Animal Obesity

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A lot of people tend to think a fat pet is a happy pet, and even though a big round ball of fur is pretty cute, it is a growing epidemic. Just like humans, animal obesity is on the rise.  Over 50% of pets are obese and what’s worse is that most pet owners don’t even realize it’s a problem.  Experts like APOP founder Dr. Ernie Ward even have a special term for it,  “this is what I refer to as the “fat pet gap” or the normalization of obesity by pet parents. In simplest terms, we’ve made fat pets the new normal.”   [Read more…]

Keeping Your Pets Safe on New Year’s Eve

 

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As we get ready to celebrate the upcoming year and sit back to reflect on the peaks and pits of the past year, we realize just how important family and loved ones are.  This also includes our furry family, keeping your pets safe during the festivities is just as important as the celebrations themselves. [Read more…]

Christmas Safety Tips for Pets

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Usually people don’t associate Christmas with being a dangerous time of year, and honestly, why would we?  For us humans Christmas is not exactly hazardous.  Our pets, on the other hand, can get into a few sticky situations with all the extra food, festivities and decorations around.  Be sure to check out these Christmas safety tips to guarantee your pet’s well-being this year. [Read more…]

Cool Gadgets and Toys for Your Pets

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The newest coolest gadgets of the season are always a big topic come Christmas time.  But we’re not the only ones who love new gadgets and toys, your pet can also get in on the fun!  Here are some awesome gifts that you and your pet can both enjoy. [Read more…]

Thanksgiving Safety Tips For Pets

Thanksgiving Safety

 

You’re busy cooking Thanksgiving dinner, then inevitably at some point you look over and see those adorable puppy eyes, sitting there patiently waiting for you to drop just one tiny morsel in their direction. While you prepare the food, it’s easy to want to share some of the delectable dinner with your fur baby.  But it may be best to not give into the temptation to dole out a portion to your pooch without double checking what you are giving them.  Some Thanksgiving food is perfectly safe for your dog, in moderation, some versions are better than others and then there is some food that you should avoid at all costs.  Here is the breakdown on how to navigate Thanksgiving with your pets. [Read more…]

Travel Tips for The Human

Travel Tips

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Hello my dear Human!  I have heard you on the phone planning some trips now that the holiday season is upon us. I’m glad you’re getting out for some much needed family time, but I’ve noticed that you often get stressed when it’s time to head out on the road.   Because I love you oh so much, I’ve decided to let you know of a few travel tips that will help you have a wonderful trip.  That way you can focus on the fun and have the great time that you deserve. [Read more…]

Why You Should Hire a Pet Sitter Instead of Using a Friend

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A lot of people think that hiring a pet sitter while you’re at work or out of town is an unnecessary expense. I mean, going out of town can be expensive as it is and after all of those long hours at work you don’t want to see your hard earned money go to waste, right?  It’s no wonder a lot of people turn to their friends or neighbors when they need someone to check up on the pets.  While it can be easy on your wallet, it is not always easy on your pet.  Here are just a few reasons why professional pet sitters are always the best bet. [Read more…]

Cleaning Your Pet’s Dishes

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I bet it’s pretty hard to picture yourself eating a fresh meal out of a dirty plate, right?  Even if you licked it clean the night before and it doesn’t look all that dirty, it doesn’t mean that the plate is actually clean.  However, this is what many of pets face each day. Why is it seemingly okay for our pets to eat and drink out of the same food bowl day in and day out? That just seems, well, pretty gross to be honest. [Read more…]

How to Fight Pet Allergies

Pet Allergies

 

I know a lot of people think spring is the season synonymous with allergies, but for a lot of people allergies are just as bad in the autumn when the leaves start to fall. Some lucky few, like yours truly, have allergies all year long because we’re allergic to everything.  Did you know that pets can have allergies too?  I didn’t know that until my cat started sneezing and breaking out into a funky little rash when she was a kitten.  Luckily she outgrew them, unlike me who actually grew into my allergies as a teenager.  I had always had a little bit of hay fever, but of a sudden I was allergic to all nuts, seeds, and worst of all…cats.  The problem was, I’m a huge cat lover. [Read more…]

Pet Sitting vs. Boarding

 

Pet Sit vs. Board

 

As much as we love our pets, there are sometimes when we have to go out of town and leave our fur-children at home.  When you are on the road, the last thing you need to worry about is how your pets are doing while you are gone.  Usually, there are two main options when it comes to overnight pet care; having a pet sitter come to your house or taking your pet to a local boarding house.  Both of these have their benefits and drawbacks, so it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you and your pet. [Read more…]