Don’t Pass on That Mass: Top 5 Pet Lumps & Bumps

We’ve all been there. Happily watching Die Hard (the original is always the best) on the couch with a glass of wine in one hand, and the other on your pup (cuddling by your side). As you’re scratching around, you notice a weird bump under his skin. Wait.. what? How long has THAT been there? Maybe it’s the only one, or maybe you notice a second or third. Your brain is going a mile a minute; “well, THAT wasn’t there before”, “is it serious?”, “could it be cancer?”

There are a number of reasons for lumps and bumps on your pet (some not serious at all, and others more worrisome), but the only way to find out is to chat with the Doc! And don’t worry about “going in for something small”. Lumps are among the top 10 reasons why owners head to the vet. They’ve seen ’em all. [Read more…]

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Pet First Aid 101: 5 Basic Emergency Procedures

Although first aid is not a replacement for going to your veterinarian, it can mean the difference between life or death for your pet. If you must administer first aid, always follow through immediately with veterinary care.

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The Kitty Review: Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

One of the most entertaining (and enlightening) aspects of being a blog writer is the ability to play with/try out products and find the ones we like best for our furry family. I’ve been on a writing tangent lately in regards to pet nutrition, so I was very excited to get an opportunity to try this one in particular!

The Kitty Review- Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers [Read more…]

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3 Biggest Medical Issues that Masquerade as House Training Problems

Being a new puppy owner can be such a wonderful experience. Your puppy is exploring, and being adorably awkward. And naughty… adorably naughty. You’re learning all the ins-and-outs of puppy training, nutrition, and veterinary care. House training is definitely on top of that list!

As you work through the “don’t-pee-in-my-house-please” details, you’ll have successes and you’ll find yourself taking a few steps back. If you do find that you’re having trouble with house training, your first instinct may be to call a trainer (which isn’t wrong!). Your vet should also be on top of that list. There are several physical reasons for your puppy to be peeing in the house, and you want to rule those out before giving him the “naughty” speech. Here are the most common medical issues that can masquerade as house training problems:

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Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day- 5 Recipes for Pawsome Treats!

Making your own homemade dog treats can be such a fun reward for you and your dog. There are also many benefits to making your own biscuits at home:

  • You can control what goes into the recipe; make it nutritious and wholesome! Change your recipes based on your dog’s taste preferences and any dietary restrictions.
  • Prevent unhealthy additives. Many brands of commercial dog treats are filled with preservatives, fillers and byproducts.
  • Tasty alternative to the boring, usual doggie biscuit. You can also pick from fun dog-themed cookie cutters!
  • You can also have fun with these pet-themed baking trays!
  • Love the idea, but not as excited about the actual baking? Here are great kits and treat makers you can use!

Homemade Dog Treats

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8 Gift Ideas for the Cat Mom in Your Life!

8 Gift Ideas for the Cat Mom in Your Life! Every day is a celebration with a furry family! Are you running behind on finding that purrfect gift? If you have know a Cat Mom that you need gift ideas for, never fear! Here are a few great places to start that won’t break the bank: [Read more…]

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The Cat’s Meow- 5 DIY Cat Toy Ideas for a Happy Cat

Sometimes we simply don’t want to pay a fortune for the new novelty cat toy. If your kitty is anything like mine, they’d probably enjoy the cardboard box that cat toy came in more than the toy itself! If you’re even the tiniest bit handy, there are a ton of fun cat toy ideas that you can make yourself without breaking the bank.

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5 Sweet Pet Safety Tips for Your Furry Valentine

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you’re probably thinking of romance, stars, perforated paper bunny cards, and chocolate cake (you know I am).

Or perhaps you are thinking, “Ugh, I’d rather cuddle with my puppy.” For the not-so-romantic folks out there, a dog won’t look hopefully, then desperately, and finally disdainfully into your eyes when the evening doesn’t end in a gondola ride, 5-star restaurant and a romantic marriage proposal. Won’t happen. Prolonged eye contact totally freaks dogs out. 

The last thing you want, however, is an emergency trip to the vet because Fido got into something he shouldn’t. There are a couple new things that pop up around this holiday that you definitely don’t want your furry valentine getting into: [Read more…]

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Chew On This: Tips for Clean Teeth & Better Dental Health!

Dental disease is the #1 illness in pets that owners and veterinarians are fighting. What may seem small to some can actually turn into some pretty big issues (such as heart, kidney, liver, and joint disease). We’ve answered one of the biggest questions already: Why Does My Pet’s Breath Stink?, but in order to keep those pearly whites…well… pearly, you need to be proactive! In celebration of Pet Dental Health Month, here are great tips for brushing your pet’s teeth at home and why dental cleanings with your vet are so important!

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Fur What It’s Worth: Dog Training Advice That Should Send You Running!

Get ready for National Train Your Dog Month 2017! January is a great time to get those resolutions going, for both you and your pup. Dog training should be on that list! Fido is both champion cuddler and canine companion, but that doesn’t mean that manners aren’t also a top priority. The biggest problem navigating the training world, however, is that training practices run from one extreme to another, and advice certain trainers may give you are actually BAD for you, your pup, and your relationship. We’ve chatted with many dog training professionals from across the US to hear their scary stories and the type of advice (yes, advice actually given) that should have you running for the hills!

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