Spring Safety Tips for Pets

Cat and DogSpring is finally settling in, and it’s likely that you and your pet are spending more time outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather. But sadly, more time outdoors often means increased risk for your pet and your pet’s health.

We want you both to enjoy the beautiful weather as much as you can before the heat of summer sets in, so here are a few spring safety tips for pets to keep your four-legged friend safe while soaking up the sunshine…

Identification

As it’s likely you’ll be spending more time outside in the months ahead, you’ll want to be certain that your pet can get home if you become separated. Continue…

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Your Pet’s Dental Health

Brushing Dogs TeethMany pet owners assume that smelly breath is just a normal part of having a dog or cat and ignore it, or attempt to mask the odor with breath-freshening treats or sprays.

However, that “dog breath” you’re trying to avoid is likely a sign that your pet has hidden dental problems. Problems which, over time, can lead to serious, and even life-threatening, health issues.

Where Bad Breath Comes From

Bad breath in dogs and cats is caused by bacteria growth or infection along the gums and teeth, commonly known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can introduce bacteria to the bloodstream, which circulates through the body and can infect the kidneys, liver and heart. Continue…

Degenerative Joint Disease and Your Pet

OldManDogIt is not just people who suffer from arthritis, pets can hurt too. As we understand more and more about how pets feel pain, it is becoming very clear that dogs and cats alike suffer from degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis, as they age.

This condition results the deterioration of cartilage in the joints, resulting in inflammation, pain, and lameness.

If your pet is beginning to age, or if you’ve started to notice changes in how your pet moves, you’ll want to know what to expect when it comes to degenerative joint disease and your pet. Continue…

Do Pets Get Allergies?

Golden retriever in the grassHave you ever wondered, “Do pets get allergies?”

Well, they do. Like us, pets are prone to seasonal allergies. Luckily, helping your pet through allergy season, be it spring or fall,  is not difficult if you are prepared with the knowledge of what to look for and what to do.

What is Your Pet Allergic To?

Typically, pet allergies fall into two distinct categories: food allergies and environmental allergies. Environmental allergies can be both seasonal and year-round, depending on what your pet is allergic to, and how prevalent the allergen is in your pet’s environment.

Pets can be allergic to many of the same things that affect us, including: Continue…