4 Steps to Help Your Pet Recover from Spay and Neuter Surgery

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to spay or neuter your pet. While it can be difficult to think of your beloved companion undergoing a surgical procedure, try to remember why you are doing it in the first place.

So what comes next? When your pet returns home, he or she will require a little extra TLC. Follow this guide to help your furry friend get back on their feet in no time.

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5 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

When to have a dog or cat spayed or neutered is a subject of debate in the veterinary and rescue fields, but all tend to agree that it is a healthy and positive choice for pets. The month of February is nationally recognized as Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. With shelters experiencing overcrowding, in the month of February, consider these top 5 reasons why you should spay or neuter your pet.

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CRITTER CHATTER: Pet Dental Health

 “Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear

And it shows them pearly white”

Bobby Darin, Mack the Knife

by Dr. Phil

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and a good time to be reminded that in addition to good nutrition, grooming, exercise and veterinary examinations, regular home oral hygiene is important to promoting pet wellness, longevity and reducing the need for drastic veterinary dental procedures involving general anesthesia. Veterinarians estimate that 85% of dogs over the age of four are suffering from periodontal disease, a painful oral condition that can lead to tooth loss and even infection that could introduce bacteria into the blood stream with potential to affect heart, kidneys and liver function.

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How to Prepare for a New Pet in 2018

There are few things that elicit feelings of excitement like bringing home a new family member. As soon as the decision has been made to open your home to a pet, it’s easy to begin entertaining visions of cozy evenings snuggling together on the couch and crisp afternoons of playing together in the sun. Sounds great, right? What else could there be to plan for?

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5 Ways to Feel Closer to the Pets You Love

Have you looked at your dog lately and thought: Where has the time gone? Or have you been so busy with work, school and kids that you don’t know the last time when you sat down and just hung out with your pet? You’re not alone.

Life gets insanely busy. Thanksgiving was a blink of an eye. Christmas has come and gone. Do you even remember what you got this year? With the hustle and bustle of life, it might be a good idea to focus on the present. Try a few of these tips to help you focus on the NOW and enjoy each day with your furry friends.

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A Personal Story: Preparing for the Loss of a Beloved Pet

I love my dog. She’s been with me since before my husband, kids, house and even college! She’s been at my side to experience all of my 20-ish mistakes and 30-ish accomplishments. In fact, she’s sitting right next to me as I compose this blog post. Little does she know it’s about her and how absolutely terrified I am for the day she dies.

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CRITTER CHATTER: Winter Weather

“Baby, it’s [really] cold outside”

Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé  Holiday Wishes 2014

Anybody that has watched the news of late knows that some areas of the country have been hit particularly hard with low winter temperatures, high winds and massive snow levels. And returning from a holiday visit to Northern California where the temperature hit 34° one morning, I felt that it is time to remind you how to prepare yourself and your pet for winter.

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5 Pet Themed Books to Read by a Cozy Fire

Is the weather getting cold in your corner of the world? There are many wonderful indoor activities you can partake in during the chilly winter months. Here’s a cute idea we came up with to help you make it through winter while still enjoying yourself. This winter, try reading these five pet-related books to yourself or out loud to your furry friend. For added appeal, sit by a cozy fireplace to help with the ambiance and mood.

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