It’s the middle of the Treasure Valley’s coldest, driest, harshest season, and you may be wondering how to ensure your pet stays warm and comfortable during the chilly winter months. In Idaho, we experience sleet, snow, and dry, cold air in the winter, posing potential health pitfalls for pets and humans alike. With a little planning, forethought, and awareness, you can keep your dog cozy and healthy during the next few months of winter.
You may think your cat is good enough at keeping herself clean: after all, she spends a good portion of her day grooming, and you make sure to keep her fur in good shape. But have you considered the cleanliness and health of her teeth lately?
As a responsible pet owner, you’re rightly concerned about the health of your dog’s teeth. You likely brush every day (as recommended by pet dental health experts), you serve teeth-friendly food, and you get your dog’s grin checked by a vet regularly. But maybe every once in a while you look at your expenses and wonder: is all of this dental care worth the cost?
If you’re a Treasure Valley local, you’re familiar with our seasonal gloomy, cloudy skies (a.k.a. inversions). Many December and January months—even into February—in Boise can involve weeks of inversion with no sun and below-freezing temperatures. It’s difficult for even the most dedicated outdoors-lover to get into the fresh air.
The valid concerns of pet overpopulation have prompted frequent and aggressive spay and neuter campaigns on local and national levels. These are well-intended: without responsible pet ownership and spaying/neutering, many pets end up in foster care or shelters—even increasing the rates of dogs and cats who are euthanized needlessly.
When it comes to spaying your female dog, you probably have plenty of questions. For some pet owners, spaying is an overwhelming decision they know they’ll have to make at some point, but put off because the research seems daunting.
As a pet owner, you want the best for your furry friend and work hard to provide a good life for them. You do your research, know your stuff, and choose the best products and services for your dog or cat. You also want the best possible health care for your pet, starting with the first line of defense: your veterinarian.
Many pet owners love their dogs enough to want to spend as much time as possible with them, so it’s no surprise when they choose to bring their furry friends along on errands or to events. Many public places are dog-friendly and welcome your pet in, but more often than not, grocery stores and other businesses where food is prepared and/or served don’t allow animals inside. Because of this, many owners wonder: can I leave my dog in the car during the winter months?
Your Pet and Thanksgiving Food
It's time to indulge at the Thanksgiving table and eat until we all have to let out a few notches in our belts. During the festive meals of the holidays, it can be tempting to get Fido or Fluffy in on the fun and give your dog or cat a plate full of leftovers. Pause before loading up their food bowl with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, though. What looks harmless to you could spell gastrointestinal distress—or worse—for your pet. Here’s what you need to know before giving your pet any Thanksgiving leftovers.
There are few things that will make a dog happier than a bone. Dog owners know that they'll get Fido's tail wagging fast if they offer the leftover bones from dinner, and who doesn't like to see a goofy doggy grin on their pup's face?