- Do dogs get cold in the winter?
Some people think that because wolves and coyotes live through long, snowy winters, that domesticated dogs can be left outside in the cold, but this is absolutely not true! Just because dogs have fur does not mean the cold weather doesn’t affect them. Dogs can even get frostbitten, so it’s important to keep your pets [...]
- 5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Halloween is almost here! In addition to coming up with costumes, remembering to buy candy, and making party plans, there’s one more thing to think about at Halloween time: your pet’s safety. Here are five tips for keeping your pet nice and safe on the night of the ghouls: Keep all candy safely out of [...]
- What is the best age to spay or neuter?
What is the best age to fix a puppy or kitten? Ask ten people, and you may get ten different answers! Those of us in the animal sheltering and rescue world usually recommend early-age spay/neuter at 8 weeks of age, or as soon as possible after that. Promoting early-age spay neuter is part of the [...]
- Cat bites are serious!
Cat bites are serious! A small bite from a cat or kitten may seem like not a big deal, especially if you were playing with your kitten and oops one of their teeth gave you a tiny pin puncture. But this is one situation where your immediate actions can be the difference between a momentary [...]
- Why you should brush your pet’s teeth
Bad pet breath is not just an unpleasant odor – it can be a sign of dental disease! Just like with people, your pet’s teeth wear down over time and periodontal disease and infections can set in. And just like with people, dental disease untreated can lead to more serious problems, including heart and kidney [...]
- Vet Q&A: Protecting your pet’s health when you adopt
One of the biggest concerns potential pet parents have about the animals for adoption at shelters and rescues is their health. Are pets for adoption at shelters and rescues healthy? Can my family and my pets get sick if they are sick? Pets at shelters are just like pets from any communal environment, including pet [...]
- Vet Q&A: Are pets for adoption healthy?
When I’m volunteering as an adoptions counselor at my local animal shelter, one of the biggest concerns potential pet parents have about the animals for adoption is their health. Are pets for adoption at shelters and rescues healthy? Can my family get sick if they are sick? Pets at shelters are just like pets from [...]
- How to pill your cat or kitten
Imagine how it feels trying to swallow an enormous pill without any water. Ack! From a cat’s perspective, making them to swallow a medication pill or capsule without a liquid chaser probably feels worse than than what you just imagined, given the relative size of the pill to the cat’s throat. That’s one reason why [...]
- Fourth of July Fireworks Pet Safety
As the end of June looms, I start to make my checklist and gather my Fourth of July supplies… if you’re thinking that includes a picnic blanket, some bug spray, and paper plates, you haven’t lived with a pet who starts anxiety drooling and pacing as the sun goes down in the days leading up [...]
- Heartworm risk map and how to protect your pets
Is your pet at risk for heartworm disease? The scary truth is, quite possibly. There are a lot of myths surrounding this silent killer and one of the most widespread is that heartworm disease is only an issue for pets in the southern states, only during the summer months, or only when there are a [...]