When we turn back the clocks, it can be tempting to turn down the outdoor time with our pets. Shorter days and cooler weather make being outdoors less appealing. But, cutting back on outdoor exercise time can be a problem for our pets – especially for high-energy dogs in need of lots of active play.
Children of all ages love Halloween – the costumes, the scary decorations and, most of all, the treats. But Halloween can be frightening – and even dangerous -- for the family dog and cat.
The dog days of summer are here and we humans aren’t the only ones suffering. For our canine best friends, long hot summer days in a house without air conditioning or a backyard without shade can be misery.
As hard as it is to face, our pets age faster than we do. Being informed and proactive about health care ensure the best quality of life for your pet for as long as possible.
Did you begin the 2013 by making New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps to exercise more, eat better or spend more quality time with family and friends during 2013?
From play dates in the park to visits to doggy day camp, dogs today spend lots of time in the company of other canines. This socialization trend is great for our best friends, but it’s important for pet parents to educate themselves about illnesses common among social canines.
A team of human health researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University recently announced they had completed a study showing that dogs in the workplace not only reduce employee stress, but actually increase job satisfaction and work commitment!
One of the simplest ways pet parents can ensure their dog has long, healthy life is to keep immunizations current. Just as in humans, vaccines against infectious diseases reduce sickness and suffering and can even prevent death. Yet sometimes immunizations are allowed to lapse, putting pets at risk.
One of the most frequent questions groomers are asked by pet owners at this time of year is how to “prevent” their pet from shedding.
Unfortunately, shedding is a part of the natural cycle of hair growth: after each growing stage, there is a resting period when the old hair falls out. Hair is lost all year round, but the heaviest shedding is in the spring when double-coated breeds lose their dense undercoats. Depending on the type of fur, weekly, even daily, brushing is needed, to remove the hair as it sheds.
With the holidays behind us and the winter doldrums in full swing, many of us are seeing an unwelcome jump on the bathroom scale. For our pets, even a pound of two of weight gain can be a real health hazard.
Studies have shown that a lean dog will live an average of 2.5 years longer than an obese dog, in part, because they are less likely to develop the medical conditions which come with excess weight. The same applies to cats.