Author: OAC

5 Tips for Traveling With Pets

The holidays are for celebration with family and friends – and for many of us, that means our pets, too. If you will be traveling with a pet this holiday season, take some time to make a plan using the tips below. This will ensure you and your furry family member(s) reach your destination safely and comfortably. #1 Decide how you will secure them This is probably the most important step of traveling with your pet, even if you are only going a short distance. Not only do many states have laws requiring pet owners to secure their pets...

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Assembling a Pet First-Aid Kit

The natural disasters taking place across the United States shine light on why emergency preparedness is so important for pet owners. October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month, the perfect time to assemble a pet first-aid kit so you are always ready for an emergency. Disasters aren’t the only time a pet first-aid kit can be useful. You might also need a pet first-aid kit while on a camping trip or vacation. You may even find that you utilize your pet first-aid kit most often while at home. Pets can injure themselves in the backyard chasing after a...

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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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