Why Do Cats Knead?

You’re reading a newspaper when suddenly your cat jumps onto your lap. She’s purring and begins to knead your lap, circling around and finding a perfect position to curl into. She is completely oblivious to your desires as she focuses on the push and pulls of her front paws. She’s your cat, and she has […]

Benefits of Crate Training a Dog

What are the benefits of crate training my dog?  Dogs are hard-wired to be den animals.  A den is a small, safe, well-defined space where dogs feel instinctively protected. It is also a place that they instinctively avoid soiling. The combination of these two natural traits is what makes crate training, done properly, a kind and […]

How often should my cat be examined by a veterinarian?

Our cat appears healthy. How often should she be examined by a veterinarian?  Healthy cats should receive preventive care examinations, or wellness exams, at least once a  year by a veterinarian. Senior cats, kittens, and cats with chronic conditions should be examined by a veterinarian more frequently.   Wellness exams help to identify health issues at the […]

Why does my dog chase his tail?

Why does my dog chase his tail? Dogs chase and sometimes bite their tails for either behavioral or medical reasons. Behavioral issues usually stem from boredom or obsessive tendencies. A long wagging tail is a temptation easily within reach. Restless dogs that get bored need the stimulation of exercise or other activities to distract them.  […]

Pet Safety During Christmas

As you get ready to decorate your home for the festive season, here are few tips to keep your pets’ safe:  Avoid hanging edible ornaments—including festive dog treats shaped like Santa Claus or gingerbread men—or decorating with small toys, such as catnip-filled mice and brightly colored crinkly balls. Most pets are unable to resist the […]