Have you ever wondered why your cat sleeps so much? You’ve probably noticed them lounging around the house a lot – or on you! – but did you know this is caused by genetics? Understanding the why and how of your cats sleeping pattern is an important way to keep them healthy and happy. Your […]
Do You Know Your Cat or Dog's Age?
Photo by Moyan Brenn / CC BY-ND It is a common belief that one human year equals seven dog years. But is this really true? And what about Kitty? When I started writing today’s blog, I wanted to speak on the importance of annual check-ups for pets. However, I found a really interesting fact during […]
Do You Pay Enough Attention to Your Pets?
How much attention does your pet need? Do you have a pet, but are worried you aren’t spending enough time with it? Don’t fret, you’re not the only one! I live with a roommate and her cat, Mitzy. My roommate has been gone most of the summer, and she is usually only home for about an […]
Service Animals: Guide Dogs
One of the most well known types of service animal is a guide dog for people who can’t see or can’t see well. Learn what all these furry friends have to do in order to be someone’s eyes. In a past blog, I briefly mentioned the intense training that goes into a puppy becoming a […]
Obesity isn’t just a human problem. It’s becoming an issue for household pets, too. A chunky pet can be a cute thing—until you realize the medical hazards for pets that are overweight. Obesity in dogs and obesity in cats can lead to arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers. Obesity can also shorten your […]
Time for a trim! Do you know when or how to trim your pet’s nails? Here are some helpful tricks to make clipping claws easier. Speaking on behalf of those who appreciate good grooming, we all know the pain of a broken nail. Now, imagine having four paws to deal with instead of just two hands. That makes […]
The Chinese Hamster
HISTORY The Chinese Hamster, which originated in northern China and Mongolia, belongs to the group of hamsters with rat-like characteristics. This breed was first reported and sold as a pet in Beijing in 1900. Used primarily as lab animals, they were later used at the Peking Union Medical College in 1919 and soon exported to […]
Clicker Training A Dog
No matter what breed your dog is, basic obedience training is very important in helping to mold him into a loving, obedient, happy member of your family. It’s best to start training your dog as early as possible, preferably while he is still a young puppy. One method of training that is gaining in popularity, […]
Giving Pets Pills – Risky Business!
So you’ve been handed a packet of pills by your veterinarian to give to your kitty or pooch……now what?? As you’ve probably noticed, most self-respecting dogs or cats will not take pills right out of your hand, not even the so called ‘flavored’ pills. Hiding it in a meal may work on some dogs, but […]
Cat Enclosures Offer Outdoor Access with Indoor Safety
I grew up with indoor/outdoor cats. They lived in our house and slept on our beds but were allowed free access to the outdoors. The cats were happy, but it wasn’t always easy for us. I was heartbroken when one kitten, Tigger, went out to play and never came back. The rest made it to […]