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 […]

Disaster Preparedness for Pets: What to Know

Disaster Preparedness for Pets: What to Know

Travel & Safety

You never know when disaster will strike. Each year, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters cause people to flee their homes in search of safety. In case of a disaster, it’s important to create a plan that takes the safety of pets as well as people into consideration. A disaster preparedness plan includes […]

Illinois Passes Kennel Fire Safety Bill

Illinois Passes Kennel Fire Safety Bill

Travel & Safety

After 31 dogs died in a kennel fire at Bully Life Animal Services in in suburban West Chicago, Illinois, I thought to myself, ‘This can’t ever happen again.’ The facility had fire alarms, but as smart as dogs are, they can’t phone the fire department. The kennel trainer/caretaker had left to run an errand. The […]

Your Cat’s Vet Visit Begins at Home

Your Cat’s Vet Visit Begins at Home

Training, Travel & Safety

America’s cats are facing a healthcare crisis. The findings of a feline health study conducted by Bayer Health Care in 2014 found that 52 percent of America’s 74 million cats are not receiving regular veterinary care. The actual number is probably much higher, since this study captured data only from cat owners who seek some […]