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Inspect Your Pet: The Best Way to Avoid Fleas and Ticks

Inspect Your Pet: The Best Way to Avoid Fleas and Ticks

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Preventing an outbreak of fleas or ticks on your fido or feline can save you a lot of headaches and hassle down the road. One of the best ways to do this is to inspect your pet regularly. Here's what to look for:

Your Dog's Good Looks Start From the Inside Out

Your Dog's Good Looks Start From the Inside Out

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Let's face it — when it comes to a dog's looks, people often think that theirs is the most gorgeous they've ever seen. They hold their head high on walks around the block, and think no dog at the park stands a chance against their pooch's appearance. 

But constant grooming and doggie outfits can only go so far — real beauty lies in a dog's overall health. After all, inner health equates to real outer beauty. 

Tips on Adopting a Shelter Pet

Tips on Adopting a Shelter Pet

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

If you're thinking about getting a new pet, consider going to an animal shelter like Pet Connection Programs Inc. to find that new family member. There are about 3,500 shelters in the United States that serve an estimated five to seven million homeless animals, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

Why adopt from a shelter?

How to Protect Your Pet From Dental Problems

How to Protect Your Pet From Dental Problems

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

According to a study by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and Hill's Pet Nutrition, dental care ranks second to weight control as the most important thing pet owners can do to increase the length of their cat or dog's life.

Proper oral care can play a key role in your pet's overall quality and length of life, by helping to avoid dental problems such as tooth infections and tooth loss among a broader range of health issues, including organ damage, strokes, emphysema, osteoporosis and diabetes.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Winter Safety Tips for Pets

Northtowns Pet Blog: Winter Safety Tips for Pets

Old Man Winter has reared his ugly head and many people are trying to find the delicate balance between staying warm and keeping heating costs down. It's easy for people to put on a jacket or bump up the thermostat, but many pets don’t have the same luxury.

If you keep your pet outside, please continually check your pet for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

 

Frostbite

Frostbite most frequently affects ears, toes, tails, scrotum and areas least covered by fur.

Signs of frostbite include red or swollen areas or skin that is very pale and white.

To treat frostbite, immerse the area in warm water, not hot, for 15-20 minutes and call your veterinarian.

 

Hypothermia

Hypothermia occurs when a pet has been exposed to very cold temperatures and/or winds for an extended period of time.

Life Lessons for Dogs and Pet Parents

Life Lessons for Dogs and Pet Parents

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Leash pulling, potty training issues, pet anxiety – these are just a few everyday challenges that trouble many pet parents. In fact, behavioral problems are cited in the list of top reasons dogs are put in shelters, according to the American Humane Association.

Preparing Your Pets for a New Baby

Preparing Your Pets for a New Baby

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Its official, you're going to be a parent. The lengthy checklist has already started as you prepare for the arrival of your baby. While baby names, color themes and pregnancy books are top of mind, be sure to include an existing family member through this important time — your pet.