Welcome to the Paw Print Blog

Hello there! Welcome to the Paw Print Blog. Whether you are a first time or returning visitor, we would like to personally say THANK YOU for coming to our little corner of the web. Here you can find many different dog or cat related articles that include pet care tips, wellness tips, how-to questions and answers, fun and engaging posts, and much more! We are here to help you find, or just explore, pet-related topics that you might have questions about.

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CRITTER CHATTER: Preparing for Spring

“When its springtime in Alaska, [it’s forty below]”

Johnny Cash, Orange Blossom Special

The fragrance of blossoming flowers and fresh grass is slowly permeating our senses – unless you live in one of those parts of the country where high winds, freezing rain and heavy snowfall are prolonging the transition from winter to spring. Can it finally be time to think about a tan, bikini wax or shedding winter poundage? Not if you’re a dog or cat, but it is time for pet owners to prepare for warmer weather and outdoor adventures.

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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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“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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CRITTER CHATTER: New Years Resolutions with Charlotte

by Dr. Phil

“And baby, let’s make promises that we can keep and call it a New Year’s resolution” Otis Redding The Otis Redding Story Album

Every December, especially after a quick glance in the mirror, I decide once again to be a new person, one that eats only healthful meals, skips between-meal snacks, exercises regularly and sleeps a full, peaceful night. Of course, most of these wishes are never fulfilled, but it got me thinking about what sort of New Year’s resolutions my dog Charlotte might make. So I sat down with her the other night on her mat, and she passed along some resolutions that will help her stay healthy and active and live a long life.

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