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Tips for Traveling with Fido and Felix

Tips for Traveling with Fido and Felix

 

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

As you prepare for your pet's big adventure with the family, here are some travel Dos (and one travel Don't) to help get you off to the right start:

Do visit your veterinarian before you leave to ensure your pet is ready to travel. Request an updated health certificate with information on vaccinations and if necessary, re-stock your pet's medication. Be sure to find out what to include in your pet's first aid kit.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Your Pet’s Health

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Your Pet’s Health

 

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

For many years, pet owners have given omega-3 fatty acids to their dogs to change a dull, dry coat into a more glossy one.

A shiny coat and healthy skin on the outside can be indicators of a healthy pet on the inside. Conversely, skin problems may indicate a need for dietary changes or supplementation.

Busted: The Top 4 Most Common Pet Myths

Busted: The Top 4 Most Common Pet Myths

 

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

It's no secret that Americans love their pets. When it comes to U.S. pet ownership, 39 percent of households own at least one dog, and 33 percent own at least one cat, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Furry family members bring joy and excitement to a household, and providing the best care possible helps ensure pets have a long, healthy life.

Is Your Pet Ready for Outdoor Weather?

Is Your Pet Ready for Outdoor Weather?

 

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

When the weather's nice, many people like to head outdoors — and their pets do, too. Before you let your pet go outside, make sure you've taken steps to prevent pests, care for their skin, and know how to spot signs of allergies.

In Families Across the Country, the Canine is King

In Families Across the Country, the Canine is King

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Would you sooner kick your snoring spouse, or your snoring pooch, out of the bedroom? Do you celebrate your pup's birthday? Is your dog included in family photos? As a recent Purina Dog Chow Family Poll uncovered, one thing is certain: Our four-legged friends are cherished members of the family.

Tips for Bringing Home a Puppy

Tips for Bringing Home a Puppy

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Seventeen million Americans bring home a new pet each year, according to the American Humane Association — and a lot of those pets are adorable puppies. 

"It's exciting to bring home a new puppy, but there are several things you need to think about before you do," said Dr. Simon Starkey, PetSmart veterinarian. "To get your new puppy off to a great start, it's important to make sure you and your home are prepared for your new family member." Here are Dr. Starkey's helpful tips:

Living with Allergies and Animals

Living with Allergies and Animals

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Good news for the estimated one in five allergy sufferers who have pets: There are ways you and your pet can live together. The experts at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology suggest you:

Keep your pet out of the bedroom. You spend as much as a third of your time there. Letting a dog or cat in increases your exposure to dander and the likelihood of allergic reaction.