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5 Ways To Help Your Dog Enjoy Grooming


As a professional groomer, I’m often faced with the challenge of having to soothe a dog who doesn’t enjoy the experience. While some dogs genuinely enjoy their spa day, there are many dogs who become anxious, frightened, or stressed when they visit. No matter how hard I try to make every dog’s experience a positive one, there’s only so much I can do during the actual grooming process to alleviate a dog’s stress. Believe me when I say that I want every dog to enjoy their grooming—a happy, relaxed dog is much, much easier to groom. I can speak gently, offer treats, give calming touches, and move slowly but if a dog is frightened or stressed past their threshold, none of these things makes a great deal of difference.


If You Can Only Do One Thing For Your Puppy, Do This!

Acquiring a new puppy is a huge responsibility.  You are responsible for its health and well-being, so it’s important to understand what you need to provide.  Food, love, and training are important but giving your puppy vaccinations may make the difference between life and death.  The most important thing you can do for your puppy is vaccinating for Parvovirus. 


Pet Safety Tips: Spring Forward and Stay Safe

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This weekend is a rite of passage. We set our clocks forward an hour and our season to spring. Any fear of oversleeping is quickly replaced with the extended sunlight at the end of our day and the promise of warmer weather. Spring cleaning, preparing gardens, sprucing up around the house, and thoughts of travel get us through the last few weeks of cold weather, but each one of those activities has hidden dangers for our pets. Learn some pet safety tips for this coming spring.


How To Feed Your Kitten

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Getting a new kitten is so exciting and fun, but it’s also a lot of work.  Starting on the right foot is the key to a long happy relationship with your new best friend.  The key to raising a kitten is starting early and staying consistent with your techniques.  This week Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss how to feed your kitten.


The Do’s And Don’ts of CBD For Pets

CBD for petsWere you aware that until December 20, 2018, that hemp and its by-products were still considered illegal substances?  The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 removed hemp also known as cannabis and its derivatives containing less than 3% THC from the Controlled Substance Act.  Veterinarians discussing or selling CBD products before the passing of this bill were putting their license on the line.  Due to the rising public interest in this topic, I am happy to be able to discuss CBD for pets.  This will be the first of several posts to help you stay informed about CBC for pets. Continue…

How To Find The Perfect Pet Questionnaire

perfect petWhether you are deciding to get your very first pet or adding another pet to your household, it is imperative to choose wisely.  Approximately thirty percent of dogs and cats are relinquished between seven months and one year of age.  Relinquishment is partially due to poor planning on the owner’s part, and the other factor is behavioral pet problems.  This week’s article will give you some tools that will help you and your veterinarian or pet counselor find the perfect pet. Continue…

Otitis Externa: Hear All About The Most Common Ear Condition

otitis externaOtitis externa which is inflammation of the inner ear canal is a very common problem of dogs.  The most common primary cause is environmental allergies.  Unlike people who develop watery eyes and sneeze, dogs tend to itch.  Their ears itch turn red and are usually painful.  A discharge usually develops, malodorous and either brownish or yellowish.  Additionally, surface bacteria and yeast take advantage of the inflamed skin and cause a secondary infection. Continue…

National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

January 22nd is National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day  (who knew?), so it seemed like a good time to check in with the clowder (that’s what you call a group of cats) and see what was burning in their brain cells.

Problem. Have you ever tried to get a consensus from a batch of cats? The only thing they can agree on is there should be more food in the bowl and whatever you put in the bowl should have more gravy. It was time to pick a spokes cat. Continue…

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