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Veterinary Care

A Comfortable Vaccine Experience for Your Pet

Reading Time: 5 minutes Vaccinations have been in the news a lot lately. An up-to-date vaccine program is essential for your pet’s general good health, too. It’s possible to make pokes at the veterinarian’s office a happy and stress-free event for both you and your pet–even if you are the one with a fear of needles. Love and Treats: […]

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Cats Dogs Veterinary Care

How Your Pet’s Weight Affects Fear, Anxiety, and Stress

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re a pet parent who finds it hard to resist that furry little face gazing up at you for treats, you’re not alone. The 2018 National Pet Obesity Survey estimates that almost 60 percent of cats and about 56 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. The same survey also indicated that the majority […]

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Strategies to Help Pets Enjoy a Stress-Free Summer

Reading Time: 4 minutes The canine – and feline – nose knows. Expect pets to rely on their superior sense of smell this summer after being cooped up at home and limited to neighborhood boundaries during the pandemic. One year in a pet’s life is a mighty long time. Even some well-trained dogs and confident cats may feel a […]

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Cats Dogs Fears & Anxieties Life at Home Other

Sound Management: Reducing Stressors in the Home

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many of us have experience with sound-sensitive pets. Fear of thunder, for example, is common among dogs and cats, and we all know how crazy our pets get when a home smoke alarm is malfunctioning! Pets get worried about sounds in part because they can hear much better than we can. Humans can hear a […]

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Cats Dogs Fears & Anxieties Life at Home Other

Dressing Up Your Pet May Be Surprisingly Useful

Reading Time: 5 minutes The idea of dressing up your pet may seem silly, eccentric, or just something novel to do for a couple of moments during the holiday season. But putting clothes on your dog or cat, and acclimating them to it, may be useful for a number of reasons. Take, for instance, the situation Paula G. found […]

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Cats Fears & Anxieties Life at Home

When Cats Are Distressed: How to Help Them Recover

Reading Time: 4 minutes Cats are sensitive, and that is never more apparent than when something happens to upset them. Your kitty could be innocently window-watching when a stray tomcat tries to attack him through the glass, scaring him into the far reaches of your bedroom. Or an attempt at nail trimming turns your sweet fluffy girl into a […]

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Dogs Fears & Anxieties Life at Home Training & Grooming

How to Be A Good Neighbor to Reactive Dogs

Reading Time: 5 minutes My first dog was thrilled to go anywhere and meet anyone. Crowds, children, traffic: she was calm in the face of it all. So I could not understand what was wrong with other dogs or, more to the point, their owners. You know the ones I mean: their dogs jumped and barked and were out […]

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Cats Fears & Anxieties Life at Home

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 […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home

Playtime: Stress Relief for Your Cat and Yourself

Reading Time: 3 minutes Play is vitally important to a cat’s mental and physical health. Cats may sleep up to 16 hours a day, but when they’re awake, they need stimulation. Play is the best way to accomplish this. Play is nothing more than a way for your domestic tiger to satisfy his natural hunting instinct. In the wild, […]

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Cats Fears & Anxieties Life at Home Veterinary Care

Your Cat’s Vet Visit Begins at Home

Reading Time: 4 minutes America’s cats are facing a healthcare crisis. The findings of a feline health study conducted by Bayer Health Care in 2014 found that 52 percent of America’s 74 million cats are not receiving regular veterinary care. The actual number is probably much higher, since this study captured data only from cat owners who seek some […]