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How to Put Your Cat on a Diet

You may love your fluffy kitty, no matter her size, but if your cat starts struggling with obesity, it may be time to put your fat cat on a diet. Talk to your vet before you take any drastic measures, but once you do, you may find getting your cat to diet is even harder… Read More

How to Prevent Ticks on Dogs

Sometimes it seems like there are a million things your dog can get into that can hurt him. Your backyard carries all kinds of risks, and ticks are a big one. Keeping ticks off your dog and out of your home is something you will need to keep up with. It isn’t a war you… Read More

How to Clean a Fish Tank

Cleaning your aquarium is a big part of your responsibility as a fish owner. Keeping the water at the proper temperature and the tank properly cleaned is key to healthy, happy fish. There are plenty of differences in saltwater and freshwater fish, but in terms of cleaning their habitat, there are a few basics you’ll… Read More

101 Puppy Training Tips

Training a new puppy can be an incredibly difficult process. Between house training and behavior training, a new puppy is a lot like a full-time job. When you combine that job with your actual job, you may find yourself in dire need of some short cuts. Not to mention how much more difficult the process can… Read More

How to Give a Dog a Bath

Your pooch loves to be pet and showered with attention. But you won’t want to give him that attention if he smells like something rotten or feels like something slimy. And more than just your own preferences, if you want your dog to feel comfortable and his skin and coat healthy, it’s recommended you wash… Read More

How to Train a Cat to Use a Litter Box

Having a cat live inside with you means a few big responsibilities. Probably the first priority is making sure they know how to use their facilities, and that means litter training them. Using a litter box is actually instinctual for most cats – a place where they can use the bathroom and easily bury it… Read More

How Do Flea Collars Work?

Controlling flea infestations is often an ongoing struggle for pet owners. Fleas are typically found in wooded, shady areas. If you live in that type of environment, fleas are a problem you’re likely to encounter. For a lot of families, the best part of cold weather is the natural decrease in the outdoor flea population…. Read More

Cat With Vet & Medication

Of all our pets, cats are the most likely to come down with ringworm… and possibly pass the condition on to us. Therefore, it’s vital for all cat owners to have a working understanding of the disease and how it is treated. What is Ringworm? Ringworm is a contagious skin disease that develops after infection… Read More

How to Housebreak a Puppy

Unless you live in a temperate climate, the chances are your pet will be living at least part-time inside with you. And that means you’re going to want to make sure a new puppy doesn’t mess all over your house. House training your puppy may be more or less difficult depending on breed and on… Read More

How to Crate Train a Dog

Sometimes crates are necessary for dogs – especially if your pup is untrustworthy when you’re not paying direct attention to him. You should use the crate for times when you can’t watch your dog but also work on his behavior so that you will eventually minimize his stay in the crate. After you make the… Read More

How to Stop Cats from Scratching Furniture

No matter how much you love your cat and want them to feel at home with you, you still don’t want them to destroy your furniture. Marking their territory has to be in a way that doesn’t keep you from enjoying your home, too. But that may not be an easy sell for your little… Read More

Hamster

If you own a hamster, you may already know that there are veterinarians who specialize in taking care of the tiniest furry family members. But, what you may not know is that most companion animal veterinarians have knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of illness for these special pets, and are willing to help if… Read More

Puppy on grass

In honor of Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we’re sharing essential pet first aid information from pet care expert Dr. Debbie Mandell. She discusses some vital questions pet owners have about pet first aid, talks about the new Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid online course, and shares some ways that can help you become… Read More

How to Take Care of a Hamster

Hamsters are one of the most popular small pets because of their cute appearance, petite size, and docile nature. With several varieties to choose from such as the long-haired Teddy Bear or the very small Dwarf, it is easy to find an affordable pet at a nearby pet store or hamster breeder. Because of their… Read More

How to Take Care of a Bunny

Are you considering getting a bunny as a pet? Bunnies make popular pets because they’re quiet, they don’t take up much space, and they bond with their owners. Rabbits can be trained and they’re fairly low-maintenance, as far as pets go: You won’t have to walk your bunny and they do just as well in… Read More

Do you know how to tell if you have a sick dog? Every day in my work as a small animal veterinarian, I encounter at least one pet whose problem is listed on the schedule as “ADR.” ADR is a questionably cute veterinary industry acronym for “ain’t doin’ right.” If you’re a literalist, you might… Read More

Native to Australia, bearded dragons were first introduced to the United States in the mid-1990s, and their popularity as pets has increased dramatically in the past two decades. Largely considered the most docile creatures among the lizard world, beardies (as they’re affectionately known to those who love them) are a lot like dogs, but with… Read More

