It can happen in an instant – the door opens and your curious cat or dog slips outside. Your pet could be lost in seconds and join one of millions of displaced animals that enter the shelter system each year. A microchip is one of the ways you can prevent this nightmarish scenario and understanding…

Your cat may spend most of his or her life indoors, but still needs essential well care and vaccinations to stay healthy. Indoor cats can and do slip outside, often when things are busy with lots of arrivals and departures (back to school and Halloween are particularly risky times). Once outside, she could be exposed…

She may seem self sufficient and even wary of strangers, so leaving your cat alone while you travel sounds like a good idea – but in reality, this practice could be putting your pet at risk. Leaving your home for work or other activities obviously is no problem, but when your time away stretches past…

Your dog’s ears can cause him great discomfort if they are not cleaned regularly; without regular inspection and cleaning, you won’t know that something is wrong until he is in pain. An ear infection can cause more than discomfort – dogs invariably scratch at their ears – and can cause lasting damage or even hearing…

Your pup is a member of the family, and bringing him on the family vacation can be part of the fun. Thankfully many resorts and hotels finally realize this – instead of banishing your dog to a far away kennel or allowing you to walk him, but not have him in your room, you can…

If you’re experiencing the odors that come from cat urine or spraying at home, it is important to understand why this is happening. If you are not sure, then catching the culprit in the act can help you determine what is going on. When cats spray, they remain standing and spray a vertical area with…

Spaying or neutering your pet can help them stay healthy and eliminate some common health and behavior risks. The exact timing of the procedure can depend on several factors, ranging from the health and even the breed of your pet. Spaying or neutering won’t alter your pet’s intelligence or personality but could help curb risky…

Vaccines for pets can effectively and safely protect your dog from a variety of illnesses that could have devastating consequences. There are two types of vaccines – those that every dog needs (core) and those that target specific conditions or populations (non-core).  Every dog, including yours, should receive the core vaccines, which prevent some of…

Vaccines are an integral part of your cat’s health and wellbeing; even an indoor cat needs to be vaccinated against illnesses that could harm, disable or even kill her. Learning more about the vaccines your cat needs and what they protect your pet from will help you stay vigilant and ensure your precious pet stays…

Your pup is well socialized and friendly — which is just what you want him to be. The downside to this great socialization, though, is that he could attempt to make friends with the local wildlife. Most will flee from his well meaning advances, but a skunk could give him a blast of distinctive odor…

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