Does My Pet Have Allergies?

It isn't uncommon for your pet to have allergies, but it can be difficult to find out just what those allergies are. Unlike humans, cats and dogs can't give voice to what is making them uncomfortable, and as such it is up to us as their owners to figure out just what is bothering them. We need to be able to recognize the symptoms of common allergens, and to be able to respond accordingly, whether through avoidance of the cause, or through medication.

I Noticed Blood in My Pet's Poop. Should I Be Worried?

If you see signs of blood in your pet's poop, there's no need to panic. But it does mean you should call your veterinarian and schedule an appointment to discuss this new event.

Blood in your pet's stool is an indication of another, underlying problem. Correct diagnosis of the cause will allow prompt treatment.

How to Introduce New Pets to Existing Pets

Pets, in their deep instinctual psyches, have a distrust of strangers, individuals from outside of their tribes or extended families. Animals are individuals, each with his and her mixture of genetics and early environmental factors, almost like human beings. Any instructions about handling animals always come with the proviso that you have to avoid complete generalizations, and look at the behavior of each individual.

Here are some ways to ensure that you choose a pet that has a better chance of getting along with your existing pets, and some tips for weathering the transition smoothly.

4 Smart (and Safe) Ways to Keep Your Cat from Scratching Everything in Sight

If your cat is continually scratching your furniture, drapes or rugs, it's because, well, he or she is a cat. You need to remember that cats are predators. They need sharp claws to kill their prey, defend themselves in the wild, and to climb—and scratching keeps their claws sharp by removing cuticles and cleaning the exterior sheaths of their nails. Scratching, in other words is normal, and even necessary, for your cat's well-being and health.

9 Tips to Curb Excessive Dog Barking

A barking dog is not a totally happy or healthy dog. And the excessive noise doesn't help you and your family, either. If your dog barks constantly, you'll be relieved to know that there are ways to change this disruptive behavior so that everyone feels happier and healthier.

Here are several tips on remedying excessive barking:

Grooming Basics to Keep Your Dog in Tip Top Shape

Groomers are canine stylists that help your dog look its absolute best. Pet parents enjoy getting their furry companion professionally groomed, but these services are costly. Some owners prefer to handle grooming themselves, but how can they achieve great results at home?

This guide will teach you how to give your dog a professional groom and properly care for your canine's coat—without the expensive price tag.

9 Tips to Survive Long Car Trips with Your Pet

It's almost summer, and you may be getting the urge to hop in the car and go exploring. What's more fun than a road trip? Why, a road trip with your furry friends, of course!

Pet Pee Problems: From Urinary Incontinence to Spraying and Beyond

Urinary trouble is one of the more common reasons we see pets for a sick visit. Pet pee problems can stem from health problems or instinctual behavior, but one thing's for sure, urinary problems can be frustrating and worrisome. An accurate diagnosis by your veterinarian will help treat your four-legged friend successfully, and help them get back to a normal pee routine.

What to Expect When Your Pet is Expecting

Expecting a new litter of puppies or kittens is an exciting, wonderful time for pets and their owners. But do you know how to care for your pregnant pet and prepare for its delivery day?

In this guide, we'll teach you how to properly care for an expectant dog or cat and her new furry babies.

A Comprehensive Dog Walking Safety Guide

Walking is vital to keeping your dog entertained, content, and happy. The daily exercise allows your pet to get outside and explore the surrounding world.  

A daily walk is an excellent way to release your pet's pent-up energy, and it's also an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other canines, human beings, and animals within the community. Young puppies need about an hour of exercise daily to expend their energy. Some breeds need more exercise; some breeds need less.

But, however long your pooch needs outside, it's vitally important that you take every precaution to ensure a safe walk. After the recent electrocutions of dogs in the Boston area, it's clear that your pet's life depends on it.