Adopting a Senior Shelter Pet


For one reason or another, senior pets are often overlooked by prospective adopters. But, as supporters of animal welfare and, since November is designated as Adopt a Senior Pet Month, we’re here to tell you – senior pets make GREAT companion animals. And the truth is, unless more people are willing to give them a chance – they might stay at the shelter forever! On the plus side, this means that if you are looking for a new furry friend you can probably find an exact match for your personality and lifestyle among the seniors, because there are so many waiting for adoption.… Read more

What is Feline Stomatitis?


Feline stomatitis is a common, painful and very serious oral inflammation that can affect cats of all breeds and ages, although some breeds such as Himalayans, Persians, and Somalis are more prone to developing symptoms than others. There is no single specific cause associated with stomatitis (also known as chronic gingivostomatitis or CGS), though the buildup of plaque triggers the initial inflammation. With some cases, it is thought there is an autoimmune component to this disease, where the cat’s immune system essentially responds to its teeth as though they were foreign bodies.… Read more

Why is My Pet Peeing Indoors?


It’s a pretty unpleasant occurrence, but peeing inside the house is an issue most pet owners have to deal with at some point in time. While it’s a common problem with puppies and kittens, the issue should subside once they’re properly trained. If your adult pet has suddenly begun passing urine indoors, however, there’s usually a basic behavioral snag or an underlying medical issue that’s causing the problem. In this blog we’ll take a look at some of the common issues for cats and dogs, with advice on how to resolve them.… Read more

Why Are Black Cats Considered Bad Luck?


It’s no secret that black cats are considered bad luck. And, sadly, they’re among the least popular pets at animal shelters throughout the US – with their colorful counterparts seen as more desirable. Being an organization committed to animal welfare and adoption (and with Halloween coming up), Activ4Pets decided it’s time to bust the myth. These beautiful creatures deserve forever homes just as much as any other shelter pet!… Read more

University of Miami Offers Activ4Pets as New Employee Benefit

University of Miami pet owner employees have a new way to save time and money with the Activ4Pets animal health app


MIAMI, FL, October 23, 2017 – Open enrollment has kicked off for many healthcare organizations and corporations across the US. Among the insurance copays and pension plans, several companies are standing out by providing pet-friendly benefits for the very first time. With over 14,000 employees, the University of Miami (UM) has long been a beacon of teaching, healthcare, research, and education. It’s fitting, then that UM has partnered with another local community leader, Activ4Pets, to provide mobile health benefits especially for pets. The Activ4Pets platform gives pet parents easy access to veterinary health information (vaccines, allergies, x-rays and more) along with web-based veterinarian consultations, thus providing UM employees with a unique new way to care for their pets at work and on the go.… Read more

5 Defamed Dog Breeds


Dogs are wonderful pets but some breeds have earned terrible reputations due to their stern appearance and occasional behavior issues. It’s important to note, however, that any dog can attack or bite, emphasizing the need to train and socialize your pup properly during those crucial early months. Every dog owner has been in a situation where another canine has become aggressive. And, if we’re honest, this usually has very little to do with specific breeds – but rather the owner of that animal.… Read more

Benefits of Exercising with your Dog


It’s easy to arrive home from a long day at work and curl up on the couch for the rest of the night with your dog. Though, if you’re being honest with yourself, you really should get outside and play with your dog before you settle in for the night. If you’ve been at a desk all day and your dog has been in a crate, there’s tremendous value in taking the time to exercise with your dog. Even if you’ve had a dog walker from take care of your dog during lunch, the benefits of scheduling time to exercise and play with your dog are invaluable.… Read more

Top 5 Family-Friendly Dog Breeds


So you’re thinking about getting a new dog, huh? Congratulations! A new pup is bound to bring you and your family closer together and provide some extra companionship for everyone. Question is: which breed are you thinking about getting? Do you know which qualities you’re looking for, or do you want a dog to please everyone?… Read more

6 Common Canine Respiratory Infections


Infections of the upper respiratory tract (URT) are quite common in dogs and usually affect young pups, unvaccinated dogs and those with poor immune mechanisms. Unlike cats, dogs rarely develop asthma or allergic respiratory disease. In cases of respiratory tract infections, two signs are most commonly noticed – labored breathing (dyspnoea) and increased breathing rate (tachypnea).… Read more

5 Common Zoonotic Diseases


Diseases which can be transferred from animals to humans are known as zoonotic diseases. Humans can acquire these infections through a variety of means including airborne pathogens or through bites and saliva.… Read more