Monday, March 10, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The month of February, seems to be all about love, and our pets are no exceptions. Today is Love Your Pet Day! Give a special treat to your pet or just some extra cuddle time today. We also share in your love for your pets!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sometimes it may seem like a cute idea to give someone a pet as a Christmas present, but it’s important to give that some extra thought before you do it. Most pets that are given up lose their home because their owner loses interest in them or is unprepared for the responsibility of pet ownership. This is a huge problem seen among pet owners who receive their pets as “gifts.” Children especially are given the mistaken idea that pets are all fun and games, but they are not fully ready to take on the responsibility of feeding, walking, cleaning, and training their pet.
Instead of giving pets as presents, we recommend getting acclimated to the idea of bringing a new pet into your home. Bringing your children to volunteer at an animal shelter or babysitting the pet of a friend or family member can help. Children and potential pet owners (no matter their age!) need to be reminded that pets aren’t just cute; they are also hungry, need to exercise, and need to use the bathroom. They can be messy when they aren’t fully trained, and the training process can be difficult too.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
There are a ton of common misconceptions about what foods are good and bad for our pets to eat. Let’s bust those myths right now! Click the link below for more details.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
QuestionMy dog was recently diagnosed with a "hotspot." Can you tell me more about this skin condition?
Answer“Hotspot” is a general term used to describe the angry reaction that your pet’s skin is displaying. It may also be referred to as “acute moist dermatitis.”
Hotspots have many causes, but are usually the result of self trauma and subsequent infection that occurs as your pet tries to relieve himself from a pain or itch. An underlying allergy is most often the cause of the pain or itch. Some breeds are more prone to seasonal allergies, so you may see hotspots at the same time each year.
There are three types of allergies that may lead to hotspots:
- Inhaled allergy (pollens, dust, molds)
- Insect allergy (fleas, bee sting, spider bite)
- Ingested allergy (food)
For more information, see Library Articles Skin Problems in Pets, Allergies and Spring Allergies.
Originally published on Healthy Pet.