Millions of homeless pets are euthanized in animal shelters each year. One sure way to make sure that your beloved pets do not contribute to this tragic number is to get them spayed or neutered. However, depending on where you live and what type of pet you have the surgery to have your pet fixed can be quite expensive.  Luckily, there are a number of different programs that offer lower cost spaying or neutering services. ...continue reading "Low Cost Spay and Neuter Programs"

Obesity is a growing epidemic for pets. Even some well meaning owners allow their pets to become overweight. It can be hard to refuse giving your pet extra treats, and with today's hectic schedules it can sometimes be hard to give our pets the exercise they need. ...continue reading "How to Calculate Your Pets Caloric Needs"

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Like with humans, the growing waist sizes of American pets is quickly becoming a national epidemic. A 2016 survey among American pet owners, conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, found that around 59% of cats and 54% of dogs are overweight or obese. ...continue reading "Obesity is a Growing Problem for Pets"

By now I assume everyone with a dog has already heard about the recent Evanger's recall.  For anyone who hasn't heard, perhaps those of you who don't have dogs or don't feed Evanger's/commercial dog foods, all this started back in January after one dog died and others became ill from consuming Evanger's Hunk of Beef canned food.  It was eventually determined that Evanger's canned food manufactured in June of 2016 tested positive for the euthanasia drug Pentobarbital. ...continue reading "My Thoughts on the Evanger’s Recall"

Before I discovered essential oil diffusers, I was a big fan of scented candles.  Who doesn't love when their house smells nice?  Unfortunately having pets and stinky neighbors means that our house doesn't always smell quite as fresh as I'd like.  Candles can help set the atmosphere in our homes, serve as decorations, and fill our homes with their pleasant odors.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be common knowledge that some candles can also be dangerous and/or not environmentally friendly. ...continue reading "Is it Safe to Burn Candles Around Pets?"

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Visiting the vet is one of the many responsibilities that comes with owning a pet. It may not be fun, but it's important for your pets health. Challenging economic times couple with the rising cost of quality vet care means that more people than ever are struggling to pay their pets expensive vet bills. Pet ownership isn't something that should be entered into lightly, and you should always make sure you are financially able to care for an animal before bringing it into your home. However, even for the most prepared owners, sometimes things happen that are out of our control. ...continue reading "Financial Help with Veterinarian Care"

With the holidays right around the corner, pet vaccination schedules are probably one of the last things on most people's minds!  However, with the new year quickly approaching, and pet license renewals looming in the near future for many pet owners, it's important to make sure your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccines. ...continue reading "Don’t Forget to Renew Your Pet’s Rabies Vaccine!"

66Last June I posted my first impressions of FleaHex, an all natural flea control product sold by Dr.Dobias.  FleaHex is sold as a two part system that includes a shampoo for your dog as well as a household spray.  In June I wasn't able to say much about FleaHex's efficiency since, at the time, we had only used the product once.  We've been using FleaHex consistently for 5 months so I figured that now is as good a time as any to post an update about how it's been working for us. ...continue reading "FleaHex All Natural Flea Control Review"

66My Papillon, Kitsune, will be 8 next month.  Coming to terms with the fact that he's getting old hasn't exactly been easy for me.  Many vets consider 8 year old dogs to be seniors.  Kit is still active and playful, but the black hairs on his face are starting to turn white, and he suffers from arthritis in his back legs.  Our vet gave us prescription pain meds (NSAIDS) for when Kit has bad days with his arthritis, but they come with a host of side effects that I'd like to avoid, if at all possible. ...continue reading "How CBD Has Helped Kitsune"

66November, as well as being Adopt a Senior Pet Month, is also Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  The awareness campaign was started in 2005 by the VPI Pet Insurance company (http://www.petinsurance.com). The VPI website states that cancer is "the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. Fortunately, early detection and treatment of cancer in pets can prolong life and increase chances of survival." For the thousands of pet owners who have had to deal with cancer in their pets, this is a message that hits particularly close to home. ...continue reading "November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month"