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708, 2018

Must do routines for Puppies and Kittens before you leave to work

By | August 7th, 2018|

As busy Pet parents, you might struggle with priorities, chores and your new-born pets. Fret not. With few organized routines and training, your kittens and pups will be soon grown up to confident Pets who love you more than anything! Here are a few tips to be away peacefully without worrying about your pet – Restrictions are good. But not caging. When you leave home, see that your kittens or puppies are not left in the house freely. It doesn’t mean that the pet should be tied. Let it be unleashed, but keep it confined to one room. This will

2504, 2018

4 Tips That Every Pet Parent Should Use To Make Life Hassle Free

By | April 25th, 2018|

As a loving pet parent, you probably juggle a busy schedule with caring for your furry friend. But there are only 24 hours in a day. And sometimes you wish that your pet responsibilities were way easier and a whole lot more fun! Here are four tips that will do just that: Add Excitement To Playtime For dogs, physical activity and play time is a must, and toys play an important role. They keep your pet busy and also help them to build on their mental abilities. So, invest in toys that help your dog think. You can pick up

1104, 2018

Traveling with Your Pet? Here Are 5 Tips to Help Keep Them Safe

By | April 11th, 2018|

This past week, United Airlines has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, after passengers reported several cases of of pet mismanagement . In one of the most highly publicized incidents, the airline’s negligence lead to the death of a family’s beloved pet – a 10-year-old French Bulldog named Kokito. The incident triggered angry reactions throughout the country, and two Senators have even introduced a bill seeking to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. As a loving pet owner, the episode has probably left you heartbroken and also concerned about your own pet’s safety while traveling.

2803, 2018

5 Things You Must Do When You Bring Home A Pet From The Shelter

By | March 28th, 2018|

You have done the right thing and opted to adopt and not shop for a pet. At the local shelter, you found and fell in love with an adorable four-legged friend. And after going through the adoption process, you are all set to bring your pet home. You and your furry friend are set to embark on a lifetime of love, friendship and adventure, no doubt. But as a new pet parent you should know that first few days and weeks are crucial and will set the tone of your bond. To ensure, you and your pet get off to

2103, 2018

Vet Visit Coming Up? These Tips & Tricks Will Help Your Pet Sail Through

By | March 21st, 2018|

You love your four-legged friend to bits. And your love is not restricted to mere cuddles and scratches. As a proud pet owner, you are well aware of the importance of giving your pet the best medical care. You probably already have a trusted veterinarian on your speed dial. But a successful visit to your veterinary clinic requires a whole lot more. Thankfully, a little planning and a handful of treats will ensure that your pet (and you, of course) pass the test. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you along. Plan Ahead You and your pet

2211, 2017

Adopting a Senior Pet from the Shelter

By | November 22nd, 2017|

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

1311, 2017

What is Feline Stomatitis?

By | November 13th, 2017|

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.

611, 2017

Why is My Pet Peeing Indoors?

By | November 6th, 2017|

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.

3010, 2017

Why Are Black Cats Considered Bad Luck?

By | October 30th, 2017|

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!

1010, 2017

5 Defamed Dog Breeds

By | October 10th, 2017|

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.

310, 2017

Benefits of Exercising with your Dog

By | October 3rd, 2017|

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 Rover.com take care of your dog during lunch, the benefits of scheduling time to

2509, 2017

Top 5 Family-Friendly Dog Breeds

By | September 25th, 2017|

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?

1909, 2017

6 Common Canine Respiratory Infections

By | September 19th, 2017|

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).

1109, 2017

5 Common Zoonotic Diseases

By | September 11th, 2017|

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.

509, 2017

5 Socialization Tips for Shelter Dog Adopters

By | September 5th, 2017|

Many of our members adopt adult shelter dogs having never owned a pet before. And, while we commend them for their good deed, it is important to point out there will be a period of transition and it’s likely there will be a few challenges along the way. Understandably, some shelter dogs will experience stress when they move to a new home and consequently might be apprehensive or fearful about social interactions with people and other animals. Don’t be put off. It’s your job to show them a loving environment in which they can flourish. Though the task ahead may

3108, 2017

Is Your Dog Suffering with Urinary Stones?

By | August 31st, 2017|

The condition where urinary calculi (uroliths) or stones form in the urinary tract is called urolithiasis. Just like in humans, the disease can cause extreme discomfort during urination and other associated symptoms. Uroliths can form anywhere in the dog’s urinary system (kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra) but in 85% of cases the stones occur in the bladder. Stones are made up of minerals, commonly calcium oxalate, struvite, urate and cystine in dogs.

