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Summer pet safety tips as seen on KUSI

By ruthmacpete

It has been a hot summer! Most of the country has been hit with heat wave after heat wave. When the temperature rises, the risk of summer dangers also rises, especially for your pets. Follow

Protect your pets from the sun

By ruthmacpete

Did you know pets get skin cancer too? Just like us, dogs and cats are susceptible to sun damage. Excess sun exposure can lead to sunburns and skin cancer in our animal friends. Most dogs

Holiday Hazards

By ruthmacpete

Originally published in San Diego Pets Magazine December 2005 Singing Christmas carols, lighting the Menorah, visiting Grandma…going to the vet? Probably not your idea of a holiday event, but unfortunately many families find themselves visiting their veterinary

Aging Gracefully

By ruthmacpete

Originally published in Pet Business Magazine July 2008. Thanks to advances in technology, medicine and nutrition, pets like people appear to be living longer healthier lives. According to the 2007 U.S Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook published

DNA and Your Cat

By ruthmacpete

Originally published in Kittens USA 2011 In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick reported their discovery of the double helical structure of DNA in the journal Nature. Their discovery finally provided a model to explain the molecular basis

Avoid Plant Perils

By ruthmacpete

Originally published in Cat Fancy Magazine December 2011 Most pet parents know that many common household plants can be toxic or even deadly to cats. Mistletoe and lilies, which are frequently used to decorate homes during the

Caring for Aged Dogs

By ruthmacpete

Originally published in BARK Magazine January 2006 Most parents complain about how quickly their kids grow-up. Within the blink of an eye their children seem to go from diapers to diplomas. Now imagine squeezing an entire life

How to find a lost pet

By ruthmacpete

Losing a pet is every pet parent’s worst nightmare, but there are steps you can take pre-emptively and things you can do if your pet gets lost to increase the odds that you’ll get your

Does my pet need a microchip?

By ruthmacpete

All pets, even strictly indoor cats, should have microchips and ideally collars and ID tags. What happens if your pet sneaks out an open door or window, or worse yet, gets lost during an earthquake,