Tis the Season: Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworm

iStock_000041719618_SmallEven if your pet isn’t one for the great outdoors, the threat of fleas, ticks, and heartworm is still a clear and present danger to your pet’s well-being. Fleas can live just as easily inside, as out. Ticks can come into your home (and on to your pet) by hitching a ride on your pants or shoes. And heartworm-carrying mosquitoes know no bounds when it comes to their invasion.

Because of this, parasite prevention for pets is a must this time of year. Ideally, prevention should be a year-round commitment for it to be as effective as possible (especially in the case of heartworm); but none the less, prevention during the summer months is crucial if your pet is to be protected against the illnesses fleas, ticks and mosquitoes bring. Continue…

Pet Boarding: Making Your Pet’s Stay a Success

iStock_000017437440_SmallIf you’re heading out of town this summer, it’s likely that you’re planning on boarding your pet while you’re away. Pet boarding can be a terrific way to keep your four-legged friend happy and healthy while you travel. And knowing that your precious pet is being looked after by someone you know and trust can help ease your mind while you enjoy your travels.

However, we understand that many pets and pet owners can be apprehensive about boarding. And while we are sensitive to those fears, we believe that with a little pre-planning and TLC, boarding your pet at our Pet Paradise Boarding facility can be a great experience for all. So, whether you’re new to pet boarding, or are a familiar friend returning for another stay, we’d like to offer these tips on how to have a happy boarder… Continue…

Puppy Training: Putting the Best Paw Forward

iStock_000016868430_SmallBringing home a new puppy can be a very exciting (and overwhelming) time. Your new family member is getting used to his or her surroundings, and you are getting used to caring for a puppy.

While it is fun to sit back and enjoy your new dog, getting started early with training is very important. Behavioral issues are the leading cause of pet surrenders to shelters, and with 85% of puppies not receiving proper training, the issue is huge. Make sure that you are providing your new puppy with a solid training foundation so that you are able to raise a well-behaved, loving dog that you can enjoy for many years to come.

Starting off your new puppy with training classes can have numerous benefits, including the following…

Puppy Training and Socialization

Your new puppy is part of your family, and it is important that he or she learn how to behave within your “pack”. This means that your Continue…

At-Home Care for Your Pet’s Allergy Symptoms

iStock_000021258496_SmallIt can be miserable to watch your pets suffer from seasonal allergies. They roll around on the floor, rub up against furniture, scratch incessantly, and bite, lick, and chew at sensitive areas non-stop. Unfortunately, this behavior can result in further irritation and even infection; not to mention, it just hurts to see your best friend in discomfort.

There are, however, some things you can do at home to ease your pet’s allergy symptoms.

At-Home Remedies for Your Pet’s Allergy Symptoms

  • Dump the Plastic – If your pet eats and drinks from plastic bowls, dump them! Plastic can be a vector for bacteria, which grow in the tiny cracks that develop over time. These bacteria can cause acne around the lips, chin, eyes, and ears. You will be better to use stainless steel, glass, or ceramic food dishes and clean them weekly.

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Top of the Class: Puppy Kindergarten

Dog in protestEnrolling your new pup in a puppy kindergarten class is one of the best things you can do for your new best friend. The lessons learned in puppy training classes are the foundation for a harmonious future together, as well as your dog’s success in life.

However, while puppy kindergarten can be a lot of fun, it is important that you both learn as much as possible from each lesson – something that can be harder to accomplish than you might think. Hopefully, these tips will help you get the most out of your puppy kindergarten class…

Pay Attention!

It sounds like a no brainer, right? You might be surprised…

Staying focused on the lessons and your trainer can be a challenge, especially while keeping your puppy under control in a room full of other Continue…

What to Do If You Find a Baby Bird

BabyBirdsSpring is in the air, which means that birds will begin building their nests and raising their families. It’s also the time of year when many veterinarians, pet stores, and wildlife rescue services receive a large number of calls about an orphaned baby bird found by good Samaritans who want to help.

While our first instinct may be to rescue what we think are lost baby birds, it is important to note that the vast majority have not actually been abandoned – and intervening can do more harm than good.

How to Tell if a Baby Bird Is in Danger

The first thing to determine is how young the bird is:

  • A hatchling, also referred to as a nestling, will be bald, with downy fur or pin-like feathers, and its eyes will be closed.

  • A fledgling, also called a branchling, will have some or all of its feathers, a short tail, and fully opened eyes.

Hatchlings usually fall from nests accidentally. Despite the old wives tales, birds have a very poor sense of smell and will welcome a missing baby Continue…

Pet Loss: Helping Children Grieve

SONY DSCAs pet owners, the death of a pet can be heartbreaking. But often, heartbreak is felt doubly so by the youngest family members: our children.

For many children, the loss of a pet is their first experience with death. This may mean that they need some gentle guidance on what has happened, and what that means; while for others, it may mean a life lesson in processing grief and moving on in a healthy way.

Whatever your family dynamic or beliefs might be, we hope that you can turn your pet’s loss into an opportunity to come together as a family and celebrate your pet’s life and the time you shared, rather than wallow in sorrow.

Here are a few ideas for making this time easier on you all… Continue…

Breast Cancer and Your Pet

pink breast cancer awareness ribbonAre you aware that dogs and cats can get breast cancer just like people?

While many are surprised to learn that mammary cancer affects our pets, it’s actually a very common problem. In fact, breast cancer is more commonly found in pets than in people. Statistically, one in four intact (not spayed) female dogs will develop a mammary tumor, and it is the third most common cancer for cats.

Approximately 50% of mammary tumors in dogs and about 90% of mammary tumors in cats fall into the malignant category. Malignant tumors are what we think of as the “bad” kind of tumor. Malignant tumors are invasive and may spread to other organs, and are usually very aggressive.

No pet owner wants their beloved pet to experience this disease. Learn what you need to know about breast cancer and your pet so that you can help your pet stay healthy. Continue…

Why Dental Care Matters To Pets

dentalProtecting your pet’s dental health is just as important as protecting his or her internal health. In fact, they are ultimately one in the same.

While providing your pet with regular dental care can certainly reduce bad breath (which can be an early warning sign of dental disease) and brighten your pet’s smile, these benefits pale in comparison to the long-lasting advantages good oral hygiene can have on your pet’s overall systemic health and longevity.

Without regular dental care, you pet is at a greater risk for a number of issues that can and will affect your pet’s overall wellbeing.

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How to Help Pets Lose Weight

Fat British Shorthair, 2.5 years old, sitting and looking with suspicion in front of white backgroundIs your pet carrying around a few extra pounds?

If so, he or she is not alone. With over 50% of the pets in the United States considered to be overweight or obese, it is becoming clear that the obesity epidemic that has been affecting humans is spreading to our pets as well. And simply put, this is not good.

Pets who are overweight are at increased risk for many diseases, including arthritis, cancer, and diabetes, and often live shorter lives than their ideal-weight counterparts.

If you suspect that your pet is overweight, you should take the time to talk with your veterinarian about what a healthy goal weight for your pet is, and how to achieve that number.

Here are a few tips on how to help pets lose weight… Continue…