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Choosing whether to adopt or purchase a cat or dog

By Jessica on September 11, 2014

There are many things to consider when thinking about adding a four legged friend to the family. The two main questions that arise focus on the type of animal and whether or not you should adopt. While both decisions depend on your lifestyle, we thought it would be helpful to highlight...

How to Choose a Vet

By Jessica on September 09, 2014

Most of us treat our pets as we would family, meaning that when it is time to find a vet, you want to choose the best possible option. Thanks to the amount of customer reviews, articles and star ratings out there on the internet, selecting a new vet can be a daunting task. We asked...

What to do you when you find a lost animal

By Jessica on September 05, 2014

Did you know that an estimated 5 million pets go missing in the United States every year? Hopefully all pet owners reading this have microchipped their pet and have them wearing contact information as identification on pets is responsible for 90% of reunions. Given that our pets are...

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...