Cats Dogs Life at Home New Pets

Before You Get Your New Pet: Plan for Success

Reading Time: 4 minutes Successful pre-pet planning begins with a little foresight and preparation for the first few days together. Set yourself and your new pet up for success from the get-go and begin to foster a strong relationship built on trust and empathy. Before you get your pet, take the following steps: Puppy- or Kitten-Proof the Home Before […]

Life at Home

Is New Flooring in Your Future? 5 Non-Slip Options

Reading Time: 3 minutes The fear of falling is a deep-seated fear within the minds of most animals. Choosing the best and safest non-slip floors for your home will help your pets feel more relaxed and secure, especially as they age and become less sure-footed. In this article, we will focus on great solutions for creating a non-slip surface […]

Cats Dogs Life at Home

Why Pets Matter: How Cats and Dogs Affect Our Lives

Reading Time: 3 minutes National Pet Month celebrates all things pets. For those who adore cats and dogs or other critters, our animal companions impact us in so many ways we can’t imagine living in a world without them. That begs the questions, how (and why) are pets so important to us? The Love Connection As social creatures, humans […]

Cats Dogs Life at Home Senior Pets

Why the Loss of a Pet Is So Challenging & Tips for Coping With Grief

Reading Time: 3 minutes The death of a beloved pet is excruciating. With their shorter lifespans, it’s also, unfortunately, an inevitability. Therapist Susan Anschuetz, LMFT, co-founder of the Denver-based nonprofit Human Animal Bond Trust, has led free weekly pet loss support groups for more than 30 years. “There’s hardly a week that goes by where someone doesn’t say, ‘I […]

Cats Fears & Anxieties Life at Home Travel & Safety

Ways to Make Your Cat’s Move to a New Home Safe and Stress-Free

Reading Time: 4 minutes When I was a young woman, people who lived on our street moved away. But about a week after they drove off in a moving truck, neighbors discovered they’d left behind their pregnant cat – who promptly gave birth to a litter of kittens. It made me furious that someone would abandon a cat so […]

Dogs Life at Home Training & Grooming

Keep the Dog Inside the Fence!

Reading Time: 3 minutes I was training a client and her dog outside in her neighborhood when a scruffy dog happily approached us. There was no owner in sight. I slipped a spare leash on him and checked his collar. Luckily, “Fred” had an ID tag. I called the number. “Hello,” I said when a woman answered. “I found […]

Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home

Cats on High: Maximize Vertical Space

Reading Time: 4 minutes No matter the size of your living space, by going vertical, you can greatly increase your cat’s lifestyle real estate.

Cats Dogs Life at Home Other Travel & Safety

Bag It! Protect Pets From Choking Hazard

Reading Time: 2 minutes This doesn’t happen every day, but it does happen, and some pet parents are unaware of the danger presented by plastic bags to companion animals, from curious ferrets to dogs and cats. Veterinarians are busier removing dog toys or rubber bands from all-too-curious dogs, cats, and ferrets who have ingested them compared to dealing with […]

Life at Home New Pets Other

Busting Bunny Myths: What to Know Before You Get One

Reading Time: 3 minutes People continue to buy rabbits at Easter. Unfortunately, when that is a spontaneous decision it is typically a wrong decision. While rabbits can be wonderful pets, they’re often paired with young children, which is hardly ever a good idea. Here are 10 things to know about keeping rabbits as companion animals. When purchasing a washing […]

Dogs Fears & Anxieties Life at Home

Why Does My Dog Act Out When I Am on the Phone?

Reading Time: 3 minutes I was playing fetch with my dog Ziggy one day and he was doing so well retrieving the rubber duck I would throw for him that I decided to video part of his workout and send it to a friend so he could teach his dog what I was teaching Ziggy. I took out my […]