As a loving cat parent, you’re probably wondering if there are any flowers out there you should avoid bringing home to keep your feline friend safe. Purple and white lilacs are popular flowers for gardeners to plant in the spring and for florists to include in bouquets. So it makes sense to wonder if these… Read More

cat eyes close up

If you own a cat, you probably took the time to buy them tons of colorful cat toys to pique their interest and get them to play. While this is great, have you ever wondered if your cat is color blind, like dogs are said to be? Will some colors attract your cat’s attention more… Read More

geranium flower

Geraniums are common outdoor plants known for their fragrant white, purple, and pink blooms. They grow well in pots and planters, making them popular additions to outdoor gardens. They’re beautiful, fragrant, and easy to keep happy — just give them plenty of sunlight! If you’re thinking of adding a few geraniums to your garden and… Read More

white maine coon

The Maine Coon is an extremely popular cat breed kept by cat lovers everywhere. Weighing in at 7.9 to 18 pounds, this large, intelligent cat is one of the oldest natural domestic cat breeds in North America. However, with their fluffy long fur, many animal lovers wonder whether the Maine Coon is hypoallergenic. Sadly, the… Read More

tabby cat walking outdoor

If you own a female kitten, then one of the biggest questions on your mind is probably how old cats are when they go into heat? In most cases, female cats go into heat at around 6 months of age; however, this can vary depending on the individual cat. The best way to stop your… Read More


Sunflowers are beautiful flowers that are part of the daisy family. They add color to any landscape, and even though yellow is the common color, they also come in brown, red, maroon, orange, and red. If you have a cat and just noticed it ate a little of the plant, you might be curious about… Read More


If your cat has recently eaten this beautiful plant or if you are wondering if begonias are a safe addition to add to your home or garden when you own a cat, it is important to know that this flowering plant is mildly toxic to cats. Begonias are a variety of flowering plants that are… Read More

a majesty palm plant indoor

Despite being obligate carnivores, cats always seem to nibble on things that they shouldn’t. This can include house plants. Depending on the plant, this can lead to upset tummies and sometimes, serious poisoning. Majesty Palms are common in many households due to their hardiness and easy-to-care-for nature. Their popularity doesn’t just extend to humans. These… Read More

Cats having fun

Kittyo was an electronic cat toy with several interactive features specifically designed to keep cats entertained. It was developed by Lee Miller and his company, The Happy Pet People, LLC, in 2014. Miller introduced Kittyo on Kickstarter with the trademark slogan, “Playtime. Anytime.” This product lets cat owners play with their cats even when they… Read More

Can Dogs Take Human Probiotics?

People take probiotics for their intestinal health, but dogs can benefit from them, too. When the right types are given in the right amounts, these helpful microorganisms can keep your dog’s intestinal microbiome healthy. The question is—can dogs take human probiotics? The short answer is yes. However, there are distinct advantages to giving your dog… Read More

What do you give a dog with an upset stomach?

Dogs can get an upset stomach and start vomiting or having diarrhea for what seems like no reason. Maybe the dog got into the neighbor’s garbage or started a new dog food that doesn’t agree with his stomach. The most common cause of canine stomach upset is gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach lining and… Read More

Why is my dog shedding so much?

When the weather changes, it may seem like your dog’s shedding goes into overdrive. That’s not too far from the truth. Dogs have a normal hair cycle that includes periods of higher hair growth and shedding than at other times. If you’re a pet parent to cold weather or water breeds like Malamutes or Labrador… Read More

What can i put on my dog for dry skin?

