The Secret of the Dog Bow

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:37 by Dr. Jane

Dog Playing

Pet parents often ask me, “Why does my dog bow?” The answer is more complicated than you might think, as it often is with our wonderfully complex canine companions. Dog bows serve as building blocks of dog communication and also have a physiological function in the stretching referred to as pandiculation. The reason behind each bow depends on when the dog engages in the behavior. Let’s talk about this unique form of stretching first. More...

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Parvovirus

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:36 by Dr. Sarah

In this month’s episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reviews one of those I’ve-heard-mentioned-before-but-don’t-know-very-much-about canine health topics, Parvovirus. Sadly, with spring comes a seasonal increase in this potentially lethal disease, so you and your pup need to be prepared. Our staff veterinarian explains what the disease is, how it’s transmitted, tips about how to hinder its spread, symptoms to look out for, as well as what to do if your dog contracts this illness. And, be sure to watch the entire video, to learn how you can prevent your sweet pup from ever getting parvo. Thanks for watching this installment of Pet Talk, and check back next month for another brand new episode.

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Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:35 by Life's Abundance

Zelda, one of 30 rescues adopted at a recent
Justin Bartlett adoption event.

It brings us great pleasure to announce additional funding given by our non-profit, this time to one of South Florida’s premiere groups, Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue. Serving Palm Beach County, this all-volunteer enterprise operates an extensive network of foster parents who provide guardianship for both dogs and cats. More...

Rules are Made to be Broken

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:33 by Life's Abundance

There's one rule in this house ... the dog is not allowed on the bed. What the pet parents couldn't figure out was, why was there so much dog hair on the bed every time they came home from work. So, clever people that they are, they set up a video camera to find out.

You can probably guess what comes next ... but not how much fun the pup has when breaking the rules.

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Benefits of Dental Care vs. Anesthesia Fears

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:43 by Dr. Jane

February is National Pet Dental Month, and a great time to talk to your veterinarian about the state of your pet’s mouth and, if needed, schedule a dental cleaning.

There is a price to pay for neglecting your companion animal’s dental health. It’s a long-term cost that’s potentially much higher than the short-term fees associated with a dental cleaning. Several problem areas can develop as a result of poor dental care: excessive tartar, tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral abscesses. These conditions can be the gateway to other major medical conditions involving the heart, liver and kidneys. As with humans, such advanced dental disease can diminish your pet kid’s quality of life and even shorten lifespan. More...

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Mouthing Off - A Review of Canine Chews

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:42 by Dr. Sarah

If your dog routinely chews for 10-20 minutes or more at a time, you’d better be sure that it’s something safe, as anything this repetitive can have significant wear-and-tear on teeth and gums.

Many pet parents can identify with the zoned-out expression of a dog who’s relishing a good chew experience. The benefits of blissing out on a good chew are many – exercise, mental stimulation, the promotion of dental health … some chew treats are even vehicles for superior nutrition.

In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah offers up her reviews of popular chew toys and treats, revealing which ones she does not recommend, and great alternatives. By the end of this episode, you’ll be an expert on the best options available to you, to make sure that chewing time is also safe time for your sweet pup. As a bonus, we’re revealing one of our newest products, an all-natural buffalo chew that can actually help to improve dental health, and it’s on sale! View all of our new buffalo chew treats now!

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Foundation Award Grant to Sierra’s Haven

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:39 by Life's Abundance

We’re pleased to bring you news of yet another financial award given by Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, this time to an inspirational group of animal rescuers in Ohio.

Located in Portsmouth, Sierra’s Haven for New & Used Pets represents the best available option for their county’s homeless animals. Situated on 50 acres, their operation is housed in a 5,653-square-foot building with the capacity to comfortably shelter hundreds of animals.

Since opening in 2006, Sierra's Haven has made a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of animals, many of whom were once strays in desperate need of medical attention. Regardless of condition, the group treats every dog and cat with care and respect, and aims to find each animal the perfect forever home. More...

Winter Fun with Dogs

Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:04 by Dr. Sarah

It’s not just a typical winter when ‘polar vortex’ is the most popular weather phrase of the year. Even as we publish this post, the nation is on the brink of another bitter cold snap. While the thought of trekking around outside in frigid temps might instill a sense of dread for most people, your pup will likely be even more eager to explore the wintery landscape. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah offers several useful tips to ensure that ‘outdoor fun time’ remains safe throughout the harsh winter season. A bit of precaution and planning makes all the difference, so break out the hot cocoa and watch the latest webisode now.

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Heart Health for Humans and Pets

Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:03 by Dr. Jane

Heart Health Awareness Month is right around the corner, beginning February 1st. While technically concerned with human heart health, I think it’s vital that we expand the scope of the conversation to address canine and feline heart health, too.

Most people have a basic understanding of the risks of heart disease in humans, but when it comes to the heart health of our pet kids, that area remains a mystery to many. More...

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Foundation Award to Paws South Florida Rescue

Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:02 by Life's Abundance

Starting an animal rescue is a much bigger endeavor than most people think. Some groups lack the resources to make it through the first year of service. This is why, when a small, tight-knit group of people unite to not only create a functional rescue, but also demonstrate a willingness to tackle big problems, you know you have something special. More...