Category Archives: General Pet Articles
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In the event of an emergency, car accident or death, what will happen to your pets? To help you make your wishes clear to your family and friends, consider filling out a form such as this and then give everyone a copy, including your pets’ veterinarian. Continue reading
Everyone enjoys the holidays, from Christmas, New Years through Fourth of July, and Halloween including your Pets, but the holiday decorations and foods can be deadly for your cat and/or dog. Here are 12 tips to help you make the … Continue reading
How much exercise does a dog really need?
In a word…plenty! There is a lot of truth to the statement that a good dog is a tired dog. All dogs benefit from exercise. Even elderly dogs need to get up and move. But not all dogs need the same amount of exercise. For instance, veterinarians suggest that the constant pounding of running is too hard on a puppy’s underdeveloped joints, so wait until your puppy is older than one year of age to take him jogging or running with you. To get a better idea of the type and amount of exercise your dog needs, talk to your veterinarian. Continue reading
What if your dog develops a behavior problem?
TV shows, web sites, books and magazines are helpful in a general sense when you have a question, but if you have specific behavior problems occurring it is better to have a skilled behaviorist who can come to your home. If that’s not possible, you can take your dog to the behaviorist’s office or, at the very least; you can speak to the behaviorist on the phone.
Where will the puppy/dog sleep at night?
An animal in unfamiliar surroundings may be frightened, especially one accustomed to sleeping in a crowd of other puppies who is now suddenly expected to sleep alone. Some breeders teach puppies to sleep alone in a crate, but that will not always happen. Better to have a plan before the puppy arrives than to scramble to come up with ways to calm a frightened animal.
What impact will your environment have on your choice of pet?
Although it is possible to have puppies and dogs in apartments, some breeds may not be suitable for apartment life. If you rent, ask your landlord (1) if there is a weight, size or breed restriction, and (2) whether you need to pay a pet deposit. Do this BEFORE you get a dog!
What if your dog gets sick? Don’t wait for your dog to get sick to find a vet. Ask your pet-owning friends and neighbors for recommendations, then make an appointment to interview your prospective veterinarian.
What about vacations? Will your dog go with you or stay home? Today we’ll talk about leaving your pet at home.
How much time does it take to be a responsible puppy owner? If you do not have time to work on housetraining and basic education, consider an older dog rather than a puppy. All dogs need a time commitment from you every day. Continue reading
A lot of people get caught up in the cuteness of a puppy and find themselves home with one before they’ve thought about the commitment they’re making. Asking yourself (and your family) a few questions can help. Here is the first question… Continue reading