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Your New Cat or Kitten’s First Day

Posted by Jennifer on July 16th, 2018

Congratulations! You must be so excited about bringing your newly adopted cat or kitten! I imagine that’s why you’re here, reading this blog article about the 1st day with your new cat (or kitten). Maybe you adopted one already from a shelter, and are just waiting for him (or her!) to get fixed so you can go pick him up and bring him home. Or maybe you’re getting ready to adopt, and want to know what to expect on day one with a new cat or kitten in your home. As a cat and kitten rescue foster volunteer, and an adoptions counselor at a shelter for a decade, I’ve had a lot of both first- and second-hand experience with what it can be like on your new cat’s first day home. Here’s what to expect and how to prepare, so you can be ready to make the first day the best it can be, and get the rest of your life together off to a good start! (more…)

Everything You Need to Keep Your Pets Safe This Fourth of July

Posted by Frances Vega on July 2nd, 2018

Fourth of July is just around the corner and you are likely eagerly preparing for all the fun festivities the day brings. How can you beat lounging in the backyard with a good BBQ, friends and family, and beautiful fireworks lighting up the night sky. Sure, it’s a ton of fun for us humans, but our furry friends probably don’t see it the same way. (more…)

How to Establish a Dental Care Routine for Your Pet

Posted by Frances Vega on June 18th, 2018

Courtesy of Creative Commons. Photo by: U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Dawn M. Price

Home dental care is one of the most important ways to maintain your pet’s health. Dogs and cats with unchecked gum inflammation may be at higher risk for heart, kidney, and liver disease. And, unfortunately, dental disease is by far the most common major health problem of cats and dogs, making caring for your pet’s teeth just as important as providing him with a well-balanced diet, plenty of fresh, clean water and proper exercise. (more…)

Top Tips on Introducing Your New Kitten to Your Current Pets

Posted by Guest Author on June 15th, 2018

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Photo by: Freddie Marriage on Unsplash

New kittens are sweet, snuggly, and downright irresistible! If you already have a resident cat or dog, though, you might hesitate: Will all of the animals get along? What if your newest furry friend gets hurt by a territorial cat or a rambunctious dog? What if your older pet feels slighted by the interloper? These are all common questions, and we can help ease your mind by giving you some tips on introducing your kitten to your current pets.

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Seven Steps to Fight Fleas on Your Pets – and Win!

Posted by Jennifer on April 24th, 2018

flea-dog-scratching Fleas are no fun! Many of us get a bit overwhelmed when these annoying little bugs pop up, but as long as your puppy, dog, or kitten is older than seven weeks (and not sick and doesn’t have stitches so can be safely bathed), certain strategies can help you safely get rid of fleas. Here are seven steps that we’ve found useful in eliminating fleas even on super flea-infested puppies, dogs or kittens.
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Keep Your Cat’s Brain Healthy

Posted by Guest Author on April 3rd, 2018



As your cat ages, changes are occurring in their brain. Ultimately, these changes may lead to anxiety, reduced coping ability, confusion, altered sleep patterns and eating habits, house soiling, and altered social interactions with family members and other pets. Some cat owners think that these behaviors are normal in an older cat, but they aren’t normal and you may be able to reduce the chances they will occur.
 
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How Shelters Prepare Your Cat for Adoption

Posted by Guest Author on March 2nd, 2018

By Dr. Dan Carey, Bayer Veterinarian
Lights, camera … adoption! There’s nothing like changing a life, unless it’s saving a life. The photos are taken, social updates are posted and you’re finally on your way home.

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How Shelters Prepare Your Dog for Adoption

Posted by Guest Author on February 23rd, 2018

By Dr. Dan Carey, Bayer Veterinarian
When you adopt a dog, one moment changes everything: That moment when your new friend goes from lost to found. And while you are searching for him and he is waiting for you, your shelter is taking great care to make sure your new pet is as healthy and ready as possible for this new beginning.

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Learn to Speak Dog

Posted by Dana on February 23rd, 2018

Given that a well-trained dog can learn to differentiate between, and respond appropriately to, hundreds of commands from her human family, it is only right that we should make an effort to understand what our canine companions are trying to say to us. We all know that a growl is a warning, and a yelp is a sound of distress, but there are so many verbal signals in between those two sounds, and they all communicate different messages. There are also many nonverbal signals our pups give us before they make a peep. Below are a few of the most common bark signals and some body language cues, to help you to understand what your dog is trying to say.
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The Best Valentine’s Date Is Your Pet

Posted by Frances Vega on February 13th, 2018
valetine's dog and cat
We all know that February is the month of love. Valentine’s Day is pretty unavoidable, by January 2 we are already seeing red and pink hearts splattered around all over our favorite stores. Rom-coms suddenly start to pop up in our Netflix recommendations and flowers are inexplicably 200 percent more expensive than they were a month ago.

Some of us relish in this holiday and love having an extra reason to dote on your significant other, but what if you don’t have a significant other or would rather just not spend weeks stressing over the right way to do Valentine’s Day? A few years ago we invented Galentine’s Day as a way to celebrate with you girlfriends when you are partnerless, but how about Pawlentine’s Day?
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