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‘Tis the Season to Pamper Your Pet

‘Tis the Season to Pamper 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!)

The holidays aren’t just for indulging children; family pets could use some pampering, too. 

In fact, a poll conducted by Petside.com reported that 53 percent of U.S. pet parents intended to get their animal companions a present during the holidays. 

To help you get in the spirit of the season, here are some gift ideas for the furry friend in your life: 

Learn What Treats Will Do to Your Pet’s Weight

Learn What Treats Will Do to Your Pet’s Weight

(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!)

In a recent study conducted by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and Hill's Pet Nutrition, veterinarians said that giving pets too many treats is one of the most common mistakes pet owners make when feeding their dogs or cats.

If you reward your pet with treats or table scraps you might be surprised to learn about the negative impact these treats can have on his or her weight. Here's how some dog and cat treats would translate to an average (150 lb.) human:

Welcome a New Pet Into Your Home With These Tips

Welcome a New Pet Into Your Home With These Tips

(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!)

Congratulations! You're a pet owner. Bringing a new pet home is an exciting experience but requires some preparation. That adorable ball of energy covered in fur will interact with just about every inch of living space and your life is about to be enriched in ways you've never dreamed possible. 

Pet Safety Tips During the Holidays

Pet Safety Tips 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!)

As families gather together during the holiday season, many people have no choice but to leave their beloved pet home alone. But without proper attention to safety, a pet left with holiday décor can unwrap an unwanted wish list of dangers.

Getting a Dog? Consider These Factors to Make Sure You’re a Match

Getting a Dog? Consider These Factors to Make Sure You’re a Match

(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 are plenty of cliche things that people say about dogs: That they're man's best friend, that they love you unconditionally and that behind those cold noses, there are warm hearts. But while dog owners might feel a bit silly about repeating those old chestnuts, they'll also admit they're absolutely true. 

Pet Connection Announces Special Events for December

Pet Connection Announces Special Events for December

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of December.

Pet totes and other goodies will be available for sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 15 and 22, and Friday, December 23 and 30, in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, December 10 and 17, at the Eastern Hills Mall in Williamsville.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, December 16, Pet Connection volunteers and puppies will be in the lobby of the beautiful and historic Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St., Buffalo.

Manage Your Pet’s Diabetes With These Helpful Hints

Manage Your Pet’s Diabetes With These Helpful Hints

(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!)

Many people don't know that the diabetes epidemic in the United States isn't just striking humans — it affects pets, too. Diabetes can lead to health complications like recurrent infections, nerve damage and cataracts, says Dr. Debbie Olbrich, a veterinarian for Abbott Animal Health.