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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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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How can you make road trips easier for pets?

Don’t forget to think about your furry friend while planning for your next summer vacation. Driving in the car with your pet does not have to be a negative experience. You don’t necessarily have to leave them at home, at a pet hotel (unless they love it – of course) or with a pet sitter. Bring them along for the fun!

Here are a few quick tips to bringing your pet along for the ride:

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Rattlesnake Tips That Can Help Keep Your Pet Safe

Welcome to spring, fellow pet owners! Let’s talk about something important: Rattlesnakes and your pets. In some parts of the country, spring means rattlesnakes because they become more active in warmer seasons, from spring to autumn. They are found in wetlands, deserts and forests. If you take walks or hikes with your pet, these tips can help arm you with knowledge to keep your dog safe during this time of the year.

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Ways to Keep Your Pet Happy

The first thing to remember is that not all pets are created equally. Like most humans, some pets have good and bad days. Some pets also have different needs than others. You have to keep these things in mind when exploring ways to keep your pet happy. Understanding and acknowledging your pet’s needs and wants will help you to achieve this goal. The fact that you are even reading this post is a good sign that your pet is probably already living a pretty wonderful life. Keep up the good work!

5 Things to keep in mind if your pet seems unhappy   

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Tips for Pet Dental Care | from Sparky the Dog

February was Pet Dental Month! What a great way to help pet owners remember that dental care is super important, even for dogs and cats. Instead of telling you of the many reasons why you should brush your pet’s teeth – you probably already know those – I’d like to share a few tips in getting the job done.

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