Celebrate National Splurge Day with Daisy

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I know, I look extra-fancy today, right? Well, I have a good reason to get dressed up. Wednesday is National Splurge Day.  It’s a day where you are encouraged to do something special… for yourself. That’s my kind of holiday! In honor of the day, I put on my fanciest party collar and coordinating tutu. I think this collar qualifies as a splurge, since it’s covered in eleventy-eight REAL diamonds. I hope no one breaks into my home to steal my party collar! Forget I told you about the diamonds, okay? Read More »

5 things your dog wants to tell you–before you bring him home

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What your new puppy wants you to know

A dog is a great addition to a family; bringing a dog home is such a rewarding experience, and the joy and love a dog can bring to a family is tremendous. When I walk into my home, I’m greeted by my dogs Duke and Daisy with their tails furiously wagging, and I feel the stress of the whole day leave my body. When I put the leash on them and take them for a walk, I feel totally different than how I felt just moments before when I exited my car and headed into the house. It’s difficult to explain the feeling, but when I see my two dogs enjoying themselves immensely looking at the trees, the blades of grass, and the ducks swimming in the lake, I can’t help but to notice those things myself. The thought of walking into the house with no dogs to greet me saddens me a little, but I also know that some homes and some people should probably not own or raise a dog. A dog in the shelter or the pet store with a wagging tail that screams “take me home” is so difficult to resist that I decided to write this blog about the five important things your dog doesn’t tell you–until you bring him home. Read More »

Daisy’s thoughts on superstitions

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Opening an umbrella indoors is considered bad luck

Oh my Cod, I’ve opened an umbrella indoors! Opening an umbrella indoors is supposed to be very bad luck. That is one of the silliest superstitions, ever. Isn’t it worse luck for it to be raining and NOT have an umbrella? Since Friday the 13th is just around the corner, I thought I would share my thoughts on superstitions: I think superstitions are stupid! Except maybe the one about cats having 9 lives; that one is most likely correct. Read More »

Win: Kitty A GoGo – a stylish cat litter box alternative

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Give your cat a stylish home and some privacy with a Kitty A GoGo

If you’re a cat owner, you know the topic of your cat’s litter box isn’t exactly an exciting one. Traditional cat litter boxes can be quite an eyesore which often designates them to less frequented rooms in the home. But what if you’re cat’s litter box could be both functional and dare we say…stylish?

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With the Kitty A GoGo cat litter box you can have the best of both! Available in 6 design covers, this attractive cat litter box arrives preassembled to save you time. Simply add your favorite cat litter and the Kitty A GoGo is ready to use. Cleaning the litter box is easy too. Use the pull-out tray and included metal sifter rake to remove clumps in a single comb through motion. Need to throw out old litter? No problem! A removable plastic liner is included to dispose of old litter in one step.

The Kitty A GoGo is ideal for all cats and kittens with the opening measures 12″ wide and 8″ high. Its overall design measures 16″ high, 18″ wide, 21″ long, making it a perfect fit for small spaces and apartment homes. Not only will your cat love his or her new litter box, but you’ll love the stylish design!

Win a Kitty A GoGo!

To enter to win the Kitty A GoGo cat litter box, leave a comment below sharing a fun fact about your cat.

Congratulations to Audrey Macie, the winner of the Kitty A GoGo!

National Hug Your Cat Day– please approach carefully!

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Cat bites can easily become infected

Today is National Hug Your Cat day. Go ahead and hug your cat, pick your cat up, put the cat on your lap–caressing a cat has actually been known to lower stress markers and maybe even prolong life for both the human and the cat. Now who wouldn’t want a longer, happier life? It seems like a fail-proof method of achieving health and long life, unless the cat doesn’t agree or care about those medical findings and doesn’t wish to be handled. Approaching a cat that wants to be left alone is the fastest way to increase stress for both you and the cat. Cats have extremely sharp nails and sharp, powerful teeth that can cause severe harm. Getting scratched or bitten by a cat is not only painful but it is potentially dangerous. If a cat puts on a display that shows he wants to be left alone, it is best to leave him alone. Read More »

Professor Daisy on urinary tract infections

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Ohai! You caught me about to use the litter box. So much for privacy! Just give me a moment to take care of some business… Read More »

Do pets have the capacity to truly love?

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Many times in an extremely close relationship between two humans there develops a feeling of “oneness.” I have even encountered several people who have developed such a strong feeling of connection that it seems to include the whole of creation. Sometimes the question arises as to whether our pets have the ability to truly love and if they have a soul similar to that of humans. Most people who have felt or heard a cat purring when touched or a dog wagging his tail when near a certain family member would argue that animals do have the ability to love unconditionally. That being said, there are many people in the scientific community who would argue that pets only seem to love others in their “pack” simply as a survival instinct. Read More »

Daisy’s Memorial Day plans

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Happy Memorial Day! I hope you get to have today off from work. Before we get to the usual Memorial Day activities (like eating some delicious hamburgers fresh off the grill), I want to take a few minutes today and remember the brave men and women who gave their lives serving our country. I would be too scared to do that myself! Read More »

Win an Outward Hound Life Jacket for your dog!

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Safety for pets is just as important when engaging in water activities

If spending time on the water is in your (and your dog’s) plans this coming summer, safety is a must. For the same reason you wear a life jacket, so should your dog. Whether you’re boating, kayaking, or even paddle-boarding with your pup, the Outward Hound Life Jackets from Kyjen help make water sport activities safe!

Outward Hound Life Jacket for Pets by Kyjen

Each life jacket is fully adjustable with clips and a comfortable belly band to keep your dog safe and secure. secures your dog and available in 2 bright colors (orange and pink). Should your dog need to be rescued, the top handle can easily be grabbed by hand or boat hook to safely bring your dog back to you. And for dogs who aren’t skillful swimmers, the front float helps to always keep his or her head above water. For optimal safety, purchasing the right size life jacket is important, and each life jacket size depends on the girth of the dog (the area around the widest part of your dog’s rib cage).

Keeping your dog safe during water activities means one less thing for you to worry about — and more time having fun!

Win an Outward Hound Life Jacket for your dog!

To enter to win an Outward Hound Life Jacket:

  1. Leave a comment below telling us the fun Memorial Day weekend plans you and your pet have planned
  2. In your comment please include your pet’s weight and the life jacket size that would best suit your dog. (Click the How to Use Tab here for correct sizing)

Congratulations to our winners, Erika Kiel and Stephanie Mcglothlin. We’ll send you an email about how to claim your prize.

ps: We still have one extra-small life jacket to give away if anyone has a dog that weighs 11 to 18 pounds with a girth of 15″ – 19″, leave a note in the comments for your chance to win that one!

Childproof containers…for pet medications?

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It's important for even pet medication to be in childproof containers

Several times a month we get a request in the pharmacy from one of our customers to “Please place my dog’s heartworm preventative or other medication in non-childproof containers.” The main reason for this request usually stems from the human caretaker having a difficult time opening the container that holds the pet medication. Many times a client may have arthritis or other joint disease and, in at least one case that I’m aware of, the pet owner had lost the use of one of his hands in an overseas operation. Generally the pharmacist taking the call will have no problem honoring that request.

There are other times however when the caller begins the conversation with a general question about our safety enclosure policy: “Why do you put this medication in a bottle with safety caps? I can assure you that my dog is not going to get into the bottle and the days of us having young children around the house are long behind us.” This week I decided to address this topic so that I can hopefully shed a little light on the subject so that people can better understand the reason behind the use of safety enclosures. Read More »