Keep Cool: The Importance of Preventing Heatstroke In Pets

VRVC_iStock_000067285159_LargeSummer is here; and with it, time for some fun in the sun with family and friends! For many pet owners, that fun includes the family pet, too. But rising temperatures and humidity can be uncomfortable, and potentially dangerous, for both humans and their four-legged pals.

Dehydration, heatstroke, and a bevy of other complications can quickly turn summer shenanigans into a pet emergency, if you’re not prepared. So take a moment to bone up on how to keep your pet safe, and what to do if things take an unexpected turn for the worse.

Prevention Is The Best Protection

Love ‘em, but don’t leave ‘em – Never leave an animal in the car, even for a minute. Continue…

One Big, Happy Family: Introducing a New Pet to Others

VRVC_iStock_000018663875_MediumYou just brought a precious new pet home and you are anxious for the whole family to meet the bundle of adorableness; including the other furry family members. However, things go awry. The family cat runs for cover and hides for days under the bed, or the uber-jealous Chihuahua has decided to piddle everywhere. No matter what you do, introductions have been tense or terrible.

What went wrong?

Well, first of all, our enthusiasm cannot necessarily be projected onto the other pet or pets. Pets have varied responses to the introduction of something or someone new in the home, and can interpret these changes as threatening. Continue…