February is Pet Dental Health Month and since today is the last day of February, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of keeping up with the dental health of our furry family members. Luckily for us, we have a veterinary dental specialist in our Best Friends family. Dr. Goldstein is not only our Chief Medical Officer, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and is board certified in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery.
Pet Dental Health: More Important Than You Think!
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Watch Your Tone During Dog Training
Matching tone to temperament is key for successful behavior training.
Did your mother ever tell you, “It’s not WHAT you say, it’s the WAY that you say it that matters”? We know that our tone of voice can often have a big impact on how someone will respond to something we are saying.
Tags: dog training, Dogs, pet behavior, tips
Best Friends Willow Grove Delivered a Special Thanksgiving Dinner to PSPCA Shelter Dogs
Our own Best Friends Pet Hotel in Willow Grove teamed up with the Pennsylvania SPCA to deliver a delicious “Thanksgiving Dinner” to the resident shelter dogs at the organization’s Erie Avenue headquarters.
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Well-Mannered Pets Welcome! Tips for Practicing “Petiquette” on Trips
More and more often, pet parents are bringing their furry kids along on their travel adventures. Most folks who are traveling with pets will need to stay at some kind of pet friendly accommodation. Fortunately, pet friendly hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals are abundant across the U.S. and Canada, and they’re easy to find and book. But before you head off to enjoy your temporary digs, make sure that you know what to expect, and that you and your pet are prepared. Planning ahead and following some sensible tips will ensure that your trip is fun, and that you BOTH will be welcomed back on your next adventure!
Tags: Cats, Dogs, Pet Hotel, Pet Safety, pet travel, Pet Vacation, Uncategorized
Know Before you Go: Tips for a Safe and Happy Road Trip with your Pet
Many pets love a road trip almost as much as their parents. But before you load up Rover and head off into the distance, make sure you’re thoroughly prepared for a long car trip with your pet. We’ve compiled some comprehensive, road-tested tips on what to do before you go, as well as how to manage along the way.
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As a pet parent, a road trip with a furry kid might seem like a dream come true. You’d love the opportunity to bond and share new experiences with him, and you’d certainly appreciate the company. But before you load your beloved pet into the car for the long haul, take a moment to reflect. A pet who’s a great companion at home, on walks, and on short trips around town won’t necessarily be an ideal travel buddy. Long trips aren’t right for every pet, and your pet’s needs should come before your desire to take him along.
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Socializing your new puppy: what you need to know
Now that you have gotten (somewhat) used to the newest addition to the family, it’s time to start thinking about socialization? The key to having a happy and nonfearful dog, is to start training during puppyhood. Here are some tips on how to get started.
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Only a few short decades ago, buckling up was optional for drivers and their passengers, and people were generally unaware of the serious dangers posed by riding in cars without safety belts. Today, all that has changed. Everyone uses a seatbelt, and wisely so. Those riding in the front seat can reduce their risk of fatal injuries by 45 percent and their risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent, just by buckling up. In addition, rear seat passengers riding without seatbelts increase the death rate of front seat passengers by up to 5 times.
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So you have a new puppy – now what?
Is there anything better than a warm, wiggly, cuddly puppy? A new bundle of joy always brings smiles but also, responsibility. Making sure your new fur baby is healthy and well cared for now, will save you time and money down the road. So, what now?
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Heartworms 101: Part 3
So your dog or cat has been diagnosed with heartworm disease, now what? For dogs, there are approved medications and well established guidelines about how to treat depending on the severity of their disease. For cats, things are a bit trickier since there are no approved treatments for heartworm infection in cats. This is why prevention is so critical.
Let’s cover the basics of treatment for each species individually.
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