The Important Link Between Grooming and Pet Health

Pet health can include regular grooming

Pets depend on us for food, shelter, medical care, and companionship, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take care of themselves. Self-grooming, for instance, is just one of the many incredible, inherited features of our animal friends. However, they sometimes need our help to finish the job. Incomplete (or non-existent) grooming can negatively effect pet health – but not if we can help it!

About Looks and So Much More

Pet grooming certainly adds a nice touch to your pet’s appearance, but the regular experience goes way beyond bows, fresh smells, and less hair. Indeed, the benefits of pet grooming are far-reaching.

If we told you that routine pet grooming appointments are one of the quickest ways to detect disease or developing health conditions, would your pet receive the professional attention they need? We hope so!

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Summer Pet Safety: What’s Good, Better, and Best

This time of year, we spend a lot of time tending to the yard and garden, planning vacations or family gatherings, and attending various parades, events, or concerts, but where in all of this does the family pet stand? In the seasonal hubbub, pets can either seem more underfoot than usual, or they could find themselves a bit lonely while everyone goes in different directions. In case your summer pet safety tactics need a refresher, we offer some seasonally relevant tips and tricks.

Step One: The Bugs

Protecting your pet from internal and external parasites is a job all year long, but because these reach peak numbers in the heat and humidity, it’s absolutely critical that your pet isn’t exposed. Mosquitoes spread heartworm disease, fleas cause a lot of pain, frustration, and intolerable skin reactions, and ticks are responsible for the spread of Lyme disease (among others). Continue…

Top of the Wishlist: Holiday Pet Safety You Can Count On

The weeks between Halloween and New Year’s are arguably the most meaningful, dazzling, and fun, but that doesn’t mean we get to simply sit around and watch the holidays go by. Instead, we’re all booked solid with parties, shopping, gift exchanges, and cookie swaps. In the midst of all this frenzy, what is a pet to do with themselves? Without a proper nod to holiday pet safety, they could find themselves in danger.

First, the Food

The spotlight during the holidays is, of course, aimed at the endless varieties of food covering every possible surface. Many pets ignore the sheer volume of goodies, while others are overwhelmed with all there is to see, smell, and sample.

The foundation for all other holiday pet safety hinges on food awareness. In general, do not allow your pet access to the table, kitchen, or garbage can. Without rapt attention to your pet’s location, their proclivities for savory yum-yums could qualify them for a bona fide pet emergency.

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Itchy Business: Allergies in Pets

allergiesFew of us escape some form of seasonal allergies in our lifetime – from runny noses to watery eyes, allergies are a common problem for people. You may also be surprised to learn they’re just as bothersome for our pets. Allergies in pets can be caused by a number of (mostly) harmless allergens, including certain types of food, mold, and pollen.

When allergies are an ongoing problem, many pets can suffer discomfort and even be at risk of health complications as the immune system is overloaded. Unfortunately, allergies don’t always get treated until problems occur because they manifest differently in our furry friends.

To help owners spot allergies in their four-legged friends, The Pets Place has tackled this scratchy malady.

Types of Allergies in Pets

Like us, pets can experience an allergic reaction to many different substances, airborne or otherwise. Among dogs and cats, the following types of allergies are most common:

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