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As both a professional pet sitter, and a dog owner, we know how important it is to understand how pets react in many different situations, which is why we feel it is extremely important to continue your pet-ucation. Click on the links below to read my current monthly newsletters and other helpful tips.

 

2011

December 2011

Laws You Should Know
Summary of provisions of the San Diego County Code (SDCC) that reflect the basic responsibilities of animal ownership. Read more ...

November 2011

Talkiní Turkey and Pet Safety
Holidays can be extremely fun for humans, but are often a dreadful experience for pets. The culprits of the top Thanksgiving pet emergencies involve guests and food. Pet Sitters International (PSI) offers pet owners four tips to ensure everyone remains thankful this year. Read more ...

September 2011

Cats
FAQ. Read more ...

August 2011

What to do when you see a pet in a car on a hot day!
In San Diego, if you see a pet in distress in a vehicle, dial 911 or find the nearest police officer, firefighter, paramedic, sheriff or animal control officer. Read more ...

July 2011

What to do about Hairballs
For most pet owners, hairballs and cats are a disgusting fact of life. The telltale retch, the unfortunate stinky mass in the middle of the carpet- we are familiar with many of the signs. Hairballs are not only a nuisance, but can be a serious health threat to your cat. Read more ...

June 2011

Six Tips for a Pet-Safe Summer
The last days of May signal the unofficial start of summer for folks, young and old, across the country. But with these carefree months of no homework and summer Fridays comes an increased risk for illness or injury for our furry pals. Read more ...

May 2011

Fleas
Fleas can enter the home in many ways, even if your pet is not or only rarely allowed outside. They can hop in from your yard, hitch a ride on you, or even be left over from previous inhabitants (larvae can remain dormant for long periods of time under a variety of conditions). Since fleas can be carriers for worms and diseases, keeping your pet flea-free helps to keep it healthy. In addition, many pets and people are allergic to flea-bites. Read more ...

April 2011

Caring for Your Kitten - 10 Do's and Don'ts
Nothing beats kitten fun. But more goes into proper care than plopping food in a bowl and setting up a litter box. Before you adopt, review these 10 do's and don'ts to ensure your kitten love lasts a lifetime. Read more ...

March 2011

55 Dog Behavior Facts
Dogs are social and are concerned with what we think, thus dog behaviors can be reinforced with praise. Read more ...

February 2011

Fun Facts About Pets
Domesticated pets are complex creatures. Have you ever wondered why they do some of the things they do? Read more ...

January 2011

Harmful Pet Treats: Foods Every Owner Should Avoid
A table scrap here, a little taste there — when indulging our pets, the temptation to slip them tiny treats of our food can be strong. Read more ...

 

2010

November 2010

UTI Cat - Home Treatment
UTI-Free - Homeopathic remedy relieves frequent urination, bladder discomfort, and urine leakage to improve bladder and urinary tract health. Read more ...

October 2010

Truth about Cats & Dogs
Fact: Dog Kisses Can Make You Sick. Think dogs' mouths are cleaner than humans? Think again. Veterinarians say dogs' chops are teeming with germs like salmonella, campylobacter, and cryptosporidium. Read more ...

September 2010

How to Keep Ants Out of Pet Food
When ants invade your pet's food, the pet may refuse to eat. Find out how to correct this problem and prevent it in the future. The key is to create a 'chemical safe' barrier which the ants will not cross and yet will not be harmful to your pets, wild birds or any other animals you wish to feed. Read more ...

August 2010

Does my pets have Ringworms?
Ringworm is a misnomer in that the organism causing the infection is not a worm at all; it's a fungus. Pet owners can catch ringworm from their animal friends-their dogs, cats, horses, cattle, etc. Read more ...

July 2010

July 4th Fireworks Are No Blast For Pets
Returning home from a holiday celebration, Sharon Moore and her family discovered feces on their living room floor. Read more ...

June 2010

Cat Training 101
Some people think that cats and training just don't go together, but training your cat really can be fun and rewarding. First thing to understand is that cats do not respond the way that dogs do. Cats are not as eager to please their owners, they want to please themselves. Read more ...

May 2010

Walking Your Cat
While there is some concern that giving your cat a taste of the great outdoors will turn him into a demanding puss who sits by the door meowing incessantly to go out, many feline experts believe that the greater danger lies in providing a living environment for the cat that is unchanging and unstimulating -- just plain boring. Read more ...

April 2010

Pet Earthquake Preparation Tips
It is vital that your pet be properly identified. This is especially important in time of an earthquake or other natural disaster when pets become frightened and run away. Read more ...

March 2010

Oops... Missed the Litter Box
Not long ago a friend told me two of her cats were not using the litter box consistently. They used the hall carpet or a spot near the litter box instead for their bathroom chores. This is not just a minor annoyance that will correct itself if you ignore it. In fact, it's pretty difficult to ignore either the mess or the odor of misplaced deposits. Inappropriate elimination actually tops the list of reasons why people give up their cats to animal shelters. Read more ...

