Author: Jeanne Bennett

Pets are people too…in the sky

It appears that last year a new federal rule, was passed which requires U.S. airports receiving federal financial aid to provide pet potties inside their terminals, in areas past security. The law, titled “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel,” mandates that airports with 10,000 or more annual passengers (Phila. International Airport services somewhere around 86,000 a day) provide indoor wheelchair-accessible pet-relief areas convenient to airline gates for service animals that accompany passengers departing, connecting, or arriving on flights. Don’t have a pet to travel with? No worries. More than 30 airports around the country now have...

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Springtime from your pet’s view

By JeanneBennett Spring has finally arrived! If you think you are excited to say goodbye to the days of being cooped up inside or having to worry about getting frostbite every time we go out,  our pets are likely even more excited to, once again, stretch their legs and explore the outdoors. Unfortunately with warmer weather comes new considerations we have to keep in mind before we open our doors and let our pets out. Heartworms While you should administer heartworm prevention medication year-round, it’s especially vital to give your pet a preventive when the weather gets warmer. Heartworm,...

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Beautiful gardens may be dangerous for pets

Gardens are often thought of as an oasis; a welcome sign of the end of a long and cold winter. It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows a serious gardener, that the “perfect” garden could run well into the thousands of dollars and take many hours of do-it-yourself work or even professional help to get it just right. It’s hard to believe that when you look at your beautiful flowers or weed-free lawn, if you have pets, you have to also wonder if the chemicals you use to get those blooms or keep that lawn weed-free...

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To cut hair or not to cut is the seasonal question

Dog parents struggle with the same question each year as warm weather returns: Should I have my dog shaved down for summer to keep him cool? The answer is always the same: it depends. If you have been diligent about keeping your dog well brushed and he is not heavily matted or solidly packed with shed hair, he can still be cool without stripping him of his coat. Like most things found in nature, the dog’s coat has a purpose: It protects him from the elements in winter by insulating him from cold. In double-coated breeds, the downy undercoat...

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Catnip could be good for your cat and you

Catnip is a fragrant herb that belongs to the mint family. Its scientific name is “nepeta cataria” and it’s sometimes called “catmint” or “catswort.” Even though cats go crazy and some even seem drugged around catnip, it’s not a drug. All cats respond differently to catnip. Some of them walk away because they couldn’t care less, but others go nuts. The cats that do go crazy are responding to the active ingredient in catnip called “nepetalactone.“ Nepetalactone drives some cats crazy, but it can also drive mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches and termites away. Researchers have found that nepetalactone by itself...

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