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June 2016

How to Calm Your Pet During Summer Thunderstorms

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Pet owners are often well aware of the types of sounds that can strike fear deep into the heart of their pets, and while these sounds can vary widely, a fear of thunderstorms is actually quite common.  Some pets cope with this fear by simply hiding, while others may exhibit highly undesirable behaviors such as whining, scratching, slobbering or even tearing down door frames.  This fear typically develops between the ages of two and four years old, and it can get worse as the animal ages.  Pet owners often struggle to calm their pet during thunderstorms, but there are some things they need to understand. How to Handle Summer Thunderstorms When considering how to handle your pet’s fear of thunderstorms, it’s important to first understand that any undesirable behaviors they exhibit are the result of anxiety, not misbehavior.  Veterinarians and animal specialists have not positively identified the exact part of…

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5 Tips for Safe Summer Road Trips With Your Dog

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The very idea of taking your dog with you on a summer road trip can be quite exciting, largely because you love spending as much time as possible with your furry companion and also because you know how wonderfully stimulating all the sights and sounds will be.  However, the truth is that driving with a dog in the car can be potentially dangerous, for both of you.  Adequate preparation is key, as one can ensure that those things that may be dangerous can be prevented against or easily resolved. Five Tips for Safe Summer Travel with a Dog 1. Prepare your vehicle for the trip.  This means deciding upon a pet restraint system that will work well for you and your dog, whether it is a crate, carrier or harness, and that will prevent him from trying to hang out the window or crawl into your lap while you are driving. …

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Guide to Keeping Your Barn Cat Healthy

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Just as is the case with any other domesticated cats, barn cats require a certain amount of care in order to remain healthy and happy.  Owners will have to consider that while barn cats can be incredibly helpful and wonderfully happy, their environment and lifestyle exposes them to far more potential dangers than the average housecat encounters–which means that owners have to be willing and able to prevent and resolve these dangers as they arise. Keeping Your Barn Cat Healthy ● Spay or neuter your barn cat.  Not only is it important to control the cat population by preventing unwanted litters of kittens, but there are many other valuable benefits to spaying or neutering your cat.  Fertile cats tend to wander, get into fights and bring diseases back home with them more often than sterile cats.  Many communities recognize the many wonderful benefits of sterile cats and so offer low cost…

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National Pet Appreciation Week: 5 Ways to Make Your Pet Feel Special

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Devoted pet owners are always interested in taking good care of the animal companion who brings so much joy, happiness and fulfillment into their lives.  Pets not only provide their owners with unconditional love, they also work to improve their owners’ health by relieving stress and encouraging them to lead more active lifestyles.  They are most certainly very much appreciated, so why not take the time to celebrate them? Celebrating National Pet Appreciation Week National Pet Appreciation Week is celebrated this year during the week of June 5th through June 11th.  Following are five ways to make your pet feel extra special during National Pet Appreciation Week: 1. Take the time to groom them personally.  While few animals are crazy about a trip to the groomer’s, most animals love the experience of gentle grooming.  Sit with your pet somewhere nice, preferably outdoors, and gently and thoroughly brush their coat.  Not only…

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