The Shy Pet

Naper_iStock_000029790470_XXXLargeYou may know this scene all too well: your friend stops by for a visit and suddenly your lap cat is nowhere to be found… Or, perhaps you find that your sweet pup is cowering behind you whenever a new person walks by and offers a smile. Whatever the scenario, a shy pet can prove to be a challenge for many pet owners. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, that shyness may eventually develop into crippling phobias and serious anxiety.

Since many of us choose to adopt our pets (thank-you!), Fluffy or Fido may come to us with unknown backgrounds and behavioral challenges resulting from his or her abandonment or life on the street.

Thankfully, there are many affirming, effective methods you can use to help your shy pet ease out into the world and eventually learn to enjoy the experiences that once frightened him or her. Continue…

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Pet: Reasons to Invest in Pet Dental Health

Naperville_iStock_000031982520_Large (1)Although we look at each individual area of your pet’s body to determine his or her overall wellness; it’s possible that the most influential area we examine is the mouth. The impact your pet’s oral health has on the whole body is astonishing. Even so, many pet owners ignore pet dental health altogether. But it doesn’t have to be this way! With a little fortitude and motivation, we can improve your pet’s dental health and, in turn, invest in a longer, happier life. Continue…