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Why do Groomers Ask for Shot Records?

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Groomers all over the country are tightening their policies and asking for updated vaccines for your pet.  But why do groomers ask for shot records and what preventative medicines are they looking for?  Here’s an inside look at what pet care professionals are thinking.

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The Green Bean Diet for Overweight Dogs

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The green bean diet for overweight dogs seems to be the answer to quick weight loss for obese pets.  However, like many things, there are rules to follow and important things to know to keep your pet safe while on this diet.  If your pet is overweight, you will want to read below and see if this diet works for you.  As always, call your veterinarian to see what they think.

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9 Months to Prepare Your Pet for Your Baby

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9 Months to Prepare Your Pet for Your Baby

Congratulations on the exciting news!  You are expecting a baby and have tons to do between morning sickness, lack of sleep, baby books and baby showers.  But there’s another baby in your home that you have to prepare – your fur baby.  You have 9 months to prepare your pet for your baby…let’s get started!

First: Assess Your Beloved Pet

You know how cute it is when Fido jumps into your arms when you come home?  Or how he loves to bark at the squirrels through the window early in the morning?  <Insert screeching brakes> Yeah.  Those behaviors are not so great when you have a newborn.

It is time to call a professional trainer.  Dog Trainers have assisted many expected parents in their quest for the perfect pet.

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Kickoff To Flea Season

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The transition from summer to fall is a favorite time of year for many…lower temperatures, football, and, of course, pumpkin spice.  It’s also the favorite time of year of our not so close friend, the flea.  As last week marked the kickoff to football season, so does it mark the kickoff to flea season.  Booooo!!!

Did you know that we fight a $4 Billion war on fleas?  Here’s some information and ways to help you win this yearly battle.

Fleas Are No Joke!
  • Fleas thrive when the temperature is between 65-80 degrees and with low humidity.  Most pet owners assume that fleas start to die off when temps cool.  Groomers and vets agree that this assumption is what leads to an infestation when the pet owner stops giving the preventative treatments.
  • Once fleas have found a happy home, it becomes extremely difficult to eliminate them completely.
  • If your not convinced, check out our other article on fleas…Fleas, Ticks and Bugs…OH MY!  PART 1
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This Book Changed My Opinion About Dogs And Separation Anxiety

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Milo’s mom was so upset (and rightfully so).  Her precious Lab who is normally the most well-behaved dog in the world, destroyed her window frame, window treatments and curtains one afternoon while the family was at church.  Milo’s mom confessed that Milo has been doing things like this lately but this was by far the worse incident and she is lost as to what to do.  Being the ‘expert’ I am, I diagnosed Milo with separation anxiety. After all, he is a Labrador and they love to be around their pack!

A few months later, I followed up with the family and found out that Milo got progressively worse and they had to give him away.  I was heart-broken!  Soon after, an amazing book found it’s way into my hands and changed my thoughts about separation anxiety.  I misdiagnosed Milo!!  And so did all of the other experts!  Please read this book and educate yourself if your dog is exhibiting separation anxiety – it may be something completely different!

Separation Anxiety vs Containment Phobia by Karyn Garvin is the book I am referring to and one in which I believe all pet owners should have.  As the title suggests, there is another condition that effects 10-15% of the canine population known as Containment Phobia.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEPARATION ANXIETY AND CONTAINMENT PHOBIA

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