Pet Care After Owner Passes

I want to address a tough subject. In the last month I have had two elderly clients pass away, one had a plan for their pet, the other did not. Both of the dogs are okay, with the help of our caring pet community they were able to find loving homes. I get attached to my animals, but also to their owners. This is part of my job, what I love doing. The loss hurts, but the best I can do is make sure their beloved pets are cared for after the end comes. Do you have a plan? If you do not have family who can adopt your pets, […]

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Knowing the Right Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet

End-of-life decisions for animals are difficult. I cannot tell you when the time is right, I can only tell you what I observe while your aging pets are in my care. It is not fair they do not live as long as we do, but it is our duty to ensure they are not suffering. Veterinarian Developed Scale to Help Clear Up Confusion Dr. Villalobos has dedicated her career to helping pet owners navigate end-of-life issues. To help pet owners make decisions about end-of-life care, Dr. Villalobos developed a decision tool based on seven indicators. A tough subject, this NY Times article is a good read. Read the article >>

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Bringing a Rescue Dog Home

Although adopting a rescue dog is a wonderful way to bring a new canine family member into the home, please remember, it takes patience and understanding to help a scared rescue dog acclimate to you and to their new forever home. The following tips from Canidea Pet Food will help your new fur baby adjust to their new home: A skittish rescue dog may show his fear by being overly timid, withdrawn and untrusting or displaying signs of depression. Some may feel threatened by new people, situations and surroundings. Warm Up to a New Home When you first bring home a rescue dog, keep them confined to one area so […]

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Can’t Promise Pretty

by Ellen Ehrlich [Excerpt] Mary Oquendo coined this phrase back in the early days of petgroomer.com. It stuck in my mind, because in the grooming profession, you can’t always promise pretty. In a perfect world, puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats, would stand on our grooming tables like statues. They would offer their nails for a pedicure, their ears for cleaning, and their faces to wash. They would jump in the tub, turn when asked, and roll over for tummy trims. No one would ever have a tangle or “smile” at the groomer. Every pet would have an impeccable coat. Wouldn’t you love to live in this world? Let’s face it. […]

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