12 Common Health Conditions in Senior Dogs

As every dog lover knows, senior dogs give unconditional love, loyalty, and emotional support to their pet parents. These four-legged friends also provide warmth and companionship, and a serene, calming presence often accompanies their golden years.

But senior pets have different health concerns than their younger counterparts. Older dogs need extra care in their later years since aging slows them down. Some canines can't move quickly because of arthritis pain. Others suffer from changes in their eyesight, smell, and hearing. Here are 12 common problems that affect senior dogs. 

What You Need to Know About Feline Leukemia

You may have heard some scary things about Feline Leukemia (FeLV), however, cats exposed to the virus don't necessarily have an automatic death sentence. Seventy percent of felines exposed to FeLV resist the infection. Others eliminate the virus from their bodies on their own. And FeLV cases have decreased over the past 25 years due to vaccination and testing.

While the FeLV statistics are looking brighter than in the past, it's still best to arm yourself with knowledge for peace of mind. So, here is everything you need to know about this potentially dangerous disease.

How to Cope with the Loss of a Pet

Friends and relatives understand why we are sad when a person close to us dies. Unfortunately, people may not show that same level of sympathy after someone loses a pet. Some people don't understand that pets become our family members. They provide us with unconditional love, friendship, and support. It's never easy to lose companions that have brought us so much joy.

Here are some strategies that can help you cope with the loss of your pet.
How to Potty Train Your Puppy or Kitten

Some pet parents don't realize that adopting a new kitten or puppy comes with enormous responsibilities. And even those that do can find it overwhelming. Unfortunately, one of the top reasons kittens and puppies end up in shelters is due to poor training and behavior. Dogs and cats need their owners to teach them rules and set boundaries.

House training a new puppy or kitten requires months of dedication and patience. But, the good news is that once your pet gets the hang of it, it should be smooth sailing from there. Here are some tips on how to potty train your new puppy or kitten.
7 Hidden Household Pet Hazards

As a conscientious pet owner you want to provide the best care for your furry friends. This includes feeding them a healthy diet, regular grooming, giving them adequate play and exercise, and scheduling routine check-ups at your local veterinarian. 

Sometimes, however, the safety of the household environment they spend most of their time in is ignored until a curious pet eats or is exposed to an overlooked hazard. Most accidents results from the pet parent's lack of knowledge rather than negligence. Here's a list of seven hidden household pet hazards to be aware of as you seek to create a safe and happy home for your pet.

The Top Ten Eye Afflictions in Dogs (and What to Do About Them)

Your dog's eyes allow them to see the world and explore new territories. These two organs capture light waves that your pet's brain and neural network convert into imagery. Your furry friend's vision works at its best when they have healthy eyes. Sadly, injuries can damage the eyes' structures. Other diseases can also impact your dog's sight.

Here are ten common eye disorders your dog may develop, and how to manage these issues.

7 Reasons Why Pocket Pets are a Great Addition to the Family

Not every home is right for a dog or a cat. Other pets can better fit into a family's lifestyle and bring just as much joy to its human members, including smaller animals sometimes known as "pocket pets."

What are pocket pets? Any small mammal that can be easily kept as a pet, such as a rabbit, ferret, guinea pig, chinchilla, hamster, gerbil, rat or mouse. While the name implies that these pets are small in size, they require —and deserve—the same affection, care and medical services that are recommended for larger animals.

Smaller pets can become much loved furry family members, regardless of their size or special care requirements. Here are seven reasons why adding a pocket pet to your family can be great.

How To Crate Train Your Pet

Your pet deserves safety and security within your home. In a bustling household, especially one with many visitors or small children, it's important to give your dogs or cats a place of their own to retreat to if company, noises or unwanted attention are troubling them.

Providing your pets a comfortable crate and training them to enjoy its privacy and safety is a great way to encourage good bathroom and sleep habits. It's also important for keeping your pets out of trouble if you can't supervise them.

8 Ways to Keep Your Dog from Chewing Your Stuff

Chewing is a common canine behavior. It helps dogs satisfy their curiosity as they explore the world. Unfortunately, some pets may engage in problematic or destructive chewing. Their teeth can leave a trail of damage that is very frustrating. Some dogs like to chew things like shoes, furniture, or clothing — even destroying expensive possessions.

Destructive chewing is a common problem many dog owners face, however there are a few simple methods to stop this destructive behavior. Here are six ways to curb your dog's destructive chewing.

Which Houseplants are Toxic for Pets?

Plants and floral arrangements brighten any home's interior. Unfortunately, these natural additions present hidden dangers for your dog or cat. Poisonous household plants can have systemic effects when a dog or cat ingests them. Symptoms may range from mild GI issues to life-threatening problems.