2208, 2017

5 Signs Your Cat Needs to Visit the Vet

By | August 22nd, 2017|

Most pet owners recognize emergency circumstances when they absolutely must take their pet to the vet – difficulty breathing, vomiting or consuming toxic substances, for instance. But there are less obvious indications that your pet might have underlying medical issues that need to be dealt with. Cats in particular are masters at hiding ill health so it becomes even more challenging for pet parents. Throw in their aversion to car travel and it’s too easy to avoid the ‘dreaded’ vet visit and miss an opportunity to tackle important health needs. Don’t forget that preventive care is always the best option.

908, 2017

Understanding Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

By | August 9th, 2017|

Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) is an inflammatory condition of the bladder. And, as the term “idiopathic” implies, it isn’t exactly known what causes the disease. FIC is one of many medical issues that fall under the banner of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) and some veterinarians may use the two terms interchangeably. Generally speaking, cats between the ages of 2 – 6 years are at risk and both genders can be affected. Cats suffering with FIC commonly display problems with urination or with pain and irritation around the genital region.

208, 2017

What is Leptospirosis?

By | August 2nd, 2017|

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic infectious disease caused by leptospira bacteria which affect domestic pets and wild animals including rats, raccoons, opossums, deer, skunks, cattle, pigs and foxes. Wild animals often function as asymptomatic reservoir hosts for leptospirosis, and as dogs and people gain greater exposure to wildlife, their risk of getting leptospirosis increases. The disease is somewhat rare in cats, but felines do produce antibodies against leptospirosis serovars (bacteria).

1907, 2017

How do we Tackle Pet Obesity?

By | July 19th, 2017|

Over the past 20 years, obesity has increased in dogs and cats, despite myriad efforts by veterinarians, veterinary societies, academicians, technicians, drug companies, and entire organizations devoted to the problem (e.g. the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention). The question is: Why? In my experience it is usually down to perceptions of the issue and willingness to change behaviors.

1007, 2017

Hypothyroidism in Dogs

By | July 10th, 2017|

Hypothyroidism refers to the insufficient production of T3 and T4 hormones from the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped organ located in the neck. This can lead to a decreased metabolic rate in pets – meaning they don’t burn calories as quickly.

3006, 2017

The Potential Dangers of Raw Food Diets

By | June 30th, 2017|

Raw food diets have gained huge popularity among dog owners in recent years. Supposedly because they are more in line with what a canine’s ancestors (wolves) consume. But haven’t dogs’ digestive systems adapted since they first became domesticated? And, if this is true, wouldn’t feeding them foods they’re no longer used to eating be harmful? Let me be clear: raw diets are a fad, and they may be endangering your pet.

2006, 2017

Adopting a Shelter Pet: Are You Ready For it?

By | June 20th, 2017|

The idea of pet adoption is appealing for most people. And with good reason – there are many fine shelter animals out there just waiting for a new home. And who wouldn’t want a cute new dog/cat/bunny/parrot in their life? But before you jump head first into adoption, there’s a few important things to consider. First and foremost – are you and your family ready for the responsibility of adding a family member – a new life which demands care and attention? Activ4Pets has put together this handy guide to help walk you through the process of shelter pet adoption.

1105, 2017

5 Amusing Reasons Why Pets Make the Best Children

By | May 11th, 2017|

There are plenty of good reasons to love your pets. They’re always so happy to see you, want endless cuddles and obey your every command. Well, mostly. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we thought we take a look at all those silly but amusing reasons why pets make great ‘children’. Now, this isn’t a competition between human and animal children, just a bit of fun.

1303, 2017

Understanding Feline Diabetes

By | March 13th, 2017|

Diabetes has risen sharply in our feline friends over the past decade or so – attributed to more cats being overweight. It can be a very serious and sometimes life-threatening disease. But, if caught and treated early, remission is possible. Though, your cat can become insulin-dependent for the rest of their life should diagnosis and treatment be delayed. So what is feline diabetes? The most simple way to describe diabetes is with two words – Sugar and Insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which helps a cat’s body regulate the flow of glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream

1402, 2017

Dog Flu: The Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets

By | February 14th, 2017|

Did you know dogs can get the flu, too? Yes, just like their owners, dogs can contract influenza causing similar symptoms. Canine influenza is a relatively new virus, having only developed in the last 12 years. But it’s becoming a growing concern. These days most pet diseases are prevented with vaccination and it’s easy to take the wonder of immunity for granted. Basically, immunity can be summed up with one word: “prevention”. From a veterinarian’s perspective, it is always easier to prevent a disease rather than treat it. Vaccines stimulate your pet’s own immune system to make antibodies which provide

902, 2017

Identifying Feline Hyperthyroidism

By | February 9th, 2017|

Our Feline friends are generally healthy and well fed in their indoor living environment. However, there are a few internal diseases that are common among middle aged and older cats.

