Could Your Pooch Be the Next ‘Pupcasso?’

Could Your Pooch Be the Next ‘Pupcasso?’ We’ve heard about exotic animals turned artists that cover a canvass with their signature brush strokes. Well, have you ever considered how your Clifton Park pooch would fare with a paint brush in his mouth? Believe it or not,...

Is My Dog’s Poop Normal?

Is My Dog’s Poop Normal? Ask any veterinarian and they’ll tell you that a pet’s poop can tell them a lot about their overall health and digestive system. That’s why it’s always a good idea to take note of their stools on a daily basis. If you see a change for...

Can Senior Dogs Handle Surgery? 

Can Senior Dogs Handle Surgery?  Senior pets aren’t all that much different from human senior citizens, except that their lifespans are generally shorter.  While conducting research on the topic of senior dogs and the risks surgery and anesthesia pose, I...

Unhealthy Snacks For Your Pup

Unhealthy Snacks For Your Pup   It’s sort of a no-brainer not to feed your pooch table scraps, desserts and all the other fat-filled foods that are common to the American diet. After all, though portion control can help somewhat, we, as a culture tend to be morbidly...

Are You Trained to Handle Pet Emergencies

Are You Trained to Handle Pet Emergencies If your pet got injured would you know what to do? The ability to administer basic life-saving care can mean the difference between life and death? First Aid and CPR training classes are both offered online and in person...

Time for You and Your Dog to Spring Forward!

Time for You and Your Dog to Spring Forward! The groundhog has already seen his shadow, Valentine’s Day is over and we’re fast approaching the Vernal Equinox, which is set to arrive March 19. The arrival to the Northeast US of longer days and warmer temperatures is...

Ways Coconut Oil Benefits Our Pets

Ways Coconut Oil Benefits Our Pets Coconut oil can be found in our cosmetics and its healing properties are claimed to include skin softener and protecter. But it’s also known to increase our metabolism, fight infections, improve brain functions and as a dental decay...

Mental Exercise is Important for Dogs

Mental Exercise is Important for Dogs Most Clifton Park dog owners realize the importance of daily physical exercise for their pooches and develop a routine to keep them at the top of their game. However, the importance of mental exercise to their dog’s overall...

7 Tips to Finding the Best Pet Sitter

7 Tips to Finding the Best Pet Sitter It’s never too early to start planning for your vacation if you won’t be taking your four-legged pal(s) with you. Finding the right pet sitter can be challenging, but there are a handful of things to consider to make the process...

Dog Facts We Take for Granted

Dog Facts We Take for Granted Those of us who are lucky enough to share our lives with a pooch already know they’re capable of incredible things. After all, they didn’t inherit the title “man’s (and woman’s) best friend” for no reason. So how many amazing canine facts...

Ways to Make Your Dog Less Lonely

Ways to Make Your Dog Less Lonely If your pooch is the only four-legged child in your home you may want to consider ways to stave off her or his boredom and loneliness. Of course, the first solution that comes to mind is bringing home a playmate. Dogs are pack animals...

Is Your Dog’s Bed Making Him (and You) Sick?

Is Your Dog’s Bed Making Him (and You) Sick? When your dog’s eyes itch, his nose runs, he sneezes and gets a skin rash the last thing you probably suspect as being the possible source of his allergy symptoms, would be his bed. But surprisingly, his bed could...

Doggie Footwear

Doggie Footwear Winter in the Northeast can be brutal. Nor’easters, ice storms and knee-high slush are tough enough for we humans to navigate on foot. But what about our beloved four-legged friends?  Even though I’m not originally from Clifton Park, I did...

10 Things Your Vet Wants You to Know

10 Things Your Vet Wants You to Know Believe it or not, your love for your pet is not exclusively your own. That may sound like a strange statement. But it wasn’t until a recent life-or-death situation with my own pet that I came to realize just how much veterinarians...

Pets Are Good for Our Mental Health

Pets Are Good for Our Mental Health Research has revealed that pet ownership has its benefits for people suffering from severe mental illness, according to an article on the matter at insidepetsworld.com. Pets provide us with comfort. Furthermore, people suffering...

Could Your Pooch Be the Next ‘Pupcasso?’

