Author: OAC

Diagnosing and Managing Arthritis in Pets

Picture this scene: Ribby, a charming golden retriever, quietly naps on the family room floor. It is approaching dinner time, and a simple phrase “are you guys hungry” wakes any napping dog up from a dead sleep in my house. I look over to Ribby to watch her gingerly rising to her feet. With a subtle grunt, she slowly coaxes her 10-year-old frame toward the promise of the best meal ever, watching my younger dogs reach their bowls much quicker than she does. This is a scene I am sure many of us have experienced with our aging pets....

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5 Tips for Introducing a New Cat into Your Home

June is Adopt a Cat Month, but if you have been thinking of bringing a new furry friend into your life, any month can be the perfect time to head out to your local shelter and find your match! Whether you’re a seasoned cat owner, are already sharing your space with cats, dogs, or other animals, or this would be your single pet addition to the family – there are some general guidelines to help the transition from shelter to home go as smoothly as possible. If you have other cats, be strategic about the one you choose to...

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Planting for Pollinators

Have you ever found yourself leaving a home and garden center with a flat of flowers you know nothing about? Or maybe you have stood there, paralyzed by all the choices, and not sure what to purchase? Choosing plants and flowers for your garden or landscape can be an overwhelming experience. Garden centers tantalize our senses with colors, textures and varieties of flowers from all over the world. Choosing a goal, such as planting a butterfly garden, can make the decisions much easier and guide you towards a purpose. So why plant a pollinator garden? Not only do pollinator...

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Is Your Dog Depressed?

Some people may not think dogs can have depression — they’re animals, not humans. However, as every loving pet owner knows, animals have feelings and can exhibit different moods. Depression can be triggered for dogs when catastrophic events happen: the loss of a companion pet or the loss of their owner. Dogs are also prone to assessing and mimicking the behavior of their owners. If you’re stressed or depressed, chances are your dog may be picking it up. John Ciribassi, past president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, explains dogs can change their personality completely by changing...

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DIY Treats: An Easy Way to Show Your Love!

Thinking about treating your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Don’t forget about that special someone who shows you the true meaning of unconditional love every day of the year – your four-legged sweetie, of course! Although they may not understand the meaning behind the holiday, your pet will surely appreciate the extra love and attention. Also, if you are like many pet owners, you may be more inclined to spoil your furry sweetheart more than the human loves in your life. There is simply no comparison to the loyalty and friendship that comes from a devoted animal companion. Why not...

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