Pets are a source of joy in our lives—the wagging tail that greets you at the door, the steady purr of a kitty in your lap, and the many entertaining antics of our furry, feathery and scaly friends. Unfortunately, there are some not-so-fun aspects of pet parenthood (and we don't just mean cleaning the litter box).
Dental disease is among the most common problems we see with our canine and feline clients. And while regular exams are the only way to find and treat issues, there are some things you can do at home between visits to help keep your pet's chompers clean and healthy.
Valentine's Day may not be commonly associated with pets, but who better to represent a holiday that's based on love? No offense, Cupid, but is there any truer affection than the wagging tail that greets a parent after a long day at work? Or the gentle tap of a furry paw to wake you in the morning?
It's the season of love when many pet parents will give and receive tokens of affection. But keep in mind that when new objects come into your home, they're like curiosity magnets to your four-legged friend. Candy, flowers, balloons...you name it and chances are that your pet is going to feel the need to check it out.
Did you know nearly 2 million pets are stolen each year? Sadly, most of them are never recovered. On Feb. 14, Pet Theft Awareness Day, learn more about how you can protect your pet from becoming a victim.
Pets are often taken from backyards, unlocked cars and public places where pets are unattended. People who abduct pets may end up selling them to a breeder or to a research facility that practices animal testing. Sometimes these pets are adopted under false pretenses from "Free to a Good Home" advertisements.