February 2010

Feline Leukemia Virus
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus, a family of viruses which has many members that infect cats and cause disease and death in cats around the world. Another well-known feline retrovirus is the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV can be found together in the same cat. Read more ...

January 2010

Rabies in Cats
Rabies is one of the most well known of all the viruses. Fortunately, through active vaccination and eradication programs, there were only 3 reported cases of human rabies in the United States in 2006, although 45,000 people were exposed and required post-exposure vaccination and antibody injections. Read more ...

 

2009

December 2009

Pet Hospice - Caring Until the End
Caring for a dying companion animal at home requires veterinary assistance and other types of support. The help that's needed is slowly becoming available. Read more ...

November 2009

Taking a Bite Out of Canine Arthritis
Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease (DJD), is a progressive, debilitating disorder characterized by a loss of cartilage and the death of cartilage-producing cells. DJD can occur in any joint, but is most often found in the hip. It can lead to permanent loss of function. Read more ...

October 2009

Caring for your Senior Dog
Maybe you adopted an older dog, maybe you've had him or her since puppy days. Either way, keeping him healthy and happy for as long as possible is what we all strive toward. Read more ...

September 2009

Declawing Cats
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Hospital encourage owners to seek alternatives to declawing their cats. If you are thinking about having your pet declawed, please take a moment to consider the following information. Read more ...

August 2009

Can Children Catch Worms from Cats and Dogs?
It is possible for humans and especially children to become infected with worms from cats and dogs. It is important to teach your children to wash their hands before eating. Equally important is to regularly treat your pets for worms. Read more ...

July 2009

Pools Are Perilous for Pets
Every pet owner with a swimming pool knows that whether they want their animal in the water or not, their pet will probably end up in the pool at some point, often involuntarily! Read more ...

May 2009

10 Questions I'm Most Asked about Dogs in Heat
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April 2009

Dangers of Cocoa Mulch
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March 2009

Share the Love: Adopt a Disabled Pet
Pets with a Physical or Medical Disability Can Be Difficult to Place for Adoption but Are Worth it.   Read more ...

February 2009

How to Prevent Escapes...and What To Do If Your Dog Gets Away
Despite their love for their families, most dogs -- given the right opportunity -- can't wait to escape. Why not? There are all kinds of exciting things that induce a dog to bolt, if only for an adventure or the thought of a good chase of the deliveryman, the neighbor's cat or a passing squirrel. An open door is an invitation throughout the life of the dog.   Read more ...

January 2009

Canine Vomiting and Diarrhea
Vomiting is usually caused by inflammation of the stomach (gastritis), and often happens when dogs eat grass or spoiled food.   Read more ...

 

2008

December 2008

Keep an eye out during winter holidays
With the fall and winter holidays come many new faces, guests and dog sitters. Each time guests enter your home pets are exposed to new levels of stress, both positive and negative.   Read more ...

November 2008

How to Brush Your Dogs Teeth
Dental disease is the most common disease in our canine companions. It is also one of the most preventable and treatable diseases. Fortunately, we can reduce or even prevent dental disease by feeding a crunchy diet, appropriate chew treats and toys and daily tooth brushing.   Read more ...

October 2008

Bubble Gum is Toxic to Dogs
Certain kinds of bubble gum that contain a product called "xylitol" can cause serious problems when ingested by your dog. Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar alcohol that looks and tastes like sugar. Many products on the market, including sugar-free candy, gums, breath fresheners, toothpastes, sunblock, and other nutritional supplements contain xylitol.   Read more ...

September 2008

Heat Stroke in Dogs and Cats
Congratulations, you're expecting a baby! If your family already includes a pet, you'll need to help that first "baby" adjust to the new one you'll soon bring home.   Read more ...

August 2008

Hiking and Backpacking with your Dog
Any dog can carry 1/3 of his body weight. There is also a book available: A Guide to Backpacking with your Dog, by Charlene LaBelle that is very good.   Read more ...

July 2008

Heat Stroke in Dogs and Cats
Heat stroke is a major concern for pet owners. Humans and animals respond differently when they get too hot.   Read more ...

April 2008

Estate Planning for your Pets
Should anything happen to you, who should get custody of your pets? Everyone who has pets should have a plan for their pet, or what's known in California as a Statutory Pet Trust.   Read more ...

March 2008

About Pet Rabbits
Rabbits are growing in popularity as house pets. Social as well as active and playful, they have the potential to be wonderful pets for the prepared owner.  Read more ...

February 2008

Snake Care
Snakes need the same basic things as any animal: proper food, clean drinking water, a secure shelter, attention to any medical problems, and the right temperature range. Get these set up, and your snake should live a healthy, happy life.  Read more ...

