Stress is an important cause of disease in humans and animals and the impact is more profound as we age. The level of stress is reflected in cortisol levels – the more stress, the higher the levels of cortisol in the body. … Read More →
Archive for category: Step by Step
This one’s for the human part of the people-pet partnership. Happiness is good for us and our pets and there is one sure way to find happiness – stop complaining! Did you know that thoughts reshape our brain and our reality?… Read More →
Brush your dog’s teeth. Good oral health is as important for your dog as it is for you. Unless you routinely feed your dog raw meaty bones, raw chicken or other animal parts containing bones or cartilage, you will probably need to routinely brush his teeth.… Read More →
Frequent vet visits can quickly drain the wallet. Try these simple do-it-yourself tips to reduce the number of vet trips.
Brush. Comb, Inspect and Bathe! Routinely brush and comb your pet and do a quick inspection of the skin to make sure it looks healthy.… Read More →
The holidays are here, so please take note of these common risks lurking in the kitchen.
- Grapes and raisins, particularly non-organic products that are heavily sprayed with insecticides, are often featured in holiday recipes. RISK: kidney failure.
- Xylitol is an artificial sweetener often found in gum, mints and other candies, and baked goods.
Check with your vet to make sure he plans to give your pet IV fluids, even during minor surgery! While IV fluids are the standard of care, not every vet uses them during every surgical procedure. The combination of anesthesia and fluid loss during surgery may make it difficult for your pet to self-regulate blood flow to important organs of the body.… Read More →
Regular brushing and/or combing of your dog’s hair is important for several reasons. It helps to build a relationship between you and your dog, improves your dog’s circulation, keeps your dog looking tidy, removes loose and dead hair (leaving less hair to find its way to floors and furniture), and allows for early identification of skin problems.… Read More →
Reading Dog Food Labels – Be Savvy About Ingredient Splitting! Did you know that some pet food manufacturers breakdown one lower quality ingredient into its various components, with each listed separately on the pet food label? The result? Meat may be moved to the top of the contents list when it really is not the most abundant item in the food and the inferior ingredient moved lower down on the content list.… Read More →
Why make your own dog treats when you can so easily purchase them at your local grocery or pet food store? Three reasons. First, the treats you prepare from ingredients obtained at your local grocery will be made from far higher quality ingredients than most commercial dog treats.… Read More →
Heatstroke can impair or kill your pet. Knowing the symptoms can help! As we enter the hottest part of summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s important to keep an eye on your pets to make sure they are not overheating. Heatstroke is not a mere inconvenience.… Read More →