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Love is in the air (good thing it’s National Spay and Neuter Month!)

February is the Humane Society’s National Spay and Neuter Month. The purpose of this awareness event is to encourage people to have their pets sterilized before the spring and summer months, when there is a widespread overproduction of puppies, kittens, bunnies, and more. Many animal shelters experience an unmanageable increase in animal intake. Sadly, an estimated 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized annually, as the ever-growing pet population is just too much for the number of available homes. Spaying and neutering is the best way to

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5 Ways to Find the Perfect Veterinarian

All pets need to be seen by a veterinarian at least once a year for their check-up and vaccines. While it can be tempting to choose the vet’s office that is closest to your home or offers the cheapest prices, it’s important to take time to select the right vet for your pets. Like the family doctor, this is a crucial relationship that will help your pet live a long and healthy life. Make sure the vet is knowledgeable about your

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New Year’s Resolutions for your Pets

If you’re on social media, brace yourselves: it’s time for “new year, new me” messages to take over your feed. A New Year is a nice, clean slate that can be used as a catalyst to adopt some major modifications into your family’s life. Don’t forget about your pet – they can also benefit from some fresh, positive changes, too! Here are some easy ways to incorporate your pet into your resolutions: Exercising more – together!Walking

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Housetraining Tips for Dogs and Cats

The key to training your pet to eliminate where you want them to is to prevent accidents, and reward success. Never punish, yell, or rub a pet’s nose in an accident. This doesn’t teach them anything, and may make them afraid of eliminating in front of you at all. Positive reinforcement works best for pets. Dogs Young puppies can be particularly difficult to train, as they have small bladders and lack bowel control. To encourage good habits, take your pet’s age in months and

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Pets in Your Life

Unbelievably, it’s that time of year again. While you’re making your holiday list, and checking it twice, don’t forget your furry friends! There are so many options for cute and useful gifts for pets. Fill their stockings with things they’ll love! Dogs Our most faithful companions are usually fairly easy to shop for, since we know the way to their hearts is through food, and fun! Mini treats can be given throughout the day without disrupting a balanced diet, and can also

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Cat & Dog Body Language 101

Body language is something that ALL species utilize, human and pets alike. Since our pets can’t speak (well, some pet owners may disagree there!), we have to rely on their outward appearance to determine what they’re trying to tell us. While some pets are easier to “read” than others, here are some general helpful hints about cat and dog body language. Cats: Body orientation and context are the first things to consider when determining a cat’s mood. Cats

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Pet Safety around Halloween Doesn’t Have to be Scary!

Halloween is such a fun time of year for humans and animals alike. While it’s fun to dress your four-legged friends up for the occasion, there are several concerns about safety when it comes to pets. The Pet Poison hotline says they receive a 12 percent increase in calls during Halloween. Read on to learn how to protect your pets! Safe Storage / Unsafe Foods Pet owners should store all candy in a safe place, well out of a dog’s reach, as

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First Aid Tips for Pet Owners

Recently at Leo&Lucky’s, our groomers and many staff members took a pet CPR course and first aid training. We learned a lot, and wanted to share some tips with our customers. When a pet is hurt or sick, you can help keep them safe before bringing them to a veterinarian. Basic First Aid Always have a first aid kit on hand. Include the number for animal poison control (888-426-4435 or 24/7 – 855-886-7965), your vet’s phone number, an emergency vet’s phone number, a

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Why Moisture in Your Pet’s Diet is Important

Hydration is so critical to all living things, and we know how essential it is to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Keeping pets well-hydrated is just as important for their health as it is for humans. Since we can’t simply tell our pets that they should be drinking more water, we as pet owners have to get creative to ensure they receive adequate hydration. Why is keeping pets hydrated so important? Dehydration causes a host of physiological issues, including urinary tract infections (especially common for cats),

How to Transition to a New Pet Food

Food Transitioning If you’ve decided to change your pets’ food today, be sure to take the time to properly transition your pet(s) from the old food to the new food to avoid upset stomach and bowel issues. This is especially important if you’re making a drastic change, such as from a conventional food to a raw diet. The transition period should last up to ten days. Start with mixing 75% old food with 25% of the new food for 2-3 days.If this