can be hard to say no to, especially since you want to keep your dog happy. Over time, however, obesity in dogs can increase their […]


Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please be […]


Cold Weather Hazards That Affect Your Pets

by Mark Asher Winter storms and frigid temperatures can be a challenge and a hazard to our four-legged family members. Both our feline friends and our canine buddies need to venture outside for play or potty breaks regardless of how cold the temperature gets, which means they may be at […]


Holiday Food Do’s And Don’ts For Pets

Dr. Chris Roth, DVM It’s turkey time, and you know that means plenty of food for the whole family! But, unfortunately, many thanksgiving treats can be toxic to pets. Thankfully, there are many holiday foods you can safely share with your pets this Thanksgiving, but remember, too much of a […]


4 Indoor Games To Unleash Fun In Your Dog

Dr. Jack Stephens Neither rain nor sleet nor blizzard should prevent your dog from engaging in daily play and exercise. When the weather is anything but fetching, play indoors. The beauty of regular playtime with your canine pal is that it can occur anytime, anywhere. And you both reap many benefits. […]


Stressed over Politics? Get a dog!

Your Dog Can Help Your AnxietySome dogs have been especially trained to help.Posted Oct 07, 2019  What Is Anxiety?Find a therapist to overcome anxietyAs any dog owner will tell you, your dog can cheer you up and comfort you when you’re down. In fact, the very first time we hear […]


THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND A DOG’S HAPPINESS COMES DOWN TO ONE KEY FACTOR

By Ellen Furlong ∙ Oct 31, 2020 I have discovered one positive amid the pandemic: I love working with two dogs at my feet. As someone who studies dog cognition, I often wonder: What is Charlie learning when he stops to sniff the crisp fall air? What is Cleo thinking […]


Your Dog’s Personality Changes with Age

by Linda Carroll | NBC NEWS All dog lovers know that their pets in older age aren’t the same as they were as puppies, but owners often can’t pinpoint the exact personality changes brought on by the passage of time. A study published Wednesday in Scientific Reports attempts to map […]


COVID-19 canines: How dogs may help sniff out the coronavirus in humans

Helsinki Airport welcomed 10 dogs this week as part of a pilot program.ByMina Kaji andAmanda Maile A new program will attempt to help sniff out fliers who could be infected with COVID-19 at the Helsinki Airport. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but trainers in Finland […]


5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

By Jeanie Lerche Davis A pet is certainly a great friend. After a difficult day, pet owners quite literally feel the love. In fact, for nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity. […]


4 Indoor Games To Unleash Fun In Your Dog

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats. Neither rain nor sleet nor blizzard should prevent your dog from engaging in daily […]


Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

By LisaBeth Weber The phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is often not about a dog. But in the literal sense, asking whether old habits can be replaced with new behavior is a good question. Molly Sumner Sumridge, certified dog behavior consultant and owner of Kindred Companions […]


Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet?

by Jane Matheys I have always been fascinated by cats, including cat health, behavior, their agility and athleticism, and of course their amazing ability to usually land on their feet. Whether they’re overshooting windowsills on a quest for birds or miscalculating fences as they run from barking dogs, they appear […]


Is Pet Insurance Worth it? A Veterinarian’s Perspective

Authored by Doug Kenney, DVM May 30, 2014 The most common question pet owners ask about pet insurance is: “Is pet insurance worth it?” It’s a valid question and one worth exploring. I think that people often have the wrong attitude about pet insurance. For example, it’s not uncommon for […]


6 Common Garden Dangers That Are Toxic To Pets

by Dr. Chris Roth, DVM Beware of these common garden dangers that are toxic to pets.When winter has finally passed and spring is on its way, millions of Americans begin heading to nurseries and home improvement stores to gather supplies to beautify their yards. Gardening is a fun and healthy […]


Preventing and Treating Car Sickness in Dogs

Authored by Jason Nicholas Dogs, just like humans, can suffer from motion sickness during car rides or other types of travel. A dog can get carsick even during short trips in the car. A queasy dog makes car rides an unpleasant experience for everyone, but luckily there are things you […]


Pup-friendly hiking trails around Atlanta

Getting outside (safely) for fresh air and exercise is important, now more than ever, and your pup deserves the same. There are several pet-friendly hiking trails right here in Atlanta to enjoy the great outdoors together. • Sweetwater Creek State Park: This hike has four trails varying in difficulty and […]


Dangerous Human Foods That Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat – Toxic And Safe Foods For Canines

