10 Tips to Keep Your Thanksgiving Pet-Friendly

Autumn CatWhen you think of Thanksgiving, what are some of the first things that come to mind? Turkey? Family? Lazy late-afternoon naps on the sofa? Football? Parades and colorful autumn leaves, or perhaps the smell of pumpkin pie, fresh from the oven? If you are a pet guardian, your thoughts may also be on how well behaved (or not) your favorite canine is, and how you can keep Mittens the cat off your allergic-Aunt Sophie’s lap.

While there are a million and one things to think about before the big day, we hope you will also take some time to make your holiday as pet-safe (and friendly) as possible. Since many Thanksgiving meal ingredients are poisonous to pets, and the foot traffic and distractions on the day of can take us away from supervising our curious feline or hungry canine, taking precautions in advance is a great way to ensure a wonderful holiday for all. Continue…

Honoring Our Veterans and the Pets Who Love Them

iStock_000016330140_MediumAs we turn our attention to remembering the lives of our heroic veterans and those who are currently serving our country on Veterans Day, it’s also a good time to consider the role pets play for those in service. Whether on stand-by for possible deployment or moved from base to base as part of an active detail, military life can be tough on family members, including pets.

Pets play an integral role in our families, but this is particularly true for those returning from military actions. Many canines, for example, have been proven to provide amazing recovery or therapeutic services for women and men who have faced combat and now must overcome the barriers that trauma has created in day-to-day living.

In addition to helping veterans heal, pets have proven to be invaluable to military families, and especially children who often suffer from stress, fear, and anxiety while their parents are frequently away from home. Pets provide comfort, companionship, and a silent trust that help many cope with such an intensely stressful, service-oriented life.   Continue…