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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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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