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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PSI’s Take Your Dog to Work Day

Pets + Offices = Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Friday, June 23, is the 19th annual Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day®. A growing number of workplaces are participating in this fun “holiday” and allowing their employees to bring their fluffy family members to work with them for the day. According to the PSI website the goals of Take Your Dog to Work Day are to raise awareness for homeless pets and to encourage those dogless folks to consider adopting a pup of their own.

Taking your dog to work with you for a day can be a delightful treat for both of you—you know he won’t miss you while you’re away and he’ll get a whole bunch of new experiences while at work with you. He may even make some new doggy and people friends too! And Take Your Dog to Work Day can be great fun for your coworkers; honestly, wouldn’t our jobs all be more fun if there were dogs around?
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June is the ASPCA’s Adopt A Shelter Cat Month

Adopt A Shelter Cat Today!

Did you know that June is the ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month? Every year there are so many cats that are found and brought to shelters but may end up being euthanized because of the massive overflow of cats in these shelters. When considering getting a cat, always look into your local shelters; there are probably many cats to choose from, even kittens if you specifically want a kitten instead of an older cat. Every spring there are more and more kittens being born because there is an increase in feline breeding during this time. Also, there are not enough cats that are spayed or neutered, contributing to the overflow of cats in the world. If you have a cat, it is also a good idea to get them spayed or neutered to prevent accidental pregnancies.
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International Turtle Day is on May 23rd

Add A Turtle To The Family!

Turtles are one of the many smaller reptiles that we keep as pets. International Turtle Day is coming up on May 23 so to celebrate we’ve put together a short introduction to keeping turtles as pets. Generally they are easy to care for but it is essential to know what type of environment they need and what they eat in order to ensure they are getting the best care. There are several types of turtles as well, ranging from red-eared sliders to the Central American wood turtle.

As far as their environment goes, the more room the better. Turtles need room for water and land so make sure your tank has both and enough space for your turtle to explore in. One important note to be aware of concerning a turtle’s environment is that their water needs to kept clean at all times. Having a good filtration system and changing the water regularly is essential to their health and well-being. As this PetMD article points out, the temperature may not be as important if they are kept inside and have a heat lamp near their land portion of the tank to sunbathe by.
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Running with Your Dog

 

Need An Exercise Buddy? Learn To Run With Your Dog Safely.

Running is a big-time hobby for a lot of people right now; some would argue it’s a lifestyle. Your dog may make a terrific running partner, depending on breed, disposition and health. Running with your dog can help the two of you bond, spend time together outside, and work out all at once—exercise is essential to both humans’ and dogs’ well-being. However, bringing your dog on your runs does add some considerations to take into account. We’ve detailed a few of them here.

It’s good to have water available on a run, but as this Vetstreet article points out,  you also need to be cautious because some dogs are prone to bloat, which is a deadly condition where the stomach turns over on itself. Eating and drinking before exercise are associated with higher chances of bloat. Check with your vet about water intake during runs, and feed your pup after their workout session, not before.
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Kids and Dogs: How to Help Teach Them to Respect One Another

How To Make The Kids and Dogs Relationship A Positive One

April 26 is National Kids and Pets Day! When it comes to families, many generally include kids and animals, although sometimes it can be difficult for everyone to get along. Some breeds of dogs are more prone to love kids while others may have a harder time. Same goes for children; some kids naturally get along with dogs while others may be more reserved around them. Here are some ways to help ensure a good relationship between your children and your dog.

One way to start is by using what Karen Pryor’s Clicker Training site calls “management.” This means controlling the environment in which the child and the dog will be in. If you know that the dog is a bit fearful of kids, be sure to put the dog in their crate and/or keep them occupied with a toy so they don’t get so stressed out with a child being around. Another good way to ensure a good relationship is starting early! Teach the child at a young age that the dog is not scary but is someone to be loved and cared for. This way your kids also learn to not be too rough with the dog, helping to make sure there are no accidental bites occurring.
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April is National Frog Month

Froggy Floofins!

April is National Frog month and to celebrate we’ve cooked up an article about some basic information regarding frogs as pets. People are used to thinking of cats, dogs, birds and small rodents like guinea pigs as pets, but for some, furry and feathery critters just don’t cut it—they want amphibians. Read on for more information about keeping these cute little guys as pets.

Some species of frogs can make delightful pets, although, as with any animal, there are some challenges involved in their keeping. Some frogs need their owners to pay very close attention to things like humidity and temperature, and most frogs need water in their tanks so that they don’t dry out.
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Preparing for a Puppy

Being Puppy Prepared!

March 23 is National Puppy Day! Everyone loves puppies but they’re a lot of work. As this article from The Whole Dog Journal points out, many people prepare for having a baby months in advance, but when it comes to getting a puppy, people don’t always think that taking the extra time to plan for one can be very helpful. Just like a baby, there are many things to consider and to have before actually picking your puppy up–after all, they are babies too, just furry ones.

As far as supplies and equipment go, you’ll need a few things. One item you will need for sure is a crate. Having a crate is a great behavior management tool and helps to housetrain your puppy and keeps them from getting into trouble while you are away. Dog-safe house cleaning products are also a good idea to have as your puppy may have potty accidents inside the house while they’re being housetrained. Another great tool to have is a puppy pen which gives them a space inside to play and run around while being in a safe and confined area. Your puppy should still be supervised while in the pen because puppies are known to be escape artists.

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