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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...

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What should I do if my dog eats Halloween candy?

October 24, 2013

Q: Help! I returned home to discover my 60-pound dog had eaten close to 50 ounces of Halloween candy (a combination of Twix, Butterfinger, Almond Joy and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups). It’s been about 3 hours since she’s eaten the candy, but I’m wondering if there is anything I should do...

Mother and daughter laugh while bathing a tan pug.

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What's the best odor-reducing shampoo for dogs?

September 24, 2013

Q: What is the strongest odor reduction shampoo for a dog?

A: I would get a medicated shampoo from your vet. Perhaps something with benzoyl peroxide, which is a good degreasing type of shampoo and deep follicular flushing action.

I would also consider a shampoo...

Beagle puppy sitting on a fluffy white bedspread.

Liking a soft surface for now. (Photo: Flickr/Thomas McMahon)

How can I treat the sores under my puppy's paws?

September 24, 2013

Q: My beagle puppy has sores on the bottom of her toes and is limping around. The sores are on the bottom of her toes that touch as she walks. It began last night with one sore on her left paw, and now there are 2 on her right paw. I do not know of anything she might have gotten into....