Spring is in the air!  For lots of people, the warming weather means they can get back to gardening.  Whether you have a massive garden and a green thumb, or just have a tiny bit of turf to tend, pet owners know that some plants can present health risks to our furry family members.  Seemingly unrelated, almost all pet owners also know all about the danger of chocolate.  Why am I talking about chocolate in a post that started off being about gardening?  Because of cocoa mulch, that's why!  Don't let your pet become a victim of the mulchacre (get it - mulch massacre?)!  The dangers that cocoa mulch can present to pets is no laughing matter. ...continue reading "The Dangers Of Cocoa Mulch"

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Most veterinarians will recommend, to reduce the chances of your pet becoming sick from parasite borne diseases, that pet owners use flea and tick preventatives on their pets. Usually this means using a monthly topical flea/tick preventative. These topical treatments are usually applied to the pets' skin at the back of the neck or between the shoulder blades. Once applied, the animals' oil glands soak up the medication and spread it all over the surface of the pets skin. When a flea or tick goes to bite your pet, they are exposed to the preventative on the pets skin and usually killed or repelled. ...continue reading "Alternatives to Traditional Chemical Flea and Tick Prevention"

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?"

Chris and I are gearing up to get a new (to us, at least) car soon!  To a lot of people it probably seems weird that we don't have one already, but we live in the city.  Between public transit, taxis, and Uber we've never had an issue getting around our city and the surrounding areas.  But we don't want to live in the city forever.  Getting a car is the first step of our escape plan, plus will allow us to travel more and greatly expand our adventure radius. ...continue reading "Dog Car Safety"

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We live in a busy city, full of people and pets.  I spend a good amount of time each day walking my own dogs, and every once in awhile during one of our walks we'll happen upon loose pets.  In many cases a concerned owner won't be far behind, chasing after Fluffy or Fido after he/she bolted out of an open door.  Once in awhile we'll find a lost pet with no owner in sight, which always presents us with something of a dilemma. ...continue reading "What To Do if You Find a Lost Pet"

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Many owners will, on occasion, share a small tidbit of human food with their canine companions. But it's important to make sure that you are aware of what foods are safe, and which ones can potentially be dangerous. Grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs, and at certain concentrations can even be fatal. ...continue reading "Grapes and Raisins are Toxic to Dogs"

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Some dog breeds, mostly smaller breeds, greatly benefit from being walked on a harness rather than having the leash attached to their collars. This is because smaller dogs are more prone to develop trachea damage from the pressure of their collars against their delicate necks. Collapsed trachea is a condition that is relatively common in small and toy breeds of dogs. Using a collar is one of the risk factors of the development of this disease. Using a harness instead of a collar to walk your dog doesn't guarantee that your pet will never develop collapsed trachea, but it can lower their risk. ...continue reading "Harnesses are Recommended for Walking Small Dogs"

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Happy 4th of July weekend! As many of us prepare for the summer festivities to take place this weekend; fireworks, cookouts, etc, it's important to also make sure you keep your pets safety in mind.  More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of year.  Fear of fireworks is common, but they aren't the only danger associated with American Independence Day. ...continue reading "Pet 4th of July Safety"

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For most dog owners putting a collar on your dog is something so common place that you often times don't even think much about doing it. Collars and leashes can save lives, keeping pets away from dangers such as traffic and other animals, and they can be central to helping lost pets find their way home again. But what a lot of dog owners don't always realize, or realize too late, is that collars can also be dangerous. ...continue reading "Dog Collar Safety"