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Choosing Pet-Friendly Flooring for Your Home

Choosing Pet-Friendly Flooring for Your Home

Environment

Pets can be hard on floors, and floors can be hard on pets. Fortunately, manufacturers of flooring have responded to create a whole range of pet- and family-friendly flooring options. If you’re building or replacing your floors, it’s time to shop for some great new products. What should you look for in a pet-friendly floor? […]

How to Know If Your Cat Is Happy

How to Know If Your Cat Is Happy

Exercise & Enrichment

September is Happy Cat Month. It’s a special celebration created by—who else?—the CATalyst Council. The organization’s purpose is to help spread education and awareness about the health, welfare, and importance of our companion cats. Is your cat happy? We talked to an expert, as well as several cat-loving humans, about how to know if cats […]

What’s a PVP? An Expert Explains

What’s a PVP? An Expert Explains

Fears & Anxieties, Vet Visits

If you have a dog or cat who is fearful, anxious, or stressed during veterinary visits, the veterinary team may have recommended that you give your pet a PVP, or pre-visit pharmaceutical. These are medications that may be used in addition to training or behavior or environmental modifications to treat fear, anxiety, or stress associated […]

Preparing for a Disaster with Pets in Mind

Preparing for a Disaster with Pets in Mind

Travel & Safety

I grew up on a farm in Iowa, so preparing for spring severe weather and tornadoes was normal. We had dogs, barn cats, horses, and other livestock to keep safe, so we had to have a plan. Everyone in the family knew what to do even before the weather radio siren went off. Our animals […]

The Itchy Dog, Part 2: The Roller Coaster of Emotion

The Itchy Dog, Part 2: The Roller Coaster of Emotion

Health

Itch can erode the bond between you and your dog. Itchy dogs are often up at night scratching and preventing others in the house from sleeping, or are banished to separate rooms of the house because their skin smells bad. This can make you desperate to try anything for relief from the itch and skin […]

6 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

6 Reasons to Microchip Your Pet

Travel & Safety

My childhood cat, Pretzel Popcorn Reeder, once disappeared after a massive earthquake shook Southern California. Happily, a few days later, she reappeared in our backyard. Because of that experience with Pretzel, I always microchip my pets for “just in case” scenarios. As you probably know, a microchip is a tiny device – about the size […]