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Shopping Responsibly for a Pet

Shopping Responsibly for a Pet

Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Because of that, we are huge advocates of adoption instead of buying a dog from a breeder.  However, we know that there...
Heat Stroke in Pets: Identify and Take Action

Heat Stroke in Pets: Identify and Take Action

It’s that time of the year again: time for cookouts, fun, and sun. With the summer heat come dangers for our pets. Dr. Andrea Walters, a veterinarian pursuing specialization in emergency and critical care at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in...
The Litter Box Survival Guide

The Litter Box Survival Guide

Preventing Inappropriate Elimination in Newly Adopted Cats One thing is for sure:  it is much easier to prevent litter box problems than it is to fix them.  While most cats use their boxes without difficulty, any cat can struggle if certain conditions are not met. ...
Re-housetraining Your Dog

Re-housetraining Your Dog

Many adult dogs adopted from animal shelters were housetrained by their previous homes. While at the shelter, however, they may not have gotten enough opportunities to eliminate outside- especially overnight –  and consequently, they may have soiled their kennel...
Invisible Fences: Do or Don’t?

Invisible Fences: Do or Don’t?

Jennifer L. Summerfield, DVM CPDT-KA www.drjensdogblog.com Today, I want to discuss a topic that I (and every other dog trainer I know!) get lots of questions about. Are “Invisible Fence”-type containment systems a good idea, generally speaking?  Or, would this be a...
Correcting Destructive Chewing in Dogs

Correcting Destructive Chewing in Dogs

It’s normal for puppies and dogs to chew on objects as they explore the world. Chewing accomplishes a number of things for a dog. For young dogs, it’s a way to relieve pain that might be caused by incoming teeth. For older dogs, it’s nature’s way of keeping jaws...