If you’ve done your homework, you know how much it costs each year to have a pet. And if you’re a homeowner, and you’ve also done your homework, you know how much your home is worth. But how are the two related? You’d be surprised to find out that owning a pet can drastically diminish… Read More

Boxers are known for being curious, playful, and more energetic than most breeds. Being a large and imposing dog, once grown, makes them wonderful for family protection – but they may also exhibit potentially problematic behavior without proper training. Be sure to start training your boxer puppy early on to ensure he/she grows up to… Read More

Pets are great company to have around. They help us to get more exercise and they greet us at the door when we come home from a long day. Having a pet while renting, however, can sometimes get a bit tricky. Many building complexes have rules, and so it’s important to be sure that your… Read More

You brought a new German Shepherd puppy into your home, and the bond is created from the moment you look into those big beautiful brown eyes.  Puppies are adorable, gentle and loyal, but they do require a great deal of guidance and structure within the family unit. Training your German Shepherd puppy takes time, patience… Read More

Beagles. Adorable, low-maintenance and good-natured—beagles are small-ish dogs with a sense of humor. They’re great with kids, can live in an apartment, and you don’t need to groom them. It’s easy to see why beagles are an in-demand breed. But, it’s not all cuddles and rainbows. Beagles, especially beagle puppies have a reputation for being… Read More

Cannabinoids are becoming quite popular for pets who suffer from arthritis or joint pain since they can help relieve pain and inflammation. It’s important for pet owners to know how use cannabinoids properly. We’re sharing this informative guide from our friends at ElleVet Sciences. ElleVet has partnered with one of the top veterinary schools in the country… Read More

Congratulations on your new Husky puppy! The Siberian Husky is known as an intelligent, headstrong dog. This means that to succeed in training your new puppy, you’re going to need to be diligent and consistent. You will need to establish yourself as the leader; if your Husky puppy does not respect you, it’s not going… Read More

French Bulldogs are popular pets for a wide variety of reasons: They’re friendly and affectionate, they’re bright and playful, and they do well in all kinds of living situations. From small city apartments to larger homes with outdoor space, the Frenchie will be perfectly happy and doesn’t just do well with other pets and children—it… Read More

You may have heard that Rottweilers are working dogs, and you’ve heard right. According to the American Kennel Club,  Rottweilers are naturally protective and a very trainable breed that loves to be given a job to do. They make great guard, police, herding, and service dogs. But not everyone realizes that Rottweilers can also be… Read More

Shih Tzus are a popular breed, known for their small size and playful personality. But as puppies, Shih Tzus can be challenging to train. As adorable as this breed is, though, it’s important to start training as early as possible. Not only will this give you a break from weeks of cleaning up household accidents… Read More

As a new pet owner, you’re super excited about the joys of owning a Doberman puppy. There’s nothing cuter than a little dog with puppy breath and a huge sense of curiosity. But, puppies can be frustrating and tiring to deal with. They like to chew things, make messes in the house, and wake you… Read More

Dogs have a well-earned reputation as “man’s best friend,” but let’s face it: they can also be a pain in the butt! All canines require a lot of work, but an untrained dog can make your life more stressful and difficult. Responsible and rewarding dog ownership will require at least some level of training. If… Read More

Bringing your kitten home for the first time is an experience like no other. You quickly become accustomed to being greeted by its sweet purrs, and that special way it always knows when to snuggle up to you. What you’re not so used to are all the challenges. From toileting problems to disobeying your orders,… Read More

We’re thrilled to announce that our committee has selected a recipient for the 2017-2018 EFA Veterinary Scholarship Award for the amount of $500. We received many highly qualified applicants and impressive essays, but our committee has recognized one applicant who stood out due to her passion for animal advocacy, community service, and ability to overcome… Read More

Pet ownership offers a multitude of benefits for physical and emotional health. After a long and difficult day, nothing can compare to the unconditional love you receive from a sweet pet. In fact, research has shown that pets can decrease both blood pressure and anxiety, and perhaps even boost immunity. Plus, they can help you find… Read More

A humidifier is an essential component when it comes to creating a healthy reptile habitat. Not only is it essential for hydration, it also assists in shedding, egg incubation, and normal reptile behaviors. There are several types of reptile tank humidifiers available on the market, including foggers, misters, and various materials that help to regulate… Read More

