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Tips on Adopting a Shelter Pet

Tips on Adopting a Shelter 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!)

If you're thinking about getting a new pet, consider going to an animal shelter like Pet Connection Programs Inc. to find that new family member. There are about 3,500 shelters in the United States that serve an estimated five to seven million homeless animals, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

Why adopt from a shelter?

How to Protect Your Pet From Dental Problems

How to Protect Your Pet From Dental Problems

(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!)

According to a study by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and Hill's Pet Nutrition, dental care ranks second to weight control as the most important thing pet owners can do to increase the length of their cat or dog's life.

Proper oral care can play a key role in your pet's overall quality and length of life, by helping to avoid dental problems such as tooth infections and tooth loss among a broader range of health issues, including organ damage, strokes, emphysema, osteoporosis and diabetes.

Life Lessons for Dogs and Pet Parents

Life Lessons for Dogs and Pet Parents

(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!)

Leash pulling, potty training issues, pet anxiety – these are just a few everyday challenges that trouble many pet parents. In fact, behavioral problems are cited in the list of top reasons dogs are put in shelters, according to the American Humane Association.

Preparing Your Pets for a New Baby

Preparing Your Pets for a New Baby

(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!)

Its official, you're going to be a parent. The lengthy checklist has already started as you prepare for the arrival of your baby. While baby names, color themes and pregnancy books are top of mind, be sure to include an existing family member through this important time — your pet.

Keep Your Aging Cat Feeling Young

Keep Your Aging Cat Feeling Young

(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!)

Did you know that cats are considered senior citizens at the age of 11? But getting older doesn't mean that they have to lose their spark. 

Wendy Diamond, "Animal Fair" editor-in-chief and national television pet lifestyle contributor, has some great tips for making your favorite feline's twilight years golden ones. 

Assess Your Cat's Age 

Pet Connection Announces Plans for 2012 Special Events

Pet Connection Announces Plans for 2012 Special Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, has announced plans for several major fundraising events taking place in 2012.

The annual Pre-Mother's Day Chicken Dinner and Concert will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Marilla Fire Hall, located at Two Rod Road and West Avenue. The event will include a huge Chinese auction, great door prizes, a visit from Mr. No — the Balloon Guy, and musical entertainment by the Easy Street Big Band! Tickets are presale only and priced at just $15 per person. Call 652-0192 today to reserve your place. 

Bringing Home Puppy: Tips for a Successful Introduction to the Family

Bringing Home Puppy: Tips for a Successful Introduction to the Family

(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!)

There’s no doubt a new puppy brings joy to millions of families each year. However, while bringing home a new dog is exciting, it can also be quite an adjustment period for both the puppy and his new owners. 

According to veterinarian Dr. Brent Mayabb, manager of education and development at Royal Canin USA, pet parents can help ease the transition with some simple steps to ensure healthy growth and development for our four-legged family members. Here are some tips to help make your new puppy’s transition easier for both pup and the family: