Traveling with your pet


For many families, summer means family vacations which means traveling. Whether it’s to the beach, Disneyworld, or even just to a local campground or lake, the chance to break away from the daily grind can be irresistible. For those of us with pets planning for even a long weekend away also involves deciding how to care for our pets, or – if traveling with a pet – how to accommodate his or her needs.

For those considering bringing their pets along for the fun, there are some considerations that should factor into your pet’s travel plans.

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Fourth of July Fun.

Did you know that more pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year? Unfortunately the safety concerns surrounding the 4th of July, don’t stop with missing pets.  With a few precautions taken before the big day you can ensure your pet stays happy, calm, and safe.

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Lawn and Garden Safety


Over the past week I have found myself spending more and more time outdoors as the temperatures rise and the days get longer.  Weekends have been filled with yard work to try and beautify our lawn and (lets be honest here) try to keep alive all the beautiful landscaping that came with the first home we purchased last summer.  I may have been born with ten fingers and ten toes, but I think someone forgot to bless me with the green thumb that seems to have skipped a generation in my family.  However I am doing my best to learn the ins and outs of gardening and landscaping which means I have also been keeping an eye on the products I am using and the plants around my home to insure the safety of my furry children as well as the handful of friendly neighborhood cats.

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Winter Weather Guide


You know the saying, “In Illinois, if you think the weather is awful, wait ten minutes, it will change.” Lately we haven’t been seeing a whole lot of “Old Man Winter”, but it is important to be prepared when he finally decides to settle in and stay awhile.  Most of us are informed of changes that need to be made to our homes and cars when the temperatures dip below freezing, but its also important that we keep our pets prepared for changes in the weather as well. Continue reading “Winter Weather Guide”

Holiday Safety Tips


December brings us smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or perhaps the slightly lesser known Festivus season, you are bound to be busy and a touch removed from your “normal” routine. Some of us will be travelling, others are working on a holiday celebration that would charm the likes of Martha Stewart. Regardless of how you plan to celebrate over these next few weeks, I ask that you keep a few things in mind to insure your beloved pet doesn’t end up on the “naughty” list, or even worse, in the emergency clinic this season. Continue reading “Holiday Safety Tips”

HOWL-oween Safety Tips


Halloween is right around the corner. For many of us this means fun costumes, an inevitable 5lb weight gain as we let the leftover trick or treat stash go to “waist” (See what I did there?), one very busy night (and for some perhaps a whole weekend) and in general just a GOOD time. However like many of our celebrated holidays, this can be a scary and confusing time for our pets. Continue reading “HOWL-oween Safety Tips”

The More You Know……..

Hello loyal readers! If you were a child of the eighties (as I was), you may remember the public safety announcements (or PSAs) featured on NBC during multiple primetime and Saturday morning programming spots. While you may not remember the message behind these multiple PSAs, I bet you at least remember that blazing star featuring “The More You Know” trailing behind it at the end of each of these brief messages. Well I don’t have a shooting star to introduce the topic of this current post, but I will be up front in informing you that this post shall serve as a PSA to all the dog lovers out there. Continue reading “The More You Know……..”

It’s Getting Hot In Here

Over the past few weeks the mercury has risen to levels that many of us deem unbearable. We all hear about not leaving our loved ones in a car on a hot day for fear of heat related illness or even worse death, but what exactly is heat stroke, and how can we be prepared for it? Continue reading “It’s Getting Hot In Here”