Pet Health


PROBLEM BEHAVIOR IN CATS: CORRECTING COMMON BAD BEHAVIORS

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 the same principles: patience, consistency, and praise. We’ll begin this article by providing tips […]


Fruits and vegetables Dogs Can or Can’t Eat

It’s not uncommon to want to spoil your dog by sharing table scraps or your favorite snack. After all, if it is safe for you to eat, it must be OK for them to eat, right? Not necessarily. While many human foods are perfectly safe for dogs, some are very […]


5 Scary Consequences of Neglecting Your Dog’s Teeth

Reviewed and updated for accuracy on December 3, 2019 by Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM, PhD You may already know that not taking care of your dog’s teeth can lead to periodontal disease, a condition that results in bleeding gums, bad breath, and ultimately tooth loss. But did you know that […]


Top Reasons to Adopt a Pet

Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are ten reasons to adopt your new best friend. 1. Because you’ll save a life. Each year, it’s estimated that more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into […]


Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It

Of all the repulsive habits our canine companions have — drinking from the toilet, rolling in swamp muck, licking their butts — nothing tops the disgusting practice of eating poop. Their motivation may not be to gross us humans out, but it certainly does. So much so, in fact, that […]


9 Tips for Introducing a Dog when you already have Pets

If you want to make the introduction of a new dog to your existing pets go as smoothly as possible, certain precautionary measures must be followed. There are also a few proven tips and tricks that will make the transition easier. With appropriate planning and guidance, your new dog will […]


13 Holiday Foods That are Bad for Dogs

It’s only natural to want to include our furry family members in our holiday dinners and give them a taste of our favorite dishes. But there are many ingredients commonly used in holiday dinners that won’t do dogs any favors. Since holiday recipes can vary widely, it’s best not to […]


Can Glucosamine Help Treat Arthritis And Joint Pain in Dogs?

Many dogs suffer from arthritis as they age. This painful condition, which occurs in dogs and people, results when cartilage, the cushioning between the bones, begins to thin and wear away. As a result, the ends of the bones start to rub against each other. Trauma, disease, or normal wear […]


Cold Weather Safety tips

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold […]


Christmas Tree Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Winter holidays are especially exciting, with all the sparkly lights, delicate ornaments and brightly colored garlands—and don’t get us started on the candies and treats! All of these things are great fun for us, but they’re also intriguing to our pets. Putting up a Christmas tree is one of the […]


6 THANKSGIVING FOODS THAT ARE BAD FOR CATS AND DOGS

WHAT FOODS ARE TOXIC TO DOGS AND CATS? Thanksgiving is almost here and that means an abundance of delicious food. However, many popular human dishes aren’t healthy for pets to consume. It’s important to remember which foods are bad for dogs and cats. Especially, during holiday meals when dogs and […]


Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Some pets love the hustle and bustle of Halloween, while others will find this spooky holiday a bit stressful. We recognize that animals are individuals, so while you while enjoy the festivities, consider it from your pet’s perspective: “A dog’s natural instinct is to protect their home or to alert […]


Top Dangers For Pets In Autumn

Personally, I love autumn. The days are usually crisp and clear with plenty of sunshine, while the nights are cooler. The gorgeous colours of leaves as they change colour create some magnificent scenery, but amongst all this beauty there are some things that may pose a risk to your pet. […]


Dog Sleeping in Bed – Is It Okay?

Studies have shown that about 45% of all dog owners sleep together with their pets. However, the question of whether it is fine to sleep with our canine companions is a continuous debate. Many wealthy, powerful and famous personalities and historical figures have even extended privileges to furry friends. Perhaps […]


5 Ways to Give Your Dog More Exercise (other than walking)

It is so important to make sure your dog gets as much as exercise as possible to keep them healthy and happy. Most people already take their dog for regular walks but there are other types of dog exercise other than walking. So why not mix things up a bit? […]


Heat Exhaustion in Dogs: Signs Your Dog Is Overheating

Published by Jean Marie Bauhaus Overheating in dogs is not something to take lightly. As the weather heats up, it’s important to remain aware of how the heat affects your pup. Heat exhaustion in dogs can lead to serious and potentially fatal conditions such as heat stroke and cardiac arrest. […]


How to Transport Dogs by Air

They say dogs are man’s best friend. For some of us, that quote is very literal and very true. Therefore, when the time comes for us to leave town for a while on vacation, a business trip, relocation or for some other reason, leaving our ‘best friend’ behind can be […]


Summer Pet Tips: Hot Asphalt and Your Dog

As we humans escape into our homes that are air conditioned or cooled with fans we wonder why our dogs might be acting sluggish or begging to get back inside. Have you ever noticed dogs who refuse to walk at an event and just plops himself down? Paws scorching on […]


How to get your dog to stop barking

Pups communicate for many reasons, but sometimes you just need them to shush. Mary Jo DiLonardo Barking is a dog’s way of communicating everything from danger to boredom. It’s a lose-lose situation no matter which side of the fence you’re on. Whether it’s your dog that’s barking or your neighbor’s […]


