Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Dog Grooming Tips

When the temperature starts to rise, appropriate grooming is important to ensure that your dog stays as comfortable as possible. Here are some tips from Andis Grooming Educator Kendra Otto:

Don’t Shave Double-coated Breeds
Some dog breeds, such as Retrievers and Pomeranians, have a double coat (a soft undercoat and a rougher topcoat), which greatly increases shedding as summer approaches. You might be tempted to shave your dog, but this beautiful double coat allows your dog to regulate his body temperature, so don’t shave it!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Resources for Those Grieving the Loss of a Pet


Pets are part of the family and the death of a pet is a distressing event. Through utilizing support systems, pet owners can find ways to help ease the anguish of losing man’s best friend.

Losing a pet can be a devastating loss for a pet owner. The feelings of grief and bereavement surrounded by losing a precious member of the family can be overwhelming. There is no quick fix because grieving is a process, but there are many services available to those who are grieving the death of a beloved pet. Meetings, books, and phone call centers are available to help you get through this difficult time.

Selected Reading
By relating to another’s pet loss experience, many owners are able to identify with coping with pet loss and learn ways to cope. Articles and books on grieving over the death of animals provide long-lasting comfort.

Articles
By Enid Traisman, MSW

Grief Support Center

Books
Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost Pets by Gary Kurz

When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing by Alan D. Wolfelt, PH. D.

Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty J. Carmack.

The Loss of a Pet: A New Revised Edition
by Wallace Sife

Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by Moira K. Anderson

The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss Is Heaven's Gain by Niki Behrikis Shanahan

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet by Allen Anderson, Linda Anderson

Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by Moira Anderson Allen

Animals in Spirit: Our Faithful Companions' Transition to the Afterlife by Penelope Smith

Celebrating the Memory of a Pet by Devon O'Day and Kim Mclean

Good-Bye My Friend: Grieving the Loss of a Pet by Mary and Herb Montgomery

Pet Loss & Human Bereavement by Kay and Herbert Nieburg

Pet Loss and Children: Establishing a Health Foundation by Cheri Barton Ross


Call Centers
For people who would rather reach out to another person and talk about their feelings, call centers are staffed by several veterinary medical schools around the country and provide immediate support and advice.

217-244-2273 (CARE) or 877-394-2273 (CARE) 

508-839-7966


Counseling and Support Groups
Sometimes being in a group of people who are experiencing similar circumstances helps grieving pet owners through the mourning process. There are several support groups located nationwide offering weekly meetings.
Bide-A-Wee Foundation


Thursday, May 12, 2016

5 Signs of Wellness in Dogs

By Dr. Danielle Bernal 

Our pets can’t talk to us, so how do we know when they’re feeling their best? This is often a topic pet parents grapple with, and like people, our pets’ wellbeing is directly impacted by what they eat. Many pet parents know to look for diets filled with natural, quality proteins, fruits and vegetables, but we’re also starting to see a stronger interest in grain-free recipes. So why grain-free?

Better Ingredients: Wellness Grain-Free recipes have higher protein and healthy carbohydrates, which include chickpeas, lentils, peas and potatoes – all great sources and moderate GIs for sustained energy as well as providing valuable vitamins and minerals in a natural format. No grains means there are more protein-rich ingredients pets love and need for an active lifestyle, enriched with whole fruits, vegetables and botanicals to create a satisfying and easily-digested meal that supports health from head to tail.

Food Sensitivities: The most common reason vets recommend grain-free diets for certain cats and dogs is because like us, our furry companions can experience “food intolerance” and “food allergy.” Food intolerance refers to a gastrointestinal response triggered by certain ingredients. For instance, a dog with a sensitive stomach may not be able to tolerate certain ingredients (like grains) that then lead to diarrhea, vomiting or irritable bowel. A food allergy refers to an immune response to a particular ingredient in food that can cause itching, scratching, hot spots, hair loss, ear and eye secretions, or excessive licking.

Monday, April 11, 2016

5 Pet Friendly Ways To Go Green

With Earth Day approaching again, it’s time to reconsider and revamp your green practices. As a proud pet parent, you may be wondering how you can get your furry friend involved in supporting the environment. 

In honor of Earth Day, Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM, shares her best tips with us:

The Scoop on Poop- Use biodegradable bags when cleaning up after your dog. A regular plastic bag can take decades to decompose; whereas a biodegradable bag will begin to breakdown in just a couple of months. For cats, consider using an environmentally friendly litter such as one that is plant based or made from recycled newspaper.

Feeding Close to Nature- Dr. Carol is a major advocate of feeding your pet an organic, home-cooked meal. All natural meals benefit your pet’s health in exactly the same way that it benefits yours. The environment and your pet’s health will benefit from cutting out kibble all together. A homemade diet decreases personal cost, wasteful production of packaging materials and harmful chemical processing, while increasing your pet’s overall nutrition and the environment’s well-being.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Train Your Dog With These Simple Tips!


By Aly DelaCoeur

There are many different things you can spend your time training your dog to do.  It all depends on what is most important to you.  What I do know, however, is that positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to teach dogs to do just about anything.  Below are some of my top training tips on how to get a reliable recall from your dog of commands and how to set them up for success.

Start your training sessions with luring the dog. It is the fastest and easiest way to train. An example, while teaching sit, hold the lure by the nose and slowly raise it up and over the dog’s head to get their butt to lower.  However, make sure to remove the lure after about 6-12 trials so it does not become a bribe.

Dogs learn through association. Because of this you want to limit your movement to the hand prompt to avoid your dog picking up on a different movement. Your tone of voice can also influence what your dog learns.