Pets work and play hard, and all that expended energy has to be replenished with good sleep! In fact, both dogs and cats sleep more hours than their humans, so having a comfortable place to bunk is important to the health and happiness of your pet. Even if your pet has trained you to allow them to sleep with you, they will appreciate having a comfortable place to rest during your active hours as well, particularly near the kitchen, in your office, and the den. The point is that they want to be near you!
There are several things to consider when selecting a bed for your pet. Continue reading →
Many of us are getting ready for holiday travel, starting with Thanksgiving. Travel statistics are projected to be higher this year for both driving and flying, in spite of increased airfares and gas prices. Some folks are opting to bring their pets to save on pet boarding fees. Also contributing to the trend of traveling with pets is the fact that more Americans are viewing their pets as family members.
Here is what you need to know to make traveling with (or without) your pet a smooth endeavor. Continue reading →
Halloween can be a little spooky for pets. Trick or treat strangers coming to the door all evening, the constant doorbell ringing, the bowl full of chocolate, the front door opening up with unusual creatures waiting, but never coming in to give back scratches… it can be more than a little overwhelming for pets. Continue reading →
Many dog owners are learning new tricks to keep the cost of pet ownership down. One of the skills you can develop is learning how to groom your own dog. Not only is grooming important in helping your dog look and feel their best, but it can also be a way to increase the bond between you and your pet, and to help keep potential health problems at bay. Continue reading →
With the change in the weather, illnesses seem to circulating through offices, schools, and families. And while we haven’t heard of many flu cases yet, the flu virus tends to start appearing in October or November and peaks in January or February.
I don’t know about you, but in my house, the person who is sick gets dog-piled by cats and dogs as the most viable option for warmth and comfort. It’s a mutually beneficial situation. But now, a study has shown that the flu virus can be transmitted to our pets, so you might want to take care of the furry caretakers before they try to take care of you. Continue reading →
The summer months can be full of activities for the household if you have students home during the summer. The animals may have become accustomed to going on hikes, heading to the park, and generally having a lot of attention throughout the day. Don’t be surprised to see your pets acting a bit blue when things get a little more mellow around the house. Here are some tips for making the transition easier for them. Continue reading →
I went to a mall yesterday with a friend to beat the heat, but before we made it inside, my friend and I heard a crying dog in the parking lot. We were able to find the car by the whimpering sounds and the telltale cracked windows. Pretty soon we were joined by an elderly woman and her older mother hobbling along with a cane who also heard the cries. Though the oldest woman looked frail, she didn’t hesitate to state that she was ready to string someone up for leaving the precious dog in the heat. And I believe she would have too! Don’t mess with a mad 90+ grandma on the war path! Continue reading →