A great dog backpack offers many advantages. For small pups, it invites them onto long hikes, off-road adventures, and other outdoor travels they don’t have the stamina (or leg-length!) to go alone. For nervous pooches, carriers can provide an extra layer of security in crowded or unfamiliar spaces. And in airports, a good dog backpack… Read More

Cat obsession isn’t something new. Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped by Egyptians and since then we’ve used our furry friends for everything from catching rodents on long ocean voyages to simple companionship. It’s no wonder that cats are America’s favorite pet with 74 million living in our homes. Today, the internet has brought… Read More

In some ways, homeowners have it easy — they’re free to remodel, repaint, and bring in pets as they wish (and as their lifestyle allows). But as a renter, there’s more to consider before adopting a pet from the shelter, starting with the limited availability of pet-friendly apartments all the way to what happens when… Read More

The 51 Top-Rated Gift Ideas for Your Feline-Loving Friends and Loved Ones Nearly everyone has a cat-lover in their life. If you have a devoted feline fanatic on your holiday gift-giving list this year and you’re looking for a unique gift that reflects her adoration of cats, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded… Read More

Taking your dog on walks is one of your responsibilities as a pet owner. Even if you have a spacious backyard that he has free reign within, you’ll still need to have him on a leash occasionally – taking him to the vet, for example. And if nothing else, the walks you take with your… Read More

The 50 Top-Rated Toys to Keep Your New Puppy Entertained for Hours When you get a new puppy, you want to make sure they feel loved and adjust well in their new home with you. And when it comes time for gift giving, you just can’t leave out your fur baby! Puppies have a specific… Read More

Pet insurance has grown in popularity in recent years, as veterinary bills, like medical bills for humans, grow increasingly costly. But what is pet insurance exactly, and is it something you should consider for your pet? What is Pet Insurance? Pet insurance is defined as a veterinary insurance plan similar to a health insurance plan… Read More

Cleaning up poop is an inevitable part of dog ownership. Whether in your own yard or on a walk, you know that if you own a dog, you’ll be stooping and scooping at regular intervals. If you’re not keen on the idea of using a plastic bag and your hand to pick up after your… Read More

The Best Dog Grooming Clippers

Dog grooming clippers will eliminate the need for weekly or monthly trips to the groomer while simultaneously keeping nervous pets calm, thanks to low-noise, low-vibration, low-heat, and other nerve-soothing technologies. You can find grooming clippers that get the job done without the bells and whistles, as well as clippers with all the features professional groomers… Read More

The 50 Top-Rated Dog Sweaters to Get Your Pup in the Holiday Spirit Christmas sweaters for dogs not only keep your pooch warm during the chillier winter months, but let your furry friend get in on the holiday spirit with the rest of the family. Plus, they’re ridiculously cute! If you live in a particularly… Read More

When it comes to picking out gifts this year, you can’t forget your dog – or gifts for dog lovers! After all, they love you unconditionally all year long, and this is your chance to show them that it’s reciprocated. Whether you want to take the time to hand select each and every item going… Read More

Dogs are man’s best friend for good reason; they’re intuitive, never judge, and always excited to see you and be by your side. According to Rover.com, dog people show their pets how much they care too! In a report, called “The Real Power of Dog Love,” Rover found that 67% of devoted dog owners gaze… Read More

Hamsters often make great first pets for kids, but they’re truly a great pet for people of all ages. Ideal for smaller homes or for a person who doesn’t have the time to care for a dog or cat, hamsters are easy to care for and offer much delight to the people who raise them…. Read More

Our dogs are big-hearted, lovable friends who truly understand the joy of living. From indoor snuggles to outdoor romps, we love our time with them. We want the absolute best for them. And one of those “best” things: dog boots, to keep them safe, comfortable, and protected. All dog boots are sized differently, so ensure… Read More

Many pets love to spend time outdoors with their human families, and providing them with a shelter of some sort to escape the elements is a good idea. A dog will love to get a bit of fresh air, even more often than just when it’s time for him to go to the bathroom and… Read More

The 7 Must-Have Products to Protect Your Furniture, Floors, and More This article is a contribution from our friends at ABODO. So soft, so cuddly, so innocent-looking with bright, wide eyes… Cats, as we all know well, are sweet and precious, but can also wreak catastrophic damage on an unsuspecting home. There are some steps… Read More

A daily probiotic supplement for dogs can restore the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut and help your dog with an upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, skin conditions, allergies, and even anxiety.  But dogs are not humans, so it’s best to purchase probiotics formulated specifically for dogs rather than use those designed for us. Our… Read More