Dog Safety: Dog-Proofing Your Child

A few weeks ago, I posted this great article about Baby-Proofing your Dog.  Dog safety is hugely important for me, because even though we can't have dogs due to allergies, everyone else in our social circle has at least one or two. Dog safety doesn't just come from the dog, it's super important to teach … Continue reading Dog Safety: Dog-Proofing Your Child

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Why Your Pet Needs a Microchip

The first time I read about microchips, I thought the ethical implications were … questionable.  However, I luckily learned about the more widespread use of the microchip:  to identify animals. All pets need a microchip.  Microchips identify which pet belongs to who at a shelter, and help locate your lost pet.  Even if your pets … Continue reading Why Your Pet Needs a Microchip

How To Train Your Dog to Tolerate Fireworks

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, everyone is focusing on fireworks and parades and some good barbecue. What many families aren't thinking about this week is their dog's safety.  Unfortunately, many pets will run away this weekend in a complete panic.  Today, I want to talk about some great ways to keep … Continue reading How To Train Your Dog to Tolerate Fireworks

7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs

Can you vacation with your dogs?  Totally.  Lots of major hotels allow dogs, and it's cheaper than boarding.  Remember our 7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs. #1 - Leave No Sign To ensure that you, and others, always have the opportunity to vacation with dogs, follow this rule.  Pick up your dog's feces and … Continue reading 7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs

5 Tips: How to Keep Your Exotic Pet Cool

Small animals deserve hot-weather tips too.  Sometimes we forget about them, because most of them come from deserts or tropics, and they don't always show their discomfort.  If you're warm, odds are your exotic pet needs a reprieve from the heat as well.  Even when it's cool outside, direct sunlight can overheat pets.  Check out … Continue reading 5 Tips: How to Keep Your Exotic Pet Cool

Disaster Planning: Evacuating With Small Pets

When, as humans, we think about disasters and preparedness, we think first about ourselves and our families.  Often we include our pets as part of our family, but sometimes smaller pets are forgotten.  Small pets evacuate easily, but evacuating with pets requires care and diligence. Evacuating with Rodents Rodents typically evacuate very easily.  Most rodents … Continue reading Disaster Planning: Evacuating With Small Pets

Disaster Planning: The Dog Bug-Out Bag

This past week, I've spent a bunch of time watching the weather channel.  For some reason, they kept predicting thunderstorms in the afternoon.  I think, overall, it rained for about five minutes, and I didn't see any thunder or lightening. While I watched, I noticed several areas of the country with major weather incidents.  Tornadoes. … Continue reading Disaster Planning: The Dog Bug-Out Bag

How to Care for a Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish)

Bettas are perhaps one of the most beautiful fish kept in captivity.  Breeders developed millions of color combinations, with long and flowing fins.  The betta survives well in captivity, and the fish are remarkably intelligent for fish.  These fish require basic care, but perform very well as the first fish for a family.  Read on … Continue reading How to Care for a Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish)

Preventing Ticks – 5 Things You Can Do This Week

Welcome to Summer!  It’s the time of year when families spend more time outdoors than in.  Summer brings barbecues, beaches, sunsets, and walks.  Summer also brings one of the most disgusting creatures on the planet—ticks. It’s bad enough that they get on people, but when they get on pets, you can’t always see them under … Continue reading Preventing Ticks – 5 Things You Can Do This Week