By Peter Laskey Whether you have an indoor or outdoor dog, you can be sure he or she wants to eat what’s on your table. Although I support dogs eating dog food, sometimes some human food is allowed. However, if you don’t want to hurt your four-legged house friend, you […]


5 Ways Owning a Dog Could Boost Your Mood

You’ve probably heard that dog owners are happier than non-pet owners. While that claim is true to some extent, the boundless perks of owning a dog are downright undeniable. Dogs are uplifting creatures by nature. They offer their owners unconditional acceptance, empathy, and love, and they live with the mindful […]


Can All Dogs Swim? Things to Keep in Mind

We all have heard at some point that dogs are natural swimmers. And they manifest swimming just by entering into any water body. Well, this isn’t completely true. Not all dogs can swim or have a body structure perfect for swimming. You may have a dog that might not pass […]


Fireworks and Your Pet: Tips for Staying Safe

Break out your grills, lawns chairs and festive food, because it’s that time of year again—Independence Day is just around the corner! The Fourth of July is always a great day to celebrate our nation with friends, family and furry ones alike. Like many of us, you may anticipate catching […]


How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need Every Day?

By Anna Burke If you own a dog, you have probably found yourself wondering “How much exercise does a dog need every day?” Depending on your schedule, that question might sometimes sound more like “How much exercise does a dog really need every day?” As with people, the answer varies […]


Leaving Pets in Hot Cars is a Lethal Issue

Last month in New York City, a 12-year-old Yorkshire Terrier died after being accidentally locked in a car for hours. It was still morning—and not even summer—but the dog suffered from extreme heat-related injuries and, after being freed by NYPD officers, needed to be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. These […]


Survey shows benefits of pet ownership during pandemic

Studies have shown that pets can provide stress relief to humans and according to a recent survey, that proves to be true amid the coronavirus pandemic. With many people in Georgia and around the country working remotely from home, they’ve been spending more time with their pets.  “The human-animal bond […]


How To Help Your Dog’s Goopy And Itchy Eyes And Ears

Dr. Chris Roth, DVM May 20, 2020 As a vigilant dog owner, it’s important to monitor unusual symptoms in your pet to keep them healthy. Ignoring issues can not only lead to an irritable pup, but to bigger, more costly problems. Dog eye discharge and itchy dog ears are two […]


Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Dog Anxiety

By Randa Kriss May 14, 2019 Just like humans, dogs experience anxiety. While unpleasant, it is a normal and also healthy emotion. Dog anxiety can affect all breeds, but may affect each individual dog differently. Although it is something that all dogs experience from time-to-time, if disproportionate levels of anxiety […]


Experts Advise Pet Owners to Start Planning Now to Prevent Separation Anxiety Post-Quarantine

“Try starting now to get your pet ready and ease them back to your previously ‘normal’ routine,” By Kelli Bender April 28, 2020 03:02 PM Most dogs, and probably plenty of cats, are loving the extra time they are getting with their humans during the various stay at home orders […]


16 dog breeds that don’t shed

If you have allergies or just hate hair all over, there’s a dog for you. by Mary Jo DiLonardo There’s a solution if you want a dog, but don’t want to deal with dog hair in your home. Whether it’s because of allergies or for the sake of your vacuum cleaner, […]


Problem Behavior In Cats: Correcting Common Bad Behaviors

Aaron Lockwood February 19, 2020 Learn how to fix these common cat behavior problems. Its been written by author Ilona Andrews that, “Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.” While it might be true that training a cat is more difficult than training a dog, it takes […]


How to Introduce Dogs the Right Way

by Dr. Alison Gerken, DVM, and Victoria Schade, dog trainer Introducing a new dog to your family dog is sure to spur a mix of nervousness and excitement. In order to make the transition smooth, you should plan each step of the process—from the dogs’ first meeting to the steps […]


7 WAYS TO EXERCISE YOUR DOG’S BRAIN

KEEP YOUR DOG’S MIND ACTIVE WITH FUN AND CHALLENGING BRAIN WORKOUTS! We all know how important it is to give your dog daily physical workouts, but it’s equally important to give your dog mental exercise too. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a purebred or a mix, you need […]


CORONAVIRUS AND PETS: FAQS FOR OWNERS

NO EVIDENCE DOGS GET COVID-19 These FAQs were last updated on March 12, 2020. Can dogs get the new coronavirus (COVID-19)? At this time, experts believe it is very unlikely. The World Health Organization currently advises that there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats can be infected […]