Involving Your Kids in Pet Care

Young girl with golden retriever walking awayIf you’re a parent to both pets and children, then it’s likely you’ve noticed the special bond shared between your “kids”.  It’s also likely that, as a parent, you are working to raise a responsible pet owner by involving your kids in caring for your family pet.

Thankfully, involving kids in pet care can be a simple, yet effective, way to teach children the lessons of responsibility, compassion, and decision-making. Even small jobs, such as playing with your pet or brushing your pet’s fur, help to teach even the youngest of children about the responsibilities (and joys) of pet ownership.

As your children grow, so should their responsibilities. But what is enough, and what is too much, when it comes to involving your kids in pet care? Here are a few suggestions to consider as you map out your child’s responsibilities for caring for your family pet. Continue…

Parasite Prevention for Pets: Heartworms, Fleas, and Ticks

Itching Tabby Cat, CloseupWith the arrival of spring, the threat of heartworm-carrying mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks is on the rise. These parasites are not only uncomfortable for your pet, but can cause very serious health problems that, if left untreated, can ultimately result in the death of your pet.

The good news is that most common parasites, including heartworms, fleas, and ticks, can be prevented with an affordable, year-round preventive medication.

Heartworms

Of all the parasites found in dogs and cats, heartworms are the most deadly. These worms are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, and Continue…

Is Your Yard Pet-Friendly?

garden by nightFor many pet owners, the beautiful spring weather has spurred our dreams of an ideal backyard. Gardens, patios, and BBQs are filling our Pinterest boards and daydreams, and maybe even getting our hands dirty.

But while you start to spruce up your yard for your summertime fun, why not make this space an oasis for your pet, as well as your people? It doesn’t take much to make your yard a pet’s paradise, and your four-legged friend will love it.

Spring Cleaning

Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure that your yard is safe for Fluffy and Fido. Take a look at our recent blog on spring pet tips to see what you can do to make your yard safe and secure for your furry family.

Among other things, you’ll want to make sure that your fence is shored up and that all loose boards are back where they should be. Likewise, you Continue…

Tell Me Where it Hurts: Pet Pain and Pain Management

Dog covering noseDid you realize that not too long ago, most people believed that animals did not experience pain?

Thankfully, we know better now.

Unfortunately, pet’s still can’t verbalize their pain, which makes it challenging to detect and treat. However, there are ways that our pets do communicate with us, even if they don’t have the words to explain where it hurts. And those cues, along with our own understanding of pain, have made pet pain management a reality. Continue…