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 […]

Hitting the Road: Summer Travel Tips

Hitting the Road: Summer Travel Tips

Travel & Safety

I love to take summer vacations with my husband and our dogs, Rio and Peach. It’s a thrill to pack the car and drive to an idyllic campground here in Colorado or head west to explore the off-leash dog beaches of Southern California or north to Wisconsin to splash around in refreshing lakes – checking […]

Keep Calm and Kennel On

Keep Calm and Kennel On

Kittens & Puppies, Training, Travel & Safety

Relaxing comfortably in a crate or carrier is a critical canine skill with many applications. A dog’s crate is an important management tool that assists in building better behaviors and deterring unwanted antics such as chewing furniture instead of appropriate toys or eliminating on the rug instead of outdoors. A kennel is also a protected […]

How to Help Pets Adapt to Vision Loss

How to Help Pets Adapt to Vision Loss

Senior Pets, Training, Travel & Safety

Connecticut resident Kathye O’Brien Anstis and her family were concerned when Riley, their 5-year-old Beagle mix, started bumping into their legs – it was as if he couldn’t see. They took him to a veterinary ophthalmologist who confirmed that Riley had lost his eyesight and diagnosed him with Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS), a […]

Dog Bites: 6 Ways to Prevent Them

Dog Bites: 6 Ways to Prevent Them

Kids & Family, Training, Travel & Safety

No one knows how many dog bites occur each year, but the Centers for Disease Control and the American Veterinary Medical Association estimate the number is between 4.5 and 4.7 million. More than 800,000 of the people bitten receive medical attention for dog bites, and most bites happen to children, from dogs the family knows—often […]