• Pet Care Articles

    Back to Work Worries

    Back to Work Worries

    Now that more of us are returning to work and other daily activities in person, we may find that our dogs have become a little too accustomed to having someone home all day. This transition... Learn More
    Groom to be Cool

    Groom to be Cool

    Warmer weather often means that we spend more time outside with our dogs. Proper grooming will help your dog feel cool and comfortable. Grooming also enhances the relationship you have with your pet. Grooming is... Learn More
    4th of July Survival Guide

    4th of July Survival Guide

    We are a few days away from Fourth of July celebrations, and while most Americans love this holiday, the fireworks, hot weather and array of foods associated with it are not always so good for... Learn More
    Fireworks & Felines

    Fireworks & Felines

    What do fireworks and summer rain have in common? Noises, which often frighten animals. The Humane Society Naples recommends the following tips to help deal with cats and fireworks, or cats and thunder. 1. “Accustom your... Learn More
    Pooch Friendly Planting

    Pooch Friendly Planting

    Gardening is a favorite pastime among many Americans. Freshly grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs not only taste great, but can also save you money. And there’s nothing quite like eating something you cultivated yourself. It’s... Learn More
    Cat Training 101

    Cat Training 101

    Training a cat might sound impossible, but it’s not — cats are smart, and with the right approach you can frequently channel their intelligence in productive ways. Training a cat often seems harder than it... Learn More
    Happy Fur-mom’s Day

    Happy Fur-mom’s Day

    There’s never a wrong time to get a gift to celebrate your mom. Mother’s Day or not, it’s always a good idea to show her how much she means to you — if she’s a... Learn More
    Basket of Fun

    Basket of Fun

    Easter is coming, and lots of us pet parents know how much fun it is to give your dog or cat an Easter basket! Learning how to put together the perfect gift basket for a... Learn More
    The Scoop on Seresto

    The Scoop on Seresto

    We’ve gotten a number of questions about the article in USA Today detailing serious reactions and even deaths linked to the use of Seresto collars. We may not have all the answers yet but we... Learn More
    Springtime Safety

    Springtime Safety

    Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. Before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor revelry, take inventory of potential... Learn More
    Cat-ercise

    Cat-ercise

    It's easy for dog owners to get regular exercise with their pooches; the typical young pup is almost always ready for a run or fetch session. But cat exercise? They’re not exactly known as cooperative... Learn More
    Spring into Hiking

    Spring into Hiking

    Cinder the blog dog here! If you're like me, you are tired of winter and the boring road walks that pass for recreation this time of year. Never fear, friends! The bipeds keep talking about... Learn More
    “Go” in the Snow

    “Go” in the Snow

    You may be excited to bundle up and enjoy a snow day, but some dogs aren’t so thrilled about going outside in that kind of weather — much less going to the bathroom in it.... Learn More
    Pet Dental Care

    Pet Dental Care

    By Dr. Allison Kramer (Originally printed in The Daily Progress, Feb 5, 2017) Have you taken a look in your cat’s or dog’s mouth recently? About 85 percent of dogs and cats older than 4... Learn More
    Sweater Sense

    Sweater Sense

    Many people believe that their dog can't get frostbite, or that it's silly for dogs to wear sweaters. When the temperature falls below 32 degrees, humans and dogs are at risk for frostbite. Just like... Learn More
    Lap Cat by Design

    Lap Cat by Design

    Lap cats are born not made. True? Well, it is true that heredity has a lot to say about a cat’s personality. Friendly mother cats tend to raise friendly kittens. We’re not sure, though, if... Learn More
    Exotic Concerns

    Exotic Concerns

    When people hear about adopting pets from a shelter, they naturally think of dogs and cats. However, exotic pets of all kinds can be found at shelters, too. From parrots to rabbits, guinea pigs to iguanas,... Learn More
    Brrr-ing ‘Em In

    Brrr-ing ‘Em In

    Winter can be a hard time for many animals - dry, cold air, snow and rain and wind... In addition to chapped paws and itchy skin, pets often have to deal with the dangers of... Learn More
    Holiday Snapshot Tips

    Holiday Snapshot Tips

    Santa has Rudolph. Charlie Brown has Snoopy. Even the Grinch has Max. It's only natural to want to include our furry, feathered and maybe even finned family members in holiday celebrations. That's easy when it... Learn More
    Howl-iday Film Favorites

    Howl-iday Film Favorites

    The holidays are here and let's face it - sometimes the best part of the season is the time you get to sit back and relax with your dog and watch a good Christmas movie.... Learn More
    Christmas Crazy Cats

    Christmas Crazy Cats

    Cats are inquisitive and curious by nature. As natural prey animals and predators, their instincts drive them to know everything and everyone in their territory. They explore and test everything that is new to them.... Learn More
    Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    ‘Tis the season for holiday feasts, but also for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble... Learn More
    Fall Allergies

    Fall Allergies

    Autumn brings many delights: colorful leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, a reprieve from the heat of summer. For pets with allergies, however, a change in season can also mean the onset of uncomfortable itching and skin infections.... Learn More
    Pup-tastic Pumpkin

    Pup-tastic Pumpkin

    Let's face it - everyone loves pumpkin! Our dogs love it, too, and it's good for them. Most dogs consider it a special treat to get a spoonful of plain canned pumpkin, but you can... Learn More
    Halloween Harmony

    Halloween Harmony

    It's Spooky Season! You've got your pumpkins out and your candy ready — but is your pet prepared for Halloween? Not all dogs and cats relish this holiday. For some, wearing a costume and greeting... Learn More
    Fall Lawn Care

    Fall Lawn Care

    With a few weeks left before winter begins to settle in, many gardeners are taking final passes at their lawns and gardens. No reason the yard shouldn't shine right up until the first snowfall, right?... Learn More
    Wild Mushroom Dangers

    Wild Mushroom Dangers

    If your dog eats a mushroom bought at the grocery store, there is little risk of poisoning. Most mushrooms that are safe for people are also safe for pets. Wild mushrooms, unfortunately, may be deadly.... Learn More
    Is Your Pet Bored?

