Pucker Up! The Truth About Pet Kisses and Health

WestPark_iStock_000048163856_LargeIt seems there are two types of pet owners: those who relish friendly pet kisses and those who cringe at the thought. Some animal lovers go so far as to kiss their pets on the mouth!

Whether you’re one of the affectionate types or not, there’s a lot of confusion about the safety and health risks associated with kissing a pet. So, is it disgusting or adorable?

Pet Kisses: Gross, Sweet, or Just Unsanitary?

First, let’s dismiss one of the biggest myths around – that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. All animal and human mouths contain a variety of bacteria, some of which can make us ill. Continue reading

Safety First: Choosing Safe Pet Toys

Westpark_iStock_000027731191_LargeIt’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, or so the saying goes. We normally reserve this saying for our children, but in many cases it can be extended to our pets as well.

As of yet, there is no set standard for safety when it comes to pet playthings, so for the time being, it’s up to pet owners to figure out what constitutes safe pet toys and what doesn’t. Fortunately, you have several excellent tools at your disposal: the advice of your veterinarian, your knowledge of your individual pet, and your own common sense. Continue reading

Scoop That Poop: Hygiene and Pet Feces


WestPark_iStock_000071982185_LargeThe mounds of snow in the Midwest have mostly melted, and with any luck we are past the time of year for blizzards. While you may be rejoicing that spring is nearly here, don’t get too caught up in your garden plans and leisurely walks with your dog in the sunshine. You have an important task to accomplish.

Remember all that dog poop in your backyard that it was too cold to go retrieve? Well, it’s time.

Picking up your backyard should be an important part in your spring cleaning plans. Scooping poop is essential for responsible pet ownership and the health and well-being of your pet and those around you. Need some more motivation? Read on to discover the virtues of hygiene and pet feces. Continue reading