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Pet Memorial Stones

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Dealing with a pet’s death

By Jessica Klimczak on January 23, 2014

Grieving the loss of a pet can be profoundly painful. Sometimes we try to minimize the grief because of social attitudes that perceive the loss of a pet as not as important as that of a human. But a bond with an animal bond can be a strong one; most probably because of the unconditional love our...

Cat in the litter box

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Why did my cat stop using the litter box?

By Jessica on January 23, 2014

Changes in litter box behavior can be either medical, behavioral or both.  It can point to conditions such as kidney failure, colitis, hyperthyroid, diabetes and intestinal parasites, so it’s important to first bring your cat to the vet for tests and an examination. If all medical issues are...

Cat Claws

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The declawing debate

By Jessica on January 20, 2014

Cat declawing, while still considered a routine procedure in the U.S., was once much more common. It’s actually illegal in the UK and Australia and many animal rights advocates, including PETA, have spoken up in recent years about the inhumane nature of declawing. It continues to draw debate and...

Cat on a scratching post

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Get the claws off the couch

By Jessica on January 16, 2014

The back of your favorite chair, the arm of your expensive couch; kitties with a serious hankering for claw sharpening seem to have a sixth sense about scratching the particular piece of furniture—or rug—that will drive you to the edge of frustration.

Claw sharpening is perfectly normal...

Housetraining a New Puppy

By Jessica on January 15, 2014

When it comes to potty training a new puppy there are many schools of thought. From crates and wee pads to outdoor training there is a lot of information out there which can make the process feel even more overwhelming. Veterinarian, Dr. Brian, recommends crate training your new puppy for...

Cat Meeting a Dog

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Introducing a new dog into the family

By Jessica on January 15, 2014

Families that have pets often find themselves looking to adopt or purchase another animal to help grow the love and joy in their home. While finding the newest pet can be fun and exciting, introducing them to your current animals can prove more challenging than one might originally anticipate....

5 Questions to Ask Yourself before Getting a Pet

By Jessica on January 13, 2014

Considering a new companion is a wonderful adventure. Finding and falling in love with a pet can be easy to do but ultimately it is a decision that will change your life. Dogs, cats and other pets require a considerable amount of time, money and commitment – typically 15 years or more in many...

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A puppy visit for the holidays; what to do

By Jessica on December 10, 2013

Q: I have a dog and when my sister’s family visits for the holidays they’re going to bring their two new beagle puppies! My dog goes berserk when little dogs even pass the house. What am I going to do?

A: Of course, my suggestion is going to be to keep her separated from...

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How do I help koi fish get through winter?

By Jessica on December 10, 2013

Q: The long, cold winter in the South has been hard on my koi pond this year. I always kept the pump running all year and I guess that was wrong. I lost most of my koi fish due to hypothermia, I’m told. Is this possible? My pond is 4’ by 8’ and about 24” deep and above ground....


5 Tips for New Pet Owners

November 12, 2013

You’re excited about getting a new puppy -- but you’re a little anxious, too. As a first time pet owner you may have several questions. What type of pet should I choose? How do I pick a breed that fits my lifestyle? Will my pet need health insurance? If you’re...