January 2008

Protecting your Dog from Heartworm Disease
You hear about it from your Vet and see the commercials on television, but what exactly is heartworm and how can you protect your family pet?  Read more ...

 

2007

December 2007

Keep your Pet Protected from Poisons
If you fear that you dog could have been poisoned or may have eaten something harmful to him, you should call your Veterinarian immediately to find out what to do.  Read more ...

November 2007

Pets and Disaster: Be Prepared
Our pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can count. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being. Here's how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes.  Read more ...

October 2007

Destructive Behavior: Digging
Digging behavior in dogs can have many motivations. Some breeds, such as the Northern breeds (Huskies, Malamutes) dig cooling holes and lie in them.  Read more ...

September 2007

Aggression: Sibling Rivalry
Dogs are social animals whose evolutionary history makes them willing and able to live in groups. Group living enabled wolves to work together to obtain food, raise their young and defend their territory.  Read more ...

August 2007

Addison's Disease
The correct medical term for this disease is Hypoadrenocorticism. This term means that there is diminished or lowered hormone production from the outer part or cortex of the adrenal gland. Read more ...

July 2007

Keeping Pets Safe on July 4th
To protect the pets you are caring for on the Fourth of July, take these precautions: Read more ...

June 2007

What is the Canine Good Citizen Program?
AKC's Canine Good Citizen certification program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the CGC test receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club and they are automatically recorded in the AKC's Canine Good Citizen Archive.  Read more ...

May 2007

Changing Your Dog's Diet
With all the dangers and risks of feeding your dog a mass-produced, popular brand of dog food – what is a dog owner to do? The answer is simple: you have to change your dog's diet to a healthy dog food.  Read more ...

April 2007

Dog Food Grading Scale
How to grade your dog's food.  Read more ...

March 2007

Training Your Dog to Come When Called
One of the most common training problems owners have with their dogs is that the dog will not come when called. Training a dog to come when called is often referred to as a &qupt;recall." It is ironic that owners go to great lengths to train their dog NOT to come when called, and then complain about it. Read more ...

February 2007

How to Handle A Barking Dog
Barking is a perfectly natural canine behavior. Birds sing; frogs croak; and a dog barks, whines and howls. If you have a dog, you better expect some barking, whining or howling. It is unrealistic and unfair to think you can train your dog to stop barking altogether. However, Read more ...

January 2007

Litter Box Training Your Cat or Kitten
The most common reason a cat stops using its litter box is because the litter box is dirty - from the cat's viewpoint, not yours. Cats often react to any type of stress by suddenly urinating or defecating outside the litter box. Read more ...

 

2006

December 2006

What Children Learn with and from Pets
Those of us who had pets as children probably remember the unconditional love we received, the pleasures of animal companionship, and the lessons in caring for another creature. Most likely, we gained far more from our pets than we realize even now. Read more ...

November 2006

Excessive Meowing: When Your Cat Talks Too Much
Fluffy meows when she's hungry, when she wants attention, when she smells food…and sometimes for reasons unknown to us. Her meowing may be conversational, or it may be annoying. Especially when we're trying to fall asleep at night. Read more ...

October 2006

Put Safety before Festive Fun
Pumpkins, tombstones, skeletons and witches mean that Halloween is close at hand. If you survive that, it's on to the next in a string of holidays; Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year's. Whether you embrace the festivities, or run screaming from an army of relatives who invade your peaceful home, remember that the holidays pose special risks to your dog. Read more ...

August 2006

Canine Worms
Dogs are victims of several internal parasites frequently referred to as worms. The most common are the roundworms that infest most puppies at some time in their young lives and tapeworms that can be a big problem when flea infestations are high.

July 2006

Help Your Pet have a stress-free move
No matter how frazzled you feel, moving is generally more difficult for your furry friends. Here's how to help them make the transition with ease.

June 2006

Heartworm Disease in Dogs
Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite called Dirofilaria immitis, which lives in the right side of the heart and the adjacent blood vessels. Its presence in these blood vessels causes cardiovascular weakness, compromised lung incapacity, and eventual death.

May 2006

Heartworm Disease in Cats
Heartworm disease, caused by Dirofilaria immitis, a parasitic worm that gains entry into cats via mosquito bites, can be potentially fatal to your cat. The article discusses how this disease affect cats and how it can treated.

April 2006

Don't give up on your pets!
Millions of cats and dogs are euthanized every year in thousands of animal welfare shelters, rescue homes and pounds.

March 2006

Giving Your Dog Aspirin
If your dog has chronic pain or inflammation, common aspirin can often be used to give your pet some relief. Since aspirin can cause some stomach problems, care should be used. (continue...)

February 2006

Poisonous House and Outdoor Plants
A compiled list of poisonous house and outdoor plants that may be lurking in your area and harmful to your pups. As pretty as they may appear, be on the alert and check the list.

