‘Tis the Season to. . . Board your Pet?

With the holiday season upon us, you may be making travel plans to visit friends and family over the next several weeks. This may mean leaving your furry family members behind for an extended length of time if you are unable to take them along. It’s always nice to have a trusted friend or neighbor […]

Did you Hear? Pet Ear Care is Essential.

They’re often one of the cutest features of your pet: big, droopy ears, cute, pointy ears, ears that drag the ground. Your pet’s ears are adorable, and they’re also one of the most common sources of illness, as well. Fortunately, some basic maintenance should keep your pet’s ears healthy and nuzzleable for years to come. […]

Did Your Pet Raid the Candy Stash?

Soon another Halloween will have come and gone. The costumes hung up, candy inspected and dispensed in careful quantities, and the decorations stored until Halloweens to come. Most of the delicious candy your kids (or you; we’re not judging) bring home tonight will be harmful for your pets. Chocolate, sugar, xylitol, and other ingredients that […]

Black Cats and Halloween

Halloween is rife with icons, and black cats rank among the most ubiquitous. However, the history of this association is unknown to many, and while the black cat is a fun and iconic symbol of the season, Halloween can also spell danger for their real-life counterparts. Superstitions Cats have been both feared and worshipped by […]

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pet

The spookiest time of year is quickly approaching! Halloween is a fun and exciting time for teh whole family, and many get their pets in on all the action. If your pup (or kitty!) is heading out to partake in all the festivities with you this year, keep these tips in mind to keep them […]

Pet Obesity: What You Need to Know

October 8 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, so we’re taking this opportunity to bring you all the information you need to know to keep your pet healthy and happy for years to come. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. […]

Pumpkin Treats for your Pupkin

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything! Between mid-September and New Year’s Eve, one can hardly throw a stick without hitting something pumpkin-flavored. We humans certainly do love our festive seasonal flavors, but did you know that pumpkin has many benefits for your dog’s health, as well? Pure pumpkin (note: not pumpkin pie filling, but pureed pumpkin) […]

The Harsh (and Wonderful) Realities of Adopting a Puppy

I’m coming out of obscurity for you this week, readers. I manage Pet First’s social media communities and I’m an avid pet lover. The reason I’m opening the curtain this week is to tell you about a personal experience that I believe needs to be shared with the world. Recently my family adopted a tiny […]

Fall Activities for Dogs

The days are getting shorter. The air is becoming crisper. Leaves are beginning to show the faintest hints of orange and red. There’s only one thing that can ease the pain of summer’s close, and that’s Fall. Get your pup outside to enjoy the flawless Fall weather with these fun activities! Hiking This one is […]