When was the last time you went for a check-up? You know, blood pressure, cholesterol, maybe your blood sugar levels. Or maybe you have recently gone for an eye exam. We have regular checkups because we want to know that we are healthy. We also want to ensure our doctors can pick up any abnormalities as soon as possible. The same applies to your pet. Be it a dog, cat, parrot or rat – all animals need to have regular pet wellness exams to ensure they are as healthy as possible.
If you’re going away on a business trip or holiday that is not going to be pet-friendly then you have two options:
- Put your furkids in a boarding facility
- Get a pet sitter
A pet sitter is the better option because your pets can stay in their comfort zone and enjoy a mostly unchanged routine.
While it’s easy for us to put on another jersey or crank up the heat if we get cold, our pets’ options are more limited. It’s up to us to ensure that they stay comfortable and warm during the long, cold winters, especially if they happen to live outside. Here are some tips to keep your dogs, cats and even your rabbits warm in winter.
Most pet parents know that visiting the vet involves an epic struggle with a reluctant dog or cat. Pets have a kind of sixth sense when it comes to visiting the vet. They always seem know when one is coming, no matter how stealthy or cunning you think you’ve been.
Having recently experienced the stress and trauma of being evacuated during a fire – with 5 dogs in tow – now seems like a good time to discuss the importance of having a pet evacuation plan. Some of the tips sound like plain common sense, but you’d be surprised at how seldom common sense comes into something like this, especially when you think you’re safe from most disasters.
There are few subjects more divisive than animal welfare, be they wild animals or household pets. For example, the UAE recently banned exotic pets, especially wild cats, and the social media chorus has been in good voice. The core issue is whether any animal can live a happy, healthy and contented life in a family home.
Heartworm disease: Doesn’t sound pleasant, does it? Well, it’s not but, unfortunately, it’s a big risk for many dogs in the US, and as global weather conditions change, that risk is growing. Heartworms can be fatal if left untreated or if it goes undetected for a long time. Even with treatment, the risk of long-term damage can affect your dog’s health for the rest of her life.
How often do you brush your pet? Once a week? Once a month? Never? How often do you trim your dog’s or cat’s nails or brush their teeth? Do you ever take your pet to the grooming parlor? Basically, how important do you think grooming is for your dog or cat?
We’re about to enter summer; great news for all those who hate dressing in so many layers they look like the Staypuft marshmallow man. It’s also good news for pets who’ve shivered their way through sleet and snow and icy winds. It’s important to note, however, that pets, like people, are at risk of dehydration, overheating, sunstroke, sunburn and skin cancer from being outside in hot weather. So it’s important that you take steps to ensure your pet (dogs and cats and rabbits, etc.) keep safe and cool in the hot summer months that are ahead.
Here are some summer safety tips to keep your pets cool!
The majority of pet owners would love nothing more than to take their pet with them on every trip. Leaving a pet behind makes you feel like you’re excluding a member of the family, and it’s especially hard on the kids. On the other hand, taking your pet with you makes family escapades more fun. No need to go searching around for a sitter or boarding kennel to provide pet care in your absence. It’s important, however, to remember that in the car, safety comes first.