Author: Jeanne Bennett

It may taste good to you, but it can kill your pets

Most people don’t realize that a stick of sugar-free gum can kill their dog. It’s safe to say that most people have no idea that many foods we eat and enjoy are good for humans, but could literally kill our pets. It’s not just dogs; certain foods can also have adverse reactions in cats. Many of us tend to think that dogs and cats can eat what humans eat. We often don’t think twice about giving them a bite of our cookie or worry too much when they scavenge for food. But dogs and cats don’t metabolize foods the...

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Keep your pets safe and drama-free at Easter

Easter for humans usually means friends and family coming together for church services, egg hunts, baskets of candy, and going to the mall to meet the Easter Bunny. Easter for our pets can mean a few temptations to chew, ingest, and lick things that aren’t good for them. With Easter just a few days away, here are eight tips to help to keep your pets safe. 1: Say No to Easter Grass Easter grass can make a basket really pretty, but it’s irresistible for dogs and cats. They love to chew on it and, if ingested, can be dangerous....

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When you die, what will happen to your pets?

When planning for your pet’s life after your death, you have a range of options – from making simple, non-legal arrangements or a complex trust, to leaving your pet with an organization dedicated to taking care of pets after an owner’s death. To make any of these arrangements, you need to find a person or organization that you trust to care for your pet. And that person or organization needs to be willing to do it. So no matter which option you choose, have a candid conversation with your pet’s potential caretaker about how to care for your pet...

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Calling to support and salute K-9 veterans and their work

National K-9 Veterans Day is celebrated on March 13th on the official birthday of the U.S. Army K-9 Corps, formed in 1942.  Joseph White, a retired military working dog trainer, originated the idea for the day. A lot of things changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Oil, leather and rubber were rationed. Men were drafted. Women rolled up their sleeves and built war supplies and dogs were called to duty. During the First World War, the United States took notice of the European use of canines as sentries, message carriers and several other duties. “Dogs for...

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There may be more to the ‘purr’ than meets the ear

If you are thinking of getting a cat as a pet because, except for the occasional meow when they want something, they are quiet, think again. Cats have been known not only to meow but to chirp, yowl, purr and engage in random gibberish. Cats will often actually communicate information about her world and about how she feels toward you. The good news is that if you listen closely, you just might begin to understand what all the meowing is about and use that understanding to your advantage. Next to birds, cats possess the widest range of vocalizations of...

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