Dry, flaky, itchy skin does more than irritate your dog. It could lead to an infection or be associated with another serious medical condition. Part of putting a stop to the itching is identifying the cause of the dry skin. From there, you can work through potential solutions that will (most likely) include consulting a… Read More

Puppy eating a wedge of watermelon

Have you ever wondered if it is safe to give your dog a small bite of watermelon? It is often tempting to want to offer your dog a little piece of what you are eating, but it is important to first ensure that the food you would like to feed is safe for your pup…. Read More

Sick cat refusing a few pieces of food

Getting a sick cat to eat can be extremely challenging. Cats can be very finicky eaters, and they can be even more finicky when they are sick. As a veterinarian, I often have to entice sick cats to eat again. This article will cover a few tips and tricks that I have learned during my… Read More

Dog barking through a fence at night

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as the feeling of your head hitting the pillow after a long day – that is until you’re woken up by your barking dog. A dog barking all night long creates a major problem for you as well as your family and possibly neighbors. If your pup is trying to… Read More

Dog barking in the grass

Nothing can sour your relationship with those across the fence faster than a barking dog, so you want to stop your dog from barking at the neighbors before it becomes a point of contention. After all, it becomes an annoyance for you, them, and often the entire neighborhood. If your dog is a little too… Read More

Blow drying a dog after a bath

Dog groomers do it, but can you blow dry a dog at home? Is it safe, and should dog groomers be doing it in the first place? The short answer is yes to all of those questions. But there’s more to it than just turning on the blow dryer and pointing it in the dog’s… Read More

Cat scratching itself on a bed

If your cat has been sneezing, scratching, or coughing, this may be a sign that they have allergies. While it can be tempting to reach into the medicine cabinet to relieve their symptoms, it is always a good idea to speak with your veterinarian before giving your cat any human medications. In this article, I… Read More

Adorable tabby kitten on bed looking curiously at the camera

When you have a new kitten in your home, it can be an exciting time, but you might not be sure how to take care of a kitten. Kittens are naturally curious and playful little beings. However, learning how to care for them can be stressful for first-time owners. Before adopting a kitten, it helps… Read More

Man cuddling his adult cat

Cats can be a wonderful addition to your home. They are playful and active, yet they enjoy a good cuddle on the sofa from time to time. Best of all, no two cats are alike. Each seems to have its own unique personality and traits. There are plenty of rescues and shelters that offer up… Read More

Happy dog being pet by owner

Dogs have physical, mental, and emotional needs that, when consistently met, result in a furry, four-footed companion who happily lives life alongside you. Those needs include the obvious like food and shelter and somethings that could be forgotten, like regular grooming and time spent with his favorite people. A little rundown on the basics with… Read More

Yorkshire Terrier being shaved by a groomer

A well-groomed dog looks healthy and attractive, but many pet owners aren’t sure how to shave a dog. However, grooming is more than a way to keep your dog pretty. Regular grooming maintains the dog’s health and is vitally important for long-hair breeds. If you’re having a hard time getting to the groomer, it’s out of… Read More

Puppy on a Leash

There are many important steps to take to make sure you and your puppy have fun, safe, and healthy adventures together. You probably already know about check-ups and vaccines. How about training? Leash training and other important training tips are some of the most imperative and long-lasting skills you need to learn. This article provides… Read More

Dog with Arthritis

As dogs age, they become prone to various diseases and conditions. One of the most common conditions that aging dogs experience is arthritis.  This leads to decreased mobility, less activity, stiff and sore joints, and a general decrease in the activities that the dog normally enjoyed with enthusiasm. Arthritis in dogs is a general term… Read More

Hairless Dog

A dog’s hair coat is one of the first things that another person may notice about a dog. If your canine companion has a healthy, shiny coat, you’ve probably received lots of compliments from strangers or from the staff at your vet’s office. But what happens when your dog starts to lose hair in some… Read More

Beagle dog playing fetch outdoors with a yellow ball

Interested in teaching your dog to play fetch? Fetch is not only a fantastic way to spend quality time with your dog, it’s also a simple and fun game you can play to help them stay in shape. Ensuring that dogs get enough exercise, attention, and mental stimulation is vital to their overall health and… Read More

A young couple with their dog surrounded by boxes preparing for their house move

Moving house is no one’s idea of fun. From packing to organizing movers, there’s certainly a lot to think about. And if you’re a dog owner? You’ll have even more to consider to ensure a successful move for both you and your dog. So how can you help your dog move houses without a hitch?… Read More

Dog trying to escape their yard by jumping over a hurdle

Few things fill a dog owner’s mind with dread more than the thought of their dog running away. It’s unpleasant to even think about, let alone to experience in real life. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to prevent this from happening. In addition to keeping any fencing you have in good repair, you… Read More

