If you’re like many pet owners, you grew up with the idea that there was only one kind of veterinarian for house pets. But that was then – now, pet owners have the option to take their dogs, cats and other household critters to a holistic vet clinic, where the emphasis is on wellness and treating the whole animal, rather than simply dealing with problems as they arise.
Both humans and dogs are dealing with obesity in increasing numbers. More than half of American dogs (52.5 percent) are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. It’s hard not to think there’s a connection. For the good or for the bad, is your lifestyle affecting you pet’s?
It’s no secret that border entry and exit points are highly regulated, and not just in airports. When you cross the border from the US into Mexico or Canada, your vehicle could be subject to inspection by border patrol officials and/or patrol dogs. Recently, Sojos Sales Rep. Jeff Sandy ran into a little trouble while crossing the border into Canada on a routine trip to visit some pet stores.
Your aging dog doesn’t give you any less love than he did as a puppy. But in his golden years, things naturally change – his activity levels might shift into a lower gear, his weight might change and he might face the signs of aging that affect all of us, human or dog, like arthritis, hearing loss or impaired vision. While no owner can stave off all the side effects of growing old for their dog, what you feed him can make an enormous difference in his quality of life.
Cats have a long history as companions to their human owners, and some seriously wild stories have come out of all those centuries. In some societies, they were treasured; in ancient Egypt, cats were so loved that owners shaved their eyebrows in mourning when a prized pet feline died. In others, cats were on the receiving end of dangerous superstition and were seen as the companions of witches.
When summer finally arrives, who wants to get outside more – you or your dog? It’s probably about even, and sometimes, going for an afternoon hike doesn’t quite quench your desire to get back in touch with nature. Camping can be an absolute doggy dream-come-true, but it’s up to you as his owner to make sure that it’s a pleasant, rather than painful, experience. These are some key things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about sharing a wilderness experience with your dog.
Pet owners and new parents have one thing in common that confuses anyone who doesn’t fit into either of those categories: an almost unlimited ability to discuss what happens when their precious little one has a bowel movement. For others, it’s a gross-out discussion, but dog owners have to keep an eye on their dog’s stool. It’s an important indicator of health. Besides, on walks and in the yard, there’s no shortage of opportunities to check up on it.