Entries by bruce

How Does the Moon Affect Your Pet: Lunar Phases and Animals

How does the moon affect your pet? What do the phases of the moon mean? FULL MOON: The Full Moon influences the psyche of animals with noticeable intensity. It has been said to increase chaos, and even cause the Earth to shake. Veterinary staff and Animal Control keep busy during this phase. When an animal […]

Is My Dog Allergic to Chicken?

One of the most common ingredients in dog food is also one of the most common causes of allergies. Chicken shows up in many kibbles, wet foods, and treats. If you notice your dog suffering from allergy symptoms, your veterinarian may suggest that you start by looking at what they eat. So how can you […]

How to Know if Your Dog Has Anxiety

Dogs that experience anxiety may display their stress in very different ways. Some symptoms, like panting or shaking, are subtle and can be easily missed or dismissed because they are normal in other circumstances. Other more noticeable symptoms include aggression and excessive barking. Pet owners may mistake such symptoms as their pet simply acting out […]

Dog Flu: Keep Your Pet Safe

You’ve heard of flu outbreaks making people sick, but they can happen to dogs, too. Our doggie friends can catch “canine influenza,” which not only makes them feel bad but can be dangerous to them. It’s not a new condition. Scientists discovered one strain of this flu, called the H3N8 virus, more than 40 years […]

Cold Weather Pet Safety

You’re probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets’ health? Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather: Winter wellness: Has your pet had his/her preventive care exam (wellness […]

A Pet-Friendly Fire Escape Plan

If a fire is spreading rapidly through your home, you could have as little as two minutes to get out safely. This is where your previous fire safety drills will be life-saving, as you won’t have to think about what to do in the middle of a crisis, you’ll already have your plan in place. […]

The definition of shaping

Shaping is commonly defined as: The differential reinforcement of successive approximations toward a target behavior. Now, that’s a mouthful! In plain English, this basically means that you start by reinforcing (rewarding) little pieces of the behavior, and gradually build up the behavior until you reach your final goal. However, let’s break this down and look […]

Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

O Christmas Tree, Don’t Hurt My Pet  Keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can be a difficult task. There are the ornaments, plants, presents, lights — oh, and who could forget the Christmas tree (if do you decide to put one up this year)? Let’s take a look at some simple steps […]

Ways to Treat Dog Dandruff

Dog dandruff can be distressing—it’s not only unsightly, but it usually means something’s not quite right with your pup’s skin. In fact, dandruff could be caused by a variety of things, including allergies, parasites, an illness, or food sensitivities, says Dr. Danel Grimmett of Sunset Veterinary Clinic in Oklahoma. “There are so many causes, but […]

FACT or FICTION: Can Ice Harm Your Dog? The Truth Behind The Viral Story

Many of you may have been alarmed by the recent blogs and articles that have been circulating the web, as things that are alarming often do, that warns you to NEVER give your dog ice or ice water as it may cause serious injury even death. There are various accounts of the article, with different […]