2701, 2017

The Importance of Pet Insurance, it’s better to have it!

By | January 27th, 2017|

“Why do I need Pet Insurance?” Is something I hear a lot. But, yes, pet insurance is very important! Policies stuffed with confusing jargon (co-pays, deductibles and caps) alone can be enough to put some pet parents off from signing up. Then there’s the costs involved. But our beloved furry family members deserve the very best. After all, they frequently do unexpected things, putting their own health – and sometimes your wallet – on the line.

1912, 2016

Improving Your Pet’s Health in 2017

By | December 19th, 2016|

The year is moving fast and, like it or not, 2017 will be upon us very soon. Pets bring so much joy to our lives so it’s important we take their general wellbeing seriously. If you’re a pet owner, you’re in the unique position to improve your furry companion’s health with a few simple steps! Maybe your pet’s a little overweight and you keep meaning to do something about it. Why not use the new year as your excuse to get going. These tips are fairly straightforward, but they will take a little day to day effort to ensure you

512, 2016

Holiday Pet Care Guide

By | December 5th, 2016|

With Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, isn’t it time you started prepping for the Holidays with your pets? You don’t want them feeling left out now, do you? From diet to dropping temperatures, there’s a lot of considerations to make for your furry family members. After all, you can never be too prepared when your pets are concerned!

2311, 2016

Traveling With Pets: A Thanksgiving Guide

By | November 23rd, 2016|

So you’re heading back home to spend Thanksgiving with relatives. But, this being a family holiday, you don’t want to leave your fur babies behind! Maybe you’re taking a short drive, or perhaps you’re flying. How ever you’re getting to your destination of choice, Activ4Pets wants to provide the very best pet travel advice.

1911, 2016

Telemedicine at Work – A Veterinarian’s Perspective

By | November 19th, 2016|

Have you ever needed to be in two places at once? Like at work and the veterinarian’s office? What if I told you that it’s actually possible to do both... Pets are our beloved family members and we want the absolute best for them. Maybe they have an immediate health issue - like a limp or loss of appetite - one you might not necessarily class as an emergency. While you want to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, it might not always be practical to visit the vet right away. Of course, most pet parents realize a visit

2810, 2016

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

By | October 28th, 2016|

I love Halloween! The kids have a great time and so do the parents and neighbors. It’s always fun to see the local Trick-or-Treaters dressed in their spooky costumes, hunting for candy. Now let us focus on the other family members, our beloved pets. There are some health and wellbeing tips to note during Halloween.

3009, 2016

Talking Pet Obesity with Dr. Clayton Jones

By | September 30th, 2016|

Is your dog or cat a little on the chunky side? Just kidding! Even though I’m a licensed veterinarian, I must admit my Labrador Retriever, Bridger, was once very overweight. I mean huge. Obese. And yes indeed, chunky! It was not his fault at all, although he does love to eat. He would pounce on the food bowl and be done in a jiffy. But who was it that overfed him? Me, of course! Pet owners really enjoy watching their furry family members eat ravenously. But what about their health? Obesity is a major health problem for pets (as well

508, 2016

Health Benefits of Pets

By | August 5th, 2016|

We all know how adorable and loving our pets are. But did you know by owning a pet you’re already leading a healthier lifestyle than those who don’t? Well, it’s true. These benefits include improvements to both your mental and physical health. So now you have a new reason to be thankful for your pets!

807, 2016

The Secret Life of Your Pets

By | July 8th, 2016|

Exciting news: The Secret Life of Pets is released in theaters this weekend. And it’s probably got you wondering: “What does my pet get up to after I leave the house?”

107, 2016

Activities to do with your Dog

By | July 1st, 2016|

The best kind of days are the ones you can dedicate to the love of your life, your pup. And, when it comes to spending quality time with your best friend, the options are endless.

