The Yin and Yang of Cat Breeds: Exotic Shorthair

We often think cats are all the same, but the personality traits of various cat breeds do set them apart. If you’re thinking about an Exotic Shorthair as a companion, what do you need to know?  For the casual observer, an exotic shorthair looks a lot like a Persian with the same short nose. The …

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Senior Dogs & Exercise – Is Running a Good Idea?

When you decided to add a dog to your family, was their ability to accompany you on your daily jog important?  As the years have passed, your runs have gotten more challenging for your pet, even if they are 100% willing to go with you every day.  They love to be with you, and the exercise …

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When is a German Shepherd Dog a Perfect Fit for a Family?

Every dog, and every breed of dog, has a very different personality.  Getting the right fit for your family will make you – and your new pup – very happy. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the German Shepherd.  Unsurprisingly, German Shepherds originated in Germany in the 1800s. They’re an intelligent and protective breed, originally …

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Rescue Dogs: Things to Know

Rescuing a dog is an incredible feeling. You have the opportunity to help a dog who was abandoned or surrendered, and many times you may never know why. These sweet pets are just looking for someone who will give them a chance at a warm and safe home. But what are the most important things …

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Make Your Own Treats for Cats and Dogs

With everything we hear today about processed food, it’s no wonder that so many people are turning to homemade goodies as treats for their pets. Whether you’re the pet parent of a cat or a dog, you want to know your pampered pet has only the best. It can be easier than you think to …

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My Senior Cat Isn’t Jumping – Can I Help?

Pampered indoor cats can live over 15 years and we know you want to make every day count for them. While “cat years” are difficult to calculate, cats over 15 are about the equivalent of 80 year olds for a human. Once they cross the threshold into their 20s, they might as well be 100. Caring …

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When is a Ragdoll a Perfect Fit for a Family

There’s a perception that all cats have the same behavior and personalities. But just like dogs, there are a wide variety of traits in different cat breeds. And one such breed is the Ragdoll. Newly developed in the 1960s, the actual origin of the breed is still shrouded in mystery. The result, however, was a …

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Tips for Walking Your Senior Dogs

All you want for your older dog is to love them and make them comfortable and happy. Everything you can do to ensure they stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible will be your greatest mission. Going for walks is an essential part of a dog’s life, and it will continue to …

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When is a Labrador Retriever a Perfect Fit for a Family

Dog breeds have very different personalities. This makes them a better fit for certain households or families. It’s important to know how to evaluate a certain breed or mix of a certain breed before adding them to your home. This week, we’re taking a look at one of the most popular breeds: the Labrador Retriever.While …

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Promote Your Pet to Teacher’s Assistant

While parenting is a recognized full-time job, starting in March of 2020, many parents found themselves faced with a second, if not third, full-time job – managing virtual learning for their children at home. As the new school year begins, parents can easily enlist the help of their trusty four-legged friends to increase excitement about …

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How in the world did I choose a dog that doesn’t like to….

When most people think of “dog” activities, taking walks, playing fetch, and playing with toys come to mind. What should pet parents do when they discover their dog is not interested in these activities? Just like people, every dog has an individual personality, and just like people, our pets’ lives will be more enhanced if …

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Mobility Tips for Your Aging Pup

With everything that is going on right now, you may be nervous about taking your pet to the vet. While most vet clinics are still open and able to see your pet, here are a few at-home tips to help support your aging pup with mobility issues. Dogs can develop mobility issues from several underlying …

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Are You Ready for a New Addition?

Have you ever looked at a multi-pet household and wondered how they make it work? Maybe you’ve thought about adding a new pet to your single-pet family to provide additional companionship for both you and your other dog or cat. There is both an art and a science to introducing animals and it varies depending …

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When is it Time to Get a New Pet?

You’ve suffered the loss of a four-legged family member, and the inevitable question arises – either within your family or from a well-meaning friend: “When are you going to get a new fur baby?” As a vet who has practiced more than 15 years, I have insights, but not an easy answer. It’s an individual …

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When You Love Them So Much You Can Let Them Go

The most common question pet owners ask when the end of the pet’s lifetime approaches is, “How will I know it is time?” No one wants to let a beloved pet go too soon, but no one wants to allow a pet to suffer. Well-meaning friends might say, “You’ll know, they’ll tell with their actions, …

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