Pet Playground: Creative Ways to Inspire Pet Exercise

RocklinRanch_iStock_000001869969_Large (1)Back-to-school season usually marks a decline in the amount of leisure time we have. Opportunities for outdoor recreation and playtime generally start to wane for our pets, too. And, since pet exercise is certainly an essential component of wellness, there is a need for planning and ingenuity to get those paws moving.

The cool thing is, exercise can come in a variety of forms. You don’t need to take your pet to some new and exotic location when you use some creativity to inspire exercise for your fur friend. Continue…

Pet Sunscreen and Bug Spray: Why You Should Use Them

Rocklin_iStock_000010947476_LargeTwo things we have a lot of here is Northern California are sunshine and bugs. Summertime and early autumn are feasting seasons for mosquitos, gnats, and other pesky pests. Add to the mix a high UV index and you have a recipe for discomfort, which is why pet sunscreen and bug spray is just as important to them as it is to us. Continue…

Understanding Kennel Cough and Canine Influenza

Rocklin-Schertz_iStock_000021745756_Large (1)After the late spring outbreak of canine influenza in the Midwest, many pet owners started to worry about their dogs and whether dog flu and other contagious diseases were a threat.

For many, illnesses such as kennel cough or canine flu haven’t been the most worrisome of diseases and therefore, this often resulted in a lax approach to vaccinations. Unfortunately, unvaccinated dogs are at risk for many illnesses and spread these to other dogs (and sometimes to other animals and humans, in the case of zoonotic illnesses). But, what about kennel cough and canine flu? Continue…

A Spotlight on Feline Health: Determining When a Cat is Sick

Cat Examining a StethoscopeMost cats have an air of mystery about them. They are subtle in comparison to our “in your face” canine companions, and in many cases, they enjoy their privacy. And, while we might appreciate their low key presence, this subtly can sometimes lend itself to masked symptoms when health problems arise.

Because pets often become less responsive when they are experiencing discomfort, it is hard to determine whether there is the presence of an illness or if your cat is just being a cat. The question remains, “How do you tell if your cat is sick?” Continue…

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