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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How to have fun with your pet no matter what temperature it is outside

 

Summer can be a great time for pet parents and pets. If you live in an area that has four extreme seasons, you’ve been waiting for the summer all year long. And your pets might have been also. There are many wonderful things to celebrate during the summertime and one of them is the simple act of being with your pet. No matter where you live or what you do for a living, there are many opportunities to have a good time with your furry companion – in rain, sun and even thunderstorms.

Keep reading for ways to have fun with your pet no matter what the weather man tells you.

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Why does my dog eat poop and what can I do about it?

We know this is a topic you don’t necessarily want to think or talk about. But when your dog is eating poo, it is something you are forced to think about and perhaps Google any time it happens. You want an explanation and a solution NOW – and we don’t blame you!

So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do the research for you. Coprophagia (kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh), a.k.a. poop eating, is behavioral and physiological and there are several reasons why your dog is doing it. In our research, we’ve found so many reasons that we’ve narrowed it down to the most common six found across the web. One of these reasons might land you a permanent solution to fix this unwanted and disgusting behavior.

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5 ways to enjoy the 4th of July with your dog

We try to include our pets in most things that we do because they are a part of our family. They are our furry family members. Holidays are a great way to have fun with your pets!

Independence day can be a hard one for a few reasons. First, the loud noises can scare your dog. Second, fireworks can be dangerous in general. Third, pets don’t always fit into the 4th of July party plans. But what if there was a way to change that? You don’t have to exclude your pet. There are several ways to help make your pet feel special, even on the Fourth of July.

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Cats and Hairballs

Have you ever wondered what a hairball is exactly? Is it just a bunch of undigested hair? What causes them and should you worry when your cat coughs one up? Keep reading for answers to common questions about cat hairballs.

What is a hairball?

Hairballs are caused exactly how you think they are. When cats groom themselves, small pieces of hair will attach to their tongue and get swallowed. Most of the hair that is swallowed gets digested, but some of it stays in the stomach to form a hairball. Hairballs can cause hacking, vomiting, lack of appetite, constipation and diarrhea. It’s not fun hacking up one of those gross hairballs! They can also be caused by a moisture-deficient diet or a problem in the GI tract. If you see that your pet is having excessive hairballs, a visit to the veterinarian might be in order.

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Why Should You Adopt a Cat?

pretty cat in grass

June is Adopt a Cat month. We’d like to take this opportunity and give you 10 reasons why you should adopt a cat. Reasons to adopt a furry feline include the fact that they need homes. They might need you more than you need them! Another reason is because a pet offers companionship that is indescribable and irreplaceable. They also offer many health benefits.

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Why Should You Microchip Your Pet?

lost dog found

Up to 8 million animals end up in shelters every year and only 15-20% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reclaimed by their owners. One of the ways to increase the chances of finding your lost pet is by having it microchipped.1 In addition to other important and fun celebrations May is Chip Your Pet Month. Have you considered getting your pet chipped?

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