Does Your Dog Need Canine Friends?

Does Your Dog Need Canine Friends?

Exercise & Enrichment

Ask yourself: Do you like all people all of the time? Probably not – and that’s perfectly acceptable. And the same applies to your dog. “For 95 to 98 percent of dogs, the simple answer is yes, they like having doggy buddies,” says Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, professor emeritus at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at […]

Massage Away Pet Stress

Massage Away Pet Stress

Exercise & Enrichment

If you’ve ever had a massage, you know how relaxing it can be. There’s something about the touch of a massage therapist that can make stress melt away. Turns out the soothing aspects of massage are not just for humans. Your pet can get relief from stress through massage too. According to the American Massage […]

Retractable Leashes Pose Risks To People, Pets

Retractable Leashes Pose Risks To People, Pets

Exercise & Enrichment

The retractable leash, also referred to as a flexi lead, can allow dogs to be up to 26 feet ahead of their owners during walks. Proponents say it gives these dogs “freedom” to explore their surroundings. However, many veterinarians, dog trainers, pet sitters and dog walkers say the extendable leads unleash far too many dangers […]

The Making of a Therapy Cat

The Making of a Therapy Cat

Exercise & Enrichment

Outgoing. Confident. Friendly. Those three words size up Casey, my four-year-old orange tabby. I often say that Casey has yet to meet a stranger or feel as if he is in a strange place. But even though Casey assists me in our veterinarian-approved pet first aid/CPR classes and travels nicely inside his carrier on road […]

Service Dogs Need Stress Relief, Too

Service Dogs Need Stress Relief, Too

Exercise & Enrichment

While the pet dog is snoozing on the couch after a meal, a walk, and a game of fetch, the service dog is on duty. She is always ready to work, even in the middle of night. Because of the nature of the work — looking for something amiss, something dangerous — these working dogs […]

Nameowste: Cats Reap Yoga Benefits, Too

Nameowste: Cats Reap Yoga Benefits, Too

Exercise & Enrichment

As soon as I sit down, my cat Natasha becomes my yoga partner. She helps me stay focused when she swishes her tail under my nose while I’m in Half Moon pose or swats my ponytail while in Downward Facing Dog. She’s a master at shavasana, the relaxation pose at the end of practice. Cat-loving […]