BAXTER WANTS YOU! (To be Safe this Independence Day)

Yes, folks, it’s time for my obligatory summer safety public service announcements. We know you’re looking forward to a much-needed holiday tomorrow, and so am I! I’ve been working like a dog for our valued customers. Without air conditioning too, I might add! Darn hailstorm took out the AC unit!

First things first… we four-leggers really don’t understand this celebration of Independence. Although I am a seasoned world traveler, I still love coming home to my slippers and adore my treats that my staff lavish upon me, humble though I may be. Ms. Boo and her feline cohorts seem to cherish independence a bit more, but I digress… back to the issue of SAFETY! Continue reading

Aggression: Angry Animal or Suffering Animal?

Is Your Dog Aggressive?  It’s Time to See the Vet!

Last week we talked about Breed Specific Legislation, which pertains to laws and regulations that are being set in place to prevent people from owning certain dog breeds.  We also talked about how a dog that lashes out for various reasons can cause the entire breed to be looked down upon.  Sometimes dogs can react due to the fact that they have aggression.  But why?  Well a recent study states that aggression in dogs may be due to the fact that they are in pain. Continue reading

Helping Your Pet Thrive at Any Age

Conventional Wisdom says that a dog’s age in human years can be determined by multiplying each year by seven. But my 10-year-old Shih-Poo still looks and acts like a puppy. And although dogs and cats do have shorter lifespans than humans, there are more factors to consider in judging the relative age of a dog, such as dog size and overall health. Continue reading

Protecting Pets from Rattlesnakes

I was recently getting my van’s oil changed where I was conversing with a nice lady who had two Shih Tzus. She apologized that one of them was still learning her manners as she was just a puppy. And then she teared up saying that she’d lost her last Shih Tzu due to a rattlesnake bite at one of the local parks.

Yesterday, I heard that the neighbor’s cat had been playing with a tiny snake in her garage. The way the snake was coiling and striking, she didn’t think it was the regular garden variety. If it were a king snake, she wanted to let it live, because they are good at controlling rodents and other pests. Continue reading

Going Grain Free: Fad or the Future of Health?

So I’m not too happy about Ms. Boo’s post that featured a picture of me with Jackson Galaxy. She could have at least had my back(side) and maybe photoshopped me a little skinnier? Alas, it may have been just the kick in the pants to get me motivated to try my mother’s latest eating adventure: Paleolithic. This is basically an eating plan (note my deliberate non-use of the four-letter dreaded D word) that is modeled after what our pre-agricultural ancestors ate. So no grains. Sorry, new Panera Bread that just came to town… Our love affair is over…

I’ve also noticed this trend among dog and cat foods. “Grain Free” is the new buzz phrase I’m seeing splashed across ads and labels. In theory, this is a good thing because better dog and cat food recipes should contain more meat protein sources and easy-to-digest animal fats as this would also mimic their ancestral diet. And grains can produce allergic reactions in pets as they do not have as many digestive enzymes to break down starchy carbohydrates as their human herbivore guardians have. And I’m seeing discussions online about people claiming their dogs are slimming down on these types of diets. Continue reading

Surviving the Summer Storm Season with an Anxious Pet

Summer is full of wonder, but can also be a season of woe for pets with thunderstorm phobias and other noise-related anxieties such fireworks. Watching a pet tremble and shake is heartbreaking for pet owners, but for some dogs, the reaction is so severe that they even injure themselves and destroy property. Sometimes these pets are surrendered to shelters with former owners being reluctant to divulge this condition.

We’re not professionals here at BaxterBoo, but most of us are pet owners, and we are happy to pass along some of the things we’ve learned or heard about to help our friends out there in dealing with storm anxiety. Continue reading

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe this Memorial Day

Hopefully, you’re having too much fun out with friends and family to be reading this blog! But maybe you’re just checking your email while drinking your morning brew, and we can put a bug in your ear to remind you of things to keep in mind to have a safe day today and any day worth celebrating! And we do have a lot to celebrate and honor our veterans who have made this such a great place to enjoy each other, including the freedom to dote on our pets! Continue reading

Wellness Wednesday: Is Your Pet Food Safe?

There have been extensive pet food recalls in the last month for salmonella contamination. As of late, 16 people have also gotten sick from handling tainted pet food, infected pets, and/or coming into contact with contaminated pet feces. Diamond Pet Foods has expanded their recall list 8 times to include 39 states, and now their website has a vague reference to cat food being affected as well. In fact, two cats have died and another is ill at a shelter in Montreal, Canada after ingesting Diamond-brand cat food. Continue reading

Wednesday Wellness: The 411 on Pet Insurance

It’s hard to believe that as a pet owner for many years that I am just now thinking about getting pet health insurance. Before I get all embarrassed about that confession (or drag you down with shared guilt) apparently, we are not alone. Even though 65% of American households own a dog or a cat, only 1% have insurance. In the UK, however, 25% of pets are insured. In fact, Brits are more likely to have pet insurance than for their human children! Continue reading

Best Tips for Alleviating Pet Distress While You’re Gone

In yesterday’s blog we shared how dogs are therapeutic in the work environment, but the concept is only just now getting traction. If you can’t take your dog with you, how can you make life better for your dog while you’re out? After all, content dogs are much less likely to be destructive. Continue reading