January 2006

10 New Year's Resolutions for Pet Owners
Now that the new year is well under way and you have your own resolutions either under control or long-forgotten, it may be time to set some goals for your pet.

 

2005

December 2005

Safe Chew Toys for Your Dog
Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs. All dogs investigate the world with their mouths, especially during puppyhood. Providing safe things to chew is an important part of keeping your dog healthy. Find out how to choose the best ones!

November 2005

Five Games That Will Delight Your Dog
You can make your dog's heart leap even higher by taking along a ball, a Frisbee, or even a hula hoop. Here are a few activities you can play that will benefit the body and spirit (yours and his).

October 2005

When Your Cat Gets the "Midnight Crazies"
The "midnight crazies" is a popular name for a cat's behavior when she plays and roughhouses in short spurts in the middle of the night. What motivates a cat to such boisterous and disruptive behavior?

September 2005

Why do dogs eat grass
Dogs are not known for being fussy eaters. Put it in your dog's path and he'll gobble it up, whether it be table scraps, garbage ... or grass. We're not sure why your pup likes grass, although there have been many theories offered.

August 2005

Bad Breath in Dogs & Cats
Tooth and gum problems are the most common medical conditions seen in pets. Find out how bad breath in dogs and cat can go hand in hand with other health problems.

July 2005

Allergies in Pets
Veterinary practitioners recognize allergic diseases in companion animals and are often asked to give advice to people with allergies to pets. Many people with minor allergies to pets want hypoallergenic dogs. Is there really such a thing?

June 2005

Diabetes in Dogs
Diabetes can affect both cats, dogs and humans. It can be a debilitating disease if left untreated, managing it can be a challenge! Learn about diabetes in dogs and how they can be treated.

May 2005

Dealing With Aggressive Behavior in Your Cat
Cat owners report that biting is the second most common behavioral problem in cats -second only to inappropriate urination. Find out why they are aggressive and how to deal with such aggressiveness.

April 2005

Caring for Your Elderly Cat
Good nutrition and modern medicine are allowing cats to live longer and longer. What specific problems can be seen as your cat gets older and how can they be treated.

March 2005

Care of Hypothyroid Dog
A sluggish thyroid gland or hypothyroidism is the commonest endocrine gland disease of dogs. Learn how they can be diagnosed and treated.

February 2005

How Often Should My Dog Receive Vaccinations?
What Vaccinations and how often does he need them ?

January 2005

Treating Cushing's Disease
Cushing's syndrome is a disease with very distinct clinical signs in your pet. It is also called hyperadrenocorticism. Two small glands, the adrenal glands, that lay just ahead of your dog?s kidneys are responsible for this problem. When these glands over-produce the hormones, cortisones, hyperadrenocorticism results.

 

2004

December 2004

What To Do When Your Dog Is Aggressive With Your Children
Counseling owners of biting and aggressive dogs is one of the hardest tasks that veterinarians face. This problem generally becomes apparent when the dog first reaches sexual maturity at 8-10 months of age. What can you do about it.

November 2004

Ear Problems in Dogs and How to Treat Them
One of the most frequent problems veterinarians see in their practices are inflammations and infections of the ear. How to find and treat them.

October 2004

Canine Heartworm Disease
Canine heartworms affect dogs throughout the world. These worms scientific name is Dirofilaria immitus They are common in the hearts and major heart blood vesicles in pet and stray dogs in all 50 American States.

September 2004

Why is My Pet Tearing Up the House!
Perfect pets, like perfect people are hard to find. Separation anxiety (SA) is a pet's exaggerated fear over separation from its owners. It is a modern, industrial age, disease.

August 2004

Choosing a Good Pet Food
Choosing a pet food from among the cans, bags, and boxes stacked on store shelves can be a daunting experience. Which formulation of food is best? Is my dog old enough for "adult formula"? Does my cat really need "premium"? Will Fido be healthier on "natural" food and will Fluffy fully appreciate "gourmet"?

July 2004

Is your Dog Overweight?
In the United States, pets and their owners have one thing in common: too much food and too little exercise. Many pet owners don't monitor their pets' weight and succumb too often to animals that beg and whimper for more.

June 2004

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
Summer is here, time to play and have fun in the sun-and it's also time to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month with the ASPCA!

May 2004

Puppy love -- it's better than you think
It's well known that pets, especially dogs, offer their owners many health benefits. Now scientists say dogs may help us even more than once thought.

April 2004

Dog Safety Tips for Parents
Reduce the chances of children in your care being bitten or injured by a dog if you teach them some basic safety tips.

March 2004

Top 10 Reasons not to Travel with your Pets
Today's loving pet owners want to share all of life's experiences with their four-legged family members. What better way to spend your vacation than on the road with your pets? Think again.