How to Motivate Senior Dogs

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Motivating senior dogs isn’t all too different than teaching younger dogs….and using positive reinforcement you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. To maintain physical and mental health in older animals, movement is important, same as it is in people. By using treats, you can encourage sedentary animals to get up and go – even... Read more »

Pool Party Fun with Dogs

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Coughing Dogs, Bordetella is the Number One Explanation

Coughing Dogs, Bordetella is the Number One Explanation
When a dog coughs – don’t jump to the canine influenza virus (dog flu) as the explanation….Sure, if the dog flu is rampant where you are, that’s one thing. However, listen HERE as Dr. Richard Goldsten, chief medical officer of the Animal Medical Center in New York City explain on Steve Dale’s Pet World, the... Read more »
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Activities for Dogs Along the Chicago River This Weekend

Activities for Dogs Along the Chicago River This Weekend
Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control and the Greater Chicagoland Chapter of Canine Companions for Independence celebrate Dog Days on the Chicago River now through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Throughout the weekend, vendors will be having a variety of specials to support both of these organizations as well as  providing dog treats and... Read more »

Declaw or No: I Say NO

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I am Not a fan of declaw for cats. I talk about why cats scratch, and how to motivate them to scratch there you want them do on this segment for HouseSmarts TV (see all my segments HERE). A free handout, which I co-authored: “Think Twice Before You Declaw”    Type your email address in... Read more »

Freaky Flea Questions

Freaky Flea Questions
Fleas are on your mind, recent questions for my nationally syndicated Tribune Content Agency newspaper column. Q: I live in the Sierra Mountains of California because there are no fleas. I wonder if this is a phenomenon nationwide. I’ve not seen a flea or tick above 3,000-feet. J.M., Cyberspace A: “It’s not as much about... Read more »
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Be Careful When Buying Reptiles

Be Careful When Buying Reptiles
Dr. Susan Brown says reptiles, can be great pets; HOWEVER, do you really know what you’re getting into? Listen HERE as Dr. Brown talks about the international trade in reptiles and why buying from pet stores who may be  importers/exporters is  not a good idea. She says about 70 percent of the animals die in... Read more »

Drinking from Fish Tank: A Good Idea?

Drinking from Fish Tank: A Good Idea?
Q: Is it OK for Diego to drink from the fish tank? — C.H., via cyberspace A: It’s a mystery as to whether Diego is a dog or cat, but emergency veterinarian Dr. Heather Loenser, of Lebanon, NJ, can offer advice because, for the most part, it doesn’t matter. “A salt water tank might be... Read more »

Children Prefer to Confide in Pets

Children Prefer to Confide in Pets
Children are more likely to confide to a pet about a household crisis, expressing their emotion to the family dog or cat, preferred over a sibling or a friend, and for sure over the parents, according to a study in the U.K. Though the relationship between pets and children as friends and playmates has often... Read more »
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Flea Products Fail, Or Did You Fail?

Flea Products Fail, Or Did You Fail?
Q: The spot-on I’ve been using for years on my dogs to stop fleas and ticks has failed. My veterinarian is suggesting I’ve somehow failed, but I’m not sure how this is my fault. No matter, he’s stuck on the idea that only one product works. What should I use on my dogs? — F.G.,... Read more »