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anxious dog

Your Anxious Pet – What can you do to help?

We hear of this scenario often: a pet owner returns home from work or an errand to find that their bed has been “mistaken” for a litter box, or there are scratch marks on the door, or their favorite shoes have been destroyed. What’s going on with your pet? When it comes to behaviors like these, anxiety is often the most common denominator. Pets express these feelings in different ways, including destruction, vocalization, eliminating in the wrong places, and aggression.

Keep pets safe at Halloween

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

Cat on a Leash

Can You Put a CAT on a LEASH?

In recent years, we have had an influx of cat owners inquiring about training their furry friends. From toilet training to fun tricks that people have been teaching dogs to do for ages, pet owners are embracing the idea that cats can be trained. Did you know that (many) cats can be trained to walk on a leash to safely enjoy the outdoors? The first step to leash training a cat is to obtain the right equipment. Owners should purchase a

pets stressed at back to school time

Why back to school season can be stressful for pets (and what you can do to help!)

It’s not the full moon, Mercury in retrograde, or your imagination: the end of the summer season can trigger behavior issues in pets. We often see an increase in training and behavioral questions from our customers right around when school is back in session. Pets get used to having their adult and kid owners around more often, and can act out when they head back to school and/or work. Most often, negative autumn behaviors manifest themselves in households that have children

Think the internet is cheaper? We beg to differ!

Think the Internet is Cheaper? We “Beg” to Differ!

It is a common notion that items from large online retailers are cheaper than items at an independent, brick-and-mortar store. It’s an understandable thought. Large virtual retailers probably have a huge warehouse, low overhead, and the ability to buy in bulk and extend the savings to the customer, right? Actually, that is not entirely true. Besides having such supportive customers over the years that have enabled us to purchase in larger quantities ourselves; there are also several “hidden” advantages that

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How to Find a Pet: Adoption is Always Best!

Considering adding a new furry member to your family? We chatted with Jessica Bowers, shelter manager for the Humane Society of Manatee County, to learn the tips and tricks for a successful adoption. Here is what she shared with us! Household Harmony When looking to adopt a new pet dog or cat, we always ask if they have other animals, or two-legged kids and their ages, etc. It is essential that everyone is excited to adopt a pet, and that no one

What to Do About Pet Skin Issues

The condition that is often referred to as “dandruff” by pet owners, is highly common in dogs and cats. Most often, scaly skin has fairly benign origins and is not a big deal, but excessive cases of scaly skin / dandruff can point to an underlying cause. There are numerous reasons a pet can be experiencing skin issues, so tests must be done to determine the specific cause and the proper treatment. Here are some common causes: Primary or Secondary Infections Infections

Why is your cat such a jerk?

We hate to break it to you, but there’s something we just can’t deny any longer. Your cat is a total jerk. If you’re a cat owner and proclaimed cat lover, we have a sneaking suspicion that this thought has crossed your mind once or twice (or 100 times). But, why? They’re so cute and cuddly… right? Your cat is a jerk because they just can’t help it! It’s science. YOUR CAT KNOCKS THINGS OFF THE TABLE Even our resident fish guy (and all