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Pet Haunted By Halloween? How To Help

Pet Haunted By Halloween? How To Help

Behavior & Training

Many pets never received the memo that Halloween is supposed to be fun. They truly are spooked by all those creatures that smell like humans but resemble zombies or superheroes.  And for many pets the constant ringing of the doorbell and all the commotion is disturbing. For two reasons, ensconcing those animals in a room […]

Turtles Need Environmental Enrichment, Too

Turtles Need Environmental Enrichment, Too

Exercise & Enrichment

Are you old enough to remember buying those little red-eared slider turtles at pet stores when you were a kid? Back in the day, in the 1950s and ‘60s into the early 70s, these turtles were commonly kept as pets. Typically, though, they suffered from inadequate diets and unhygienic habitats and became known for transmitting […]

Veterinary Technicians And Owners: Working Together For Positive Pet Experiences

Veterinary Technicians And Owners: Working Together For Positive Pet Experiences

Behavior & Training

We recognize that veterinarians make positive differences in the lives of our cats and dogs. But veterinary practices couldn’t function as efficiently or effectively without the expertise of compassionate veterinary technicians. To recognize their contributions, the third week of October each year celebrates National Veterinary Technician Week. In another life, I worked as a vet […]

Teach Kittens Gentle Play? Yes You Can!

Teach Kittens Gentle Play? Yes You Can!

Behavior & Training

If you’ve ever seen a litter of kittens zooming around in play, you know they bite and wrestle, jump on each other’s backs, and throw each other on the ground. They play rough. Flinging humans around is not an option, but young cats may nibble or bite our fingers, feet, or other body parts. They […]

Walking After Dark

Walking After Dark

Exercise & Enrichment

Sometimes, the best time—or only time—to walk your dog is after dark, but that can be a little scary because your own vision is impaired. Your dog may be more alert than usual, too. The following tips will help make evening walks low in fear, anxiety, and stress for both of you—and ensure that you […]

Ears To You: Listen To What Your Cat’s Ears Say

Ears To You: Listen To What Your Cat’s Ears Say

Behavior & Training

Let’s face it, cat ears are cute. The fashion industry, clearly smitten, offers a wide array of cat ear headbands for our personal adornment. Cuteness aside, though, cat ears are fascinating for their form and function. Beyond providing cats with superior hearing and helping them maintain their storied balance, the ears are also part of […]