2306, 2016

The Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Workplace

By | June 23rd, 2016|

Friday, June 24 is going to be one of the happiest weekdays of the year because it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day! But will all those excitable canines be too disruptive for your non-pet owner colleagues, or are there benefits to a pet-friendly workplace?

404, 2016

What’s the Best Heartworm Prevention for Your Pet?

By | April 4th, 2016|

Heartworms are parasites that often take up residence in the heart and lungs, resulting in severe lung disease, heart failure, organ damage and death. While the dog is the host-of-choice, they are also known to infect cats, ferrets and, in rare cases, humans.

2403, 2016

5 Easter Foods You Shouldn’t Give To Your Pet

By | March 24th, 2016|

We’ve all heard that chocolate is bad for dogs, but what other foods are bad for dogs and other family pets? We’ve put together a quick list of 5 foods that are big NO-NO’s for our beloved household pets. If you are having any of these in your Easter celebrations, make sure they don’t find their way to the pet food bowl!

1801, 2016

4 Weird Facts About Birds

By | January 18th, 2016|

If you’re a bird person, you’re probably already comfortable with your feathered friend’s quirks, peculiarities and occasional bouts of neurosis. By nature, birds are incredibly active and flight driven. Captivity can sometimes alter these behaviors, but instinctively birds tend to demand constant attention, mental stimulation and life-long companionships.

601, 2016

Dog Training 101

By | January 6th, 2016|

Dogs. They just keep going and going (and going). Their seemingly endless energy can wear even the most athletic pet owner out. In many cases, this is a good thing- there have been several studies that find dogs to be powerful motivators for their human companions. But if all that energy isn’t given an appropriate outlet, dogs can develop bad habits and behavior that will drive you crazy.

1412, 2015

8 Surprising Holiday Health Hazards for Pets

By | December 14th, 2015|

Pets love the holidays. I mean, what’s not to love? Turkey at Thanksgiving, brisket at Hanukkah, ham at Christmas, pot roast at New Year’s and a seemingly never-ending stream of guests that generously – and covertly – sneak treats under the table. It truly is the season of giving.

2711, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About Adopting a New Puppy

By | November 27th, 2015|

Well, you’ve really gone and done it now, haven’t you? You went out and got yourself a puppy. Maybe you found a puppy along the road or from a breeder or from your local shelter – however it came about, you find yourself anxiously wondering “What have I done?”

1711, 2015

3 Easy Rules for Keeping Pets Safe on Thanksgiving

By | November 17th, 2015|

Ah, Thanksgiving. A special holiday to give thanks for all that we have with our family. And who could forget all the delicious food! But there’s one family member you gotta watch out for on Thanksgiving. Yep. Your pets. This year, consider a few “House Rules” for a safe, healthful Thanksgiving. Image created using “Thanksgiving Table”, used under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

311, 2015

6 Signs Your Pet May Have Diabetes

By | November 3rd, 2015|

Diabetes is a glucose control problem that can affect both dogs and cats. A growing epidemic, raising awareness about diabetes is vital to identifying and treating the disorder early. Does My Pet Have Diabetes? Diabetes is a complex disease caused by either a lack of the hormone insulin or an inadequate response to insulin. Diabetes can develop gradually, over time, and the signs may not be apparent at first. There are a few signs to look for especially in older pets. 1. Extreme Thirst and Increased Urination The foremost clinical sign of diabetes is increased water consumption (“polydipsia”) and consequently

2610, 2015

Halloween: Doing it Right!

By | October 26th, 2015|

It’s that time of year again – the air is getting cooler, and people and pets alike bring out their cutest (and sometimes spookiest) sights. That’s right, it’s almost Halloween! Image Credits: Manolo “AngelFace” by Michele M. F., used under CC BY-SA 2.0; Jack-o’-lantern by William Warby, used under CC BY 2.0, placed on a custom background.

1210, 2015

Halloween Costume Contest

By | October 12th, 2015|

We had so much fun doing our National Dog Day Photo Contest, that we just had to do another! Not that anyone needs an excuse to take pictures for their pet… but dress them up in silly/scary/fun costumes and then take pictures? BRILLIANT!

710, 2015

Who's Responsible for Preventative Care?

