Memorializing Your Best Friend…While He’s Still Enjoying Life with YOU!

Hollywood may be best known for its large egos, flashy cars and the need to leave one’s mark, but it is also considered a must for people who love movies and celebrity gazing. Back in 1927, the legendary Sid Grauman, who came up with the idea of the gala movie premiere also came up with […]

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Pet Appreciation & Zooeyia

Pets ARE part of the family and they can improve your human family members’ health!  Zooeyia (ZOO-ey-ah), a relatively new word describes the health benefits pets give back to us humans. The word comes from the Greek root word zoion (animal) and from the Greek Goddess of Health, Hygeia.  It is the inverse of zoonoses, […]

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CAT FIRST-AID CERTIFICATE CLASS NOW AVAILABLE

One late summer morning, two Scottish Fold kittens were playfully exploring their fenced yard when Rudy caught Abigail off guard and bounded at her from behind the rose bushes.  As Abby took a tumble landing dazed and confused, a bee buzzed passed her.  The twosome, quickly distracted by this new found fun, attempted to play […]

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You Can Teach an Old Dog (or Cat) New Tricks and Should!

With the ceremonial lighting of candle #7 on the doggie bone or kitty fish birthday cake, it is generally assumed your best friend has emBARKed on his golden years.  Giant breeds enter seniorhood around 6 while smaller dog breeds and cats closer to 9.  Though often premature to consider your best pal a senior citizen, […]

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Your Animal ER, Pet Emergency Card & Pet Alert Sticker

May is National Animal Preparedness Month, but it’s so important, every day of the year, to be double-dog sure you keep dangers out of paws and claws reach.  Knowing know how to react and where to go should the worst happen can be a life-saver for your furry family members. Veterinarians are the experts, but […]

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In a Dog’s EAR

The average dog can hear better than the average person – about 4 times better, and canines are more adept at hearing sounds at higher frequencies.  That is one reason I tell my senior pet care students to try using a higher octave when calling their hearing-challenged senior pet.  Often as their auditory function wanes, […]

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Start Off on the Right Paw: The Importance of Pet-to-Pet Introductions Done Right

One of the best gifts you can give many furry best friends, is the gift of fellow companionship!  In the beginning, there may be challenges, and supervision is a must, but it can be rewarding to watch your duo, trio or even your four-pack (if local ordinances allow) play together and know they have a […]

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Writing Down Your Disaster Preparedness Plan

The reason Flight Attendants request you put on your oxygen mask before assisting others is that you have less than 15 seconds before you lose consciousness!   This applies to Pet Parents & Professionals as well.  You must take care of your family first.  Doing so keeps you safe and gives you peace of mind to […]

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Pet Disaster Preparedness

Hopefully you will never experience a fire destroying your home, yet you plan ahead — install fire alarms, smoke detectors and purchase insurance. You certainly hope never to be involved in a car accident, but you have airbags and wear a seat belt (and should safely restrain your pets as well). Being prepared makes sense […]

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How to be a Better Pet Parent

Veterinarians are the experts, but most of us are not lucky enough to have a Vet velcroed to our hip 24/7, and even if you live with 5 people in your house, odds are that when the dog stops breathing or cuts his paw…you will be home alone and it will be after veterinary hours.  […]

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How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend

Abracadabra!  Alakazam!  I want to be my dog’s best friend!  You certainly don’t have to be a magician to know that with a wag of his tail, a dog can put a smile on anyone’s face.  Five-year-old Alisha S. of Huntington Beach, California says it best, “I was crying because I got stung by a […]

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Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Help

It’s late at night, on the weekend or even daylight mid-week.  Your veterinarian may or may not be open, but your dog or cat is in distress.  When MUST you not delay and get him to professional medical help? Hopefully you know animal life-saving skills such as choking management, how to stop bleeding, treat for […]

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