How to Keep Chocolate Toxicity from Killing Your Dog

Last week, we talked about things that can hurt your dog during the holidays.  With the holidays fast approaching, your home probably has much more chocolate in the cupboards than normal, with more coming in just a few weeks.  Chocolate toxicity is a real danger to dogs, especially small breeds who don't have enough body … Continue reading How to Keep Chocolate Toxicity from Killing Your Dog

9 Things That Can Kill Your Dog This Holiday Season

9 Things that Can Kill Your Dog This Holiday Season

The holidays are, in my opinion, the best time of year.  You get to see your family, even those from far away.  The food is amazing.  I have a cousin who bakes the most amazing cookies, and dozens of kinds.  She uses my grandmother's recipes as well as her own, and it's amazing.  And everyone else … Continue reading 9 Things That Can Kill Your Dog This Holiday Season

Why Your Pet Needs a Microchip

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

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