Monday, November 26, 2012

Family Time: How to keep your pets healthy and happy all winter long

Tip of the Week

Dry skin, winter weight gain and the common cold - humans aren't the only ones to struggle with winter woes. Cold weather can affect our pets' health, too. While you can put in some extra time on the treadmill and layer up for the cold weather, pets rely on their human companions to help them stay healthy all year long. As temperatures drop and snow starts to fall, keep these simple safety tips in mind to help keep your pets safe and healthy this winter:

 - Dress to impress ... and stay warm. With thick coats and hardy constitutions, some animal breeds are made to stand up to Old Man Winter. But most domestic dogs will feel the cold, so it makes sense to outfit them for the weather. Sweaters, booties and other winter essentials aren't just fashionable, they're functional; they can help protect your four-legged friends from extreme cold, snow and ice. Keeping ID tags up to date and secure on your pet's collar is also a crucial part of any pet's winter wardrobe. Dogs especially can lose their way in snow-covered landscapes that mask familiar scents and scenery. It's best to keep your dog on a leash and ensure it is wearing an ID tag at all times to keep Fido safe and secure all season.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

How to keep your pet healthy & happy during the holidays

It can be a challenge to keep your pet’s well-being in mind in the midst of all the fun and excitement of the holidays

The holidays are a great occasion to relax and enjoy quality time with your family, friends and pets. Everyone looks forward to the food, decorations and visitors that accompany this time of year. It can be a challenge to keep your pet’s well-being in mind in the midst of all the fun and excitement, but here are some tips if you want to keep it happy and healthy.


We all know that the holiday favorite, chocolate, is dangerous to dogs (and other animals too!), but there are other foods you should avoid giving to your pets as well. Though you may be tempted to toss your dog a turkey or ham bone, just remember that small bones and bone chips can become lodged in their throat or stomach, causing pain and even death. If you season your foods with onion or garlic, make sure you don’t feed any of it to your pets as these contain sulfides that can be deadly to them. As a general rule of thumb, it is never a good idea to feed your pet table scraps, especially from the high-fat foods that are typically found on a holiday menu.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Keeping your dog active

How to keep your dog active and the benefits activity provides for your canine companion.

Exercise is important for everyone, including your dog. The benefits of staying fit are innumerable and not just for physical reasons, for mental reasons, too. The only problem is it gets quite difficult to fit in some canine cardio when you’ve been at work all day and the temperature is dropping. No matter how hectic your life gets though, there are a plethora of reasons to pick yourself and your pooch up and get active.

Boredom Beater
First and foremost, dogs must burn their extra energy in a healthy way or they will become destructive. When your dog is bored you can bet he or she will do whatever they must to occupy themselves. Since they can’t walk themselves, it is your duty as the owner to ensure they stay as active as they need to. If that means waking up an hour earlier to get a walk in, the loss of sleep will surely be better than the loss of personal property courtesy of your loving dog. Exercise is also a way for dogs to sharpen their senses and stay mentally alert. As the saying goes if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it and this goes for animals as well. Animals, dogs were born to exercise, whether they weigh two pounds or 200. Being active has a satisfying, calming effect on a pup and can assist in keeping them trouble free.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tips for traveling with pets during holidays

Traveling with a pet isn't easy, since there are more rules than destinations. Kelly E. Carter, president of and AOL's resident pet travel expert, and Sheron Long, frequent international traveler and author of "Dog Trots Globe — To Paris and Provence," share their tips:

— Research before you go and make reservations early. Airlines offer a limited number of cabin spots for pets, and they are first-come, first-served.
— Know the weight, age and kennel size and closure restrictions for the airline you're flying.
— Fees vary for pets, so have your checkbook or credit card ready at the airport.
— Know how much room you will have under the seat for your pet and your legs. lists the dimensions on any seat on any aircraft.
— Ask for a window seat to avoid your pet getting kicked if fellow passengers want to leave their seats.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Veterinary Pet Insurance and the Animal Cancer Foundation Unite to Fight Against the Nation's Number One Disease-Related Killer of Dogs and Cats

 In 2011, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, received more than 48,000 claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in pets – making cancer-related conditions collectively the fourth most common type of medical claim received last year. In a continuing effort to educate pet ownersabout the prevalence, detection and treatment of pet cancer, VPI again recognizes November as National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Partnering with the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF), VPI will host the sixth annual VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk on Nov. 11, 2012 in Long Beach, Calif., to raise funds for pet cancer research. In addition, for each new Facebook "Like" in November, VPI will donate $1 to the Animal Cancer Foundation, up to $10,000. To date, VPI has raised more than $108,000 to benefit the ACF.

VPI launched National Pet Cancer Awareness Month in 2005, calling attention to the number one disease-related killer of dogs and cats.

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