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Introducing a new cat – the crate method

Posted by Jennifer on July 7th, 2014

kitten-in-a-crateThere are lots of articles online already about how to introduce your newly adopted cat or kitten to your current cats or dogs… but most of them, including the ones we’ve written (see them here) start out with something along the lines of: “Put the new cat/kitten in a separate isolation room.” While this very sound advice, as it allows your new cat to get adjusted to your home before trying to acclimate to other pets, what if you live in a studio apartment or loft? With a bathroom so tiny or dark or hot you can’t possibly keep a cat shut up in there for a week or two? Also, many times that is the location of your current cat’s litter box, and suddenly cutting of his access while at the same time introducing a new cat could really raise his stress levels, which could cause a variety of problems. All which can likely be avoided if you use the crate method! Read More

veteran-dogWhen examining the relationships between pet adopters and their pets, there’s a well-known phrase that might come to mind – “Who rescued whom?” Now, that phrase has a whole new level of deep meaning. Our friends at Bayer K9 Advantix® II are teaming up with K9s For Warriors to simultaneously help shelter dogs in need of homes and war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI). K9 Advantix® II will be sponsoring the training and adoption of a team of seven dogs that will be paired with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars—so that shelter dogs become service dogs and veterans become part of their own recovery. Go to to find out more about these hero dogs and their stories. And there’s more! For every visitor who visits the program’s website and shares it on Facebook or Twitter, a tube of K9 Advantix® II will be donated to K9s For Warriors*! To learn more and get involved, please visit: Read More

Rescue Video: Theo

Posted by Dana on June 24th, 2014

TheoB4After2 Theo had been roaming the streets of Compton, California for a year before he was rescued. Neighbors said his family had moved and left him behind to fend for himself. Theo was dirty, hungry, and scared. But then Hope for Paws found out about him and made it priority #1 to save this little guy. Watch his amazing transformation in this all new rescue video from Eldad Hagar.  For info on adopting Theo who is being fostered by Mutt Scouts, please visit his profile: Read More

Can my pet get sunburned?

Posted by Jennifer on June 23rd, 2014

pets-sunscreenYes! Pets, just like people, can get a sunburn. Most pets have fur which does provide some protection from the sun’s burning rays, but pets don’t have fur on their noses or pads of their feet, and many pets have very thin or no hair on the tops of their snouts, the tips of their ears, their bellies, groins, and armpits. Dogs with pink skin and/or pink noses are especially prone to getting a painful and dangerous sunburn. Also just like people, sunburn puts pets at a higher risk of skin cancer. So what can you do to protect your pet from sunburn? Read More

Should my pet have her first heat before she is spayed?

Posted by Jennifer on June 16th, 2014

PuppyKissMany people still believe that a dog or cat should have her first heat before she is spayed. This old wives tale! I was in a vet office yesterday, and overheard a young couple ask the vet, “Can our puppy really get pregnant now? She is only a baby!” A 7- month-old baby, so the vet’s answer was YES she can! Dogs and cats (puppies and kittens really) can go into heat as young as 6 months of age, especially smaller dogs and kittens. That’s just one reason so many caring vets are recommending their clients get their dogs and cats spayed at 4 months of age. Your puppy does not need to have her first heat – on the contrary! North Shore Animal League of America points out that spaying, “Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle.” Read More

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