Pet Grooming: Not Just for Frou-Frou Dogs

iStock_000010618123_MediumIn the quest to save dollars, pet parents may opt to groom their pets themselves rather than take Fido in to be professionally groomed…  After all, Fido’s a lab and aren’t grooming services for fluffy dogs and pampered schnauzers?

Actually, this erroneous belief can negatively impact your dog’s overall health. The truth is; all dogs need to be groomed, and not just for aesthetic reasons. Pet grooming keeps the hair free of mats and tangles; detects fleas and other parasites that attack the skin; promotes skin, nail, and coat health; and offers a chance for your pet’s overall skin and coat condition to be assessed.

And, there’s more to grooming than trimming lengthy fur or bathing your pet! Grooming includes many services that the average pet parent isn’t fond of doing (Did someone mention cleaning anal glands? Eew.). Continue…

Gobble! Gobble! – Thanksgiving Pet Safety

iStock_000019349731_MediumMany of us consider our pets to be part of our family, making their inclusion in family holidays a natural course of action; and Thanksgiving is no exception. As with many of our favorite festive occasions, though, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to your pet’s health and safety.

Before you set a plate for Fido or Fluffy at the Thanksgiving table, take a moment to learn about which foods can make your four-legged friend sick, and which are safe to share (among other concerns). We want you to spend the day giving thanks for the life and love you share, rather than for finding emergency veterinary care on a major holiday. Continue…