Is the Door Ajar? Pet Arthritis and Cold Weather Care

7H_iStock_000003848142_Medium.jpgThe famous song Big Yellow Taxi is about taking things for granted and missing them when they’re gone. The idea “you don’t know what you have ‘til it’s gone” could actually be applied to one of our favorite things: cartilage. Indeed, we often don’t think about how our joints work until the day they don’t.

Unfortunately, the onset of colder weather seems to increase the frequency and intensity of pet arthritis symptoms, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make your pet as comfortable as possible! Continue…

Puttin’ on the Ritz: Is Your Pet Costume Friendly?

iStock_000048185660_Large.jpgSo, you are putting on the finishing touches to your Franken-pug and Bride of Franken-pug outfits, only to question whether your pets even like to be in costumes. One glance at the torn off bits of fabric and askew wig has you wondering if all that work was for naught.

Then again, you may have a dog who adores the pageantry and praise of another year of creative costuming.

No matter what end of the Halloween costume spectrum your pet falls on, there are some clues to determine whether or not your pet is costume-able…and if so, some pretty fun ideas for this year’s holiday bash. Continue…

The Golden Years: Caring for Senior Pets

Schertz_iStock_000043598300_Large.jpgMark Twain said “heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in”. Our pets have spent their entire lives living for us, their benefactors. If we really stopped to think, it becomes apparent that they are our benefactors and most of the caring comes from them. Age, however becomes a factor as time goes on and their care just a bit more so.

Caring for senior pets is much the same as caring for other pets but with a little extra added in a few places. Let’s discuss some of those areas that care needs to be placed into. Continue…

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Through Another’s Eyes: All About Dog Vision

Schertz_iStock_000017904978_LargeDo you ever sit back and wonder how your dog sees the world? Is it in black and white? Do they see similarly to us? Or, is it a whole different ballgame? Keep reading to learn how your canine companion sees the world and how dog vision is different from our own.

All About the Rods and Cones

In the back of our eye, we have cells called rods and cones. Cones perceive the different wavelengths of different colors as they enter the eyes, resulting in our ability to see color. Continue…