Have You Read a Good Pet Food Label Lately?!

“You are what you eat.”  Although this phrase has a contrived history dating back centuries, it didn’t emerge in English until 1940 when nutritionist Victor Lindlahr wrote the book so entitled expressing his strong belief that food controls health.  It holds true for our canine and feline friends too. “Most consumers are unaware that the […]

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WATER: Too Much or Not Enough?!

Water may arguably be the MOST important nutrient but for sure it is one of the six essential nutrients dogs and cats need to survive!  That’s because, like us, our pets are close to 80% water, so they need a regular supply. In case you’re taking notes, the other five essential nutrients your furry best pal […]

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First-Aid Basics for Rabbits & Pocket Pets

Bunny parents and those who share their lives with even smaller furry friends (aka pocket pets) know that lagomorphs and rodents are not cats or dogs, and signs of distress as well as care may differ in each.  If you’re lucky enough to co-habitat or care for one of these creatures, you MUST acquaint yourself […]

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Pet Safety Fourth of July

Fourth of July

Keep Fido & Fluffy Safe This Fourth of July By Denise Fleck The weeks before and after the Fourth of July are among the busiest at Animal Shelters across the country. Fireworks can be fun for you, but dangerous for your pets.  In addition to the tips below, make sure ID Tags are accurate and easy […]

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The Wonders of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil comes from the inner pulp or the meat of the coconut.  Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize so has a considerable shelf life.  Saturated fats have been given a bad reputation by being lumped with trans fatty acids and fried vegetable oils.  The saturated fats found in […]

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Summer Pet Safety Tips

The heat is on, and whether you choose a summer Vacation or Stay-cation, keep your pets in mind 24/7.  Know what to do for Heatstroke and what signs mean your pet requires emergency immediate veterinary care by boning up on your pet first-aid skills. Have plenty of fresh water available for your pet, inside & out.  […]

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Take Your Dog to Work Day®

Pets are part of the family, and for one summer Friday each year…they are also part of the workforce thanks to our friends at Pet Sitters International®.  I feel privileged in that I get to do this everyday, but this Friday, June 22nd, 2018 marks PSI’s 20th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day®! Since […]

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The Joys of Adopting a Senior Pet

13 Candles on the Cake! Haiku is only one of two dogs I ever welcomed into the family as a puppy.  He was found wandering the Lancaster Desert at the age of only 4-weeks and taken in by the local animal control.  Fortunately, the nearby Akita Rescue bailed him out and since I was volunteering […]

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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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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 breeds and cats closer to 9.  Though often premature to consider your best pal a senior citizen, it’s […]

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