Crate Training a Cat: Yes, It’s Possible!

Cat in boxLet’s face it; when most of us think about crate training, we associate the practice with dogs. But cats? Not so much.

Contrary to what you might think, crate training cats is a real and doable thing. Not only that, but doing so is in your cat’s best interest. Much like dogs, crate training cats can help you and your kitty avoid problem behaviors. By giving your cat a space of his or her own, you can instill a sense of safety and personal space for your cat. This will help keep him or her safe and sound when it’s needed the most. Continue…

Obese Pets: Risks and Remedies

Rocklin_iStock_000031410354_LargeMaybe the first time you noticed was when you attempted to take your dog on that 2 mile hike and she huffed and puffed the entire way. Or, maybe you were watching TV when you noticed that your robust kitty could no longer jump up on the couch next to you. Whenever the exact moment is that we become aware of our pets’ weight, it’s important to understand why fat pets aren’t funny, and what risks they face… Continue…

So Many Reasons to Love Them! The Health Benefits of Pets

Rocklin_iStock_000017127254_LargeAs pet owners ourselves, we know that there is no denying the love shared between pets and their people. Whether it’s having your cat purr on your chest as you cry yourself to sleep from a broken heart, or the boundless joy your dog has upon your return (whether it’s been five minutes, or five hours); it can be hard to imagine life without our furry friends by our side.

Most of us won’t deny the fact that animal companionship enriches our life. But did you know that medical research has proven time and time again that sharing your life with a pet, even if it’s something simple as a turtle or goldfish, can have a significantly positive impact on your physical and mental health?

In celebration of Love Your Pet Day (February 20, 2015), let’s look at some of the reasons we should all have fuzzy friends in our lives: Continue…

Heart Problems in Pets: What Owners Need to Know

RR_iStock_000033256020_LargeFebruary is American Heart Month, and the awareness doesn’t need to stop with you and your two-legged family. Heart disease also affects animals, and pet owners need to understand how to keep their pet’s hearts healthy.

Heart problems in pets are not uncommon, and part of keeping our dogs and cats hearts healthy is knowing what problems are out there and how to detect them. Learn what all owners should know about heart health and your pet. Continue…

National Walk Your Dog Month: Ten Great Reasons to Celebrate

dog leather leashLast week, as you may recall, we wrote about the importance of keeping your pet active during the winter months and gave you pointers on pet-friendly winter activities. This week, we wanted to follow up with some encouraging reasons as to why dog walking has health benefits for both dog and owner alike.

Here are a few of our favorite reasons to enjoy a walk with your pet. January was National Walk Your Pet Month and we are motivated to inspire you to grab your pet’s leash and head outside for some fresh air, sunshine, and exercise. Continue…