    Is Your Pet Bored?

    We don’t know if cats and dogs truly perceive boredom in the same way that humans do. Instead, when talking about pets, I like to use the phrase “insufficient mental stimulation.” Have you ever seen... Learn More
    Indoor Bliss

    Indoor Bliss

    There is a long-held misconception that cats need to be able to roam outdoors to be happy, but we think most modern felines would disagree. All the kitty luxuries available today make the great outdoors... Learn More
    Avoid Canine Heatstroke

    Avoid Canine Heatstroke

    Many dogs love summer as much as we do, but high temperatures can present a problem for our canine friends. We talked with Dr. Debbie Mandell, staff veterinarian and adjunct associate professor at the University... Learn More
    Pet Food Bank

    Pet Food Bank

    Old Dominion Animal Hospital in conjunction with The Companion Animal Fund has received a tremendous amount of pet food for The PET FOOD BANK. The PET FOOD BANK would like to offer pet food and... Learn More
    C’ville’s Best Trails

    C’ville’s Best Trails

    Charlottesville is a delightfully dog-friendly city, with lots of wonderful resources including great trails and dog parks everywhere you look! If you and your pup are looking for a way to add variety to the... Learn More
    Prepare & Protect

    Prepare & Protect

    There is a lot of information to keep track of in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. There is good news for pet owners: there is no evidence that pets can catch or spread the... Learn More
    Office Paw-litics

    Office Paw-litics

    Modern technology has made it possible for many of us to continue working or taking classes even though we need to respect the current stay-at-home ordinances. While it's great that these technologies allow us to... Learn More
    Delightful Distance

    Delightful Distance

    There is a silver lining to every cloud, and we'll admit it - social distancing is an excuse to do what we enjoy most: spend time with our favorite furry people! We may not be... Learn More
    Canine Conversation

    Canine Conversation

    Your dog really can talk to you, but in general, he does it with his body language. Dogs use a variety of unique methods for communicating emotions and telling us what they intend. In some... Learn More
    New Cat Checklist

    New Cat Checklist

    Are you ready to bring a new cat into your heart and home? Welcoming a cat requires some simple preparation. Here are my tips for creating a cat-safe, cat-friendly home for your feline. Helping to... Learn More
    Rover’s Resolutions

    Rover’s Resolutions

    It may be hard to believe, but once again the time has come to make our New Year's resolutions. And since many of the promises we make ourselves might eventually fizzle out, we recommend trying... Learn More
    Cat-tastic Resolutions

    Cat-tastic Resolutions

    If you're like us, you're probably making a list of all the New Year's resolutions you want to commit to in 2020. But don't make your list just about you. How about throwing in some... Learn More
    Doggone Good Cookies

    Doggone Good Cookies

    Let’s face it – the best part of the season is making, sharing and EATING cookies! Christmas cookies make great gifts, and they can be a fun project for the whole family. You can share... Learn More
    Finicky Feline

    Finicky Feline

    Many of us have had a cat who decided “I’m not gonna eat that!” It may be a new kind of food, it may be that the brand you have always fed has changed, or... Learn More
    Scoot Scoot

    Scoot Scoot

    We've all been there - you’re sitting with friends or relatives in your living room when your dog starts scooting her bottom across the floor in front of everyone. Before you cringe and shoo her... Learn More
    Howl-oween Costumes

    Howl-oween Costumes

    Some pets enjoy dressing up just as much as we humans do! Many dogs enjoy the attention they get while wearing a costume, and will eagerly stand to be dressed for Halloween, knowing they will... Learn More
    Furry Halloween Fun

    Furry Halloween Fun

    Although you may want to include your pet in the festivities, remember that chocolate and sweets are not healthy for your cats and dogs. Their digestive systems are not adapted for sweets, and chocolate contains... Learn More
    Safely Social

    Safely Social

    Social media has become a big part of how we communicate. For pet owners, the platform can be both very useful and enjoyable while being simultaneously fraught with peril. Whether you have just joined social... Learn More
    Emergency Ready

    Emergency Ready

    Late summer and fall in Virginia can often bring severe weather and even hurricanes. You may have to evacuate your home if a storm hits our region, and the last thing you want to do... Learn More
    Dogs’ Eye View

    Dogs’ Eye View

    Every dog lover has had the experience: You explain that Fluffy only plays with the red ball, and someone says "Oh, well, she can't see color. It must be because of the smell." It is... Learn More
    “Talk” to Your Cat

    “Talk” to Your Cat

    Have you ever wondered what your cat is trying to say to you? Cats communicate with us in a variety of ways, many of which may go unnoticed. Body language, meowing, purring, and tail waving... Learn More
    Doggy Diets

    Doggy Diets

    Dog owners in the United States have a wide variety of choices when it comes to dog foods. Canine nutritional needs can vary widely depending on breed, size, age, and medical or systemic indications, and... Learn More
    Cat Nap-tastic

    Cat Nap-tastic

    Most cats spend a significant amount of their day napping. There is probably a place somewhere in your home that has a little nest of fur or some other telltale sign that it's your cat's... Learn More

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