First time dog owners welcome their new dog

If you are a first time dog owner, there is a lot to learn. Getting a dog is a very exciting time, but it can also be very overwhelming at first. As a veterinarian, I often get questions from new pet owners about how to best care for a new dog. These are the 12… Read More

Jack Russell Terrier walking on a loose leash

Help! My dog pulls on the leash and I’ve tried everything! I hear this comment frequently working as a veterinarian. It can be frustrating to teach a dog how to walk on a loose leash, but through my years of experience as a veterinarian, I have learned the best techniques to get dogs to stop… Read More

Jack Russell terrier puppy getting attention in owner's lap

You want your new puppy to grow into a healthy, well mannered, and loveable constant companion, but it’s not something that just happens without effort. Raising a puppy is hard work, takes time and patience, and is also well worth the effort you put in. If you’re not sure where to start or are having… Read More

A Dalmatian running on a path outside

Providing appropriate exercise for your dog is a crucial component of being a responsible pet owner. However, it can be confusing to know if your dog is getting enough exercise, and what exactly constitutes a healthy amount of exercise for dogs. Many dog owners assume that a short daily walk is adequate to keep their… Read More

Senior dog lying on a dog bed

Until we figure out how to keep our beloved pups from aging, it’s something that we’ll have to deal with as a dog parent. Fortunately, thanks to advancements in nutrition and medicine, our canine companions are living longer than ever before. How we care for them as they get older will determine how healthy, comfortable,… Read More

Dog with a toy in his mouth playing a game of fetch

Playing games with your dog isn’t just a great excuse to spend quality time together. Play is very beneficial for your dog in a number of ways, from contributing to their physical health, to addressing their social needs, to reducing the incidence of problem behaviors. Play has also been found to help establish emotional bonds between… Read More

Dog owner giving their dog a bath

Do you dread bathing your dog? You’re certainly not alone. It’s a task that many dog owners, as well as their dogs, would rather avoid. However, baths can help maintain your dog’s health, so it is important to bathe them when they’re due for a good cleaning. One of the reasons doggie bathtimes can feel… Read More

learn how much it costs to microchip your dog from a vet

Have you been contemplating getting your pet microchipped but want to know more details before you make that decision? Microchipping a dog is very affordable and a great idea for any pet. According to the American Humane Society, around 10 million pets are lost within the U.S. every year. If your pet is microchipped, this… Read More

a vet explains why dogs run away

If you have ever lost your dog, you will likely remember how scary that experience can be. Dogs run away for a variety of reasons including boredom, fear, or prey drive. In this article, we will review six common reasons why dogs run away. We will also offer tips on how to reduce the risk… Read More

Puppy sitting on a puppy training pad for potty training

All puppies have their own personality. Your puppy might be bold, shy, loving, protective, or some combination of these and other characteristics. Some puppies are particularly stubborn, especially when it comes to potty training. No matter how much you love your new little companion, potty training a stubborn puppy – and dealing with repeated potty… Read More

Dog walking outside next to flower bed carrying watering can

After all the time you’ve put in and all the dirt that’s gotten under your fingernails, there’s nothing worse than your dog spending a rambunctious five minutes destroying your flower beds. If you long for the day when you can enjoy the well-earned beauty of your prize blooms and the company of your dog simultaneously,… Read More

Dog with Tongue Out

Question: Why is my dog drinking excessive water and drooling a lot, and what can I do to help her? My dog has been acting differently, drinking a lot more water than usual, drooling a lot (she’s never drooled before), and sleeping a lot more. Her nose is also running. She’s seven years old. I’m… Read More

Dog on Training Pads

Question: Why is my housebroken dog urinating in my house still? I have a 5 and a half month old Cavoodle. We crate trained her for the first few months. Then we placed a pen fence around her crate but gave her access to the doggy door to go outside. She picked up toilet training… Read More

Fi Smart Dog Collar Review

Your dog is a member of your family, and it’s your job and pleasure to keep him safe. Leashes and fences are often up for this challenge, but not always. For example, if you go camping or hiking, your dog might be allowed to wander in a safe area off-leash. And if you have a… Read More