At-home grooming: Beyond basics

After the first few months of owning a pet, you master the basic grooming tasks. You brush your pet frequently, and he knows exactly what that bottle of pet shampoo means. But grooming your furry family member means more than just the occasional brush and bath. When you are ready to move beyond the basic grooming for your pet, you can start to take on additional tasks. Grooming should be a relaxed process, so be sure to ease in the new tasks to your pet’s at-home grooming routine with plenty of treats and praise. Start by adding these tasks to your pet’s routine:

Cats and grooming: Helping your cat look and feel her best

Cats have a reputation for being low- or even no-maintenance when it comes to keeping clean. It’s true that they’re a fastidious species, but grooming is something that most cat owners will have to think about at some point in their pets’ lives.  As an added benefit, grooming can help keep your cat’s shedding under control, cutting down on the amount of cat hair you need to deal with in your home.

Help your dog cope with winter skin and coat issues

You know how uncomfortable your own skin can become in winter if you don’t take care of it - it cracks, it flakes and it itches. When you think about everything you need to do to stay comfortable in your skin, remember that your dog might need a helping hand to deal with winter dryness and other issues, too.

Love stinks: Expressing your dog’s anal glands

While it certainly is not a glamorous part of being a pet owner, it’s important to care for even the smelliest parts of your pup. Anal glands play an important role in your dog’s life, and all dogs – no matter what breed – produce the pungent, musky fluid. This fluid identifies your dog to other dogs, telling them things like his gender, age and health status.

Pick of the litter: What to consider when choosing a cat breed

When you decide to bring a new pet into your home, there are many factors you should consider when selecting a cat breed. While dog breed information seems readily available, it can be tricky to find information about cat breed temperament and activity level, whether you are adopting a cat from the shelter or selecting one from a holistic breeder.

Primping your pup: At-home grooming basics every owner should know

Grooming your dog is about much more than looking good – it’s also important to his health and comfort. Grooming helps protect your pet from diseases and parasites that could harm him. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid these problems by getting into a regular grooming routine. Your pooch will look and feel his best. To get started, keep these grooming necessities in mind: Brushing

Shed happens: natural tips for shedding

There’s no such thing as a non-shedding dog, just like there’s no such thing as a non-shedding human! Shedding is a natural process for your pup—it’s how he ditches old or damaged hair. Though certain breeds definitely lose more fur than others (think Huskies, Pugs or Newfoundlands), shedding is just part of having a furry friend. Here are some tips to help you make the most of a hairy situation: Get brushing

spring showers: tips to keep your pets and your home clean this spring

We’re in the midst of Spring and while it’s great that the weather’s getting warmer, the weather’s also getting wetter. April showers bring May flowers, but they can leave your pet, and your home, a muddy mess! Here are some tips for dealing with a muddy dog: Grab some rain gear

The declawing debate: What’s best for your cat?

Much like roses have thorns, cats naturally come with claws. What can be useful tools – and, in the wild, a necessary evolutionary trait – can also cause problems in the home. When kitty starts to scratch on a beloved piece of furniture, it can be an expensive frustration. In many cases, avoiding those frustrations is the reason behind getting a cat declawed. Before you make the decision to do so, it’s important to know some key facts about the procedure.

Watch those paws: how to care for your cat’s feet

Your cat has impeccable hygiene; she’s constantly licking those paws, grooming herself and keeping squeaky clean. This doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for grooming, though. Keeping her paws healthy is essential for her overall wellbeing. Here are some tips to keep kitty’s kickers in top shape: Scratch, scratch

Watch those paws: how to care for your dog’s feet

Your dog has some durable paws, but they certainly aren’t indestructible. You throw on your hiking boots for a climb in the mountains and your rubber boots in the rain. Dogs don’t have that luxury—their paws come in contact with all kinds of surfaces when they walk, run, play, swim. This exposure can lead to some painful injuries if you aren’t careful to help your pet tend to his tootsies. Here are some tips to help your pet keep those feet healthy: Moisturize