Pet Advice & Ideas

Your Cat May Be Smarter Than You Think

Green eyed cat

As long as people have shared their homes with pets, dog and cat lovers have debated which animal is more intelligent. Canine enthusiasts tout that dogs have been trained and bred for thousands of years to herd, hunt, assist, protect, perform tricks and obey verbal commands. Cat aficionados, on the other hand, say that cats are simply too smart to do the sort of tricks that dogs eagerly perform. Whereas dogs have been bred for utility, cats have been bred mostly for appearance, leading many to believe that dogs have superior intellectual capabilities. But, really, is it feasible to accurately compare the intelligence of these two species? More...

Simple 10-Minute IQ Test for Dogs

Are you convinced your pup is smarter than the average canine, but weren’t sure how to prove it? Well, now there’s an easy way to estimate your dog’s cognitive powers.

In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals exactly how to conduct this test at home, with help from her canine assistant.

Download our free doggie IQ test to keep score- Simple 10-Minute IQ Test for Dogs. Afterwards, you’ll have a ‘report card’ to post on your fridge.

It’s so much fun you’ll be asking yourself if it’s a test or a game. [Spoiler alert: it’s both!]

We encourage you to share this video with your pet-parent friends, so they can do the doggie IQ test, too! And check back next month for another brand new episode of Pet Talk with Dr. Sarah.

Foundation Award to TLC Humane Society

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We’re delighted to share news of another grant awarded by The Dr. Jane Foundation. This month’s featured recipient is the Dahlonega Lumpkin County Humane Society (aka, TLC Humane Society), a devoted group of rescuers wholly committed to saving the lives of dogs and cats in Georgia.

Based in the town of Dahlonega, the TLC Humane Society is the only no-kill, non-profit shelter in town. They maintain both a physical shelter facility and a foster-care program. The shelter is nestled on six beautiful acres and features a ‘Puppy Palace’ with room for pups to roam and rest. More...

Holiday Pet Safety

Tree and lights on display? Check.

Stockings hung on the mantle with care? Check.

Clear about the common dangers posed by the holidays to your pets? Uh-oh.

Don’t despair, be prepared! Watch this month’s yuletide episode of Pet Talk and find out what holiday trimmings are on the nice list and which ones are on the naughty. Your heightened awareness could help prevent everything from unintentional fire hazards to unwanted ingestion of plants that are safe for humans but poisonous to pets. Simply by following these helpful guidelines, your pet kid could avoid gastric upset and serious injury.

With a little help from Dr. Sarah, you can make sure your pet’s holidays are safe as well as jolly. Be sure to share this video with friends and family, or anyone fortunate enough to share their home with a companion animal.

From everyone here at Life's Abundance, have a very happy holiday season!

Dr. Jane Holiday Message

Dog With Santa Hat

The season of giving is upon us once again. Many of us will be spending time with family and friends, and probably doing a bit of frantic last-minute shopping. Although the holidays are a blur of such activities, it’s also the time of year many of us pause to reflect on our own lives, and consider the impact we’ve had on the lives of others.

As I look back on 2014, I feel truly honored and grateful to be part of a company devoted to the health and well being of companion animals. From our unbeatable customer care providers to our top-notch warehouse workers, from accounting to marketing, and everyone in between, we’re all pet people. It’s not uncommon to see a dog or two in our offices on one of our ‘take your pet to work’ days. Helping companion animals lead healthier, longer and happier lives is not just our company commitment … it’s a personal mission that guides our work every day. More...

A Keen Nose for Helping Humans

Girl holding dog

Dogs are scent-oriented creatures, with some of the most highly developed noses on the planet. Hide a few treats around the room and see how quickly they’re ferreted out. But does your dog’s schnoz have more practical applications than we realize? The answer … well, it couldn’t be plainer than the nose on your face.

Every year, scientific investigations yield more and more evidence that dogs are up to some pretty surprising challenges, in ways that are proving quite beneficial for people. We’ve all seen police dogs skilled in the detection of bombs and contraband. Now researchers are applying that same olfactory prowess to snuffling out all manner of scents, from deadly food allergens to costly insect infestations. More...

A Keen Nose for Helping Humans

Girl holding dog

Dogs are scent-oriented creatures, with some of the most highly developed noses on the planet. Hide a few treats around the room and see how quickly they’re ferreted out. But does your dog’s schnoz have more practical applications than we realize? The answer … well, it couldn’t be plainer than the nose on your face.

Every year, scientific investigations yield more and more evidence that dogs are up to some pretty surprising challenges, in ways that are proving quite beneficial for people. We’ve all seen police dogs skilled in the detection of bombs and contraband. Now researchers are applying that same olfactory prowess to snuffling out all manner of scents, from deadly food allergens to costly insect infestations. More...

Winter Hiking Tips

As we gear up to celebrate Thanksgiving and the coming winter holidays, the polar invasion is taking hold of much of the country and plunging temperatures. Just because Mother Nature is throwing around her frigid weight doesn't mean that outdoor excitement with your canine must come to an end. With a little preparation, the right equipment and a helping of common sense, you and your dog can stay active while hiking and exploring during the cold weather months. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah and her trusty sidekick Alma show you how to remain safe while trekking through winter wilderness areas … especially in places where hunters might be present. With loads of great tips, Pet Talk will help make your outdoor adventures an arctic blast!

Fool-Proof, Fright-Free Pet Costumes

Happy Halloween! If you’re like many pet parents, you love celebrating howlidays with your companion animals. No matter how you get your All Hallows’ Eve groove on, it’s always a good idea to take some precautions to ensure that your pet kid stays purrfectly safe.

Halloween pet costumes are adorable and fun for people, but some costumes can stress out your dog or cat. Just because it’s for sale doesn’t mean it’s safe, as some pet apparel can be downright dangerous. Please, don't ever force your furry four-footer to wear a costume he or she obviously hates.

For the full details on costume safety for companion animals and other fun Halloween safety tips, watch the latest episode of Pet Talk! Before you go, be sure to check out our Trick or Treat episode from the archives for more spooktastic fun!

What to Do if You Suspect Animal Hoarding

Dog Pen

Animal hoarding is not just a complicated psychological disorder, it’s a public health danger. Most recently popularized by Animal Planet’s ‘Confessions’, animal hoarding is a growing problem in the U.S. Current estimates put the number of animals trapped every year in hoarding situations at 250,000. Experts believe that many more remain unreported, and thus uncounted. Dogs and cats aren’t the only species ‘collected’ … reptiles, rabbits, birds, rodents, even farm animals may be accumulated by hoarders. More...