Could Your Pooch Be the Next ‘Pupcasso?’ We’ve heard about exotic animals turned artists that cover a canvass with their signature brush strokes. Well, have you ever considered how your Clifton Park pooch would fare with a paint brush in his mouth?   Believe it or...

Dangerous Toys To Keep Away From Your Pet

Dangerous Toys To Keep Away From Your Pet As pet parents we take the business of keeping our pups safe from danger very seriously. That’s why it so important to regularly educate ourselves about items on the market that pose potential hazards for our beloved...

My Dog Vomited- Should I Worry?

My Dog Vomited- Should I Worry? Sometimes it seems like my dog “Talia” will eat anything she comes in contact with. I’ve literally had to pull everything from a tomato plant to a pair of snow skis from the clenches of her adult German Shepherd jaws. Given the...

Keep Your Dog Safe from Dognappers

Keep Your Dog Safe from Dognappers It’s a frightening topic but one that has to be looked at closely to keep your pup from becoming a victim. Even here in New York’s Capital District, including dog-friendly municipalities such as Albany, Delmar, Clifton Park and...

Do You Make These Dog Food Storage Mistakes

Do You Make These Dog Food Storage Mistakes How much thought have you ever given to the way you store your dog’s food? It’s not uncommon for those of us with busy schedules and hectic lifestyles to overlook proper storage in our haste. But there are a benefits to be...

New Pet, New Routine for the New Year

New Pet, New Routine for the New Year If you’re already a pooch parent you know how important establishing a routine is for your four-legged best friend. But have you ever really mapped one out for Fido or Fiona?   When I first adopted my dog she was eight months old...

Dogs and Ice Are a Deadly Combination

Dogs and Ice Are a Deadly Combination I remember a tragic story I heard as a youngster about a neighbor’s dog that wandered away from his Rensselaer County home early one wintry day and ended up falling through the ice on a pond about a mile away. Sadly, the pup...

6 Tips For Choosing Dog Food

6 Tips For Choosing Dog Food It’s really important to put some deep thought into finding the best food for your pooch before you settle on a brand. After all, what you feed Fido will directly impact his overall health, energy level, coat and even his longevity! My dog...

7 Questions For The Vet As Christmas approaches, many folks are considering adopting or buying their next pooch or kitty. Please remember before you shop for a pet that there are thousands of homeless cats and dogs in shelters across the US whose Christmas wish is...

How Often Should You Bathe Your Pooch Bathing a dog is just has challenging as bathing a toddler. I recall many bath times with my daughter when she was two or three years old accompanied by her screams and my frustration. In hindsight, I should have worn ear plugs...

5 Healthy Habits Our Dogs Can Teach Us

5 Healthy Habits Our Dogs Can Teach Us Ever given any thought to our stressful lifestyles and how much different things seem to be for our pets? Fido and Felix have a way of living in the moment that we humans should emulate. In fact, our fast-paced routines lead to...

Is Your Pet a Jet-Setter?

Is Your Pet a Jet-Setter? How does your dog fare while traveling? Is he or she at ease in a carrier by your side during a long drive through Upstate New York or flight to an exotic vacation getaway? Or is the opposite true? If the latter is true, you may find yourself...

Why Should You Stop Feeding Fido People Food?

Why Should You Stop Feeding Fido People Food? Table scraps, desserts and other fat-filled foods that are common to the American diet are not good for our pets — no matter how deeply they look into our eyes and try to convince us otherwise! We as a culture tend to be...

How To Be Your Dog’s Super Hero

How To Be Your Dog’s Super Hero Believe it or not, you don’t need a cape or super powers to be a hero to your pooch or kitty! Whether you’ve just brought your four-legged friend home for the first time or have shared your home with them for awhile, the time is...

When To Say Goodbye To Your Pet

When To Say Goodbye To Your Pet It’s a subject many of us don’t like to talk about or prefer to avoid altogether. But inevitably the day comes when we have to say good bye to our cherished pet. I had a tortoiseshell cat named “Koko” who was the most precious friend...

