CRITTER CHATTER: Smoothing Out the End of “the Dog Days of Summer”

by Dr. Phil

Back to school can be a tough time not only for parents and students, but household pets as well.  During summer vacation pets get to spend more time with kids, maybe sleeping late with a teenager, chasing Frisbees with middle or elementary school children or even hiking or swimming with the whole family.  Back to school means its time for more firm schedules and quieter households.  Pets suddenly go from lazy breakfasts to the frenzy of kids eating on the go while searching for homework papers, lost books and misplaced backpacks often followed by frantic dashes out the door and then abrupt silence and time alone.

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Senior Pets: 15 Signs That Your Pet is Starting to Feel His Age

How do you know when your pet is actually a senior? Is your cat or dog showing signs of aging? Has he begun to slow down or act differently from when he was a little one? This might be completely normal, but sometimes hard to accept for pet parents.

15 things to watch out for or question with aging pets:

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CRITTER CHATTER: Protect Your Pet During Warm Summer Months

Hot town summer in the city.
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. – Joe Cocker

by Dr. Phil 

Amongst the showers and lightning strikes, warm humid weather has arrived with a vengeance in Vermont. Looking at the national weather, high temperatures are also affecting many other states. Below are a few important ways to protect our pets from sun, heat and humidity during warm summer months.

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Happy Parent’s Day – From YOUR Pet

Have you ever thought about what your pet might say to you if he could speak? July 23rd is officially (or unofficially) Parents’ Day! To celebrate, we are writing a letter to all of the wonderful pet parents out there – from the perspective of your pet. The innocence of pets is so precious. If they could verbally communicate with us, do you think they would explain why they do what they do? Perhaps what we view as slightly negative is actually their way of telling us they love us!

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