No PAWS About It…Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter is the Right Move for Your Pet

A pet sitter is guardian, caretaker, person in charge when cat moms and dog dads are away.  Many also look after our rabbit and pocket pet as well as feathered, finned and scaled best friends.  They need to know and do everything you do for your animal family member when you aren’t available.  You  pet […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Puppy Mill Action Week: Do All You Can to Help Man & Woman’s Best Friend

What is wrong with this picture?! An estimated 170,000 breeding dogs are currently living in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-licensed commercial facilities for breeding purposes this very moment. An estimated 10,000 puppy millsexist in the United States (this includes both licensed and unlicensed facilities). Over 2 million puppies are bredin mills each year. While an estimated 3 million […]

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