New Cat: Things to Watch out for

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If you have a newly adopted cat, many behaviors you might brush over could be a symptom of a medical issue. Here are a few things to monitor in your new feline friend: Activity Level: An older cat might not be interested in climbing or playing, but a kitten with a low activity level might be an alarm […] Read more »

Running with your Dog

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Dogs can be great running partners, as they can keep us motivated, protected, and accompanied. However, it’s good to make sure your dog is up to the physical challenge of running with you. Here are some tips for keeping your dog safe before and during a run: Ask your vet. Just as you need medical […] Read more »

Considerations for Boarding your Pet


You might find yourself unable to bring your beloved pet with you on vacation this summer. So, you’ll want to find a boarding facility that fits your pet best. Here are some things to consider when looking at kennels or dog sitting services: Cleanliness – Cleanliness is a crucial characteristic when looking at kennels, as proper […] Read more »

Heartworm: Prevention is Key

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Some dog owners wonder if they really need to continue to pay for preventative heartworm treatment. They may think that the cost outweighs the risk, especially because there is a heartworm treatment for adult dogs. However, consider this: heartworm is still a serious infection and adult heartworm is still fairly widespread. A heartworm infection for […] Read more »

Fourth of July Safety for Dogs

The fourth of July holiday is a fun one for many of us – with barbecues, picnics, parades, and fireworks. But, how do you keep your dog safe during a day filled with many hazards? Here are some tips: 1. Leave him at home. You don’t want to risk your dog getting hurt or panicked […] Read more »

Protecting your Dog from Foxtails

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What are foxtails? Foxtails are a common breed of meadow grass that has soft, brushlike flowering spikes. Foxtails can be found worldwide, but are very common in the Western United States – California in particular. How can foxtails affect my dog? They might seem harmless, but foxtails can pose risk for your dog, as they can easily […] Read more »

Benefits of Adopting an Older Dog

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Sadly, older dogs in shelters have a very tough time finding homes. Abandoned by previous owners, they are often overlooked by potential adopters in favor of younger animals. However, there are so many reasons to open your home to an older dog! Here are just a few: – Senior dogs are less destructive. Chances are […] Read more »

Are Tennis Balls Bad for Dogs’ Teeth?

If your dog, like many others, loves to chase and chew on tennis balls, you might be wondering if this hobby will effect his/her teeth. The short answer: yes, the outer layer of a tennis ball is abrasive and can wear down tooth enamel after extended chewing. Additionally, tennis balls pose other hazards – they […] Read more »

Fly Masks for Horses


What: Fly masks are used to cover a horse’s eyes, jaw, and sometimes ears. The mask is made from a mesh that allows the horse to see and hear. Most are made from black or white mesh, but some have designs on them that do not interfere with vision. Most have fleece padding around the muzzle. […] Read more »

Thunderstorm Phobia


It’s not uncommon for dogs to be afraid of thunderstorms, but this phobia can take a major toll on their psyche (and yours!) and cause them to behave destructively.  Here are a few tips to deal with this issue: – Catch it early. If you notice a fear of thunderstorms in your puppy or young […] Read more »