Pug (Image Credit: Erin & Camera)

How to understand your pet’s body language

Pug (Image Credit: Erin & Camera)
Pug (Image Credit: Erin & Camera)

At some point or another, there’s a good chance you’ve wondered what your cat or dog is feeling or thinking. You aren’t an animal whisperer like Ceasar Millan or Jackson Galaxy on Animal Planet, so the best you can do is guess. You aren’t alone, because all parents of furry children sometimes feel frustrated that they don’t understand their pets, but there’s good news. Understanding what your pet is feeling isn’t as difficult as you think, and you don’t have to be trained for years to figure it out. Continue reading “How to understand your pet’s body language”

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National Geographic Pet's Eye View Camera (Image Credit: National Geographic)

Quirky Item of the Week: Pet’s Eye View Camera

National Geographic Pet's Eye View Camera (Image Credit: National Geographic)
National Geographic Pet’s Eye View Camera (Image Credit: National Geographic)

Have you ever wondered what your animals are up to while you’re out? Who knows, maybe Disney got it right all along. Who’s to say your cats aren’t jamming with a band of alley cats downtown, and your dog’s not sneaking out on late-night dinner dates with strays behind the bistro, sharing meatballs and spaghetti in the moonlight? Document your animals’ shenanigans with this ingenious Pets Eye View Camera from Nat Geo Wild. Continue reading “Quirky Item of the Week: Pet’s Eye View Camera”

DIY Pet Pillow by Yellow Brick Home

DIY Pet Pillow (Image Credit: Yellow Brick Home)
DIY Pet Pillow (Image Credit: Yellow Brick Home)

Like most pet owners, I spend way too much time and money on my cats. Technically, they aren’t even my cats. They’re my boyfriend’s. But that doesn’t stop me from spoiling them with toys, constantly taking pictures of them and inserting their names into popular songs. Continue reading “DIY Pet Pillow by Yellow Brick Home”

Adopting a Pet (Image Credit: Scarleth White)

Your First Time… Adopting a Pet

Adopting a Pet (Image Credit: Scarleth White)
Adopting a Pet (Image Credit: Scarleth White)

As a pet-owner (verging on animal hoarder), caring for my animals has been enormously rewarding. It comforts me to know they have a home because of me. But then again, it is a serious commitment. Pets, by definition, are entirely dependent on their owners—physically, financially and for the rest of their lives. A pet should never be an impulse purchase. If you’re thinking of adopting, first make sure you’re qualified.

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Etiquette for Taking Your Dog to Pet-Friendly Places

Dog with Bowtie (Image Credit: Flickr User Istolethetv)
Dog with Bowtie (Image Credit: Flickr User Istolethetv)

When taking your dog out in public, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and especially mindful of others. A good rule of thumb for practicing good etiquette is to remember that not everyone likes dogs. Often times, it’s fairly easy to tell when someone is a dog lover, like if they welcome your dog’s licks; or if they are more timid around dogs, like when they try to keep some distance. If your dog is on the bigger side, be especially mindful of children and the elderly to avoid any accidents. Continue reading “Etiquette for Taking Your Dog to Pet-Friendly Places”

How to Help Your Overweight Pet Shed the Extra Pounds

Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever (Image Credit: Pete Markham)

Whether you believe it or not, our pets are just as prone to obesity and weight gain as us humans. According to the RSCPA, between 22 and 24 percent of pets are overweight or obese. More serious though is what those excess pounds can mean for your pet. Continue reading “How to Help Your Overweight Pet Shed the Extra Pounds”

Would you… Try Dogvacay.com?

Dog (Image Credit: Jeff Ro)
Dog (Image Credit: Jeff Ro)

Whether you’re going on a trip to Las Vegas or you’re just spending a few days with your sister who’s allergic to dogs, sometimes, you just can’t take Fido with you when you travel. Finding safe and affordable care for your pet can be difficult, so we want to know, would you try a service like Dogvacay.com?

Usually, people either find a pet-sitter (maybe their dog-loving neighbor next door) or seek out the local kennel to keep their pooch safe and cared for while they’re away. Some people are even able to give their dogs a fancy, vacation-style experience instead of just another cage in a row of metal boxes.  Unfortunately, these resort-like pet boarding facilities tend to be expensive leaving pet owners on a budget who want their dog to receive top notch treatment with limited options. Continue reading “Would you… Try Dogvacay.com?”

