Archives: General Care

  • Meet The AKC’s Newest Breed: The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

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    Have you heard of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen? The answer to that question may very well be no. This isn’t surprising: there are actually only about 400 in the US, and likely a similar number in Canada. These cute pups were recently added to the ranks of the AKC’s officially recognized breeds. Joining the Hound Group, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen—or GBGV for short—was recognized January 1, 2018, along with another adorable pooch, the … Read More »

  • All About Hairballs

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    If you own a cat, you know that your feline friend is an excellent self-groomer. That talent comes with a caveat: hairballs! It’s a part of life for just about every cat owner—the question is, do hairballs harm your cat, and can you do anything to minimize this unsightly occurrence? Read on to find out more about hairballs. What Causes Hairballs? When a cat grooms herself, tiny barbs on the tongue pick up hair from … Read More »

  • Keeping Your Dog’s Food Fresh

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    Keeping your canine companion’s food as fresh as possible is important. Not only does allowing food to go bad waste your hard-earned money, it could harm your pet if they eat it! Learn about some easy ways to keep your dog’s food fresh in this article from your local veterinarian. Dry Kibble Generally speaking, factors like humidity, heat, and sunlight are enemies of proper food storage. The same goes for your dog’s dry kibble. Keep … Read More »

  • Health Checklist for Your New Kitten

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    Are you thinking of adding a new kitten to your home in the near future? Perhaps a lovable ball of fur wandered into your yard and you’re planning on adopting it. If you’re about to be the owner of a kitten companion, read on to find out about the key steps you’ll need to take to ensure your new addition’s health and happiness. Kitty’s First Check-Up Whether your kitten has come from a shelter or … Read More »

  • 5 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

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    There are many human foods that aren’t good for our canine companions—it’s likely that you already have some in your kitchen! The trick is preventing the problem ahead of time so that your pet doesn’t ingest anything harmful. Here are five foods you should never feed your dog: Garlic and Onions Garlic and onions, as well as similar foods like chives, scallions, shallots, and leeks, aren’t safe for dogs. These sorts of foods can damage … Read More »

  • Stocking Stuffers for Your Dog

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    It’s always fun to include your canine companion in the holiday festivities. Why not get your dog a few stocking stuffers? Here are a few gift ideas that your pup is sure to love: Fun Toys You can’t go wrong with good old-fashioned dog toys. Not only do toys keep Fido entertained for hours on end, they give your dog a proper outlet for his pent-up energy. Chew toys, in particular, help to keep your … Read More »

  • Entertaining Guests When You Own a Pet

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    If guests are coming to your home for a party, meal, or special event, it’s important to make some considerations regarding your pets. This way, everything runs smoothly on the big day! Here are a few tips for helping your guests and your furry friends get along successfully: Before Guests Arrive First things first: vacuum and dust throughout your home to keep things clean and fresh. This is also very important if any of your … Read More »

  • Helping Your Dog Get Through Mosquito Season

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    Hot weather tends to bring with it a few pet hazards, one of which is outdoor pests. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance to us humans—they can bite our canine companions as well! Read on to find out more about the dangers these pests pose and how to keep your four-legged friend safe from harm. Mosquito Bites A dog’s coat of fur does offer some protection against mosquito bites, but mosquitoes can still bite … Read More »

  • Getting Fido Ready for Summer

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    Summer is on the way! Many of our canine buddies love spending time outdoors in warm weather. Watching Fido running and playing on a sunny afternoon can be lots of fun! Read on for some great tips on keeping your pup happy and healthy this summer. Preventative Care If you like to take Fido out and about with you, or enjoy taking your pup to dog parks, get a doggy kit ready for your car. … Read More »

  • Considering Pet Insurance

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    You have insurance for your home, your car, your health… did you know that there is also insurance available for your pet? In this article, you’ll learn about some of the basics of pet insurance, helping you to decide if purchasing a plan is a good idea for you and your beloved companion. Why Get Pet Insurance? The benefit of pet insurance is the same as any other type of insurance: if something happens that … Read More »

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