Life’s A Picnic: Our Guide To Summer Party Pet Safety

Naperville_iStock_000031368124_LargeDog lovers are often found toting their dogs in bicycle baskets or trailers, enjoying meals on cafe patios, and running errands together. Our culture has unabashedly embraced the symbiotic dynamic between humans and canines, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your pet is invited – or welcome – everywhere.

Take, for example, the ubiquitous outdoor summer fête. One could naturally assume that your pooch would be a welcome (not to mention gracious) guest, but the raised eyebrows of your host or hostess could indicate the opposite. While you know your pet will easily break the ice, behave beautifully, and entertain all, you’ll need to be on point throughout the affair to minimize accidents, insults, or both. Continue…

Loud Noise Anxiety in Pets and How to Help Them Cope

Naper_iStock_000026309122_LargeDid you know noise anxiety is one of the most common forms of anxiety and phobias in pets? It is estimated that 10 million dogs suffer from noise related fear, and the same for many cats, yet it can often seem as there is no escaping noise….

Whether it comes from the loud clap of a summertime storm or the festival spray of seasonal fireworks, noise is everywhere. And, let us not forget road repair season, construction season, and the general cacophony of summertime fun.

So, how do you shield your stressed out pet from the ensuing stress? And how do you recognize when mild anxiety turns into a phobia that requires behavioral assistance? Let’s explore… Continue…