Thanksgiving Fun and Safety With Our Furry Friends

The holidays can be wonderful but also can be potentially stressful. Sometimes dealing with family drama makes you especially grateful for those less-complicated furry friends who nose you under the table. At least with them, you know a belly rub and a treat will be all it takes to make them happy! Their mere presence can help lower blood pressure levels and give you a graceful option for directing your undivided attention during awkward moments with probing questions from family members!

While pets add fun and a built-in reprieve to the mix of family gatherings, there are things to keep in mind for the holidays. Continue reading

Hundreds of Cases of Sickened Dogs, But Still No Recall on Chicken Jerky Treats

There are now over 1,800 reports of dogs being sickened and even dying from chicken jerky treats made in China due to kidney failure. The FDA finally released their test results after msnbc.com reported that they were denied the requested information. Without confirmed contaminants, however, the FDA is unable to force a recall. There have been three federal warnings regarding possible safety issues since 2007 with the Chinese-made treats. Continue reading

Best of the Best: Tips for Keeping Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

Baby, it’s hot outside! And if you’re like me, it’s hot inside too since I’m probably the only person in the U.S. suburbs that doesn’t have air conditioning. Yes, I hear your collective gasp. So we have developed tips for keeping our cool. Like people, dogs can suffer from sunburns, dehydration, and heat stroke.  But for dogs, keeping cool can be especially tricky since they can only regulate body temperature through sweating through their foot pads, by panting, and drinking water.

For some breeds, like this pug and other snub-nosed varieties, breathing issues can be exacerbated during hot spells, so keeping cool for them is particularly important. But all dogs must be looked after in the heat. 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

Finding the Right Chew Toy for Fido

I got a message on Facebook from a delighted yet slightly disappointed fan about her dog chewing one of our toys to bits and pieces quickly. Even though I am a famous world traveler, I like to have that personal touch and let my fans know that I hear them. Where you hurt, I hurt. It may be difficult to comprehend that pet guardians have to provide items for their dogs knowing full well that those items will be destroyed. Such is the nature of chewing. There are several reasons we dogs chew. 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

Baxter’s Tips for Traveling with Pets

Dear Readers,

I am pleased as a flea at a dog show to be heading out for a much-needed vacation! I am to accompany my family on an RV adventure. This is an unusual experience for me, as I tend to prefer more of the jet-setting scene to travel the world, procuring wondrous products for our discriminating customers. However, I am choosing to view this as an opportunity to research the needs of mobile pets, specifically with car and RV transportation. Continue reading

BaxterBoo is Expanding!

Dear Readers,

It is with great pleasure (and a bit of pomp) that I get to announce that, thanks to our fans and fellow pet lovers, we are growing! Of course Ms. Boo believes she may have something to do with this, and I shan’t be the one to correct her! Continue reading