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Ring in the New Year With Your Pet

Ring in the New Year With Your Pet

(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 the time of year when people make resolutions to be a better and healthier version of themselves. So why not make resolutions that will mutually benefit you and your pet? Here are some ideas to help you and yours have the best year yet.

Pet First Aid Class

Pet First Aid Class

Dogs and cats are more than pets—they’re family! And just like any other member of the family, pets deserve to be cared for and protected. That’s why the American Red Cross has developed the Dog and Cat First Aid Program.

Join us for the upcoming three-hour class at the Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center on Monday, December 10th from 6pm-9pm. 

Cost is $65/person, and space is limited. Register by contacting Jill Gregory at (716) 878-2382 or jill.gregory@redcross.org.

Creating a Dog-friendly Meal Experience

Creating a Dog-friendly Meal Experience

(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!)

Mealtime is going ... well, to the dogs — literally. Dumping kibble into a bowl and walking away has become less and less the norm. Feeding the family dog has evolved into new territory. For example, have you ever warmed your dog's food in the microwave before serving it to him? You wouldn't be alone if you have. Maybe you and your dog have a mealtime ritual? Again, you would be in good company.

Create a Safe Home for Your Pets During the Holidays

Create a Safe Home for Your Pets During the Holidays

(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!)

Decorating your home for the holidays is an exciting time of year for families, but small changes in the environment can be drastic for pets. From visiting family and holiday feasts, to decorations and gifts under the Christmas tree, the holidays present many exciting – and potentially dangerous – new situations for your little furry friends. PetSmart offers the following tips to help pet-parents prepare for changes in store:

Common Faux ‘Paws’ That Hamper Pet Nutrition

Common Faux ‘Paws’ That Hamper Pet Nutrition

(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!)

By Dana Watkins

Mealtime can be a great time to bond with your pet. However, finding the right food can sometimes be a process of trial and adjustment.

As a nutritionist, I receive thousands of e-mails and phone calls each year from concerned “pet parents” looking for the right food for their pets.

Making Life Better for Your Older Pets

Making Life Better for Your Older Pets

(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 never too early to take steps to make life easier for your pet for when he or she hits the golden years. Just as with people, proper diet, exercise and smart lifestyle decisions can delay some of the aging process and help your pet live a longer, healthier life.

That even holds true for one of the more common problems for aging pets — arthritis. Here are some steps you can take before your pet becomes a senior to help reduce the risk or lessen the severity of arthritis:

Keep Your Pets Happy and Healthy

Keep Your Pets Happy and Healthy

(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!)

Just as you can become tense and stressed out by your daily life, so too can your dog or cat. And pet anxiety is not only unpleasant for your pet and potentially damaging to your home and belongings, it can also lead to a host of other health and wellness problems.

With some simple lifestyle tweaks however, you can make scratching, digging, clawing, whining and crying a thing of the past. Here are some tips to reduce your dog or cat’s anxiety and make their life, and yours, a bit more comfortable: