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Put a Healthy Smile on Your Pet’s Face

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog, Pet Lovers

Many people think that being a pet owner is a simple thing: you walk them, feed and water them, and show them love. There are so many other components involved in being a responsible pet owner. One important component is pet dental hygiene. This is an area of pet care that many people often overlook or simply are not aware of. The truth of the matter is that pets, like humans, need to have their teeth cleaned to stay healthy. Granted, this is not an easy task. Try brushing three labs’ teeth! Luckily, with my dogs, I started taking care of their teeth at a very young age, so this has become a very normal thing for them. There are some important things to remember when it comes to taking care of your pet’s teeth. First, never use a...

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Saving a Stray

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Blog, Pet Lovers

What do you do when a stray dog is walking around your neighborhood? Do you leave it alone or do something? We recently had a dog wandering our street and were unsure about what to do. We decided put out a bowl of water to get his attention. This lured him out of the street and gave us a chance to check his collar for an I.D. tag with his owner’s contact information. Since there was no tag on his collar, we had no idea what to do next. We thought about it, and then called the local shelter. They called the local police department, who picked up the dog. The police told us they would put the dog’s picture on several lost dog websites and would take him to the shelter. The dog would be kept there for...

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Furry First Aid

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Blog, Pet Lovers

As the owner of three labs−Emily, Hayley, and Duke−I have had my share of scares when it comes to first aid situations. I have had the occasional tick to remove, the cut ear, or the thorn in the paw. There comes a time in every pet owner’s life when the unexpected happens. It could be as simple as a cut or could be as serious as choking. Not many of us think about pet first aid, but it really is very important. We learn first aid for our kids, so why would we not become familiar with some important first aid tips for pets? Granted, it is impossible to predict every emergency situation that may arise, but taking the time to do some preparation can mean the difference between life and death to your pet.First and foremost, do your...

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Watch What Your Cats Eat

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Blog, Pet Lovers

There have been several blogs about sick pets, so I’ll add my family’s experience to the list. Our cat, Valerie, a perky Calico, started throwing up. Cats are notorious for throwing up, so at first, there wasn’t a real concern. When she continued to throw up, started losing weight, and stopped acting normal, we grew concerned and took her to the vet’s office. Valerie wasn’t running a fever, but the vet guessed she could possibly have a urinary tract infection. They gave her a shot and sent her home with antibiotics. That seemed to help for a few weeks, but then it began again. She threw up every time she ate. Valerie became very aggressive at the food dish and even tried stealing food from our plates. With a noticeable weight loss, we once again toted her to the...

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Canine Communication

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Blog, Pet Lovers

My family and I have a cocker spaniel for a pet. She is 7 years old and is very much a part of the family. When we eat dinner, she always seems to eat her dog food and drink her water. When we are in the family room sitting and talking, reading, or watching television, she is right there with us sitting at our feet. It has even gotten to the point that when we are going anywhere in the van, she hops right in and goes along for the ride.I have always thought she was part of the family but a four-legged, furry member. However, about a month ago, I began to wonder if she could think and communicate like the rest of us. When it is time for bed, she sleeps in a crate. We tell her...

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The Importance of Pet Insurance

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Blog, Pet Lovers

Our pets are a part of the family, and when they are sick, it can be very stressful and oftentimes very costly. I can certainly attest to the stress level and expense of having a sick pet. I am very lucky to have my oldest lab, Emily, with me today after she became very ill. I also learned some hard lessons along the way on how important pet insurance is. Emily was around 5 years old when she became extremely sick unexpectedly. I came home and Emily was not her normal, energetic self; rather she was lethargic and would not eat or drink. The most significant and alarming symptom was that her eyeball has swollen to such an extent that it looked like a softball was protruding from her eye socket. Needless to say, I was beyond panicked. Immediately...

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