Pet Toys! How to Chose a New Favorite.

With so many pet toys to chose from, how do you know which are the best for your pet? Shown is a grey faced golden retriever with a mouth full of various toys
With so many pet toys to chose from, how do you know which are the best for your pet?

Have you been shopping for pet toys recently? Just walking into a pet store or taking a look on-line can be overwhelming! We all want to pick safe and entertaining toys for our pets.  Of course, spending all that money on a toy that sits ignored or is shredded within minutes can be frustrating, too. Help is on the way. Read on…. Continue reading “Pet Toys! How to Chose a New Favorite.”

Pet Physical Therapy

A calico cat walking on an underwater treadmill representing how animals participate in pet physical therapy
Pet physical therapy can benefit many animals after surgery or an injury.

Pets benefit from physical therapy in many of the same ways as people. Injuries, arthritis, and surgical recovery are treated with physical therapy in in people.  Now pet physical therapy aims to reduce pain, speed healing after surgery, improve flexibility, build muscle, and fight obesity.  Special facilities offer underwater and regular treadmills, swimming exercises in pools, massage therapy, strength exercises, laser therapy, acupuncture, and balance training. Continue reading “Pet Physical Therapy”

Can dogs recognize human expressions?

dog face looking intently up with a head tilt. dog recognizes human expressions
Dogs watch our expressions as much as they listen to our words.

Have you ever wondered why your dog is looking at you that way? The head tilt to the side, or the wagging of the tail when you look at them.  How do they know to come over to us and rest their head on our lap when we are sad? How do they know to drop their ball at our feet to play? Can dogs recognize human expressions? Scientists have often pondered these questions and have recently performed some very interesting studies. Spoiler alert. Your dog knows when you are smiling.
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Pet Loss. You Are Not Alone In Your Grief

pet loss affects no only the owners, but other companion animals in the house as well. Shown is an older golden retriever resting under bleeding heart plant
Loss of a companion pet affects all the other pets in the household

The loss of a beloved pet is devastating. It can take a long time to adjust. Unfortunately, many of us have experienced the grief from pet loss at some point in our lives.We cry. Either we want to be left alone or we seek out friends or family, or our other pets. We lose our appetites. Seeing once shared places and activities cause saddened emotional responses.  We are not alone in our grief.  In multiple pet households, the loss of one pet also affects the lives of those pets left behind. Continue reading to learn how your pets grieve and what you can do to help them through. Continue reading “Pet Loss. You Are Not Alone In Your Grief”

Wearable Tech Devices for Pets

A Labrador retriever representing a pet wearing a one of the currently available wearable tech devices
Wearable pet devices may help us monitor our pet’s activity and location.

New wearable tech devices can now allow your pet to be just as healthy as you. You can now track your pet’s daily adventures with activity monitors, GPS devices, and wearable cameras.  Your veterinarian can also collect data with these wearable tech devices to improve your pet’s health care. Continue reading “Wearable Tech Devices for Pets”

Dog’s paw pads can burn: Know how to protect the paws

Dog's paw pads can burn walking on hot pavement or asphalt. A comparison of air temperature versus asphalt temperatures are shown to be very different
Dogs will walk anywhere for their owner, even on hot pavement. Walking on the hot pavement can cause painful burns to your dog’s paw pads.

Dog’s paw pads are tough.  Most people know that a dog’s paw pads can get injured by walking on sharp objects, but did you know that they can also become burned from walking on hot pavement?   Pavement, tennis courts and any other surface that heats up can cause burns.  Know how to protect your dog’s paw pads this summer.

 

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Dog Tricks and Tricky Dogs!

Dog tricks allow dogs to get what they want. Two goldens, one finding something interesting get the other to drop what he had and pay attention to the other dog's find
By pretending to find something interesting a dog can trick his buddy into dropping what she was doing

Did you know your dog has the ability to intentionally deceive you? Dog tricks enable our friends to get what they want, from other dogs and from their humans. That sly look may not be as innocent as scientists once thought! Doggie deceptive behaviors enable our canine friends to abscond with treats or get the best sleeping spots. Our clever canines know how to read us. They figure out if we are competitors or accomplices. If we are competitors, our dogs can use deception to lead us astray. If we are accomplices, they certainly know how to enlist our help. Our devious dogs know the art of tactical misdirection. Continue reading “Dog Tricks and Tricky Dogs!”

Fear of Thunderstorms and Fireworks in Dogs

A dog hiding under the bed representing fear of thunderstorms and fireworks.
Thunderstorms and fireworks can create fear and stress for our dogs.

Fear of thunderstorms and fireworks is common in dogs.  Pet owners spend countless hours trying to calm their frenzied friend at home.   They also worry about their pets at home alone during a storm or fireworks event.  A variety of behavior modification techniques, tools, supplements, and medications can be used to help calm their pet dog’s fear. Continue reading “Fear of Thunderstorms and Fireworks in Dogs”

Stress Free Veterinary Visits For Your Cat

Stress free veterinary visits for your cat. Cat sitting and relaxing in a carrier with the door open.
Stress free veterinary visits for your cat starts with the carrier. Allowing your cat time to hang out in their carrier can decrease the stress of traveling to the veterinarian.


Annual veterinary visits and preventative health care help keep your cat healthy.  However, many cats become very stressed visiting their veterinarian. They resist getting into the carrier to travel.   It is no wonder surveys reveal that many feline pet owners do not bring their cats to the veterinarian for yearly check ups.   We have some tips on how to have  stress free veterinary visits for your cat.

 

 

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Dog Vocabulary Lessons – Speak! – They Really Do Get You

Dog vocabulary includes not just actual words but understanding intonation and meaning as well. A large golden shown playing with a toy as directed by his owner
Dogs understand more than just our words. They grasp our intent when we speak to them.

Guess what. Dog vocabulary lessons are for real. Your dog has an incredible human vocabulary. Not only that, if you say words like “good dog” in a neutral tone of voice, they still get you.  Dogs can also understand tone of voice and how it relates to words. If you say “good dog” in that happy excited voice, it gives even a bigger effect. Of course, if you say “Let’s go to the vet” in an excited tone, your dog will likely not be fooled. They understand the learned words. Dogs have an incredible understanding of what you say and how you say it. Read on to learn what we now know about dog vocabulary and language skills.

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