Interesting Fact Series…All About Dogs!

Fun Facts About Dogs

Did you know that there are more than 150 different dog breeds? Or that dogs can see in the dark thanks to a special membrane? Or that the latest research has discovered that dogs actually do see in color?

There’s more than meets the eye about our canine companions and here are just a few of their fascinating physiological facts:
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Coconut Oil for Dogs

Coconut Oil For Dogs. The Supplement + The Pooch

Coconut oil is a popular supplement for dogs that has a variety of uses. Giving coconut oil to dogs is supposed to be good for their coats, digestive health, energy levels and even weight loss. Read on to learn more about why coconut oil might be something to add to your dog’s diet.

Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, which are a great source of quick energy. MCTs are burned very quickly, giving your pup an energy boost. Some humans take MCTs too, and coconut oil is a popular option for this.
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Choosing the Right Doggie Daycare

How To Find The Right Doggie Daycare

At one time or another, most dog owners have experienced coming home to evidence of a bored or curious dog…kitchen garbage on the floor, sofa cushions askew, a potted plant knocked over and a canine nose full of soil. More than an occasional incident might be an indication of a bored, lonely, or energetic pooch who could be an excellent candidate for doggie daycare. So how do you choose an ideal daycare for your special friend?
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National Veterinary Technician Week

Celebrating Our Veterinary Technicians!

October 15-21 is 2017’s National Veterinary Technician Week, where pet parents everywhere can take some time to be thankful for all the work that our vet techs do to help support the health of our pets. Veterinary technicians (sometimes called veterinary nurses) work with veterinarians to provide the best care possible for our furry family members. They work with both animals and their human companions, require a strong knowledge-base and must be life-long learners. Everyone knows how much knowledge and skill is required to be a good veterinarian, but now is the time to cast the spotlight on veterinary technicians.
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Happy Cat Month

Celebrating Happy Cats!

Did you know September is Happy Cat Month?

Dogs may have the Dog Days of Summer, but September is all about our furry feline friends! Here are some ways in which to keep your cat happy and healthy not only this month, but all year long.  

Microchip your cat. Microchips are a useful way to keep track of your cat in the event your furry friend gets lost. The chips have links to a pet’s veterinarian and owner so a lost animal can be reunited quickly with its owner. It’s also recommended to have the chip tested during your cat’s annual veterinary visit to make sure it’s working properly.
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National Pet Memorial Day

Pet Memorials. A Day Of Remembrance.

Sunday, September 10 is National Pet Memorial Day, a holiday created by the The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories. It is a day to spend some time remembering our lost furry family members. Losing a pet may be the hardest part of pet ownership, and that’s why it’s important to pause and reflect on the time you and your pet had together. Having strong emotions about the loss of your pet is not frivolous or silly; our pets are members of our families and grieving when they cross the Rainbow Bridge is normal.
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An Interview with Kendra Otto of the UpScale Tail

The UpScale Tail. Focusing On “Scaredy Dogs” And Beyond.

The UpScale Tail, LTD, is an award-winning grooming salon in Naperville Illinois. They take the time to build a bond with their clients, especially when working with “scaredy” or fearful dogs. That bond of trust takes the fear out of grooming and makes it a pleasant experience for both dogs and their parents. Kendra Otto, the owner of The UpScale Tail, graciously agreed to talk to the Scoop about her experiences.

When asked about how she got into the grooming business, Kendra replies that “I had wanted to work with animals for as long as I can remember. I also had a passion for art and in my late teens I was working at a local veterinary clinic where they offered grooming too. The owner had told me about a grooming school not too far away and I decided to go! I was excited that I could use both my love for animals and art and combine them together into a career.”
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Check the Chip Day

Have You Checked Your Chip? Check The Chip Day Is August 15th!

August 15 is “Check the Chip Day,” a day to raise awareness about the importance of microchips. The American Medical Veterinary Association (AMVA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have partnered to foster this “holiday”; read on to learn a bit more about how a microchip can be beneficial to you and your dog.

Microchips can streamline the process of reuniting you with your dog or cat if they are lost. Microchips are tiny devices that are implanted underneath your dog’s or cat’s skin. Microchips use radio frequency to relay information, however, they are not trackers or GPS devices. They contain one piece of information: an ID number that will display when scanned by a microchip scanner. When searched in a registry, this ID number will link your pet to your contact information. You’ll need to register your dog or cat’s microchip with the manufacturer—this registration includes your contact information which will be stored in a database. Each manufacturer has their own registry, but the AAHA has also created the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool.
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Pet Rabbit Basics


What You Need To Know When Adding A Pet Rabbit To The Family

More and more people are discovering the joys of having rabbits as pets. With more than four dozen breeds of domesticated rabbit, these breeds range in size, coloring and energy level. Like dogs and cats, rabbits have their own personalities; some are playful, others more subdued. Some like to cuddle and play, and this is a great personality feature for folks who want a cuddly pet but don’t have time or interest in daily walks. Bunnies bond with their people and get to know them. Not all of them enjoy being picked up and carried, however, since they are prey animals. Contrary to some common beliefs, however, bunnies are not “starter” pets and require as much time and care as larger mammals.

Basic Care: Rabbits should have their own cage or crate so they have a safe space to sleep and chill out in. The cage should be at least three or four feet long. Many bunnies can be litter-trained; your rabbit’s “litterbox” can go in the corner of the cage the rabbit most often does their business in. In place of cat litter, use Timothy, Orchard Grass or Bromme hay. Please do not use pine, cedar, or clay litter for your rabbit.
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July 15 is Pet Fire Safety Day

Do You Have A Plan For Your Pets In Case Of A Fire?

July 15 is Pet Fire Safety Day so in recognition we’ve put together a few pointers on keeping your pets safe in the incidence of a house fire. The American Red Cross has a page with lots of tips on keeping your pets safe in a fire emergency.

No one wants a house fire—even the idea is scary. One of the best things you can have in your family-safety arsenal is a fire safety plan. Know where you’re going if you have to evacuate your home.  Make your furry family members a part of this plan too, including how to safely evacuate them as well.
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