The "high-five" is a simple and popular trick to teach your dog that is fun to show off to friends.
To teach your dog to "high-five," you are going to use a process called "shaping." Think of shaping as molding your dog’s behavior from how he currently responds to a cue to how you would like him & Read more �
Not all pet treats have to be edible. If you're concerned about your pet's caloric intake, but still want to reward their good behavior, there are healthier, zero-calorie alternatives, says Lynne Hudlow in her blog posted on banfield.net, the web site of Banfield, The Pet Hospital®.
Just like we humans, our pets experience stress too. They just express it in different ways like chewing on our shoes or ripping up the sofa cushions.
But what causes stress in our pets and how can we help reduce it?
Just like humans, pets can experience allergic reactions from almost any substance including food, insect bites, medications, grooming products, vaccines and inhaled particles like dust or pollen.
If your pet is showing signs of "slowing down" or seems to be acting a bit sluggish, she could be demonstrating signs of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism happens when the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of the essential hormones needed in the regulation of many vital body functions. It usually develops gradually and is rare in cats.
Pets may exhibit one of many common & Read more �
Several years ago, when my wife and I were moving from Chicago to Phoenix, we took our Schnoodle, Cash, for his first extended road trip. Somewhere in Oklahoma, we had to check into a hotel for the night. The first couple of places we inquired about did not take pets; so, thoroughly wiped out from driving, we & Read more �
The term "Kennel Cough" sounds just awful doesn't it? It's certainly no picnic for your pet. And dogs aren't the only ones who can suffer from it - cats can contract it too. Fortunately, there is a vaccine available.
Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterial agent that, along with several viruses, contributes to Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or "Kennel Cough" disease.
I’m a childless thirty-something woman living a quiet life in the middle of central Phoenix. So the only kids my 18-pound cattle dog mix really ever met were the ones we stumbled upon through our evening walks through the city park. You know the type—they’re frequently found burning off excess energy by spinning furiously around on those human-propelled merry go-rounds & Read more �
Summer is a great time to get out and about with your pet. But keep in mind, the season's excessive heat and sun exposure can be dangerous, even deadly, to your pet. Keep your pet safe and healthy this summer with these safety tips from PetSmart experts:
Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which can cause pain and/or swelling. Several types exist, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Degenerative arthritis
- Infectious arthritis
Each of these types has a different cause. An arthritic joint can cause immense pain, especially in the morning and in cold weather.
As your pet's advocate, it is up to you to watch for trouble. Call a veterinarian if your pet & Read more �