A pet can be one of the best gifts, but it should never be a surprise. In fact, it's a good idea to have the whole family involved in deciding to adopt a new best friend, and then in choosing the pet. Visit your local shelter or rescue group today - you might make this Christmas bright for one lucky animal!
Christmas decorations really add to the festive celebration of the season, but they can become hazards to the well-being of our animal companions. So go ahead and deck the halls, but keep your pet's safety in mind.
It might be tempting to include your best friend when you sit down to the table this Thanksgiving, but some things on your plate could harm your furry buddy. Be careful and choose treats that are pet-friendly and will make you both thankful for tasty morsels and great companionship!
When the humidity level in your home drops to 30% or lower, static electricity can make you and your furry friend uncomfortable. In fact, just stroking your pet's fur could result in a little shock for both of you. Bathing your pet with moisturizing shampoo (one approved for use on pets) and increasing the moisture in the air can help remedy the problem.
Animal shelter workers and rescue volunteers are the unsung heroes of the pet world, because without them many animals would never have the chance to find a new home. This week is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, but thankfully these dedicated folks are helping our four-footed friends all year long!
What is it about Halloween that makes us want to dress ourselves and our four-footed companions in costumes? Some pets love it, some don't mind too much and others can be totally stressed by Halloween. It's up to you to make sure your best friend is safe and comfortable, whatever the holiday.
Many schools, like the University of Alabama, have a pet policy that allows only fish in campus housing. Others, like Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, have more liberal pets-in-residence programs that permit small dogs, cats rabbits, ferrets, even ducks. For some students, the option to take their best friend with them to school can influence their decision about where they decide to study.
Some folks consider cats to be aloof and one-dimensional, but those of us who have feline family members know they are funny, affectionate, playful and, yes, independent. But that very spirit that makes them independent also helps to make them lower maintenance pets when compared to, say, dogs.
In the pet world, Mother's Day has a very different connotation from that in the human experience. Most pet mothers never get to see their babies grow up. This Mother's Day, consider things from your pet's point of view. Make plans to keep your pet from becoming a mother by having her spayed.
The puppies and kittens you see at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption. (The unlucky ones never made it that far.) But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes. That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.