Mar
11
2015
If there’s one thing our pets provide more than anything else, it’s unconditional love. And with National Volunteer Week kicking off on April 12, now’s the perfect time to extend that love to others. Getting involved and volunteering with your furry pal is a fun way to spend time together while making a difference in the lives of others. It is also a great way to socialize your pet, helping her to get used to being around other people and animals. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about all the ways you might want to make a difference with your pet....more
Mar
5
2015
Jane Flower is grateful for both of her guide dogs. Her first dog, a yellow Labrador retriever named Ari, helped her navigate undergraduate school while her vision was deteriorating. Years later, she went to graduate school with Anja, a yellow Lab/golden retriever mix, and now the two frequently travel through airports and onto airplanes together for Flower’s work as outreach manager for Guide Dogs for the Blind. ...more
Feb
18
2015
Gary Riggs, DVM, spends most of his time working with exotic pets. So when it comes to advice on pocket pets—small animals such as guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils, chinchillas, and sugar gliders—he’s a good person to ask. Riggs is a veterinarian at three Ohio clinics, NorthCoast Bird and Exotic Specialty Hospital, Barberton Veterinary Clinic, and The Animal Clinic of Wadsworth. ...more
Feb
10
2015
In 2013, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center responded to 180,000 calls about pets exposed to potentially poisonous substances. Of these calls, 15 percent were due to insecticide exposure, 10 percent to household products, 5.5 percent to rodenticides, and more than 2 percent to lawn and garden products. More than 90 percent of pet poisonings occur in our homes, so it’s important to become familiar with these common household items. ...more
Feb
5
2015

I'll take my coffee with a cat

by Maureen Blaney Flietner
Coffee with a calico? Tea with a tabby? Or just want to unwind with a feline?

Enter the “cat café.” ...more
Jan
20
2015

Keeping your pet bird safe

by Rhonda Sayle, RVT
Keeping your bird out of harm’s way takes careful planning and thought. Establishing house rules with your family members regarding your feathered friend is a key to reducing or eliminating dangers that may exist in your home. ...more
Jan
12
2015
Did you know that parsley is a key ingredient in homemade dog treats to combat bad breath? A zesty way to add some spice to your dog’s diet is to make homemade biscuits as a healthy and affordable alternative to store-bought treats. Apart from learning about interesting ingredients that boost wellness, there are other wonderful advantages, too. ...more
Dec
18
2014
Are you running low on patience with a pet who is consistently displaying behavior problems? Thinking about relinquishing your pet to a shelter if you find one more mangled shoe or urine stain on your carpet? ...more

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