Seven Warning Signs in Senior Pets

Posted on March 4, 2019 under Pet Health & Safety It’s always important to bring your pets to the veterinarian annually to be examined, and even more important for senior pets. But when should you consider making that appointment a little earlier? Being able to recognize the clinical signs of […]


Common Backyard Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs

Many plants that are poisonous to dogs are very common in backyards. These toxic time-bombs range from being only mildly toxic (for example, causing vomiting) to being responsible for serious canine health problems. If you wish to err on the safe side, thoroughly research all the vegetation and berries that […]


6 Ways to Help Your Dog and Landscaping Play Nicely Together

By Marianne Lipanovich, Houzz. Dogs and outdoor spaces go together naturally. But with their penchant for digging holes, carving runway paths worthy of an international airport and eating plants, some dogs can wreak havoc on landscape design. Knowing what some of the most common problems are and how to overcome […]


Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties in Dogs Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or object presenting an external threat — whether real or perceived. The response of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body for the freeze, fight, or flight syndrome. It is considered to […]


Can Dogs Have Spring Allergies?

For some of us, spring represents a time of rebirth: winter thaws, budding blossoms, cute ducklings and chicks. But for those of us with seasonal allergies, spring is less benevolent and more horror movie: runny noses, itchy throats, constant sneezes. If you think humans are alone in suffering when spring […]


Why do Dogs Lick their Paws and What You Can do to Stop it

Written by John Walton Grooming is a natural part of a dog’s daily routine, from licking himself clean to shaking off the blades of grass after a good roll on the lawn. But it’s no longer grooming when the behavior becomes incessant. If you notice your dog constantly licking his […]


5 Amazing Things Dogs Can Sense Before They Happen

BY KRITESHANAND PUBLISHED ON 06/06/2015 It is a well-established fact that dogs are intelligent creatures. They are also more aware about their surroundings as compared to humans, and can easily pick up what is going through the minds of their owners. According to some people, dogs can even sense some […]


How Senior Dog Owners can Avoid Injuries

New study reveals the risks, but these tips will keep you on track. Mary Jo DiLonardo Having a dog can motivate seniors to go for a walk, which is smart for overall health — but there’s a risk of serious injury, too. Dogs are awesome. There’s so much scientific evidence […]


Is your Pet Safe Flying in Cargo?

When Janet Sinclair made the cross-country move from California to Massachusetts in July 2013, she arranged for what she thought would be the safest travel plan for her six-year-old Bengal cat, Alika, and five-year-old greyhound, Sedona. United’s PetSafe program promised a climate-controlled and pressurized cargo environment, specially trained staff, and […]


5 Dangerous Valentine’s Treats Your Pet Should Avoid

Find out which Valentine’s Day treats could be dangerous to you pet! Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show your loved ones how much you care. As pet parents, it’s in our instincts to shower our furry friends with love and affection too. However, as you indulge in the Valentine’s […]


8 New Year’s Dont’s for your Pet

Posts by: Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM Each New Year we’re inundated with lists of things to do, buy, and become. We read these lists, make promises to ourselves, and then promptly forget it ever happened by February. This year I’m taking the opposite approach: Here are the things you definitely […]


5 Scary Consequences of Neglecting Your Dog’s Teeth

By Paula Fitzsimmons You already know that not taking care of your dog’s teeth can lead to periodontal disease, a condition that results in bleeding gums, bad breath, and ultimately tooth loss. “Periodontal disease starts under the gum line with a substance called plaque, which is made up of bacteria,” […]


10 Senior Pet Care Tips: How to Care for Senior Dogs

It began subtly. You noticed some gray fur on the snout of your black lab. Your once spry playmate stopped jumping after his tennis ball. And your formerly vigorous walks with him turned into leisurely strolls. Then your vet said a word you hadn’t heard before: “senior.” Pet care changes […]


How to Introduce a Dog to a Cat

By Sherry Woodard, Best Friends animal behavior consultant Some dogs do fine living with cats; others simply cannot live safely with felines. Sometimes, a dog can live with certain cats (depending on their age, temperament and activity level), but not others. Even if your dog has successfully lived with cats […]


Holiday Pet Dangers!

5 Tips to Protect Your Dog This Holiday Season Posts by: Dr. Mike Paul, DVM Well, here we are again. While it seems we were just preparing for summer vacation, it’s the holiday season already. The holidays bring much with them, including celebrations, decorations and unfortunately, potential hazards for our […]


The Financial Benefits of Adopting A Pet

by Aly J. Yale Updated on 12.05.18 Overcrowding is a serious problem in America’s animal shelters. According to the ASPCA, an estimated 1.5 million animals are euthanized every year due to overcrowding — and that’s only dogs and cats. If you’re considering bringing home a pet in the new year, […]