Meeting a Dog

DOS and DON’TS of meeting and greeting unfamiliar animals

Meeting a Dog
Meeting a Animal (Image Credit: Claudio Gennari)

The primary rule when interacting with an animal that isn’t yours is to ask the owner first, assuming the animal has an owner. When you’re meeting – or just greeting – a domesticated animal that isn’t yours, however, there are several other rules you might want to follow. Continue reading “DOS and DON’TS of meeting and greeting unfamiliar animals”

Pet Quirk: A few reasons my cat is crazy, and what he’s taught me…

A few reasons my cat is crazy, and what he’s taught me…

Pet Quirk: A few reasons my cat is crazy, and what he’s taught me…
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My cat may be completely bipolar. Sweet, loving and a cuddle bug one minute, cross him and if he were human he’d spit in your face the next minute. Peter (aka Petey Pie, Peter the horrible, Pete-Pete and $%&?!!) has been in our home since he was 5 weeks old. One reason I think he’s a little kooky is that he was taken away from his mother too young. At only barely 3 weeks he and his 3 other siblings were taken from her. Then at 5 weeks when we took him in, he was raised by our dog. Sometimes I think he think’s he’s a dog. Maybe that’s why he’s a little off, but in any case, he’s very lucky some days that he’s still in our home. Continue reading “A few reasons my cat is crazy, and what he’s taught me…”

How much is that doggy in the window? Things to consider before bringing home a new Pet!

(Image Credit: Dan Bennett)
(Image Credit: Dan Bennett)

It’s the time of year where working in a veterinary hospital, we start to see an influx of new pets, mostly puppies or sometimes, adult dogs. Stretching from Christmas to Valentine’s Day, during winter and holiday school vacations mostly, families are welcoming a new furry friend into the family. Most, but not all, are usually gifts, or spur of the moment ideas, that come about when people are going to be home for a few weeks, and this that it’ll be the perfect time to acclimate to a new pet. These cute and cuddly little buggers steal their hearts and before you know it, some new owners feel that they are in over their heads. Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of taking some calls from prospective owners BEFORE bringing a new pet into the household, and I wanted to share some things that all new (or old) dog owners could take into consideration before bringing Buddy home that may prove helpful in the long run. Continue reading “How much is that doggy in the window? Things to consider before bringing home a new Pet!”

Quirky Item of the Week: Japanese Nanotechnology Shark Pet Bed

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If buying my dog a bed that makes it look he is being eaten by a shark is wrong, I don’t want to be right. I am not sure why I find the idea of this so amusing, but I must not be the only one if someone developed it, at least that’s what I tell myself. The Japanese Nanotechnology Shark Pet Bed comes in two sizes, one for pets up to 10lbs and one for pets up to 25lbs and supposedly is made of some kind of special material that keeps it smelling and looking clean. Now I can not comment on the the special fabric’s effectiveness since I have not yet purchased by Shark Pet Bed (it keeps selling out!), but I will say that most of the reviewers seem pretty pleased with it.  Continue reading “Quirky Item of the Week: Japanese Nanotechnology Shark Pet Bed”

It’s National Pit Bull Awareness Month!

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In today’s piece, we are focusing on something very important – National Pit Bull Awareness Day! This began in 2007, started by Jodi Preis. On that day several years ago, over 150 events were held to educate others, and celebrate what a wonderful breed the American Pit Bull Terrier (and other bully breeds, Staffys, etc) are. This year, while it is a month of events, the official date is the 27th. What better way to make a difference in such a positive way than by attending one of these events, or by starting your own to showcase that “pitties” and their owners are so much more than what everyone is led to believe. Continue reading “It’s National Pit Bull Awareness Month!”

Pet Quirk: Is your dog a breed ambassador?

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I met one of the sweetest terrier mix dogs over the weekend. His owner said maybe Bull Terrier Lab cross, or Staffordshire Mix. Who knows, either way, too freakin’ adorable. What he did know was that his boy just loved to greet people; lives for affection. We were walking in our local park and this dog was practically smiling at us before we crossed paths. (Have you seen a “pit bull” type dog smile? They do, quite well 🙂

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The breeds some people still won’t accept and why that needs to change!

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Pit bull terriers, the breed some people love to hate. They can’t even articulate why they do, but it’s usually because of horror stories the news (which always tells the truth) or someone else told them. Their jaws lock, they are untrustworthy, you never know when they will just snap, they cannot be rehabilitated are just a few of the myths surrounding these dogs. I’ve even heard people who tout themselves as being dog lovers say that a pit bull (I’m using that term broadly; there is the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier…) is the only breed they would never purchase or adopt. The stigma follows this breed wherever they go. My mission, whenever they come up in conversations, whether at work or elsewhere, is to explain to people that they are not the monsters they are made out to be.

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