By | October 7th, 2015|

According to The 2015 State of Pet Health Report from Banfield Pet Hospital, 81% of pet owners say they believe that they (not the vet) are responsible for preventive care. It says: “For many pet owners, interactions with their veterinarian are not meeting their expectations and are seen as transactional… They’re tied to specific services, like vaccines or parasite control.” Are we happy with this assessment? And if not, how can we improve the veterinarian-client relationship and provide more hands-on assistance? Image Credit: Hello Kitty, by myfuture.com, used under CC BY-ND 2.0

110, 2015

Cat Health Tips You Need to Learn Now

By | October 1st, 2015|

Being a cat owner has benefits. Serious benefits. Science-backed benefits: Cats can reduce the likeliness of a heart attack by nearly one third, according to researchers at The University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute. Children raised with cats develop strong immune systems and resistance to allergic diseases, such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. Petting a cat releases oxytocin. This makes you feel happy. 🙂 Knowing this, you want to keep your feline purring for years to come.

1009, 2015

Make Telemedicine Work for You

By | September 10th, 2015|

Modern telemedicine feels a bit likes science fiction – tap a few buttons and boom: your doctor’s face, on a screen. According to BCC Research, the telehealth market is expected to reach more than $27 billion by 2016, and experts see the veterinary telemedicine market growing in step. Just Google the term “veterinary telemedicine” and you get more than 217,000 results! In a veterinary practice, being able to offer better medicine can mean better income.

2508, 2015

National Dog Day Photo Contest

By | August 25th, 2015|

Hey, pet parents! We're so excited about National Dog Day, we are going to celebrate all week long with a photo contest! The Rules It's super simple! 1. Take a picture of your dog 2. Post your pic in the comments section on Facebook 3. Vote! How We'll Pick the Winner The winner will be determined on Friday, August 28th at 4pm EDT. 1. The picture with the most votes (one like = one vote) wins. 2. If there is a tie, there will be a drawing to pick the winner. What Can You Win? $50 Petco Voucher to spoil

2408, 2015

Back-to-School Blues

By | August 24th, 2015|

Kids aren’t the only ones with back-to-school blues. Their best buddies suffer from the loss of hours of playtime, too. Millions of dogs (and a few cats) will be waiting anxiously by the door for their playtime pals to return from school.  

1308, 2015

Managing the Cost of Veterinary Care

By | August 13th, 2015|

In the past few generations, pets have moved from the backyard to the bedroom (and in some cases, the bed). An estimated 56% of American households own some kind of pet. Whether it is a dog, cat, bird or something more exotic, animals are now part of the family, which means that people are sometimes willing to do – and spend – almost anything to take care of them. For 2015, the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association estimated Americans will spend $60.59 billion our pets.

408, 2015

Ranked: Top 10 Disney Pets

By | August 4th, 2015|

We’ve all been there – Saturday night, PJ’s on watching Disney movies with the kids (or the dog, or Ben and Jerry) and the thought pops into your head: “Wouldn’t it be cool to have [insert character name] as a pet?” The answer is yes, it would be cool. Very cool. But just how cool would it be? And what happens when it stops being cool? We decided to rank Disney characters on their suitability as pets, and these are the results:

1507, 2015

9 Common Pet Behaviors Explained

By | July 15th, 2015|

Let’s face it – at some point, we’ve all wondered why our pets behave a certain way. So, in this blog, we’ll provide explanations and insights for some of the most common pet behaviors, observed in cats, dogs and birds.

207, 2015

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

By | July 2nd, 2015|

The holidays give you a great opportunity to relax and enjoy festivities with friends and family members. Unfortunately, they can also pose some fairly serious health and safety hazards for your pets. In this blog, we’ll provide some tips on how to keep your pets happy and healthy during holiday celebrations.

207, 2015

Why You Need a Mobile Pet Health Record

By | July 2nd, 2015|

A mobile Pet Health Record (PHR) is, conceivably, one of the most useful resources for pet parents. Think of it like a baby book for your pet, storing every piece of health information - from first to most recent vaccination, surgeries, allergies and more - in a cloud for ease of access. PHRs are easy to use, accessible via mobile phone, completely secure and, best of all, Activ4Pets collects all the data on your behalf. In this blog we walk you through the main benefits of a PHR. We’ve also brought in our Chief Veterinary Medical Officer and resident “petxpert”,

1506, 2015

4 Pet Safe Plants That Repel Ticks and Fleas

By | June 15th, 2015|

An army of ticks and fleas just waiting for your pets to brush up against them! At least, that’s the image in my head when I let my pets out in the backyard. But what if there were plants that could actually repel ticks and fleas, like naturally? Well, here are 4 pet-safe plants that do exactly that!

