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5 Ways to Help Pets Have a Fun and Safe Halloween

5 Ways to Help Pets Have a Fun and Safe Halloween

Fears & Anxieties, Holidays

What scares pets at Halloween? It’s not the specter of too much chocolate but it can be ghosts, jack-o-lanterns and giant inflatable spiders (those scare us, too). People—or other animals—in costume, flickering carved pumpkins, and spooky décor can frighten pets who aren’t prepared for them. Help protect them from or prepare them for the following […]

3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Cat

3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Cat

Exercise & Enrichment, Training

Cats can’t be trained. How many times have you heard that statement? I’m here to tell you that it’s not true. Most cats can–and should–learn how to do a few simple tricks. Some, such as coming when called, are useful, and others, such as giving a high five, are a fun form of enrichment for […]

The Itchy Dog, Part 3: Taking the Stress Out of Fall Allergies

The Itchy Dog, Part 3: Taking the Stress Out of Fall Allergies

Health

The joy of fall! he sun rises a little later and sets a little earlier, temperatures start to drop, and the ragweed pollen counts skyrocket. As people and pets spend time outdoors together, dogs are exposed to environmental allergens. Fall allergies to environmental allergens lead to itchy skin, a condition called atopic dermatitis. The uncomfortable […]

Why Your Indoor Cat May Need Vaccinations

Why Your Indoor Cat May Need Vaccinations

Health

Your cat stays indoors only. Do you really need to vaccinate her? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. You want your cat to be protected from disease, but you don’t want to give her a shot that she doesn’t need. How do you make a good decision for your cat? The American Association […]

How to Be Safe Around Trippy Cats

How to Be Safe Around Trippy Cats

Travel & Safety

Tortie and Brutus are dedicated leg weavers. Fuzz is a burly 14-pound obstacle who plants herself in walkways, daring 55-year-old owner Cary Cook of Orangeville, Illinois, to trip over her. Which she does, frequently. “They’re dangerous!” she says of her three cats, who have caused her to trip or fall more than a few times, […]