Crate Training Cats? Absolutely.

Cat crateYour fabulous feline may have some pretty strong opinions about the travel crate you (attempt) to use when traveling, moving, or coming to see us for his or her wellness exam; but, with some gentle coaxing, his or her negative feelings can be changed. While crate training cats may seem like an awkward or futile endeavor, the results of your efforts can make your pet feel safe and secure when traveling, for whatever the reason.

Crate training cats doesn’t have to be akin to herding them. And, once your kitty is good to go, you may even find that your kitty enjoys his or her private den. Continue…

Pet Cancer: Decrease the Odds

Schertz_Xtra_iStock_000025222217_LargeCancer is a diagnosis many pet owners fear; and yet, as pets live longer, cancer rates invariably rise. While the pet cancer statistics can be alarming, researchers in the field of veterinary medicine are developing new and more effective ways to treat certain types of pet cancer all the time. As a pet owner, you may also help reduce your pet’s carcinogen exposure and encourage a healthy lifestyle, which is so important to reducing your pet’s chances of developing cancer.

Knowing the signs of pet cancer can help in early detection, which is important to how effective treatment will be. While there are numerous types of cancers – each with unique symptoms and manifestations – there are some common, red-flag warnings: Continue…

No Fondue For You: Why Chocolate Is Bad For Pets

Schertz_iStock_000018159142_LargeIf you’ve ever made your own pet treats or inspected the ingredient list on the pet food label, you’ve probably noticed the absence of chocolate. Tied with Xylitol, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic, chocolate is at the top of the list of foods your pet should never eat.

But why is chocolate bad for pets? Is it the sugar or fat content that make it a no-no? Let’s cover the basics about chocolate and how your pet’s exposure to it can be quite serious. Continue…

Pet Emergencies: Are You Prepared?

Love for dogsIf the thought of responding to an emergency situation has you in a panic, you aren’t alone. Any emergency situation affecting a family member or loved one not only involves our quick thinking but it also involves our emotions. A medical emergency involving a beloved pet brings up similar responses.

As with any emergency, preparedness is key to effective response. Emergency preparedness involves – first and foremost – knowing how to identify an emergency and then, what actions to take. Continue…