Posts in category "Pet Health and Safety"

All Pet Foods are Not Created Equal and That Includes Raw

All Pet Foods are Not Created Equal and That Includes Raw
As neither a vet, nor a nutritionist, I will not give advice or recommend a diet for your pet here. However, I have gotten to know many pets very well in recent years as a sitter and their differing diets and fitness have certainly raised my curiosity about the role of nutrition in pet health. Here are my... Read more »

Did You Know Dinner, Formula and Flavor are Pet Food Packaging Code Words?

Did You Know Dinner, Formula and Flavor are Pet Food Packaging Code Words?
You know human foods labels are guilty of it. Take juice cocktails for example. Just look at the ingredient label on any cocktail blend and you will see a very low percentage of juice in the mix and a whole lotta sugar.  Turns out, pet food labels employ the same code word tactics. Being able to... Read more »

5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Boating Trips

5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Boating Trips
Heading to Lake Michigan to escape the summer heat? Like many dog lovers, you may want to bring your pup along for some boating fun.  To help make sure the experience is a positive one, here are five tips provided by Dr. Sarah Nold, DVM, on-staff veterinarian for Trupanion, a pet medical insurance company based out of... Read more »
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Dog Bite Prevention: Are These Dogs Stressed? Does Your Kid Know The Signs?

For Dog Bite Prevention Week, I am sharing two videos on canine stress because understanding a dog’s body language is critical to trust building and being safe around dogs. How many stress signs do you see in this video? (Watch with the volume off once to see what you pick up on.) We can sometimes miss... Read more »

Understanding Puppy Warranties at Major Pet Retailers and How They Circumvent the Puppy Lemon Law

Purchasing a pet is an emotional decision and in the process sometimes customers miss valuable information. This quote was taken from the site of Third Party Pet*, a company that provides operations support to major pet retailers (all testimonials on the site come from Petland stores). Oh, how right they are. To help customers be more... Read more »

Petland, Retail Pet Business Ties Raise Serious Concerns in Mike Isaac's Run for Naperville City Council Among Citizens Supporting Humane Ordinance, End to Puppy Mill Ties

Mike Isaac publicly positions himself as an animal advocate, but for the citizens of Naperville who have been hard at work to encourage the city government to move in a more humane direction by banning businesses with puppy mill ties, his run for City Council appears tantamount to a fox campaigning to guard a hen... Read more »
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Trust Goes In Before the Pawz Boots Go On

Trust Goes In Before the Pawz Boots Go On
Dog lovers, I can offer you no better demonstration of how crucial trust building is with your pets before you attempt to do things like trim nails, clean teeth and that most challenging of winter tasks, putting on snow boots.  Here you will see not one, but two tiny dogs getting their Pawz waterproof dog... Read more »

Is a Muzzle Right for Your Dog?

Is a Muzzle Right for Your Dog?
Some time ago I posted a video about a dog I was walking who was up for adoption. In the video, he is wearing a head harness (like a horse bridle for dogs). I had several times noticed that people seemed to avoid us when I was walking him, despite his excellent leash manners and... Read more »

Why You Should Never Use Retractable Leashes (Seriously. Don't Use Them.)

Why You Should Never Use Retractable Leashes (Seriously. Don't Use Them.)
First, let me say, I’m not a leash snob.  At least, I didn’t start out that way. In fact, I was a retractable leash user for all 15 years of my first dog’s life and used one with my last dog before she went blind and needed a different set up.  Knowing what I know... Read more »
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Dog Terrified of Thunder and Fireworks? New Noise Phobia Treatment Offers Hope

Dog Terrified of Thunder and Fireworks? New Noise Phobia Treatment Offers Hope
Zoetis, a major developer and producer of veterinary medications is releasing Sileo, the first FDA-approved treatment specifically for noise aversion, just in time for the 4th of July, the holiday that owners of noise-reactive dogs wince just thinking about. Yes, yes I do realize it is only May.  You obviously don’t have a noise phobic dog.... Read more »