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Pets and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Picture of a small boxer dog lying on a couch with another boxer dog standing nearby in a shirt and tie.

Pets and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Does seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affect our pets?  We know humans are often affected by changes in the seasons. It is unclear as to whether pets suffer from SAD or if they may be reacting to owners’ sadness or lack of energy. When there is less daylight, the brain produces more melatonin and less serotonin. […]

How Clean is that Pet Dish? Picture of a small brown and white dog holding its paw up while a caucasian female is scooping food into the pet dish.

How Clean is that Pet Dish?

Food and water dishes are easily overlooked in the pursuit of pet cleanliness. People who feed their pets dry food may think those dishes don’t need washing. They may notice the water in the dish needs changing, but not realize that just pouring the dirty water out and replacing it with fresh isn’t enough. Just […]

How Do Cats Handle Stress? Picture of a tan and black tabby cat looking very upset and its mouth is open as if hissing.

How Do Cats Handle Stress?

Cats are creatures of habit. Disruptions to their routines can stress them out. For example, when a new pet is brought into the home, especially another cat that it does not bond with. They also pick up negative emotions from their owners. There are some ways to tell if your cat is stressed. There are […]

Indoor Games for Pets. Picture of a tan color dog with long ears and a seal point cat, both with glasses on.

Indoor Games for Pets

Keeping our pets in shape is a part of keeping them healthy. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. Many dogs were bred for specific jobs and need to keep active to avoid boredom. We all know that a bored dog can become a destructive dog. There are still fun ways to engage in play while […]

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets. Picture of a black and white cat sitting in a gift box and a dachshund with its front feet on the box.

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

The holidays are upon us. With that, many pet owners will decorate their houses getting ready for the festivities. This presents a few common hazards for pets. Below, are some tips to keep your furry friends safe this season. The holidays are a fun time. Just make sure to keep pet safety in mind. A […]

Identifying Hypothermia in Pets. Picture of a caucasian female holding a gray tabby cat outside in the snow.

Identifying Hypothermia in Pets

With the cold weather comes additional threats to your pet. Hypothermia being among the most severe. Hypothermia is where the body temperature drops to well below normal levels, which for most cats and dogs is between 100.5-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. This can cause many complications ranging from heart problems to death. It’s important to recognize symptoms […]

Cold Weather and Pets. Picture of a blond colored golden retriever in the snow with a warm scarf around its neck.

Cold Weather and Pets

Winter can be a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Some people genuinely do not know the risk that cold weather poses to pets or livestock. Consider a winter wellness exam, especially if your pet has medical conditions such as arthritis, which can worsen in cold weather Make sure the fur babies are safe […]

Penny Zinc Toxicosis. Picture of a Bassett hound lying down with a blanket over him and a washcloth over his head.

Penny Zinc Toxicosis

If you think your dog or cat has swallowed a penny, this is a medical emergency.  Do not wait to see if the penny will pass.  Call your veterinarian and arrange an emergency visit immediately.    Pennies look deceptively like copper, but pennies minted after 1982 are about 98% zinc.1  At first, the zinc and […]

Obesity in Pets and Humans. Picture of a very overweight Beagle dog.

Obesity in Pets and Humans

According to the Centers for Disease Control, two out of three American adults are overweight or obese.1 Likewise, over 50% of dogs in the US were classified as too heavy by their vet.2 The good news is all of that can change because you and your pet are the perfect workout buddies. Here’s why. 1. […]

Thanksgiving with Pets. Picture of items that may be served on Thanksgiving day, pumpkin, apples, carrots.

Thanksgiving with Pets

Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with friends, family and have holiday feasts. This time of year is also a time for possible distress for pets. During parties or family get togethers, make sure pets have a quiet space to retreat to. It can be a separate room or even just a corner of […]