Coyote Alert in Western Washington

Every year around this time, coyotes become active across Western Washington. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging owners of small pets to keep a closer eye on them. As well, keep small pets, like dogs and cats, in at night year-round and don’t leave their food out. KOMO News reported on a dog attacked by a coyote in its backyard and what to do it you see a pet being attacked by a coyote, read the full story >>

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Nail Care for Dogs is Essential

Nail care is essential for EVERY dog but extra attention is a necessity for working dogs. Service dogs are on their feet more than pet dogs. Long nails can do long term damage to the joints, causing retirement earlier than what would have been necessary. SaveSave

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An Open Letter to Doodle Owners

There’s a conversation going on in the grooming world, and it’s one our clients should be privy to. The topic? Doodles. And I’m talking labradoodles, goldendoodles, sheepadoodles, bernedoodles – anything that has been mixed with a standard (sometimes mini) poodle or already existing doodle. The truth is, the popularity of doodle dogs is on the rise but the education that potential owners are getting regarding their care and maintenance is dropping. This can be attributed to a few factors, ranging from a breeder spreading lies to sell a puppy, to a family so entranced by the cuteness of a fluffy puppy, they overlook the potential high maintenance of what they’re […]

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10 Thanksgiving Foods Your Dog or Cat Should Not Eat

We look forward to Thanksgiving as the biggest and best meal of the year. Guests and family members bring over their tastiest holiday specialties to share with everyone. Our tables, overloaded with indulgent dishes, make the house smell fantastic. One thing you can always count on is the constant presence of excited, hungry companion animals. Those big, eager puppy or kitty eyes will bore into your very soul, begging you to toss a nibble of something their way. You badly want to do it, but should you? For many reasons, probably not. Every year, food-related pet illnesses spike during the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to pet insurers. That’s because holiday […]

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How Do Dogs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

Dogs don’t use their skin to perspire, like humans, because of their insulating coat. Their coat keeps them both cool in hot weather and warm in cool weather. Dogs do have sweat glands, located in the pads of their feet and in their ear canals, but sweating plays a minor role in regulating body temperature. When the temperature is very hot and especially when it is humid, everything heats up…including a dog’s body. His body responds by trying to cool off and it basically attempts to use conduction, convection, radiation, and evaporation. He will seek a cool place in the shade to lie down to absorb the coolness (conduction). His […]

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Foxtail Grass Can Kill Your Dogs

Every pet parent loves to see their dog run in grass. However, there are some wild grasses with seed awns that are extremely dangerous to dogs. Now is the time of year to be vigilant – your dog’s life may depend on it. Please check your pups carefully after every romp in the field. The following article, Foxtail Grass Can Kill Your Dogs, provides helpful tips and signs to watch for: [excerpt] The awns on foxtails are barbed, razor-sharp needles, designed to burrow into the ground with the seed. However, they can also burrow through a dog’s skin and enter soft tissue where they can cause serious injury, infection and even death. […]

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