5 Ways To Fight Dog Boredom

5 Ways To Fight Dog Boredom As pet parents we know that a bored dog often gets into all kinds of trouble. Everything from a shredded pillow to a toppled Christmas tree (that the cat frames on the dog) to mostly eaten footwear. The very worst case scenario for a bored...

6 DIY Recipes for a Healthier Dog

6 DIY Recipes for a Healthier Dog Clifton Park pet parents are no different than pet parents throughout the US in that they spend an exorbitant sum of money on their four-legged friends every year. Would it surprise you to learn that as a nation we spend close to $50...

Christmas Gifts For Pups

Santa’s Picks for Clifton Park Dogs (and Kitties)  Do pets and pet parents in Upstate New York have a shamelessly sophisticated holiday wish list – or one that is more down to Earth? After all, this isn’t Manhattan or Long Island, yet it is second nature to window...

6 Signs Your dog Has Worms

6 Signs Your dog Has Worms No Clifton Park pet parent wants to hear that their beloved four-legged friend is plagued with parasites. But worms happen! And once you realize your dog has worms it’s important to seek veterinarian care right away. Not doing so can mean...

Holidays Dangers For Your Dog

Holidays Dangers For Your Dog It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays in Clifton Park and across the Capital District. Upstate New Yorkers know how to throw a celebration – perhaps better than most.    Pet parents will soon be ‘Decking the Halls,’ trimming the...

Tips To Get Rid Of Bad Dog Breathe

Tips To Get Rid Of Bad Dog Breathe  Dental check-ups for our pooches are lot more common these days than ever before. That may be because of the heightened awareness we humans have about the importance of our own regular visits to the doctor, and dentist. An ounce of...

Do Our Pets Keep Us Healthy?

Do Our Pets Keep Us Healthy? Well the jury is in. Our pets have been shown to improve our mental health and sense of well-being. Studies from various medical and mental health groups as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attest to as much. I saw a...

Benefits Of Dog’s Tongues

Benefits Of Dog’s Tongues Have you ever closely examined the amazing muscle that is your dog’s tongue? Chances are you’ve gotten an up-close look whenever Fido has planted happy kisses on your face. But a dog’s tongue does more than administer affection or...

Dogs and ice are a bad combination

Dogs and ice are a bad combination Clifton Park has the rural appeal that attracts families with dogs. An abundance of streams, lakes, ponds, parks and wooded areas are within walking distance. More of the same are a short drive away in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy...

Common Mistakes We Make With Dogs

Common Mistakes We Make With Dogs Experts agree that in our haste to give our pooches a happy home we make some common mistakes that actually make things tougher for them. For instance, most of us know how important it is to walk them regularly and to show them as...

How To Tell If Your Pooch Trusts You

How To Tell If Your Pooch Trusts You Have you ever looked deeply into the soulful eyes of your four-legged canine best friend and wondered how he or she really feels about you? Well I have, and I decided to do some research into the topic. Some pet experts agree that...

Daily Dog Walks; Timing is Everything

Daily Dog Walks; Timing is Everything The importance of daily exercise to your dog’s health can’t be overstated. Taking your pooch for a walk is an important ritual for bonding as well as for his or her fitness routine. And the exercise is most likely an added benefit...

How To Make Your Dog Smarter

How To Make Your Dog Smarter Most Clifton Park dog owners realize the importance of daily physical exercise for their pooches and develop a routine to keep their pets at the top of their game. However, the importance of mental exercise to their dog’s overall wellbeing...

How Comical Is Your Dog?

How Comical Is Your Dog? I’ve often wondered what my pooch thinks when I laugh or find something humorous. There have been times that I’d swear she knows and actually gets the joke of a situation. So I decided to do some research on doggy brains and their level of...

Are You Fit To Be A Dog Owner?

Are You Fit To Be A Dog Owner? Each year as many as 6.5 million companion animals end up at shelters throughout the US. Not all are surrendered by their owners but that group is part of the equation, according to the ASPCA. Not everyone who takes on the responsibility...

5 Dog Breeds Not Fit For Kids

5 Dog Breeds Not Fit For Kids Toddlers can be a handful for their parents and if there are pets in the home the situation may be even more complicated — or downright dangerous. Dogs are good for kids to grow up with because of their  unconditional love and ways they...