When the Time Comes: How to Help a Friend Cope with Pet Loss

pet lossThe loss of a beloved pet is a day every pet owner dreads. The heart-wrenching ordeal is an inevitable part of pet ownership, but that fact doesn’t make it any easier to cope with such an enormous loss.

It can be difficult to know what to do or say to comfort a friend who is grieving the death of a pet. Helping someone grieve is an important part of a relationship, and can give you the opportunity to show a friend or family member how much you care. Check out our guidelines for helping a friend cope with pet loss.

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Out and About: The Top Ten Places You Can Take Your Dog

take your dogIt used to be fairly common to see a “no dogs allowed” sign posted at the entrance of most businesses. Fortunately, the pendulum is swinging the other way and now supports the full-blown cultural shift that not only allows dogs, but welcomes them. Lucky canines can now accompany owners in cafes, restaurants, hotels, retail shops, and even some workplaces. They’re embraced wholeheartedly, celebrated, and catered to at some of the greatest places you can now take your dog.

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Case by Case: Caring for a Pet With Arthritis

Has your pet been extra cautious attempting a jump that previously resulted in success and satisfaction? What about exhausting efforts to get comfortable? Behavioral changes? Limping? All of these indicators may point to a very common, yet surprising, diagnosis of arthritis.

Our pets may wear their hearts on their, um, sleeves, but their instincts guide them to hide any signs of illness or injury. While we’re very tuned in to pain management as pets age, it’s typically the owner who notices certain signs (however subtle they may be) that they have a pet with arthritis.

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The Goody Bag: What to Know About Pets and Parties

pets and partiesA charmingly social pet can add a great deal of fun to any festive party. They’re cute, enthusiastic, and excellent subjects of conversation – if they’re well-behaved, that is. Not every pet is cut out for company, and not every person is tolerant of a four-legged party guest. Add to that a variety of things to get into (from balloons to tasty treats), pets and parties don’t always mix.

First Things First

Whether you’re hosting a child’s birthday bash or attending a grown-up get together, it’s critical to have your pet’s ID tag secured to his or her collar. Also update any changes to your pet’s microchip, if necessary. Doing so may lead to a sweet reunion if your pet bolts out the door or chases something and gets lost.
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