Making the Most of Your Pet’s Wellness Exam

Naperville_iStock_000037246336_LargeIf you are like many pet owners, the moment you begin to think about your pet’s wellness exam may coincide with a moment of dread. Thoughts like, “How am I going to put Fluffy in her carrier?!?” or, “Will Banjo try and run when I get the leash?” start to flood our mind as we feel the panic start to set in. Some of us also feel a sense of worry about seeing our pets age, and perhaps feel a tinge of avoidance when the annual exam rolls around.

However, wellness exams, like our own yearly physicals, are important to keeping your pet healthy. And, when you are prepared, these exams can provide opportunities for enhanced well-being for our pets, slow down the progression of age-related conditions, and even help diagnose issues before they take a turn for the worst. Continue…

The Loss of a Pet and the Importance of Grief Support

Mourning doves perched on a sign in a pet cemetery, Andrade, California.The bond between pet parent and much-loved furry family member can be one of the strongest, deepened through the experience of unconditional love. That is why, when the time comes to say goodbye, the loss of a pet is felt so deeply and is never easy. It can leave us struggling to get past the grief and with a huge feeling of emptiness for that spirited love that was once so near. Continue…