Birdwatching 2.0

The other day I was in the backyard, relaxing after a considerable wrestling match with my lawnmower (which, by the way, the lawnmower won). I saw Jersey staring silently at something in the trees and figured it was the evil squirrels teasing her again. To my surprise, it was not the squirrels but a really more »

Aug 18, 2010
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Pets Living Longer

Veterinarians all over North America have been noticing a trend in the lifespan of pets. While the rule of thumb that smaller dogs live longer than larger dogs still stands, large breeds that typically lived to seven or nine years old are now reaching their early teens. Cats are also reaching benchmarks in life expectancy, more »

Jul 29, 2010
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Why You Need Pet Insurance

I was reading the newspaper the other day when I read a touching story about a dog who had lost his leg in a car accident, and then had it replaced with a prosthetic. The owners recounted how he had become entirely comfortable and self- sufficient with his prosthetic leg, however the costs would have more »

Jul 21, 2010
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Caring for Your Aging Pet

As we age, there are lots of changes to our bodies and minds. Some people age gently while others suffer from a variety of physical and psychological changes. Pets age in a similar fashion, however it is hard to diagnose pets because they cannot communicate in the same way that people can. Changes that you more »

Jul 19, 2010
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Tag Days

There was a day last year when I was doing chores around the house, and I noticed my dog Jersey was conspicuously absent. My husband had just left for work and I figured he had let her into the back yard. Upon inspection of the back yard, there was no Jersey and my heart started more »

Jul 16, 2010
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Dealing with the Loss of Pet

In every pet owner’s life, a little rain must fall. For the many years of love and companionship that pets provide us, their lifespans are considerably shorter than humans. Cats live on average 12-15 years, and dogs tend to average around 13-15 years. Pets today have become more to us than just animals who reside more »

Jul 09, 2010
by Aubrie
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How do I…. introduce my dog to leash-free parks?

Many owners have busy lifestyles these days, in between work and family commitments. Walking the dog in the mornings and evenings may be shorter than in the past! Fortunately, leash-free parks are popping up everywhere in cities and towns. These safe, fenced-in areas provide your dog with the opportunity to run, play and socialize with more »

Jul 07, 2010
by Aubrie
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Canine Cannonball

I have often considered agility training for my dog Jersey. She’s quite the athlete and loves to do things outdoors.The only catch is that we are still struggling with the basic “come” command as soon as a small animal comes into sight; along comes a bunny rabbit and she is gone like a shot. I more »

Jun 30, 2010
by Aubrie
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Safe, Outdoor Adventures for Your Cat

I am not certain who coined the phrase “Catio” however it perfectly describes the newest fad to be hitting cat owners. A catio is an outdoor space (balcony, a space in your yard or on your deck) that is fully enclosed with mesh or wire and contains some creature comforts for your cat. Catios are more »

Jun 25, 2010
by Aubrie
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Obesity in Cats

Obesity in the North American population has certainly become a big issue over the last decade. Thanks to fast food, large portions and lack of exercise many people are fighting the battle of the bulge. As a result, many pets are starting to follow the trend of their owners and are becoming overweight or obese. more »

Jun 18, 2010
by Aubrie
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