Wash that Smelly Dog!

August 17th, 2015

Washing a dog isn’t as intuitive as it might seem; dogs react to temperature, smell, and sound, far differently than humans. Bath time is full of all three. New research suggests that washing your dog once a week is beneficial for his or her health, and can prevent infection, contrary to the prior belief that[...] Read the full article…

 

IMPORTANT PET SAFETY POST re: peanut butter + xylitol

August 14th, 2015

If you’re like many people, you might want to give your dog some peanut butter as an occasional treat. Or you might want to use peanut butter as a trick or reward to get your dog to take their medications? In many cases this is perfectly fine (so long as it’s not in excess —[...] Read the full article…

 

Yippee! Time to pee!

June 1st, 2015

We love a good infographic, especially ones that help reduce the amount of pee appearing on your floor…

 

Let them eat cake, the dogs!

May 26th, 2015

Does your pup have a summertime birthday? Why not go above and beyond that grocery store birthday-bone this year and go all out? This peanut-butter and carrot cake will be the star of the doggie birthday bash you throw for Fido (yeah, you know who you are):   INGREDIENTS: 1 cup whole wheat flour 1[...] Read the full article…

 

Four Places to Pet Your Cat & One to Leave Alone

April 4th, 2013

Some things really do get better with age. I have long joked that my hairline isn’t one of them, but I know one thing that is: My ability to understand cats better, and to build a stronger, more fulfilling bond with the felines in my life and in my practice. Which is not to say[...] Read the full article…

 

Toys That Are Safe for Your Kitten

April 3rd, 2013

Kittens love toys, and half the fun of having a kitten is playing with him and his toys. Toys are healthy for developing kitten minds. Kittens that are deprived of toys may have difficulty learning to play with them as adults. As with children, a variety of toys are now on the market designed to stimulate[...] Read the full article…

 

Pet Health: 10 DIY Procedures Pet Owners Should Learn

March 27th, 2013

I know. This may seem gross, but bear with us. Being a pet owner means being able to get your hands dirty — even if it’s just a wee bit. After all, every single one of us is responsible for our pets’ basic maintenance, including everything from feeding, bathing and brushing to exercising, toenail trimming and even doingdental duty. But wait! That’s[...] Read the full article…

 

Why Does My Dog… Steal Objects?

March 27th, 2013

Funny. But not so funny.   The sight of a puppy trotting off with a sock in her mouth might seem adorable, but if your dog is a chronic object stealer, it’s not all that cute. Having Fido make off with the roast you cooked for Sunday dinner or your toddler’s favorite toy can be[...] Read the full article…

 

Why Does My Cat Sleep in Small Boxes and Tiny Spaces?

March 5th, 2013

Though they seem independent, aloof and unpredictable, cats are creatures of habit. And yet, there’s no fathoming a cat. Why would one choose a small, cramped box, sink or cubbyhole over a more open space with all its possibilities? For lots of reason. Here are a few: Smaller spaces are safer. Most cats who need[...] Read the full article…

 

My dog sniffs butts. That’s weird. But why?

March 5th, 2013

I know I know. It seems gross. And it’s embarrassing. But the gesture is a common (if poorly mannered) canine version of the “getting to know you” routine. Dogs often greet one another by sniffing — which makes sense when your ability to smell is 10,000 times better than a human’s. We all get that.[...] Read the full article…

 

Ever wonder why your dog likes to bury her treats?

March 5th, 2013

Does your dog often bury her bones, treats or even her toys in your backyard? Ever find a bone under the pillow on your bed or behind the sofa cushions? Or does she attempt to “faux bury” her cookies in the corner of the carpet like my dog Natasha, to the point of creating a[...] Read the full article…