Fourth of July Pet Safety

The cat from bengal firesIf you are like most pet parents, the Fourth of July – while fun for us – provides an ample amount of stress for our pets and, by extension, for us. After all, July 4th is one of the most rowdy, noisy, and social of holidays of the year. With all of that celebration going on, it’s understandable why we worry about our furry friends and anticipate some anxiety during the festivities.

While any holiday can present pet safety considerations, the American Humane Society reports a dramatic increase in lost pets on July 5th. But don’t panic! When it comes to Fourth of July pet safety, there are some effective ways of keeping your pet secure and calm during the midst of this festive day. Continue reading

Parasite Preventatives: Protecting Your Pet from Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworm

Playful Stray Puppy in North African DesertProtecting your pet from fleas, ticks, and heartworm is an important part of being a pet owner. Not only can these parasites be a nuisance to your pet (and you), but they also pose a serious threat to your pet’s health.

Your pet’s exposure risk for these parasites is at its highest April–November, but parasite prevention must be a year-round commitment if it is to be truly effective. Do you know what’s at risk when it comes to fleas, ticks, and heartworm? If not, read on to learn more about these parasites, and why parasite preventatives are so critical to protecting your pet’s health. Continue reading

Protecting Your Pet from Heatstroke

iStock_000035346978_SmallFor many of us, summer sends us outdoors for fun in the sun with our friends, family, and pets. Trips to the farmers markets, walks through the neighborhood, grilling in the backyard, and trips out of town are all on the menu this time of year…

Whatever it is that you and your pet love to do in the heat of summer, you should be aware of the risks heat can pose to our four-legged friends. Take the necessary steps to protect your pet against heatstroke, dehydration, and overexertion that may affect your pet’s health in the months ahead, by considering the following… Continue reading