You go for walks together. You hang out together. You enjoy the park together. You love doing things with your four-legged bestie.But when you want something to eat or drink, it’s either a drive-through or home.
Or is it?
Communities are starting to adjust health codes to allow restaurants, coffee shops, and bars to cater to their dog-owning clientele. Typically that means a place will have an outdoor patio with access to the street. ...more
According to a survey by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and Best Western International, more than half of pet owners say they want to travel with their cats and dogs. But these furry family members have special needs, and you should plan ahead when taking animals on your summer vacation. ...more
As I prepare to welcome a 9-week-old labradoodle named Benny into my home and become a first-time dog owner, I am well aware that my life is about to undergo some big changes. After a lifetime of being the king of my castle, I will be sharing my house, my affection, and a portion of my paycheck with him.
Now, I already know that every dollar I spend on Benny’s health and well-being will be returned tenfold by his companionship. But, like many pet owners, I am not independently wealthy, and I am interested in controlling veterinary costs so that my budget stretches further. ...more
Many dog owners leave their televisions on when they’re away from home. They believe this prevents their pets from getting lonely and engaging in destructive behavior while alone.
But does watching TV reduce what veterinarians call “separation anxiety”? And, if so, does it matter whether dogs watch football games, network news, or reruns of Lassie? ...more
It’s a timely message for February’s American Heart Month: Pets can be good for your heart and your overall health.
You probably always knew that at some level.
So exactly what is it that our beloved companions do to make us healthier? ...more
I didn’t realize I had a fear of anesthesia until my veterinarian explained that my dog had stage 3 dental disease and needed a dental cleaning under anesthesia. As I learned, pets, unlike humans, won’t consciously tolerate a thorough examination of the full mouth; the only way a veterinarian can do the examination, cleaning, and any necessary extractions is to put the pet under anesthesia. ...more
Welcome to 2014, and to the new PetsMatter blog! Here, you'll find helpful and fun pet-related articles, pet health information, personal stories, and pet news updates. Whether your furry friend is a dog, a cat, or an exotic with no fur at all, PetsMatter will have something for just about every animal lover out there....more