Archives for June 2009

Animal Dumping Season Is Underway: What You Can Do to Help

Ah, early Summer. The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and people are arriving in droves to dump their pets at local animal shelters. Litters of kittens and puppies conceived and born in the  … [Read more...]

Should You Let Your Dog Play in Creeks and Lakes?

Many dogs love water. It's hard to resist letting a happy dog frolic in a creek or lake while out for a long walk, especially on a hot day. I'm sometimes tempted to jump in myself! But is it safe to … [Read more...]

Differences in Priorities: How to Cope with Less Passionate Pet Parents

You spend hours every day exercising and grooming your dogs, letting caged pets out for free-range time, petting and playing with your cats,  and coaxing the elderly horse to just eat one more bite of … [Read more...]

Dogs In Handbags and DogBeds

There's an interesting article on the Bagbunch Blog today about dog carriers entitled What's The Obsession With Dogs In Handbags? Personally, I would never want to carry my dog while out on a walk .. … [Read more...]

Enhance or Create Your Community Dog Park

Do you ever feel like you're not welcome at the local park when you have your dog with you? Then maybe it's time to try carving a spot of your own in the park that would benefit other dog owners too. … [Read more...]

Rat Relationships: More Complex Than You Might Think

If you've never been fortunate enough to interact with a large group of domestic rats over an extended period of time, you may not know that rats are very similar to humans in terms of social behavior … [Read more...]

Paws in the Park 2009

Breathing in the fresh, warm breeze, stretching your legs with a walk, basking in the sun and taking in the view are just a few ways to appreciate the summer weather. But don't forget that your furry … [Read more...]

Three Great Web Tools for Dog Owners

The Internet has never before been more powerful, useful, or ubiquitous than it is today. Dog parents can get information, pet supplies, professional training advice, and more, without leaving … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – June 24, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

Put your Paws in Motion for The Winnipeg Humane Society! Walk with your furry friends in support of WHS shelter animals and join us for this massive special event! June 28th, 2009 at Assiniboine Park. … [Read more...]

PetLvr Blog Now Translated in 41 Languages

I'm pleased to announce that PetLvr blog is now available in 41 different languages now, and we truly are "A Website For All Earthlings, Who Love Animals" .. well, that's the plan anyway :D To … [Read more...]

EPA Reviews Safety of Flea/Tick Products, Plus Frontline/Advantix Alternatives

I've always avoided topical flea and tick medications whenever possible. I'm just a little uncomfortable with the idea of putting something on my pet's body that is so poisonous to fleas and ticks … [Read more...]

Why Aren't "Albino" Reptiles White?

If you've ever walked into a pet store and seen "albino corn snakes" or "albino red-eared slider turtles" for sale, you know that many pets labeled albino in stores or by breeders don't look like a … [Read more...]

Pet Perks

It's that dreaded day of the week when you sit down to balance your checkbook and you cross your fingers in hopes that there will be enough money to feed you and your pet. In these financially … [Read more...]

What to Do If Your Puppy is A Cryptorchid

Cryptorchidism in dogs is a condition that is congenital (present at birth) and results in one or both testicles failing to descend normally. This is a common condition that usually has no particular … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – June 17, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

The Winnipeg Humane Society has on overwhelming amount of dogs available for adoption. All of our dogs are in need in of quality, durable (strong) dog toys to keep them busy. If you have toys to … [Read more...]

What to Do About Animal Hoarders

Have you ever seen a news story about hundreds of animals rescued from a single person? Frequently, these horrifying stories come with graphic details of pets that starved to death or attacked each … [Read more...]


In Libertyville, Illinois, one day will be dedicated to puppy love. Woofstock, not Woodstock, will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Lambs Farm Pet Shop Lawn. There will be so … [Read more...]

Feeding Aging Rats

As rats age, they may become either obese or thin. If your rat has a health problem, please consult your veterinarian about feeding and nutrition. However, if your rat is aging normally, you may be … [Read more...]

Tornado Safety for Pets

There was a Tornado Watch in effect for my county for most of the afternoon today. While most people know what to do to protect themselves if a tornado occurs, what about pets? While many disaster … [Read more...]

Keeping Cats off Counters

Cats love countertops. They provide a high vantage point from which a cat can observe goings-on in the kitchen, they often have tasty crumbs or good smells on  them, and it drives their owners nuts … [Read more...]

Finding A Pet-Friendly Rental

In many areas, pet parents struggle to find a rental home that will accomodate their entire family, both humans and pets. The current rental market has forced more apartment complexes and private … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – June 10, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

Madison 079239 Madison is a great girl! She is very energetic and would benefit from an experienced owner. This gorgeous girl has been with us since January; and has been passed around a fair bit. … [Read more...]

Pet-Related Television Shows: Two Reviews

I'd generally rather see people get their pet information from a book than a television show. I recommend Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor, The Dog Who Would Be King by John C. Wright and Judi … [Read more...]

Should I Get Mice or Rats?

Many people who wish to keep small pets narrow things down to mice and rats for their intelligence, friendly personalities, and general appearance, but then have trouble deciding between the two. If … [Read more...]

Planning Ahead for Pet Expenses During the Recession

Animal shelters are bursting at the seams with pets who have lost their homes due to the current recession. Whether it was an unexpected vet bill, routine expenses, or a non pet-related expense that … [Read more...]

Pet Careers Prosper in Recession

Layoffs and bankrupt companies are continuing to make the news in the U.S., and these occurrences seem to be foreshadowing doom for all of us. However, amidst the demise of some businesses, other … [Read more...]

Gecko Show

It's rare to find a show dedicated to everything you ever wanted to know about geckos, but the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia is making it happen. Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling's … [Read more...]

It's Shedding Season! Here's How to Minimize Hair Accumulation in Your House

I've been finding tufts of dog hair around the house all week. For a couple of days I was puzzled-- I'm brushing my dogs as often as I always do! Then I realized it's June, and in most parts of the … [Read more...]

Are Laser Pointer Toys Safe for Pets?

There's nothing like the bright red dot of a laser pointer racing across the floor or wall to get a cat's attention. Many dogs also are fascinated  with and will chase laser pointer toys. Even … [Read more...]

WHS Ad – June 3, 2009 – Please Adopt Me

Mena 174689 Mena is a lucky 9 month old spayed female who was found as a stray in the dead of winter. She was suffering from frostbite– so bad her toes caused her extreme pain. She needed help! … [Read more...]

Should You Shave Your Dog for the Summer?

I live in Colorado, where we have, from time to time, experienced snow in July and 90-degree days in November. But if you can rely on one thing in Colorado, it's that we'll have a fairly hot summer. … [Read more...]

Animal Reiki

Have you ever wondered what Reiki is and what it's use for? If you attend pet shows or pet expos, you might find practitioners there offering Reiki sessions. Well, Reiki is a form of energy healing, … [Read more...]

Nebulizing Rats

Most rat owners will, at some point, own a pet rat with chronic respiratory disease. Rats are prone to infections caused by Mycoplasma pulmonis, a naturally occurring bacterium found in the lungs of … [Read more...]

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