906, 2015

Activ4Pets Attends SAWA Conference

By | June 9th, 2015|

Image via SAWA We’re excited to announce that Activ4Pets’ VP of Operations Kimberly Heeney will be attending the upcoming SAWA (Society of Animal Welfare Administrators) Management Conference in Denver, CO this week.

806, 2015

Lucky 13 Casino Night – Event Recap

By | June 8th, 2015|

The Activ4Pets team was thrilled to attend the Lucky 13 Casino Night on Saturday 6/6/15. The event, set up in aid of Pets’ Trust Miami, brought together some of the region’s foremost animal activists and was hosted by Mercedes Benz, Cutler Bay.

106, 2015

Keeping Your Dog’s Coat Healthy

By | June 1st, 2015|

Nothing shows off a healthy looking dog quite like nice shiny coat and healthy skin. But let’s face it, dogs are messy and it can be hard to keep that coat looking good. Providing you aren’t letting your dog roll around in puddles o’ mud each day here’s what you can do to maintain a health coat for your dog:

2205, 2015

Traveling With Pets: Ideas and Tips

By | May 22nd, 2015|

Going somewhere? What about the pets? There’s only one logical answer to that question – bring them with you of course! More and more people, and businesses, are embracing the idea that pets should be able to enjoy the family vacation too! In the spirit of this we thought we’d throw together a bunch of pet friendly stuff to help you plan your next, pets included, vacation.

1905, 2015

Dog Bite Prevention Week: 5 Ways to Prevent Dog Bites

By | May 19th, 2015|

Any dog can bite, even the cute and fluffy ones! Regardless of size, dog bites can cause serious injury particularly to small children, who are also the most common victims. The dogs are also the victims, often getting euthanized after a biting incident. However, it’s good news that the majority of dog bites are totally preventable.

3004, 2015

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day: Skip the pet store and adopt a pet today!

By | April 30th, 2015|

Below are some hard facts about animal shelters right here in the U.S. (Source, ASPCA) If you are thinking about adding a four-legged member to your family, what better day than today to do it - National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day. Today is all about generating awareness of the millions of animals in the U.S. that are abandoned, lost or given up each year that need a home. The majority of these animals are healthy, full of love and ready to bring their new forever family endless happiness and undying loyalty. Now check out just SOME of the reasons

2704, 2015

Paws 4 You Run Fur Fun 5k Event Recap

By | April 27th, 2015|

On Sunday, April 26, Activ4Pets took part in the second annual Run Fur Fun 5k hosted by the Paws 4 You Rescue. This year’s event was held at the Killian Greens Golf Club in south Miami, who were kind enough to allow their golf course to be transformed into a 5 kilometer race track – all for a good cause.

2404, 2015

Activ4Pets Sponsors Paws 4 You Rescue ‘Run Fur Fun 5k’

By | April 24th, 2015|

Activ4Pets has shown its support for Paws 4 You Rescue’s annual ‘Run Fur Fun’ 5k by becoming a ‘Slurp Stop’ Sponsor. This Sunday, April 26 Paws 4 You Rescue will be holding its second annual Run Fur Fun 5k event in Miami, FL.  The event raises much needed funds to help support Paws 4 You Rescue’s operations, which benefit hundreds of dogs each year that are saved from being euthanized at Miami-Dade Animal Services – where 27,000 unwanted animals end up each year.

1504, 2015

4 Must Have Apps to Keep Your Pet Happy And Healthy

By | April 15th, 2015|

There are apps out there for pretty much anything you can think of. Some are useful, others not so useful. Somewhere in this vast ocean of mobile applications are some that can help pet owners maintain the health and well-being of their furry friends. We have chosen 4 that we think should be at the fingertips of all pet parents looking out for their pet’s health and safety!  1. Activ4Pets

2002, 2015

5 Ways to Love Your Pets on Love Your Pet Day

By | February 20th, 2015|

Valentine’s has been and gone and maybe your four-legged family member missed out on some of the affections. Fear not – February 20th is International Love Your Pet Day – giving you another opportunity to lavish your pet with loving.

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Why Chocolate is Bad for Dogs

By | October 28th, 2014|

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, “Chocolate is bad for dogs.” In fact, it is one of the 20 most reported poisonings. But why is it bad? Source // cropped and used under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

2210, 2014

7 Healthy Habits to Start During Pet Wellness Month

By | October 22nd, 2014|

October is Pet Wellness Month, a national educational campaign that reminds us of the importance of yearly wellness visits and screenings with your veterinarian. “Fall weather with attitude” by Don Hankins, cropped and used under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr